WEDNESDAY, 10:30am: The moves are official, the team announced.
1:21pm: It’s expected to be a one-year, non-guaranteed deal for Eddie, Charania writes in a full story. That’ll force a decision no later than January 7th, the last day teams can waive non-guaranteed deals without them becoming fully guaranteed. The Wizards have the capacity to give Eddie more than the prorated minimum salary, with a $1.464MM sliver of the mid-level exception still in their quiver, but non-minimum signings are rare for midseason acquisitions, and especially so for players coming up from the D-League. Sources who spoke with Charania wouldn’t close the door on the possibility that the Wizards will re-sign Hollins later this season.
TUESDAY, 12:52am: The Wizards plan to sign Jarell Eddie and waive Ryan Hollins, sources tell Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Eddie, a one-year NBA veteran, has been playing for the Spurs affiliate in the D-League since the Warriors cut him at the end of the preseason. Hollins is on a non-guaranteed deal he signed November 30th, but Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reported last week that it would become fully guaranteed if Washington keeps him past December 27th, which the team apparently doesn’t intend to do.
Eddie, a 24-year-old small forward, was averaging 14.1 points in 28.6 minutes per game with the Austin Spurs, but it’s his blistering 3-point shooting that sets him apart. He’s made 32 of 61 attempts so far this season, good for 52.5%. He shot 45.2% on 281 attempts from beyond the arc in the D-League last season. He’s yet to appear in an NBA regular season game, though he has credit for one year of service thanks to the 10-day contract he signed last March with the Hawks. Eddie will help offset the loss of Bradley Beal, whom the team declared out for at least two weeks on December 12th because of a stress reaction in his leg.
Hollins has made three starts during his brief Wizards tenure, but he’s averaged only 9.6 minutes across five total appearances and hasn’t played in any of the team’s last five games. The 31-year-old signed with the Grizzlies for camp but didn’t stick for opening night in Memphis.
Washington is dealing with a hail of injuries, with Beal, John Wall, Otto Porter, Drew Gooden, Nene and Alan Anderson all dealing with some sort of malady, as CBSSports.com details. Still, none appear certain to keep anyone out for more than the next two weeks, so a hardship exception for an extra roster spot isn’t in play.
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