Phillip, who turned 26 on Sunday, was signed to the Wizards’ roster at the very end of the 2018/19 season after he spent most of the year with the Memphis Hustle in the G League. He averaged 13.8 PPG, 4.9 RPG, and 3.8 APG with a .469/.401/.783 shooting line in 48 games (29.1 MPG) for the Grizzlies’ NBAGL affiliate.
The Wizards signed Phillip to a multiyear deal that paid him an NBA salary for two days in April and included a non-guaranteed $1,416,852 minimum salary for the 2019/20 season. That salary wouldn’t have become guaranteed until January 10, 2020, so Washington won’t be on the hook for any dead money after releasing him.
Another NBA team could claim Phillip off waivers without guaranteeing his salary, though it’s more likely that he goes unclaimed and becomes an unrestricted free agent this weekend.
The Wizards now have 18 players under contract — 13 on guaranteed deals, one on a two-way contract, and four on non-guaranteed or partially guaranteed pacts.