Wizards Waive C.J. Miles, Promote Anzejs Pasecniks

11:54am: The move is official, the Wizards announced in a press release.

“We appreciate CJ’s contributions to our team this season and wish him and his family the best as he continues his career,” general manager Tommy Sheppard said. “He is a consummate professional who provided a great example for our younger players despite having his season cut short by an unfortunate injury.”

The team also confirmed that Pasecniks has been signed to a multi-year contract and Williams received a two-way deal.

8:12am: The Wizards will waive injured swingman C.J. Miles, tweets Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. His roster spot will be used to convert Anzejs Pasecniks‘ two-way contract to a standard deal, and Johnathan Williams will be re-signed to fill the two-way slot.

Miles, who is making $8.73MM in the final year of his contract, was acquired from the Grizzlies in a trade last summer. He played just 10 games for Washington before suffering a wrist injury in November that will sideline him for the rest of the season.

The 32-year-old has been a positive presence in the locker room, Buckner adds, but the Wizards have been dealing with a string of injuries and need more healthy players (Twitter link).

The team will keep the $4.4MM Disabled Player Exception it received in the wake of Miles’ injury, tweets Bobby Marks of ESPN. The DPE is not affected by the decision to part with Miles.

Pasecniks, a rookie center, has played 13 games for the Wizards, averaging 8.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in about 22 minutes per night. Washington waived him before training camp, then signed him to the two-way deal in December. Buckner reported last week that the team hoped to promote him to the 15-man roster.

Williams recently had a brief stint with the Wizards as a hardship player, and impressed team officials enough that they wanted to give him another chance. He averaged 5.5 PPG and 6.3 RPG in six games, starting five of them, but was waived last week when the hardship exception expired. He’ll rejoin the roster in advance of the January 15 deadline for two-way signings.

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9 thoughts on “Wizards Waive C.J. Miles, Promote Anzejs Pasecniks

    • the dude

      You can use that as one of the many reasons the Rockets don’t win the west Ok

      • harden-westbrook-mvps

        They’re always flying under the radar and no one expects them to win the West because everyone thinks Russ can’t fit in here. Everyone hates Westbrook and Harden, but that’s OK. It’s the Lakers and Clippers who will need to come up with excuses because they are the two teams that everyone expects to make it to the WCF.

        • Who would you rather
          All point guards

          Player A
          24.5 points, 7 assists, 8 rebounds
          43 FG%, 23 3P%, and 79 FT %
          21 shot attempts
          4.5 Turnovers, 4 Fouls

          Player B
          18 points, 7.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds
          45 FG%, 33 3P% and 93 FT%
          14 shot attempts
          3 turnovers, 2 fouls

          Player C
          18.5 points, 4.5 assists, 4 rebounds
          43 FG%, 40 3P% and 83 FT%
          15 shot attempts
          2.5 turnovers 2 fouls

          • That inefficient shooter that stat pads and loses the ball is Russ (playerA)
            Player B is a leads a good offence while also being a decent shooter. Creates for others, gets buckets himself and doesn’t lose the ball to much that’s Brogdan.
            Surpisingly the last player is the best shooter also doesn’t take to many shoots and can make plays and help rebound. That’s Terry Rozier

            Off the 3 looking at the stats I take Rozier but knowing who they are I take Brogdan cause of the defence and versatility

    • It’s allowed as long as it’s a season ending injury and the team applies for it before waiving him. Doesn’t matter whether a players on the roster till the end of the year it’s about the salary the team eats.

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