The Washington Wizards hope to have finally found a solid back up point guard to John Wall in, Brandon Jennings. The former Knicks guard has reached a verbal agreement to join the Washington Wizards for the remainder of the season, according to ESPN
The New York Knicks released Jennings on Monday after the guard strangely removed all Knicks references on his social media accounts and requested a release in order to play for a contending team.
Jennings can’t officially sign his new deal until he clears waivers on Wednesday at 5 p.m. and he will travel to Washington on Wednesday to complete his new deal.
Jennings, 27, will fill a void for the Wizards at the backup point guard position. Fourth-year point guard Trey Burke will eventually be demoted to third-string point guard and the team must release a player on its current roster to free up space for Jennings.
The entire league watched Cleveland get better this week by not giving up any assets and landing both Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut off waivers. The Wizards currently sit at 34-23, in the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference standings.
Through 58 games this season, Jennings has averaged 8.6 points, 4.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 24.6 minutes for the NY Knicks this year. He also shot 34% from 3-point range. Jennings was the 10th pick in the 2009 draft, and has since played for the Pistons, Bucks, Knicks, Magic and now Wizards. The Knicks reportedly agreed to pay him the balance of a one-year, $5 million deal he signed with the team in the offseason.
With a career average of 14.8 points, Jennings could give the Wizards some more scoring from off the bench, but his defense can be a bit shaky.
What are your thoughts? Does this move make the Wizards better?