Maurice Evans has agreed to come back to Washington for a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. The deal is contingent upon Evans passing his physical.
The Wizards were hoping to add a veteran small forward to one of the league’s youngest teams and had been in frequent communication with Evans’s agent, Roger Montgomery, throughout the free agent recruiting period.
Evans’s deal had been put on hold as the team waited for other deals to fall into place. Restricted free agent Nick Young remains unsigned and an opportunity opened up when Josh Howard agreed to a one-year deal with the Utah Jazz on Thursday.
The Wizards had offered the same deal to Evans and Howard, so the team doesn’t view this as a fall back option, according to a source.
Evans, 33, was acquired along with Jordan Crawford and Mike Bibby in a trade deadline deal with the Atlanta Hawks for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong last February. He brought a professional attitude and a hard-nosed playing style to the team for the final few weeks of the regular season.
In 26 games, including 12 starts, the 6-foot-5 Evans averaged 9.7 points and 2.8 rebounds for the Wizards. He had also been pursued by New York.
Evans, a vice president in the players’ union, worked closely with National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher to help negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement. Recent acquisition Roger Mason Jr. is a vice president in the union.
In eight seasons, Evans has career averages of 6.7 points and 2.8 rebounds.