The Morris Almond era will end intact. The Serbian basketball team Red Star Belgrade announced that it has signed Almond to a one-year deal, closing the chapter on his brief and flawless stint with the Wizards.
Almond signed for the final 10 days of the regular season but the Wizards won all six games with him on the roster. He didn’t have much of a hand in those victories, scoring just 14 points in four appearances, but the 27-year-old Almond showed a sense of humor about his unblemished record in Washington.
“I’ll let you put two and two together,” Almond said with a grin after the season.
The Wizards didn’t make bringing back Almond a priority in free agency and there was no need to bring back the 6-foot-6 shooting guard after drafting Bradley Beal third overall and re-signing Cartier Martin to complete the backcourt. A former first-round pick of Utah, Almond was excited about making a return to the NBA after bouncing around Europe and the NBA Developmental League for the previous three seasons.
He bolted for the D-League last season after a failed stint in Ukraine and said, “Western Europe is more my speed.” Now, he will get to experience Southeastern Europe, playing for the chief rival of Jan Vesely’s former team, Partizan Belgrade.