The Washington Wizards plan on releasing guard Toure’ Murry Friday and signing guard Will Bynum to provide depth in the back court following Bradley Beal’s injury, according to people familiar with the situation.
The 6-foot Bynum, 32, went undrafted out of Georgia Tech and is a seven-year NBA veteran. He spent the previous six campaigns with the Detroit Pistons, where he averaged 8.4 points and 3.4 assists, before signing with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association this season.
Murry, 25, appeared in three games for the Wizards and there were discussions about signing him for next season, according to sources. But the guard sprained his ankle one day after signing his second 10-day contract, tweaking it in the fourth quarter of Monday’s loss to the Golden State Warriors.
The Wizards were forced to decide to cut Murry after Beal sprained an ankle Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers and was held out of practice Thursday. Given the injuries, along with Garrett Temple’s strained hamstring, the Wizards lacked back-court depth. Bynum has been nursing a hamstring injury of his own that he sustained in China, but the former Piston will be given a roster spot, according to sources.