In urgent need of perimeter players, the Washington Wizards will sign forward Jarell Eddie out of the NBA D-League to a nonguaranteed contract and waive center Ryan Hollins on Tuesday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
A sharpshooter, the 6-foot-7 Eddie went undrafted out of Virginia Tech in 2014, when he played on the Wizards’ summer league team in Las Vegas. He then played the Austin Spurs last season, averaging 12.9 points and converting 45.2 percent of his threes in 44 games. He also won the league’s three-point contest at all-star weekend.
Eddie, 24, signed a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks last season but didn’t appear in a game. After playing in the summer league for the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs this past offseason, he spent training camp with the Golden State Warriors rejoined the Austin Spurs. He is averaging 14 points and shot 52.5 percent from three-point in 11 games.
Hollins, 31, signed a nonguaranteed contract with the Wizards on Nov. 30 – the same day Washington waived Martell Webster — and his deal was going to become guaranteed if the Wizards didn’t waive him by Sunday. The 7-footer appeared in five games for the Wizards and made three starts. He recorded eight points, 11 rebounds, and a blocked shot in 48 total minutes.
Washington made the moves after having just four perimeter players — and nine overall — available in Monday’s win over the Sacramento Kings. The Wizards were without Bradley Beal (leg), Otto Porter Jr. (thigh), Gary Neal (back), Nene (calf), and Drew Gooden III (calf).
At a Wizards charitable event on Tuesday, Porter said he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to play Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies and he hadn’t done any activities since being shut down with a bruised left thigh after last Wednesday’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Porter explained he bruised the thigh when Dwight Howard collided with him in Washington’s loss to the Houston Rockets on Dec. 9.
Beal has missed the last five games due to a stress reaction in his lower right fibula — his fourth stress injury to his right fibula in his four NBA seasons — and will be reevaluated on Saturday. The Wizards’ second-leading scorer, Beal said Tuesday that the pain has diminished but hasn’t completely disappeared and he will wait until it’s 100 percent again before playing. When he does return, he’ll be put on a minutes restriction.