Free agent Mike Scott, a former University of Virginia standout, has agreed to a one-year, veteran minimum deal with the Washington Wizards, reportedly worth $1.7 million.
The team will finalize the deal on Thursday at the end of the league’s moratorium, and the signing would give Washington 14 players on its roster. Otto Porter Jr. remains unsigned, but if the Wizards match his maximum contract offer sheet from the Brooklyn Nets, the team will be at capacity with a 15-man roster.
They Wizards have searched for veteran help for the bench at a bargain price. Washington agreed to terms on Sunday with oft-injured shooter Jodie Meeks, who appeared in just 36 games last season. Meeks’s game total last season doubled that of Scott, 28, who played most of his five-year career with the Atlanta Hawks.
Scott, a native of Chesapeake, Va., operated in the popular stretch-four forward position during Atlanta’s best seasons, somewhat streaky from beyond the arc but a key rotational player when the Hawks won 60 games in 2014-15. During Scott’s last full season in 2015-16, he shot 39.2 percent from beyond the three-point arc and improved within the team defense by finishing with a defensive rating of 95.3.
Scott missed the start of the 2016-17 season after having procedures on his left knee and made his season debut on Dec. 19. In 18 games, Scott averaged career-worst numbers with 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game and a .148 three-point shooting percentage. In February, the Hawks traded Scott to the Phoenix Suns and the team promptly waived him. Scott last appeared in a game on Feb. 15.
During the summer of 2015, Scott and his brother, Antonn, were arrested after being pulled over in Banks County, Ga. During the traffic stop, a deputy discovered MDMA and marijuana in the car. Evidence relating to the arrest was thrown out in May when Banks County Superior Court Judge Currie M. Mingledorff ruled the stop was racially motivated and that the arresting deputy had no grounds to search the car, which was being driven by Antonn.
An earlier version of this story stated that Porter received a maximum contract offer sheet from the Sacramento Kings. While Porter met with the members of the Kings’ front office, and reportedly the team was willing to give Porter a max contract, he did not commit to the offer sheet.