The Washington Wizards have added another point guard by agreeing to a deal with Donald Sloan, The Washington Post has confirmed.
Sloan, 29, will be with the team for training camp that begins Sept. 26 in Richmond. As the 18th player signed, Sloan will have to fight to make the final roster. Teams can hold a maximum amount of 17 players, and rosters must be trimmed before the start of the 2017-18 season.
In five NBA seasons, Sloan, a smaller guard who prefers to penetrate to the rim, has bounced around the league, playing for five NBA teams. Sloan has averaged 5.5 points, 3.0 assists and 40.9 percent shooting over his NBA career, and spent last season with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Throughout his NBA days, Sloan has filled the role of a backup or third point guard, though he stepped to the forefront as a starter at the beginning of the Indiana Pacers’ injury-plagued 2014-15 season.
During that time, the Pacers were without four regular starters, including Paul George, who had broken his leg during a USA Basketball summer exhibition. Backups had to transform into rotation players, and Sloan started the first 18 games. The additional time naturally led to improved numbers, especially from the arc, where he shot 38.4 percent. Overall, however, Sloan is a 31 percent three-point shooter.
Sloan joins a crew of point guards behind John Wall that includes Tim Frazier and Tomas Satoransky.