A.J. Price played well as a rookie in Indiana, but his play slipped and he was squeezed out of minutes in Indiana as George Hill became the point guard the team wanted.
Now, Price is getting a second chance to prove his worth as a backup.
He has inked a one-year deal to play with the Washington Wizards, according to Ben Standig at CSNWashington.com.
Obviously, John Wall is the starter there and will get the lion’s share of minutes (he is the real key to the Wizards’ season). Behind him they had hoped Shelvin Mack could be the man, but he didn’t wow people at Summer League in Las Vegas. Recent pick Tomas Satoransky showed flashes but he needs to develop and is not ready for the No. 2 job yet.
Price was not the Wizards second choice. Or third. Or fourth. They reached out to Kirk Hinrich and John Lucas III and the list goes on and on, but they came back to Price, who did not have his option picked up by the Pacers.
Price has been a decent floor general but nobody fears his shooting (33.9 percent overall last season). He doesn’t finish well at the rim and the three point shot he showed as a rookie has disappeared.
Price is getting another chance to show he can be closer to that rookie that showed promise. That or he may have trouble getting another NBA deal.
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Michigan State. He holds the school’s career record with 146 blocked shots.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Jamal Crawford knows how to get buckets.
He does it against NBA level defenders, so put him in a free-flowing pro-am — let’s say the Seattle pro-am in his hometown — and he barely breaks a sweat dropping 44. And nailing the game winner.
Doc Rivers hopes to see a lot of that next season.