Report: Wizards signing Andrew Nicholson to four-year, $26 million contract

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The Wizards were chasing Al Horford until he went to the Celtics.

So, Washington will split the money it allocated for Horford on a couple other bigs — Ian Mahinmi and Andrew Nicholson

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:

Just a few days ago, the Magic declined to extend Nicholson a $3,394,726 qualifying offer. This worked out quite well for him.

Nicholson projects to be Markieff Morris‘ primary backup at power forward, and that’s a nice role for him. The No. 19 pick in the 2012 draft, Nicholson is a talented shooter with range that has extended beyond the arc. He has improved as a rebounder and defender, though he still has plenty of room to grow defensively.

If he puts it all together, he could be a steal. If not, he should still be a decent backup.