Report: Wizards signing Johnny O’Bryant

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The Cavaliers present a wide opening for a fringe NBA player trying to make a regular-season roster.

The Wizards provide an even better opportunity.

Washington has just 12 players – three below the regular-season roster limit – with guaranteed salaries, and there’s no J.R. Smith waiting to fill a spot. The competition for those three roster slots isn’t fierce, either.

Jarell Eddie, Daniel Ochefu, Danuel House and Sheldon McClellan are signed to barely guaranteed deals. Ochefu, House and McClellan are undrafted free agents.

By comparison, Johnny O’Bryant looks like a seasoned veteran.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN:

The Bucks drafted O’Bryant No. 36 in 2014, and he spent the last two seasons in Milwaukee. He played as much as possible – starting 15 games as a rookie and playing 66 total last year – without making a noticeable dent one way or the other.

A 6-foot-9 power forward, O’Bryant relies on a mid-range jumper. Though improved, he’s not good enough from that range to overcome the inherent inefficiency of it. He at least bolsters his offensive contributions by hitting the glass hard.

O’Bryant’s lack of mobility and leaping ability hinder him defensively. He competes on that end, limiting his downside. But he’s still a defensive minus.

O’Bryant fits the mold of jump-shooting power forwards the Wizards favor, and he could help the team keep its style when Markieff Morris and Andrew Nicholson are out. If Washington values that over versatility, O’Bryant has a good shot of making the regular-season roster.

Even if not, he has a leg up on his current competition.