Amid all the will-he-or-won't-he speculation about Paul Pierce coming back to the Wizards, they've been busy trying to locate a guard to bolster their thin backcourt behind John Wall and Bradley Beal.
The Wizards, CSNwashington.com has confirmed with multiple sources, have met or reached out to guards Rodney Stuckey and Wayne Ellington when the period open Wednesday.
Stuckey is the most intriguing because he's 2-for-1 when it comes to need. He's a 6-5 combo guard who played for the Indiana Pacers last season. He averaged 12.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 26 minutes per game.
In his previous seven NBA seasons, Stuckey played for the Detroit Pistons where he averaged as much as 16.6 points and was the heir apparent to Chauncey Billups who'd led them to a championship.
CSN Chicago Insider Vince Goodwill first reported that two East playoff teams are in serious contention for Stuckey's services. Goodwill covered Stuckey when he played for Detroit and reported that Stuckey wants mid-level money of $5.5 million.
The Wizards are expected to give that exception to Pierce if he comes back after opting out of his contract over the weekend. Stuckey, a first-round draft pick in 2007, is just 29. Pierce will be 38 when the season begins.
Ellington was a first-round pick in 2009 of the Minnesota Timberwolves and has bounced around to the Memphis Grizzles, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks and last season with the L.A. Lakers.
He averaged 10 points and 3.2 rebounds with the Lakers but has yet to stick anywhere long term. While he shoots in the lower 40s overall, he has made 38.2% from the three-point line for his career.
C.J. Watson was made an offer by the Wizards two years ago when he was on the open market (so was Beno Udrih) but he didn't accept their two-year offer for a bi-annual exception (and the Wizards pivoted to Eric Maynor instead). He played for the Pacers instead but is hoping for more than a bi-annual offer this time around. At the moment, he's not in the mix.
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