The Wizards have kept an eye on Jarell Eddie since he played for them during Las Vegas summer league in 2014, and they signed him to a non-guaranteed deal Tuesday and waived 7-footer Ryan Hollins, two persons with knowledge of the situation told CSNmidatlantic.com.
Eddie is a 6-7 shooter is shooting 52.5% from three-point range for the Austin Spurs, a D-League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. Out of Virginia Tech, he worked out for Washington leading up to the 2014 draft and was invited back for training camp after summer league but instead went to the Atlanta Hawks because he was offered money to attend. The same happened this past season with the Golden State Warriors.
Eddie will join the Wizards for shootaround Wednesday morning at Verizon Center before playing the Memphis Grizzlies.
Even last season, when the Wizards were looking to make a move before bringing in Ramon Sessions via trade, Eddie was on their short list. Because his deal is non-guaranteed and a minimum deal, Eddie can be released any time before Jan. 10 without penalty under the salary cap and the spot can be filled with another player.
The Wizards are hurting more for a shooter than size, with Bradley Beal (lower right leg) out and Gary Neal (lower back) missing their last game Monday. Plus, despite winning the last two games using an eight-man and then a seven-man rotation with John Wall and Garrett Temple logging heavy minutes the Wizards realize that's not sustainable.
Hollins appeared in five games for the Wizards, last playing five minutes in a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. He hadn't played in the last five games, however, as coach Randy Wittman opted to go with a shorter rotation instead.
Hollins was brought in to give the Wizards some size in the middle with Nene out with an injured left calf since Nov. 28. With Nene on the verge of returning, as well as Drew Gooden who has been out a week longer because of a right calf strain, the Wizards went with a shooter.
The Wizards still haven't used the Disabled Player Exception they've received for Martell Webster, who was waived last month.