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Wizards sign point guard A.J. Price to one-year deal

A.J. Price

Indiana Pacers’ A.J. Price, right, is defended by New York Knicks’ Baron Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 16, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


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

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.