The scene at Verizon Center is a familiar one for Jarell Eddie, a 6-7 shooter who joined the Wizards at Wednesday morning shootaround before a game vs. the Memphis Grizzlies (CSN, CSNmidatlantic.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 6:30).
"It was as much as a surprise to me as to you," said Eddie, who was brought in on a non-guaranteed deaI from the D-League's Austin Spurs. "Just got the call yesterday morning. I was sleep. They told me and I was on a plane to D.C."
Eddie competed for the Wizards in 2014 Las Vegas summer league but opted to attend training camp a few months later with the Atlanta Hawks because they offered him money up front. He also signed a 10-day contract with them in March but didn't appear in a game.
This past summer, Eddie joined the Golden State Warriors for training camp. Like the Hawks, they offered Eddie money up front while the Wizards only would offer a make-good contract for a chance to make the 15-man roster.
Eddie shot 45% from three-point range in the D-League last season and was shooting 53% from deep this season which is why he got the call. The Wizards (12-14) are wearing their backcourt thin with injuries to Gary Neal (lower back) and Otto Porter (left thigh bruise) and needed depth. Center Ryan Hollins, who also was on a non-guaranteed deal, was waived to create a spot for Eddie. Porter didn't shoot around with the Wizards which means he's extremely unlikely to play Wednesday though Neal did.
"You're playing with better athletes. There's great athletes in the D-league but NBA talent you're going against every night, you're going to have guys close out on you a little harder, a better contest," Eddie said of the adjustments he'll face trying to get off his shot in the NBA. "That'll be the biggest difference but at the end of the day it's just shooting the ball."
The Wizards have followed Eddie's progress closely since the shooter left Virginia Tech. Ever since his pre-draft workouts, his name has always been in the air as a possibility
"I never doubted," Eddie said of getting a chance to play in the NBA. "I knew it was a process and the timing had to be right. I just continue to work, continue to do what I do. I knew eventually someone would call."
Eddie only had about an hour of shootaround time with his new team and how much, or if, coach Randy Wittman uses him tonight is uncertain. But given how many minutes John Wall, Ramon Sessions and Garrett Temple are playing, he'll eventually get some spot minutes at least.
Eddie's non-guaranteed contract becomes fully guaranteed by Jan. 10, though the Wizards could opt to release him to reopen the roster spot pending need and his performance.
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