Wizards head coach Scott Brooks was not permitted to discuss the signing of free agent point guard Brandon Jennings until it became official. So, following his team's pummeling of the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, and after the team had issued an official announcement, Brooks finally gave his take.
Naturally, he is excited to have another scorer and backup to John Wall on his bench.
"He gives us another very good player. He can play alongside John, he can play with Brad and he can play with all of the second-unit guys. It’s a good pickup for us moving forward," Brooks said.
Jennings will require Brooks to incorporate yet another new player after recently adding Bojan Bogdanovic from the Nets and Ian Mahinmi from injury. The transition for both was not smooth at first, but they have come around. Now Jennings will go through the same process.
"There is definitely going to be an adjustment. Everybody is going to have to stay ready and everybody is going to have to just focus on playing their minutes hard and for the team. It’s what we’ve done. It’s what we’ve been building our team on and the culture of our team is doing it together," Brooks said.
Brooks also commented on the release of rookie Danuel House, who was waived to clear a spot on their 15-man roster for Jennings:
"We have to make a decision on one of them. We can’t keep them. It’d be nice to petition the league for 16, but we can’t. He has a bright future. It was tough to see him go. He’s had some good moments with us in practice and he’s played well in the D-League. Hopefully he can get picked up, or who knows, we can meet again. I thought he’s had a good impact with the year that he’s had with us."
John Wall and Markieff Morris each see a lot of NBA basketball ahead for the 23-year-old House:
"It's unfortunate but it's not the end of the world," Morris said. "I talk to him all the time. This is your first chance. Second and third chances are going to come. You just got to keep pushing on. He was in a tough situation here. Just got to keep going."
"It's a business. I think his injury to his wrist kind of hurt him a little bit," Wall said. "Not having the opportunity to play and see what he can do. I still think he's a young, promising player in this league. Hopefully he gets the opportunity. Maybe back here. We don't know. I think he can help an NBA team if he gets the chance. He's athletic. He can shoot the ball. He does a lot of things on the basketball court that people probably don't see."