The Wizards made official their signing of free agent point guard Brandon Jennings on Wednesday and also confirmed the release of rookie forward Danuel House to vacate a spot on their 15-man roster.
Washington had to wait 48 hours for Jennings to clear waivers following his release from the New York Knicks on Monday. The Wizards quickly emerged as his most serious suitor and Jennings gave them a verbal agreement ahead of the contract becoming official.
Here is what Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said about Jennings after the contract was signed:
“Brandon gives us playmaking ability and experience at the guard position while adding another scoring option as well. His presence, along with the recent acquisition of Bojan Bogdanovic and the continued progression of Ian Mahinmi, will help our team as we continue our push towards the playoffs.”
Jennings, 27, is averaging 8.6 points through 58 games this season. He will help add scoring punch to their bench and also spell John Wall, who is sixth in the NBA in minutes played.
House, 23, signed with the Wizards as an undrafted rookie out of Texas A&M this past offseason. He spent much of his time this year rehabbing a right wrist injury that he suffered in practice.