When a team is on a roll like the Wizards, better quality free agents such as Brandon Jennings want to join them because of their potential to run deep into the playoffs.
Friday, before suiting up for the first time with his new team against the Toronto Raptors, Jennings was eager to get to work since getting his release from the New York Knicks.
"I just wanted to go to a situation that made sense, a team that likes to play fast," Jennings said. "That's how I like to play. It was kind of like a no-brainer."
Jennings will play behind John Wall, but how long it will take for him to be the primary option instead of Tomas Satoransky or Trey Burke isn't clear. It could be as early as tonight as Jennings went through a workout with his new teammates on Thursday.
"I just felt like the Wizards made sense. The way John plays. The way the whole team plays," said Jennings, who came off the bench in 47 of 58 games played with New York. "I just felt like I could be a real big help off the bench, just bringing energy.
"Try not to be the piece that messes everything up because they're already on a good run so the hardest thing is to try to come in and try to pick it up."
Jennings is signed on a pro-rated veteran minimum deal through the rest of the season. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
The Wizards and Raptors are tied 1-1 in the season series. The winner gets the edge in the tiebreaker, if there is one, for playoff seeding.