Alan Anderson, who had a disastrous 2015-16 with the Wizards because of repeated setbacks from two left ankle surgeries, is slated to meet with them this weekend in Las Vegas, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com.
The Wizards won't have much, if any, cap room after signing free agents Ian Mahinmi, Jason Smith and Andrew Nicholson, trading for Trey Burke and bringing in 2012 second-round pick Tomas Satoransky from Europe.
The Wizards do have the $2.9 million room mid-level exception which is granted to under-the-cap teams. Or they could go over the cap to sign a veteran such as Anderson to the $1.3 million minimum.
Anderson earned $4.1 million last season but only played 13 games. He averaged a career-low 5.0 points per game and shot just 35.6% from the field. Currently, the Wizards have Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre on the wing.
Numbers aren't always an accurate gauge of impact, however, and the Wizards like his strong, physical 6-6 frame while defending the wing and his attitude. Considering how much younger the locker room has gotten now that they've moved away from Nene, Garrett Temple, Ramon Sessions, Jared Dudley and Drew Gooden, the Wizards likely will look for a veteran wing.
Whether Anderson can be that guy will depend on the health of his ankle. The first surgery, after his previous season with the Brooklyn Nets ended, was botched, CSNmidatlantic.com was told by league sources.
A fragment was left in and it was brushing against the a tendon and causing it to fray which necessitated the second surgery just before the regular season -- and after he'd signed with the Wizards as a free agent.
The Wizards left from Las Vegas on Thursday after practice for summer league play that begins Saturday.