The Wizards are waiting to hear from Brandon Jennings, once he clears waivers, if he'll join them as they've been in heavy pursuit of the free-agent point guard the last 24 hours, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com.
Jennings requested his release from the N.Y. Knicks earlier this week so he could play for a playoff team. The waiver process takes 48 hours and he becomes a free agent. Instead of being on the hook for his $5 million salary, his new team would be able to pay him the pro-rated veteran minimum for the rest of the season.
One of the weaknessess with the roster is the backup guard play with the second unit behind John Wall. Trey Burke hasn't been able to get them organized and excecuting lately and Jennings is expected to be better at it.
Despite Jennings' down season in terms of numbers with the New York Knicks, 8.6 ponts, 4.9 assists, 38% overall shooting and 34% from three, the Wizards jumped at the chance to make a push with 25 games left in the regular season. They've lost their first two out of the All-Star break to increase the urgency to upgrade.
The Wizards would have to waive a guaranteed contract to make room for Jennings because they have the maximum 15 on the roster. It'll likely be Burke, who is in the final year of his rookie deal.