Expect to see Jordan McRae in these parts again next season with one notable difference.
The Wizards signed the swingman to a non-guaranteed contract for the 2019-20 season, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Washington.
Washington also signed G-League guard Tarik Phillip, a source confirmed.
McRae, 28, spent the current campaign bouncing between the Wizards and the Go-Go, Washington’s G-League affiliate. The 6-foot-5 guard dazzled with the Go-Go, finishing as the G-League’s leading scorer at 30.4 points per game with a single-game high of 54 points. McRae received All-NBA G-League First team honors.
His opportunities varied with the parent club, but the offensive-minded McRae averaged 5.9 points and 12 minutes in 27 games with the Wizards. He scored a season-high 21 points in Washington’s win at Phoenix on Mar. 27 and dropped 20 against Atlanta in February.
Playing time, just like his contract, won’t be guaranteed next season, but the potential for more minutes exists. Washington only had four players under contract for next season entering Tuesday's final game of the regular season. Of those four, only guards Bradley Beal and Troy Brown Jr. are likely rotation pieces at the start of next season.
John Wall’s Achilles injury should keep the All-Star off the court for the majority of next season. Center Ian Mahinmi fell out of the playing rotation over the second half of the current season.
McRae, a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers 2016-17 NBA champions, sat out last season with a shoulder injury. Known for his offensive game, he then led the G-League in 40-point (six) and 30-point (19).
“It was the first time in my life being injured," McRae said in January. Being out for a whole year, it was tough for me,” McRae said. “Being with these guys every day, going back and forth with the Wizards, it’s tiring, but its fun. It’s my job.”
Phillip, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 13.8 points in 34 games for the Memphis Hustle. The Brooklyn native spent the 2017-18 playing overseas following a three-year college career with West Virginia. The contract with Washington is non-guaranteed, according to The Athletic, which first reported the signing.
The Washington Post initially reported McRae’s signing.
The Wizards (32-49) close the season Tuesday at home against the Celtics.
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