The Washington Wizards have moved quickly to fill the roster spot created by waiving injured guard Roger Mason. The team has signed former first-round pick Morris Almond from the NBA Developmental League's Maine Red Claws, according to a report by Ridiculous Upside's Scott Schroeder. Schroeder reports that the move will be finalized this week.
A first-round pick of the Utah Jazz in 2007, Almond has always been capable of scoring, but has struggled to stick in the league because he hasn't demonstrated an ability to do much else. However, Schroeder notes that Almond has demonstrated more of an all-around game this year for the Red Claws. Almond averaged 23.4 points and six rebounds in 29 games for the Red Claws, all while shooting 46 percent from three-point range. His D-League season ended when the Red Claws were knocked out of the playoffs.
It's a smart move by the Wizards to see if Almond can stick in the league. He certainly has the talent, but just hasn't found the right opportunity or disposition. At age 27, this is likely one of his last opportunities to make it work. Given how weak the Wizards are on the wings, it's a great chance for him. Hopefully, he has learned from his earlier stints in the league.
And if not? At least his Twitter account is entertaining.