Depending on what the Wizards do this summer, there’s a chance they’ll need some young, cheap players to help fill out their roster. From the looks of things, it appears they may already have one.
According to J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic, Jarell Eddie will be playing with the Wizards at the Las Vegas Summer League in July. That means, if nothing else, the Wizards are open to exercising their team option to bring him back next season. As Michael explains, it’s a chance for Eddie to earn his way on to the roster next season:
If his rights aren't renounced by July 15, his non-guaranteed salary becomes fully guaranteed. That they're not renouncing him July 1 when free agency opens to clear the roster spot literally puts the ball in his court to impress new coach Scott Brooks.
The Wizards kick off their Summer League schedule on July 9, and could still very well be in the thick of action on the 15th, depending on how they fare in the Summer League tournament. Either way, they should have a few games to evaluate how Eddie is performing before they make a final decision.
Eddie’s relatively small cap hold (just under $1 million) won’t affect the Wizards’ cap space all that much this summer, so it’s smart of the team to keep him around to see if he can build on what he showed at times last season after the team signed him in December.
As Quinten Rosborough noted in his evaluation of Jarell Eddie, he didn’t show much in his rookie year, other than the capability to get hot from deep at times. That said, it would be good to see the Wizards continue to work with a young talent, especially in a year where they don’t currently have a draft pick. Hopefully he can do enough in Las Vegas to show he’s worth keeping around for next season.