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Jarell Eddie, Wizards agree to push back guarantee date for 2016-17 season

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It looks like Jarell Eddie is going to have to wait a little longer to secure his spot on the Wizards’ roster for next season.

J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic is reporting Eddie and the Wizards have agreed to push back the day where Eddie’s contract becomes fully guaranteed to a later date. As Michael explains, this shouldn’t be taken as a sign that Eddie is losing his spot on the roster for next season:

The Wizards, however, still have moves to make to retool their roster and asked Eddie's representation to mutually agree to move back the guarantee date. It also suggests that the Wizards are trying to work out a way to retain Eddie's services as well as addressing other roster concerns.

There really shouldn’t be any question about whether or not Eddie has earned his spot on next year’s roster at this point. The fact that they brought him to Summer League in the first place was a clear indicator they wanted to bring him back. And he hasn’t done anything in Las Vegas to play his way out of a spot on the roster. He’s averaging 13.5 points per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 38.1 percent on three-pointers.

This shouldn’t be looked at as anything more than some simple cap maneuvering, similar to what the Celtics did with Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko earlier this month. The team still has roster spots to fill and there are also agreed upon contracts that need to be addressed as well. Remember: Washington has yet to officially announce that they’ve signed Tomas Satoransky or Bradley Beal. The Wizards have to use cap space to sign Satoransky to his deal, so they can’t execute moves where they’re allowed to go over the cap, like signing Beal to his extension or guaranteeing Eddie’s salary, until the Satoransky contract is official.