Alan Anderson, who played a mere 13 games in a Wizards uniform, will not be adding to that tally next season. He has signed a veteran’s minimum deal with the Clippers, according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.
Anderson was hampered by ankle issues last season and never got a chance to live up to the one-year, $4 million deal he signed with the Wizards last summer. Though he showed moments of promise in limited action last season, it’s understandable why he and the Wizards weren’t able to come to terms on a new deal, even though the Wizards still have the $2.9 million Room Exception at their disposal.
Now that Anderson is off the table, it looks more and more like the Wizards very well may not add another small forward to the roster before training camp. The only free agents left are players like Chase Budinger, Caron Butler, Rasual Butler, Lance Stephenson, Tayshaun Prince, etc. hoping they can get a veteran’s minimum deal. If that’s the case, they’ll be doing so even though John Wall said he wanted to see the team add another small forward during an interview with NBA TV in July.
At the end of the day, it might be smarter for Washington to roll the dice with a young wing like Danuel House rather than spend extra for a veteran who doesn’t bring anything more to the table. That said, Washington would be taking a huge risk going into such an important season with no small forward over the age of 23. If that proves to be the case, it says a lot about how much faith they’re putting in Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre to produce next season.
The move should also reinforce how committed the Wizards were to overhauling the bench. The only holdovers from last year’s reserves are Kelly Oubre (who is still on his rookie deal), Marcus Thornton (who signed late last season), and possibly Jarell Eddie (assuming the Wizards guarantee his contract).