The Wizards announced a pair of roster moves on Thursday afternoon, waiving Carrick Felix and assigning Devin Robinson to the Delaware 87ers of the G-League.
Felix signed a one-year, unguaranteed deal with the team this summer and earned his spot on the roster with a strong performance during the preseason, beating out Donald Sloan and Daniel Ochefu for the final spot. However, he never got an opportunity to play during the regular season. His best chance at playing time would have come on Sunday when the Wizards routed the Kings and there was plenty of time to get end-of-bench guys in the game, but he was suspended that game after leaving the bench during the Warriors fight.
The decision to waive Felix comes as a bit of a surprise. The guarantee date for unguaranteed deals like his isn’t until January 10, so there wasn’t an immediate need to release him. At the same time, now that Markieff Morris is healthy, it’s even harder to envision him cracking the rotation, so the Wizards would have just been doling out salary and paying extra luxury tax payments on a guy who isn’t getting on the floor. Plus, he’s 27, so it’s not like they’re missing out an opportunity for him to develop.
The news on Robinson is much less surprising. He’s out with a foot injury, so keeping him with the team would just cut into the 45 days he’s allowed to spend with the team on his two-way contract. (The time he’s spent with the team already this season doesn’t count because Delaware doesn’t start their season until Friday.)
The Wizards now have an open spot on their 15-man roster, which they can use to sign a player or use in an unbalanced trade to receive more players than they send out. Alternatively, they could use that spot to promote Michael Young, the team’s other two-way player, to a full roster spot.