Greivis Vasquez played in just three games this past NBA season, scoring a grand total of 7 points over 38 minutes of play for the lowly Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets released the former Maryland Terrapin in November after doctors determined he would need another surgery to repair his ankle that had failed him the season before. But Vasquez says he is healthy now after rehabbing with family in Venezuela. He plans to return to the United States before free agency begins and there is at least one team he would love to play for:
Your Washington Wizards.
In an interview on Baltimore’s 105.7 The Fan on Wednesday, Vasquez said it was “the plan” for him to play for the Wizards this coming season.
“Hopefully they’re interested, obviously they want to see me healthy,” Vasquez said. “I’m still in the process of rehabbing, but that would be a great thing for my career, just play the next three or four years in D.C. and help that team, because I know I can help any team, but D.C. is a special city for me. I could go back to a city that’s done so much for me in my college career, so we’ll see what happens.”
Vasquez, 30, was a first round pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2010 after a career in College Park that earned him the honor of having his red-and-black Terps’ jersey hang in the same rafters as Len Bias.
A former high school teammate of Kevin Durant at Montrose Christian, Vasquez has had a well-traveled NBA career, playing for six teams in seven seasons. He’s a 35 percent career three-point shooter and averages just a hair under five assists per-game since he’s been in the NBA.
Vasquez had tons of memorable moments at Maryland, but in the NBA perhaps his best highlight came against Durant’s Thunder in the 2011 playoffs when swished an ugly three-pointer in Russell Westbrook’s grill.
But would Vasquez fit in with the Wizards? If he’s healthy, absolutely.
Coming off a season where he played just three games, it seems Vasquez is eager to get back in the league, so it would likely be a cheap gamble for Ernie Grunfeld and the front office to take. And besides, could Vasquez really be that much worse than the Wizards’ recent options at backup point guard?
Wizards fans are hoping that the front office opens up the checkbook to address bench issues this off-season, and while Vasquez might not be the best option as John Wall’s primary backup, he would be a solid addition to this team as someone who can dish, shoot and play both guard spots.
And Wizards fans don’t want to see General Greivis doing the shimmy in a Raptors’ uniform again, do they?
All aboard the #GV2DC train.