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Daily Digits: The Jodie Meeks trade clears a path for Jordan McRae

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Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we take a look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add some context, and discuss how it affects the product on the court.

Today’s stat is the number of NBA championships won by players on the Wizards roster, which is...


One title belongs to Ian Mahinmi, who was a reserve on the Mavericks in 2011, the other belongs to Jordan McRae, who played exactly two minutes and fifty-seven seconds for the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the 2016 NBA Finals. He showed promise in Cleveland, earning All Summer League First Team honors in 2016, but there was no time or room for development with LeBron James’ win-now mandate.

After the Cavaliers waived him in 2017, he couldn’t find a deal and spent last season in Spain. The Wizards signed McRae to a two-way deal over the summer to give the team some cheap depth while Jodie Meeks served out his suspension, but now that he’s out of the picture, it means McRae could stick on the roster a bit longer.

Washington only has 13 players on the roster at the moment. By rule, they have to add another player within the next two weeks to get back up to 14. An easy way to solve that is to convert one of their two-way contracts into a full deal.

They could convert Devin Robinson, who had a nice showing in the preseason finale, but he would be stuck behind the team’s glut at the forward positions, so he’d either rot on the bench or more likely get optioned down to the G-League to get reps and experience. The Wizards would effectively just be giving him a raise to keep playing on the Go-Go.

McRae may not have Robinson’s upside, but he would fill an immediate need for extra depth at guard, and he has more experience with Washington’s current roster than anyone else available in free agency. It helps that he also played pretty well for Washington during the preseason, scoring 20 points in 20 minutes of action.

Besides, the Wizards could use another guy who knows a thing about winning a title.