Washington has only had 13 players for the last two weeks after trading Jodie Meeks to the Bucks. They had to sign someone on Tuesday to get back to the 14-player roster minimum. They still have one roster spot open if they want to sign another player.
Randle played with the Wizards during preseason, averaging 5.3 points and 2.3 assists in under 13 minutes per game. It looked like he was going to play for the Capital City Go-Go this season after Washington cut him in training camp, but now it appears he’ll be with the Wizards for the time being.
The Wizards have until January 7 to make a decision on what to do with Randle for the rest of the season. If he’s still on the roster at that point, the rest of his contract will be fully guaranteed, regardless of whether or not they keep him or waive him to make room for someone else.
UPDATE: On Wednesday, the Wizards announced they optioned Randle back down to the Go-Go. There isn’t any playing time at the guard spots right now, so it makes sense to keep him in the G-League where he can get some playing time. So basically, he gets to keep doing what he was going to do anyway, but now he’s getting NBA money to do it. It’s a pretty sweet deal, and he’ll be close by if there is an injury issue that would necessitate his presence.