Free agent Mike Scott has agreed to a one-year deal with the Clippers, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2018
Scott was an unexpected spark plug off the Wizards bench last year, averaging 8.8 points per game while shooting a career best 52.7 percent from the field. Scott was a priority for the Wizards this offseason, but they were unable to bring him back.
Though it’s unclear what the exact terms of Scott’s deal with the Clippers are, the Wizards weren’t in the best spot to retain him. They didn’t have his full bird rights after just a season in Washington and the team would’ve had to use their mid-level exception to retain him. The Clippers, with enough cap space, were likely able to beat whatever offer the Wizards sent Scott’s way.
In his stead, the Wizards claimed Thomas Bryant off of waivers, per Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. The 6-10 center shouldn’t be expected to replace Scotts production — he’s not a scorer or the same floor spacer Scott was. But he’s young, athletic and may be able to work his way into a roster spot for the team by the time camp roles around.
The Wizards haven’t made any inspiring moves this offseason. They’ve missed on Scott, let Nerlens Noel get away to Oklahoma City, and haven’t been involved in any trade talks for high profile players. It’s hard to see a path to improvement for the team, but free agency is still young.