The San Antonio Spurs selected McRae with the 58th overall pick in the 2014 draft and traded him to the 76ers on draft night, but Philadelphia wound up cutting McRae in training camp. Since then, he has bounced the NBA, G-League, and international scene, including a standout performance in 2016 in Las Vegas where he earned First-Team All-Summer League honors.
He will fill the Wizards’ second two-way contract slot that’s been open since the team released Mike Young back in early January, but he isn’t your typical two-way player. At age 27, he won’t provide the same upside as other players on these deals, but he’s more pro-ready than most of the other players available at this price point, which could come in handy with Washington’s unusual predicament to start the season.
Two-way contracts are structured so that players spend most of the season in the G-League, but they can spend up to 45 days with their parent club. Washington could use McRae to fill Meeks’ roster spot while he serves out the final 19 games of his suspension. Last season, it took the Wizards 38 days from the start of the season until they played their 19th game, so McRae should be able to stay on the roster for the duration of Meeks’ suspension before they either have to send him to the Go-Go for the rest of the season or convert his contract to a full NBA deal.