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2019 NBA Free Agency: Wizards sign Ish Smith, enter in exploratory talks with Isaiah Thomas

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With Tomas Satoransky now in Chicago, they have to fill the point guard situation with reinforcements.

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Ish Smith is coming to D.C.
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The Wizards have signed point guard Ish Smith to a two-year, $12 million dollar deal. The move came hours before it was announced at Tomas Satoransky would leave in a sign-and-trade to the Chicago Bulls.

After spending most of her career as a prototypical journeyman, Smith has spent the past three seasons with the Detroit Pistons, where he averaged 9.8 points and 4.5 assists in 24 minutes per game.

The Wizards are also reportedly in talks with Isaiah Thomas, though no deal has been reached. Thomas averaged 24 points a game over two breakout seasons with the Boston Celtics, earning the “King of the 4th” moniker, before injuries derailed his 2017-2018 and 2018-2020 seasons.

The pivot from Tomas Satoransky to Smith and Thomas will be a stylistic change for the team, but an understandable one given Washington’s need for shot creation while John Wall is injured.