The Washington Wizards signed combo forward Mike Scott early Tuesday morning in an effort to provide some front court depth.
Free agent guard Mike Scott is finalizing a minimum deal with the Washington Wizards, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 4, 2017
Scott, a former standout at the University of Virginia, signed a one-year deal worth the veteran’s minimum which is estimated to be around $1.7 million. The Chesapeake, Va., native will make the 14th contract that Washington has solidified as they await the decision of restricted free-agent forward Otto Porter.
The Wiz are reportedly signing Mike Scott, a perfect candidate to benefit from the Wall Effect, to a minimum deal https://t.co/2HzregSFdR
— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) July 4, 2017
In an effort to gather some veteran – and cheap – help for their bench the Wizards also signed guard Jodie Meeks, who only played in 38 games last season. Those 38 games were twice as much as Scott who missed a majority of the season with knee season. After being traded from the Atlanta Hawks to the Phoenix Suns, Scott, was waived.
A key rotational piece to an Atlanta team that won 60 games back in 2014-2015 season, Scott is a player who excels in the “Stretch-four” position with his toughness to guard forwards – evident to his 95.6 defensive rating – and a shooting touch that saw him shoot 39.2 percent from downtown during his last full season in 2015-2016.
During the summer of 2015 Scott and his brother Antonn, were arrested in Banks County, Ga., for possession of MDMA and Marijuana. The evidence was thrown out in court however, as the judge ruled that the traffic stop was racially motivated.
Wait did this Mike Scott story actually get traction as it should have during the playoffs? https://t.co/7S0HskbubC
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) June 30, 2017
In only 18 games last season, Scott averaged a career low in both points and rebounds with 2.5 and 1.5 respectively.