With Davis Bertans out of the mix for the league's restart in Orlando, the Wizards have agreed to terms with guard Jerian Grant to take his place on the roster. NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller first had the news.
Grant, a 27-year-old guard, played for the Capital City Go-Go, the Wizards' G-League affiliate, this season. He is the son of former Bullets player Harvey Grant and served as a ballboy for the team when he was a kid in the 1990s.
Grant will give the Wizards some backcourt depth. Though he primarily plays point guard, he can also play off-the-ball and can guard multiple positions on defense, where he excels.
A first-round pick in 2015, Grant has four years of NBA experience. He has played for the Knicks, Bulls and Magic. He is originally from Silver Spring, MD and went to DeMatha High School.
Grant joined the Go-Go for 39 games this season. He averaged 16.3 points, 5.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds. He shot 47.5 percent from the field and 44.1 percent from three (3.7 3PA).
Grant will be a back-up for Ish Smith and Shabazz Napier at the point guard spot. If he sees time at shooting guard, it will be behind Bradley Beal and possibly Jerome Robinson as well. Robinson is a young, unproven player but has shown some flashes since coming over at the trade deadline. The Wizards also have Garrison Mathews at the two-spot.
Grant, though, is known for his defense and the Wizards need to make continued improvements defending the perimeter. They held the 11th-best defensive rating after the trade deadline, but have been among the worst defensive teams in the NBA this season.
Grant's deal will not be official until July 1.
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Wizards will sign Jerian Grant to replace Davis Bertans originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington