WASHINGTON — In a move that has many around the league scratching their heads, the Wizards agreed to sign center Jason Smith to a three-year, $16 million deal.
Smith started two games and appeared in 76 for the Orlando Magic last year, averaging 7.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 15.5 minutes per game, and he shot .485 from the field. Over his 8-year career, Smith has averaged 6.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 17.4 minutes per game while shooting .466 from the field.
He is capable of big games, as evidenced by his 25-point, 13-rebound game against the Denver Nuggets last season, and he has three games of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in his career.
Washington already has incumbent starter Marcin Gortat on the roster, and they recently signed Ian Mahinmi to a four-year, $64 million deal to, in theory, be his backup. Markieff Morris is the presumed starter at power forward, and the Wizards added Andrew Nicholson, Smith’s teammate last year, to back Morris up.
The current roster is:
Point Guard: John Wall, Trey Burke, Tomas Satoransky
Shooting Guard: Bradley Beal
Small Forward: Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre
Power Forward: Markieff Morris, Andrew Nicholson
Center: Marcin Gortat, Ian Mahinmi, Jason Smith