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Report: Justin Anderson finalizes non-guaranteed contract with Wizards

Justin Anderson, Wizards

The Washington Wizards are signing journeyman forward Justin Anderson to a non-guaranteed contract, per The Athletic’s Fred Katz.

The 25-year-old Anderson last played for the Atlanta Hawks the past season, appearing in 48 games. The 6-foot-6 wing averaged 3.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest in limited playing time with the Eastern Conference franchise. Anderson arrived in Atlanta in the three-team Carmelo Anthony trade, with the Philadelphia 76ers sending him down to Georgia.

Anderson joins a Wizards team with wing players such as rookies Rui Hachimura and Admiral Schofield, veteran CJ Miles and second-year forward Troy Brown Jr.

Washington selected Hachimura and Schofield with the ninth and 42nd overall picks, respectively. Hachimura competed for Japan recently in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, finishing winless in the group stage against the United States, Czech Republic and Turkey.

Anderson entered the league as a first-round pick (21st overall) of the Dallas Mavericks in the 2015 NBA Draft. Anderson appeared in only 100-plus games for the Mavs before being traded to the Sixers in the Nerlens Noel deal. He was a frequent visitor to the team’s G League affiliate, Texas Legends, for more playing time.

The Wizards are currently evaluating multiple players as new general manager Tommy Sheppard configures a strange roster in a quasi-rebuild, especially while All-Star point guard John Wall is expected to miss an extended period of time.