Wizards signing Jerian Grant to replace Davis Bertans in Orlando
The Washington Wizards have made their decision on the player they will be replacing Davis Bertans with. According to reports, Washington is set to sign 6-foot-4 point guard Jerian Grant, who will be joining the team by July 1.
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Earlier, Bertans announced that he was opting out of the remainder of the season. The 27-year-old has been one of the biggest revelations of the league this term. Bertans is going to be a free agent in the offseason, and he has opted to play it safe by skipping Washington’s remaining games, and instead focus on his upcoming free agency. Bertans averaged 15.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists, while also connecting on 3.7 triples per game on a highly-impressive 42.4-percent clip. Needless to say, replacing him will be an extremely difficult, if not impossible task for Washington.
As for Grant, the 27-year-old was unable to secure an NBA deal this past season, after spending the 2018-19 campaign with the Orlando Magic. In Orlando, Grant played 60 games, averaging 4.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 15.7 minutes per contest. He is a far cry from Bertans, but he should be able to provide some quality minutes off the bench for the Wizards moving forward.
Washington currently possesses a 24-20 record and will be entering the restart five and a half games behind the eight-seeded Orlando Magic in the East. The revised season format will feature a play-in tournament for the final spot in the playoffs, so this certainly boosts the Wizards’ odds of making a postseason run this term.