Wizards waiving CJ Miles to sign Anzejs Pasecniks to NBA deal
The Washington Wizards have made a decision on the future of 7-foot-1 rookie Anzejs Pasecniks.
Candace Buckner reports that the Wizards front office has opted to convert the 24-year-old’s two-way deal to a standard contract.
Unfortunately for veteran guard C.J. Miles, he has been selected to be the sacrificial lamb. Washington has reportedly decided to waive the services of the 32-year-old in order to make room on the roster for Pasecniks.
The #Wizards are waiving CJ Miles to make roster space for center Anzejs Pasecniks, The Post has learned.
Pasecniks, the 7-1 center, will have his two-way contract converted to a standard NBA contract.
The team is also bringing back Johnathan Williams on a two-way
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) January 12, 2020
Pasecniks has been a revelation for the Wizards since making his debut for the squad on December 18. The Latvian national was called into action following the injury of starting center Thomas Bryant. Needless to say, Pasecniks definitely took advantage of the opportunity handed to him.
In 13 appearances for the Wizards, Pasecniks has averaged 8.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 22.1 minutes per game. He has proven to be a steady contributor for the second unit, providing some quality minutes as a backup to fill-in starter Ian Mahinmi.
Bryant is reportedly close to a return — along with All-Star guard Bradley Beal. This will almost certainly mean that Pasecniks will once again need to assume a reserved role. Nonetheless, he has done enough as of late to prove to head coach Scott Brooks that he deserves a spot.
As for Miles, the 6-foot-6 guard/forward underwent surgery on his injured wrist in early December. He is currently without a timetable to return.
Unfortunately for him, he will need to look for a new team once he is able to recover form his current injury.