Wizards Waive Livingston and Earl Barron..Sign Shelvin Mack

The Earl Barron era is officially over in Washington D.C.

A midst another loss to the Detroit Pistons, Ernie Grunfeld decided to waive fan favorites, Shaun Livingston and Earl Barron.

Averaging just short of four points and two assists, Livingston wasn’t nearly as productive in Washington as he was in 2010. He looked a bit too passive in certain situations in which the Wizards desperately needed offense. One thing Livingston did well was help the Wizards push the tempo. I’m confident Livingston, who I was campaigning for on Twitter, will get another shot in the NBA.

Earl Barron had a handful of decent games, including the recent match up against the Atlanta Hawks. Unlike Livingston, Barron looked to shoot every time he touched the ball. The bad part is, Barron rarely made his shots. At 7″ foot tall, Barron shot just 35 percent from the floor. That’s not good. While he did suffer a bit on offense, Barron did contribute at times by rebounding and defending.

After waiving the two players, the Wizards were reportedly looking for help in the back court. To accommodate that need, Washington signed Shelvin Mack, who they had drafted two years ago. After having a not so good start in the summer league, the Wizards decided it was a better idea to keep Jannero Pargo rather than Mack.

And here we are, months later, and Mack is back on the roster. Mack has averaged over 17 points and 6 assists in the NBA Developmental League. He was ranked fourth in the NBDL’s “call up rankings” before the Wizards signed him this Sunday.

I think it’s fair to say that Mack wont help the Wizards win many games, but he will have the chance to contribute more than Livingston and Earl Barron. Mack’s familiarity with head coach Randy Wittman and the rest of the roster, will help his transition back to the NBA go smoothly.

The Wizards still have a roster spot available. I’m interested to see if they will attempt to sign another free agent, or perhaps acquire a player through trade.

 

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