It was evident right from the start of the NBA free agency period that the Wizards would not be willing to re-sign A.J. Price, who the Wizards signed this past season as their veteran backup point guard. After failing to help the team stay afloat in John Wall’s absence, the Wizards decided to move on from Price, and ultimately settled for Eric Maynor in just the first week of free agency.
Unlike this off season, the Wizards didn’t pursue their targeted free agents right out of the gate last year, which is primarily the reason Price received an opportunity in the nation’s capital. As fate would have it, Price was forced to carry the team and play more minutes than anticipated, but the results weren’t pretty. Despite numerous injuries which derailed Washington’s season, their horrendous record at the beginning of the season became a reflection of Price’s inability to lead the team during an unfortunate time.
Averaging nearly 8 points and 4 assists per game this past season, Price’s numbers were comparable to other productive backup point guards, but Washington’s awful start to the season was primarily the reason the Wizards went in a different direction.
The free agent frenzy has definitely dwindled down, and Price still hasn’t been able to find himself an NBA home. The former UConn Husky has even reportedly entertained playing for a team overseas if he doesn’t receive any interest during this NBA season. Despite the unanticipated turn of events, Price still won’t hold a grudge against the Wizards.
No hard feelings towards the Wizards. They gave me the opportunity to showcase myself. I wish them the best of luck, regardless of whether I play in the league this year or not…
-via J.Michael of CSN Washington
With Price gone, the Wizards are hoping Eric Maynor could fill the void as their primary backup point guard as he did with the Oklahoma City Thunder and most recently the Portland Trail Blazers. On paper, Maynor seems like an upgrade over Price, but their statistics are virtually identical. Both players have bounced around the league, but Maynor has some winning experience under his belt, since he was a part of the Thunder team which played in the NBA Finals just a few seasons ago.
It remains to be seen if Price will get another opportunity in the NBA. We’ll certainly keep you updated on his situation.