It’s no secret that the Washington Wizards are looking to upgrade their backup point guard position before the NBA trade deadline later this month. Signing Eric Maynor this past off-season obviously hasn’t worked out, and the team has opted to play Garrett Temple as their primary backup guard off the bench, which isn’t his natural position.
Several teams have called Milwaukee about point guard Luke Ridnour, including Washington and Sacramento, a league source said.
Like Sacramento, the Wizards also have Andre Miller high on their list in terms of players they’d pursue before the deadline. Both teams are looking for a backup guard, since John Wall and Isaiah Thomas are forced to carry most of the load offensively.
Ridnour is averaging about 6 points and 4 assists per game this season, but he’s missed a few games with injuries. He’s been a serviceable point guard throughout his career, averaging double-digit points for 7 of his 11 seasons in the NBA. Ridnour would be an upgrade over Garrett Temple offensively, since he’s capable of shooting the ball from the perimeter, but he’s not a reliable defender.
I’m not surprised that Ridnour is also on Washington’s list, but I still think they’ll lean towards Andre Miller or Beno Udrih as previously reported. As Mike Prada of Bullets Forever pointed out, Ridnour has over $4 million left on his deal and it would take multiple players to acquire him, unless they’re looking to get more players back from Milwaukee.
With the way these rumors keep coming out, I think the Wizards will probably be trading for a backup guard before the deadline. Which guard? Well, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.