Washington Wizards will waive rookie Danuel House, making room for Brandon Jennings, who verbally agreed to a deal with Washington on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-7 swingman looked like a prototypical 3-and-D player, capable of spacing the floor and disrupting opponents on the other end. His athleticism made him a potential “steal,” especially under Scott Brooks, who’s built a reputation of developing those types of players.
House earned a guaranteed deal with the Wizards, but broke his wrist early in the season, hindering his development. Without any playing time available, the Wizards sent House down to the NBA D-League for multiple stints.
Washington’s bench is currently 29th in scoring and last in assists, but the setback didn’t allow House to showcase his talent.
Instead, House spent the vast majority of his rookie season on the bench in a suit.
Jennings, who’s averaging 9 points and 5 assists this season, will become the Wizards’ primary backup guard.
Some speculated that Trey Burke, who didn’t fly with the Wizards to Toronto on Wednesday, would get waived in order to make room for Jennings on the Wizards’ roster.
But Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that House will be the one to get cut from Washington.
Since Brooks wasn’t able to assess House throughout the season, it’s hard to imagine a situation where the rookie would’ve played going forward. The NBA Playoffs are just over a month away and Brooks will have to solidify his rotation.
Burke, while underwhelming, is a veteran capable of scoring in spurts.
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Perhaps more importantly, he’s earned the trust of Brooks more than House, who’s been on the sideline.
If House develops in the D-League or wherever he ends up, he could see himself back in the nation’s capital at some point in the future.
But given how much the Wizards’ bench has struggled, adding someone like Jennings was necessary for a late push.
House was a part of Washington’s four-player rookie class.
In the past, the Washington Wizards would’ve been more reluctant to carry that many rookies on the roster, but Brooks’ presence in the locker room has changed the way their front office operates.
The Jennings signing should be made official by Thursday morning, ending House’s time in Washington.