Washington Wizards to fully guarantee Jordan McRae’s contract

Jordan McRae Washington Wizards (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Jordan McRae Washington Wizards (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

The Washington Wizards plan on fully guaranteeing shooting guard Jordan McRae’s salary for the rest of the season.

Amidst a tidal wave of bad news, the Washington Wizards finally have some good news. Jordan McRae, despite currently being sidelined with injury, will be getting paid.

Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports that the team plans to fully guarantee the remainder of McRae’s $1.6 million salary. This means McRae — who is on his third team in just five seasons — will not be waived by December 20th. He’s already been guaranteed $600,000 for the season, but on December 20, the final $1 million or so on his contract kicks in, as well.

The 28-year-old guard has played 13 games for Washington this season. In that span, he’s averaging 8.9 points and 2.8 assists per game. He had a season-high 21 points in Washington’s recent loss to the Denver Nuggets:

In a Wizards season plagued with injury, this is in fact, good news. Isaiah Thomas is currently out for at least another week with a calf strain, and it looks like Washington will be without CJ Miles for the rest of the 2019-2020 season. And possibly John Wall, too.

Fred Katz of The Athletic reported earlier today that the Wizards applied for a Disabled Player Exception for CJ Miles, who could miss up to four months with a left wrist injury. The injury could likely end his lone season with Washington.

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Miles’ injury makes the McRae news all the more sensible for the Wizards, who need all the healthy bodies they can get right now. His return will make for a timely lift to a Washington team that’s lost five of their last six. Hopefully, he’s back sooner than later.