The Washington Wizards have been dealing with the injury bug this season. The injury bug has also destroyed the Wizards front court, sidelining Rui Hachimura, Thomas Bryant, Davis Bertans (day to day), and Moritz Wagner.
So how will Washington address their need for some frontcourt punch until the reinforcements return? They’re close to adding another former Los Angeles Laker to the roster in Johnathan Williams.
In the Israeli Premier League while playing for Maccabi Rishon LeZion, Williams averaged 12.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. This potential signing should be a welcoming sight for Wizards fans simply by adding another Lakers “cast-off” to the roster.
Wagner, who also was in a similar situation before being traded to Washington, has made significant progress in a Wizards uniform. So lightning has a chance to strike twice with Williams’ imminent signing, which would ruffle the feathers of Lakers fans.
Only Obstacle Standing In The Way
The Williams signing is going to happen, but there’s one obstacle in the way. The Wizards will have to apply for a second hardship exception, which they expect to receive due to the injury bug causing havoc to the roster.
The inevitable signing is a low-risk, but potentially high reward move. The Wizards are in rebuilding move, and it’s not a bad thing to see what Williams can do. He’s been looking to get back into the NBA after things not working out for him in Los Angeles.
His effort should definitely be there considering how he’s not only playing here due to injuries. Williams is also playing for his future in the NBA and is looking to prove that he can hold his own in the league. So it’s also a win-win move because both sides need one another at this time, and sometimes that’s not a bad thing.