Pargo signs NBA deal while Price waits for his

Pargo signs NBA deal while Price waits for his
August 8, 2013, 6:30 pm
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It did not come as a major shock that the Wizards opted to bring in another point guard, in this case Eric Maynor, to serve as John Wall's backup over A.J. Price.

With less than two months before the start of NBA training camps, it's perhaps a little surprising Price remains a free agent.

It's also a bit startling that while Price sits in free agent limbo, Jannero Pargo, a player cut by Washington last season, has a new deal.

Outside of the occasional max contract extension, the NBA signings taking place these days are often more filling out the roster than adding a significant player. The Charlotte Bobcats re-signing Pargo on Thursday to a one-year, $1.4 million deal is exhibit A.

Pargo, 33, played for three teams last season including seven games with the Wizards in a reserve role behind Price while Wall sat with a knee injury. On November 15, Washington released Pargo for Shaun Livingston, who didn't stick around for long either. Pargo then had a short stint with Atlanta while wrapping his Southeast Division tour in Charlotte, playing 18 games to close out the season.

 Just to be clear, mentioning Pargo has more to do with noting that Price is still waiting rather than the Bobcats adding a backup with a penchant for taking poor shots.

In 57 games last season including 22 starts, Price set career-highs in scoring (7.7), assists (3.6) and minutes (22.4). The talkative floor leader also knocked down 35 percent of his 3-point attempts and provided the locker room with another positive presence. However, he also directed the offense during the brutal low-scoring portion of the season. When the Wizards pondered what would happen going forward should Wall miss a span games, that early stretch from last season likely led to the new direction this offseason.

Not that Price was expecting a big day, but perhaps a decent-sized backup role with a commensurate paycheck while Pargo's journeyman career suggests simply landing anywhere would work. What Pargo's signing suggests is that we've reached the portion of the offseason where such jobs no longer exist.

Taking a quick look around NBA depth charts, only Philadelphia clearly needs another point guard - and a veteran one at that to pair with rookie Michael Carter-Williams. Otherwise, it's at best entering a competition or more like landing as third string option.

So, Price waits. Actually, outside of Martell Webster and Garrett Temple, both re-signed by Washington, none of the Wizards free agents have new jobs. Cartier Martin, Jason Collins and Leandro Barbosa still waiting by the phone, not stunning, not at this point at least. As for Price, maybe a little.

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