Wizards ink former Pacers point guard Price

Wizards ink former Pacers point guard Price
July 24, 2012, 5:13 pm
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Addressing a roster need, the Wizards have agreed to terms with former Indiana Pacers point guard A.J. Price, CSNwashington has confirmed through a league source with knowledge of the situation.His entire three-year career spent with the Pacers after being selected out of the University of Connecticut in the second round of the 2009 draft, Price averaged 6.0 points and 2.0 assists. The 6-foot-2, 181 pounder played in 44 games during the truncated 2011-12 campaign. With George Hill and Darren Collison ahead of him on the Pacers depth chart, the Amityville, New York native averaged a career-low 3.9 points, 2.0 assists and 12 minutes per game. Price became an unrestricted free agent earlier this month when the Pacers, who added D.J. Augustin this offseason, renounced their rights to him.After adding frontcourt depth and veteran leadership with the trade for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza, the Wizards primary roster issue left standing was the backup point guard role behind John Wall. Though not a grizzled veteran, the 25-year-old Price brings experience to a youthful backcourt. His three years in the league equals that of the Wall and Shelvin Mack combined.Mack handled those reserve minutes last season, but the rising second-year guard is transitioning into the on-the-ball role, something he struggled with during the Las Vegas Summer League. Second round selection Tomas Satoransky shared playmaking duties with Mack in Las Vegas, but he will remain overseas next season.With Price's addition, the Wizards have 13 players on their 2012-13 roster. Free agents Roger Mason Jr. and James Singleton could return and Maurice Evans also remains available. While the Wizards have not appeared in any rush to address the point guard need, the market had begun to thin out in recent days. C. J. Watson signed with Brooklyn after his former team in Chicago brought back favorite son Kirk Hinrich. Another ex-Bull, John Lucas III, is reportedly on the verge of landing in Toronto.The Washington Post first reported the Price signing.