According to a report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN, the Washington Wizards are poised to sign 23-year-old big man Johnny O’Bryant.
The former LSU Tiger and two-time All-SEC honoree is a former second-round pick (No. 36) courtesy of the 2014 NBA Draft, where he was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks. O’Bryant appeared in five summer league games and used an 8.2 point-per-game clip en route to reaching a deal with the club a month later.
Though an early season injury derailed the early moments of his professional career, the frontcourt specialist made his debut in December and finished the 2014 season averaging 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest across 10.4 minutes on the floor.
Last season, O’Bryant saw a slight uptick in production with his points (3.0) and rebounds (2.7) per game increasing, as well as his stability as he caught action in 66 games for the Bucks. However, this following June, he was waived by the team.
“Every time I’ve talked to somebody [from another NBA team], they wanted to know why Johnny was let go,’’ Gerald Collier, O’Bryant’s agent, told The Journal Times’ Gary Woelfel. “And I would tell them what [Bucks’ GM John Hammond] told me and that was that they were looking to open roster space and he was a casualty of it.’’
Despite a vague background and short time spent in the league, there were still a handful of teams that O’Bryant had been garnering interest from over the summer months.
“There are four or five teams that are showing interest,” Collier noted. “We want to get a roster spot, a guaranteed deal.”
That now may be the case.