Pargo released in changing of point guards
One game away from matching last season's franchise-worst 0-8 start and in dire need of consistency in the backcourt, the Wizards (0-7) made their first change of the season, bringing back free agent point guard Shaun Livingston. The terms of the deal were not released.
To make room on the roster, Washington parted ways with Jannero Pargo, who averaged 3.0 points and 2.0 assists and shot 25.0 percent from the field in seven games.
"We are obviously familiar with what Shaun brings both on and off the court based on his previous time here, and we're confident that he will be a positive addition to our team," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement.
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Livingston, 27, returns to Washington, where he was very comfortable playing under former Wizards coach Flip Saunders, averaging 9.2 points and 4.4 assists in 26 games in the latter half of the 2009-10 season. The stint revived his career after it was stalled by a horrific knee injury in 2007 with the Los Angeles Clippers, who had selected him with the fourth overall pick in the 2004 draft.
When the Wizards drafted John Wall and added Kirk Hinrich in June 2010, Livingston moved on and signed a two-year deal with Charlotte before being traded twice, first to Milwaukee and then Houston. The Rockets waived Livingston at the roster deadline Oct. 29, in part to save $2.5 million in salary cap space. He has played 131 of a possible 148 games the last two seasons.
At 6-foot-7, Livingston has size to complement his natural instincts and strong passing ability. Once Houston signed Jeremy Lin, he was long suspected as a potential target at backup point guard for the Wizards, who instead signed Pargo shortly after it was announced that Wall would miss training camp and the first month of the season with a stress injury in his right knee.
Wall's return date still has not been set, and current starter A.J. Price rolled an ankle during Washington's 107-101 defeat at Dallas on Wednesday. Pargo's Wizards tenure ended ignominiously in the Mavericks game with a missed potential game-tying 3-pointer during Washington's failed fourth-quarter comeback.