A report claims that guard Duane Washington Jr., a free agent, has signed a two-way deal with the Phoenix Suns. Later on Tuesday. NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the deal had been approved by Washington’s agency.
Washington was raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the hometown of Suns All-Star player Devin Booker. But he was actually born abroad in Frankfurt, Germany. Booker revealed in January that he had been following Washington’s basketball games since he was eight years old.
In 2021, Washington, a 22-year-old rookie out of Ohio State, went undrafted. Last year, Indiana initially signed him to a two-way contract, which was eventually changed to a conventional contract. NBA teams can carry two additional players in addition to the 15 on their regular-season roster thanks to two-way contracts.
Last season, he played in 48 games for the Pacers, averaging 9.9 points, 1.8 assists, and 1.7 rebounds while playing 20 minutes per game at both the point and shooting guard positions. On July 14, the same day that news broke that Indiana had extended a 4-year, $133 million max contract to Suns center Deandre Ayton, the Pacers waived 6-foot-3 Washington.
Since Ayton was a restricted free agent, Phoenix was able to match that offer and keep him, which they did right away. Washington spent time with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Indiana’s G League franchise as well. That is in addition to playing for the Pacers during his first season as a professional.