Wizards Rumors: Former 76ers PG Raul Neto Agrees to 1-Year, $1.8M Contract

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2020

Philadelphia 76ers' Raul Neto handles the ball on offense against the San Antonio Spurs during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)
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Veteran point guard Raul Neto has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $1.8 million league-minimum deal with the Washington Wizards, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium and Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today

Neto, 28, averaged 5.1 points and 1.8 assists in 54 appearances for the Philadelphia 76ers last season. 

Neto had an on-again, off-again role with the Sixers last season, averaging just 12.4 minutes per game. He started his NBA career with the Utah Jazz, spending his first four seasons with the team and averaging 4.8 points and 1.9 assists during that tenure. 

In Washington, Neto will fight for playing time with players like Ish Smith and Isaac Bonga off the bench. More playing time could open up if veteran point guard John Wall is traded, as Charania reported he has requested. 

Neto is one of the additions the Wizards have made on the margins of the roster. ESPN reported the team is bringing back Davis Bertans on a five-year, $80 million deal—a must after his breakout season last year—and has signed Robin Lopez, giving them another center option.  

The Wizards may not make a sexier move than the Bertans re-signing unless they find a suitor for Wall. For now, it appears Bradley Beal is staying put, though things change quickly in the NBA. Regardless, Neto adds to a stockpile of options at point guard for Washington, allowing them some flexibility if Wall's time with the organization is indeed over.

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