Late Wednesday night, the Wizards acquired point guard Tim Frazier from the Pelicans in exchange for Washington's 2017 second round pick (No. 52 overall).
With the trade, the Wizards found an experienced player who can back up John Wall. The team will look for Frazier to provide consistency and depth behind one of the NBA's top point guards. Frazier has shown the ability to facilitate an offense, score, rebound, and control the ball. He will be a viable backup to Wall next season and has a great chance to develop even more under Wall and head coach Scott Brooks. Frazier will likely compete for playing time with Tomas Satoransky, but both will be important pieces for the 2017-18 season.
Tim has shown in his three seasons in the league, particularly during his time in New Orleans, that he can be a versatile, play-making point guard,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. “
He will be a good addition to our bench as a young player that we can continue to develop.”
As of Thursday morning, the Wizards will now enter the 2017 NBA Draft without any draft picks. However, by trading for Frazier in exchange for a 52nd overall pick gives the Wizards an immediate impact role player they can count on for the upcoming season. The Wizards will of course also be able to sign undrafted free agents after the draft concludes. Washington signed three undrafted free agents last season: Sheldon Mac, Danuel House Jr., and Daniel Ochefu.
Frazier (6'1", 170 pounds) holds career averages of 6.2 points, 4.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 127 career regular season games (40 starts) in three seasons with Philadelphia, Portland and New Orleans. Last season, the former Penn State standout averaged 7.1 points, 5.2 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 0.9 steals in 65 games (35 starts) with the Pelicans.
When Frazier started in place of the injured Jrue Holiday, he averaged 8.9 points and 6.9 assists and posted a triple-double (14 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists at Phoenix on Dec. 11) while leading New Orleans in assists 30 times (including a season-high 14 at Atlanta on Nov. 22) and steals 15 times in 2016-17. Over his final 15 games, he dished out 76 assists while only committing 10 turnovers. From March 14 on, Frazier averaged 8.1 assists per one turnover, and carried an assist ratio (average assists per 100 possessions) of 44.8.
The Houston native was named the NBA Development League MVP and Rookie of the Year in 2014 after averaging 16.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 9.5 assists and 1.7 steals in 41 games for the Maine Red Claws. Frazier was undrafted in 2014 out of Penn State where he became just the second player in Big 10 history to record 1,000+ points, 600+ assists and 500+ rebounds in a career. He graduated as the school’s all-time assist leader with 641 and was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, earning two bachelor’s degrees.