Ryan Rollins Released by Wizards Following Alleged Target Larceny Charge

‣ The Washington Wizards waived guard Ryan Rollins, who has been accused of stealing from a Target store in Alexandria, Virginia, multiple times.
‣ Rollins has been charged with seven counts of petit larceny for stealing small household items, with each incident’s stolen goods valued at less than $1,000.
‣ Despite his legal troubles, Rollins had been performing well on the court, with career highs of 4.1 points, 1.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 6.6 minutes per game this season.


Monday saw the Washington Wizards bid farewell to guard Ryan Rollins. At first glance, this might seem like a run-of-the-mill roster move. But wait, there’s more to the story.

Rollins, a spry 21-year-old, has found himself in some hot water. He’s accused of shoplifting from a Target store at Potomac Yards, Alexandria, Virginia. And not just once, but multiple times.

Josh Robbins of The Athletic dug up some court documents. In these, the police claim that Rollins made off with small household items. Groceries, body wash, candles – you name it, he allegedly swiped it. This happened on seven different occasions, no less.

Born and raised in Detroit, Rollins now faces seven counts of petit larceny. The incidents took place between Sep. 9 and Nov. 9 at the department store. The stolen goods in each incident were valued at less than $1,000.

Robbins also noted that in Virginia, petit larceny of goods worth less than $1,000 from a business is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Rollins has a court date set for Feb. 7. As of now, he hasn’t entered a plea.

In Virginia, Class 1 misdemeanors cover offenses like DWI, reckless driving, and shoplifting. The punishment? Confinement in jail for no more than 12 months and/or a max fine of $2,500.

The Wizards made their stance clear. They’re serious about their role as citizens of the DMV and representatives of their fans. They want to be a team their community can be proud of. They’re ready to move forward and pursue excellence both on and off the court.

The 6-foot-3 guard had appeared in 10 games this season with the team. He was averaging career highs of 4.1 points, 1.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 6.6 minutes per game.

His contract included a fully guaranteed $1.7 million salary for the 2023-24 season. Also, $600,000 of his 2024-25 salary was fully guaranteed. This was part of the three-year, $4.76 million contract he signed with the Golden State Warriors in July 2022.

Rollins also played four contests with Washington’s G League affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go. In these four games, he averaged 14.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assists.

The Atlanta Hawks selected Rollins 44th overall in the 2022 NBA Draft out of the University of Toledo. He was then immediately traded to Golden State.

During his rookie 2022-23 season, Rollins appeared in 12 games off the bench with the Warriors. He averaged 1.9 points, one rebound per game, and 5.2 minutes.

Last July, the Warriors traded him, Patrick Baldwin Jr., Jordan Poole, a 2027 second-round draft pick, and a 2030 first-round draft pick to Washington for Chris Paul.

The Wizards are set to play the Hawks in Atlanta tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
James, a dedicated writer for BasketballHour, holds a degree in English and Creative Writing. A genuine sports enthusiast and skilled betting advice provider, he writes engaging articles and valuable winning strategies for sports.

Related NBA News