Take another free agent option off the Wizards' supposed wish list: Jodie Meeks inked a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.Earlier this month the ex-Sixers wing guard indicated the Wizards were among the teams courting him, along with the Lakers. Seeing as Meeks ultimately signed for a reported 3 million over two years, this was not a case about him getting blown away with a major offer (though it comes in around double the veteran minimum for a three-year player and at this point the Wizards are unlikelynot offeringmuch more than that).Whether money was a factor\- and as odd asthis next pointsounds - Meeks has a better chance for a larger and more sustained role with the Western Conference contender. For all of the Lakers star power, their bench is hardly stellar, especially in the backcourt; Meeks is arguably their top reserve behind Kobe Bryant and Steve NashMeanwhile, the Wizards already have Jordan Crawford and Bradley Beal at the off-guard spot - plus Cartier Martin and Trevor Ariza can swing down from the frontcourt.The Wizards could use another 3-point shooter -- Meeks knocked down 36 percent from distance last year - but not at the expense of sitting Beal or Crawford. As has been said before, the Wizards likely stick with their current 13-man roster for now while filling out their training camp roster over the coming weeks. Training camp starts in September. Until then, expect mum on the free agent front to be the word.
The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.
Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.
Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.
Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.
The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.
"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.
"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."
Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.
"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.
Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.
They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.
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On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.
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