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Morning tip: Two more available as Wizards search for 15th


Morning tip: Two more available as Wizards search for 15th

Teams are making more shifts, after Anderson Varejao revealed that he was going to sign with the defending champion Golden State Warriors, to reshape their rosters heading into the playoffs.

Varejao was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Portland Trail Blazers, who bought out the 6-10 center/forward. He cleared waivers and became a free agent. The Warriors are in needed without centers Andrew Bogus (sore Achilles) and Festus Ezeli (knee surgery) and offer the 33-year-old his best chance to win his first title.

David Lee was picked up by the Dallas Mavericks, after being released by the Boston Celtics. 

That takes two names off this list published yesterday by CSNmidatlantic.com -- taking into account that the Wizards have an open roster spot that can be filled with a free agent on the market -- but adds two new ones:

SG John Jenkins: Released by Dallas after appearing in just 21 games, he was a first-round pick in 2012 and averaged a career-high 6.1 points his rookie season with the Atlanta Hawks. It's hard to judge Jenkins' progress since then but at 6-4 he has good size and has shown potential. It could be a matter of finding the right situation. Fit for the Wizards? No. They're comfortable at his position though an injury could change that. 

PF/C Jason Thompson: Released by Golden State, he averaged 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in 28 appearances. Thompson spent his first seven season with the Sacramento Kings for whom he averaged double figures in points three times and as much as 8.5 rebounds per game. He's still relatively young at 29. Fit for the Wizards? Yes. Thompson is athletic and runs the floor well.

The Wizards have a Disabled Player Exception for Martell Webster that has yet to be used. They can add someone for about $1 million-plus and still be under the luxury tax or the DPE expires March 10.

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Blazers' C.J. McCollum has a theory on DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Wizards to reunite with John Wall

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Blazers' C.J. McCollum has a theory on DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Wizards to reunite with John Wall

Blazers guard C.J. McCollum has a theory that may sound familiar to Wizards fans. The star shooting guard now hosts a podcast and said on his most recent episode that he could see DeMarcus Cousins teaming up with John Wall in Washington.

McCollum's Blazers happened to lose in the first round to Cousins' Pelicans, though Cousins did not play in the series due to injury. Now, McCollum has offered thoughts on his future.

Here is what McCollum said about Cousins potentially going to Washington on his Pull Up podcast, as transcribed by SLAM Magazine:

"No slight against the homie. I think he’s a very, very good player. But you just have to look at the team roster and try to figure out what’s best for that roster moving forward...

“I think team success, playoff success, factors in to decision-making with personnel moving forward. Obviously, Jrue Holiday, Rondo, AD will have input on what they decide to do going forward. So that’s something to keep an eye out on in the free agency.

“And if that is the case, Boogie would jump out in to the market as a free agent and be a very hot commodity, and could potentially team up with the Washington Wizards.

“You heard it here first. You heard that here first. You know that Kentucky connection, man. I could see that happening. That’s just something to think about going forward.”

The funny part of those quotes is that McCollum said "you heard it here first." Wizards fans, of course, have been banging that drum since, oh, 2010 when the two were drafted.

As it has often been throughout the last eight years, a reunion of Wall and Cousins is unlikely. Yes, Cousins is expected to hit free agency, but the Wizards currently do not have the money to sign him. They are in the luxury tax and would have to move some big contracts to make room.

Cousins is also coming off a torn Achilles injury. That creates major questions about his future and how much money teams will offer him. 

If healthy, Cousins would fit nicely with the Wizards who will need to get younger at the center position at some point. It just doesn't seem like a good bet given all the factors in play. 

You can listen to McCollum's full podcast here.


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Otto Porter's status in doubt for Game 6 against Raptors

Otto Porter's status in doubt for Game 6 against Raptors

There appears to be at least some chance the Wizards will be without starting small forward Otto Porter when they host the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of their first round playoff series on Friday night in Washington.

Porter, 24, continues to deal with a right lower leg strain. The injury is located on the outside of his calf and will require further testing from the Wizards' medical staff to determine his status.

Head coach Scott Brooks addressed the media on Thursday and did not rule out an MRI.

"We don't know as of yet, but he's banged up. So, hopefully we will find out some good news and see how he feels tomorrow," Brooks said.

Porter first suffered the injury on April 10 against the Celtics in the Wizards' penultimate regular season game. He missed the regular season finale, but has appeared in all five games of the Wizards-Raptors series.

Brooks did not make it seem likely that Porter will miss Game 6, but expressed uncertainty.

"Anything is possible," he said. "We hope for the best."

Porter appeared hobbled in Game 5 and has at other times this series as well. After the first two games of the series, Brooks was asked about Porter's health and said that he was "100 percent." It's unclear if Porter suffered a setback in the time between, but clearly that isn't the case anymore.

Porter is averaging just 10.0 points in this series, down from his 14.7 per game season average. Ideally, the Wizards would be getting more than that from their third scoring option.

"We need Otto," Brooks said. "We need Otto to be more of a nine or 10-point scorer for us to win this series."

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