The buyouts keep coming, with Beno Udrih (Heat) and Ty Lawson (Rockets) and, of course, the annual chatter that surrounds free agent Michael Beasley who is playing in China.
For the Wizards, who acquired J.J. Hickson last week at a pro-rated veteran minimum, they still have a Disabled Player Exception available for Martell Webster that has to be used before March 10 or it expires.
Two people with knowledge of the situation told CSNmidatlantic.com on Tuesday that it'll likely go unused.
If the Wizards were to use the exception, which originally was $2.8 million, it would count against the salary cap and would require that they waive one of their 15 current players.
The most likely candidates would be Drew Gooden and Jarell Eddie given that both are out of coach Randy Wittman's rotation.
The problem is that the Wizards could never offer the full $2.8 million because that would've made them a luxury tax team. They could've offered about $2.4 million to stay out of the tax but they then made a deal to trade for Markieff Morris that reduced the most they could offer to just over $1 million and stay tax free.
With Hickson's signing, that number reduced even more and now the question becomes is there someone on the market who the Wizards could add that would make them better.
And considering this would probably be a little-used role player, would such a player even want to come to D.C. under those terms? If there's a long-term injury for the Wizards between now and the expiration date, however, that could change their thinking.
Udrih, who the Wizards tendered an offer for the mini-midlevel exception in the summer of 2013 before coming to terms with Eric Maynor, is actually out for the season (right foot surgery).
Lawson is from the D.C. area, having played at Bishop McNamara in Forestville, Md., but has had a terrible season and numerous off-the-court problems that include alcohol rehabilitation.
Beasley, also a D.C. area product, has posted solid numbers in China, not exactly a top-tier pro league but one that pays very well, always comes up for discussion this time of year.
That's because he was a No. 2 overall pick in 2008, has good size at 6-9 and can score. But Beasley hasn't been able to stick in the NBA for good reason. Averaging 32 points in China isn't quite the same as averaging 32 points in Spain's ACB league.
For context, Beasley was named the "foreign" MVP in China while former Wizards forward Yi Jianlian was named "domestic" MVP -- for the fourth year in a row.
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