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Wizards line up list of guard possibilities in free agency


Wizards line up list of guard possibilities in free agency

Amid all the will-he-or-won't-he speculation about Paul Pierce coming back to the Wizards, they've been busy trying to locate a guard to bolster their thin backcourt behind John Wall and Bradley Beal.

The Wizards, CSNwashington.com has confirmed with multiple sources, have met or reached out to guards Rodney Stuckey and Wayne Ellington when the period open Wednesday.

Stuckey is the most intriguing because he's 2-for-1 when it comes to need. He's a 6-5 combo guard who played for the Indiana Pacers last season. He averaged 12.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 26 minutes per game.

In his previous seven NBA seasons, Stuckey played for the Detroit Pistons where he averaged as much as 16.6 points and was the heir apparent to Chauncey Billups who'd led them to a championship. 

CSN Chicago Insider Vince Goodwill first reported that two East playoff teams are in serious contention for Stuckey's services. Goodwill covered Stuckey when he played for Detroit and reported that Stuckey wants mid-level money of $5.5 million.

The Wizards are expected to give that exception to Pierce if he comes back after opting out of his contract over the weekend. Stuckey, a first-round draft pick in 2007, is just 29. Pierce will be 38 when the season begins.

Ellington was a first-round pick in 2009 of the Minnesota Timberwolves and has bounced around to the Memphis Grizzles, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks and last season with the L.A. Lakers. 

He averaged 10 points and 3.2 rebounds with the Lakers but has yet to stick anywhere long term. While he shoots in the lower 40s overall, he has made 38.2% from the three-point line for his career.

C.J. Watson was made an offer by the Wizards two years ago when he was on the open market (so was Beno Udrih) but he didn't accept their two-year offer for a bi-annual exception (and the Wizards pivoted to Eric Maynor instead). He played for the Pacers instead but is hoping for more than a bi-annual offer this time around. At the moment, he's not in the mix. 

MORE WIZARDS: Wizards' playoff foes active on Day 1 of NBA free agency

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.

Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.

"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."


"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."

Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.


Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.

"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.

Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!