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Wizards pay 6 figures to keep Jarell Eddie, Danuel House in the mix

Wizards pay 6 figures to keep Jarell Eddie, Danuel House in the mix

The Wizards guaranteed $175,000 of Jarell Eddie's contract to get him to push back the guarantee date on his contract, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com, and undrafted rookie Danuel House will pocket $100,000 to attend training camp that begins Sept. 27.

Eddie was due to make $980,000 if the Wizards fully guaranteed his deal by July 15 deadline or they had to release him. As CSN reported two weeks ago, both sides agreed to the partial guarantee to get him in training camp and reset the deadline at the start of the regular season. The exact amount agreed upon, however, had been in question.

This comes as a slight risk for Eddie, but the 6-7 shooter is a strong favorite to lock up one of the 2-3 spots open on the 15-man regular-season roster.

House's play at summer league rocketed him up the Wizards' priority list with fellow undrafted rookies Daniel Ochefu and Sheldon McClellan also getting partial guarantees earlier. House performed best of the group, averaging 11.2 points and shooting 40% from three-point range in five games, played extremely well defensively.

He's just 6-7 but has long arms and an NBA body and the size of his guarantee, larger than that of Ochefu and McClellan, is an indication of how highly the Wizards regard him.

Paying free agents with partial guarantees to come to camp counts against the salary cap but it's still a minimal cost. Most of the Wizards' training camp invites in recent years did not receive guarantees. 

This time, they have actual roster spots up for grabs which allows them to bring in better players trying to make good on a deal. To keep them away from the other 29 teams, partial guarantees are granted and it should make for a more competitive training camp.

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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.

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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."

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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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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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