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Wizards waive Hollins to add Jarell Eddie from D-League

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Wizards waive Hollins to add Jarell Eddie from D-League

The Wizards have kept an eye on Jarell Eddie since he played for them during Las Vegas summer league in 2014, and they signed him to a non-guaranteed deal Tuesday and waived 7-footer Ryan Hollins, two persons with knowledge of the situation told CSNmidatlantic.com.

Eddie is a 6-7 shooter is shooting 52.5% from three-point range for the Austin Spurs, a D-League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. Out of Virginia Tech, he worked out for Washington leading up to the 2014 draft and was invited back for training camp after summer league but instead went to the Atlanta Hawks because he was offered money to attend. The same happened this past season with the Golden State Warriors.

Eddie will join the Wizards for shootaround Wednesday morning at Verizon Center before playing the Memphis Grizzlies.

Even last season, when the Wizards were looking to make a move before bringing in Ramon Sessions via trade, Eddie was on their short list. Because his deal is non-guaranteed and a minimum deal, Eddie can be released any time before Jan. 10 without penalty under the salary cap and the spot can be filled with another player.

The Wizards are hurting more for a shooter than size, with Bradley Beal (lower right leg) out and Gary Neal (lower back) missing their last game Monday. Plus, despite winning the last two games using an eight-man and then a seven-man rotation with John Wall and Garrett Temple logging heavy minutes the Wizards realize that's not sustainable.

Hollins appeared in five games for the Wizards, last playing five minutes in a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. He hadn't played in the last five games, however, as coach Randy Wittman opted to go with a shorter rotation instead.

Hollins was brought in to give the Wizards some size in the middle with Nene out with an injured left calf since Nov. 28. With Nene on the verge of returning, as well as Drew Gooden who has been out a week longer because of a right calf strain, the Wizards went with a shooter.

The Wizards still haven't used the Disabled Player Exception they've received for Martell Webster, who was waived last month.

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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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