The Wizards waived second-year center Daniel Ochefu following Monday's practice as they continue to sort out options for their final roster spots.
Ochefu, 23, leaves the Wizards after appearing in 19 games last season.
He was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Villanova and spent the entire year with the Wizards.
But with Sheldon Mac having torn his Achilles on Sunday and likely out for the season, the Wizards were put in a tough position. Mac is likely to remain on the roster, as the Wizards would be on the hook for his salary if they cut him.
That put the spotlight on Ochefu, who had a non-guaranteed deal. Ochefu was due $50,000 with a deadline of Jan. 10 for the rest of his $1.3 million salary to kick in.
Ochefu being cut puts the focus on veteran guards Carrick Felix and Donald Sloan for the final spot. Felix is a defensive-minded shooting guard, while Sloan can play both guard positions and has five years of NBA experience.
The Wizards also have the option of bringing in another player, though head coach Scott Brooks said on Monday that no moves are imminent.
"I don't anticipate doing that now. You're always open to improving your team, but there's nobody out there now," Brooks said.
That, though, was said before the Ochefu news broke.
What makes the situation more interesting is the fact the Wizards know they will be without starting power forward Markieff Morris for the first few weeks of the season. With him out and Ochefu now gone, the Wizards have less depth in their frontcourt. Marcin Gortat, Jason Smith, Ian Mahinmi and Mike Scott are the only big men remaining.
They also have rookie Mike Young from Pittsburgh, but he is currently on a two-way contract. Under that deal, Young is allowed to be up with the Wizards for a maximum of 45 days.
The Wizards now have 18 players on their preseason roster.