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Wizards waive Daniel Ochefu following Sheldon Mac's injury, have decision to make

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Wizards waive Daniel Ochefu following Sheldon Mac's injury, have decision to make

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.

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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:

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