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Assistant coach offers remedy for Wizards' malaise

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Assistant coach offers remedy for Wizards' malaise

LAS VEGAS -- After a listless performance in their last summer league game, the second of a back-to-back, there's no practice for the Wizards on Monday before they play their third game Tuesday vs. the Dallas Mavericks in hopes of salvaging a terrible first round.

They're depleted at guard, where they've lost Dez Wells and Toure' Murry. Roddy Beaubois was supposed to be part of this roster, too, but he fell off before mini-camp even began last week. Still, Sunday's 94-74 loss to the D-League Select team was unacceptable even by summer-league standards. 

"They came out and played a lot harder than we did. We have to pick our effort up defensively," said Wizards assistant coach Howard Eisley, who alternates the lead role here with Roy Rogers and Pat Sullivan. "They did a good job of getting on the floor, getting a lot of the 50-50 balls. We struggled shooting the ball. When you don't make shots you have to be able to stay in it with your defense. We had far too many uncontested layups at the basket. We have to do a better job guarding the ball."

Last year, when the Wizards advanced to the final four of the tournament, they won their first three games. A loss to the Mavericks will make certain that they'll be going home sooner and play no more than five games here. 

Kelly Oubre is the only player on the roster with a contract for the 2015-16 season. Aaron White, the Wizards' second-round draft pick, likely will play abroad. 

Oubre, acquired in a first-round trade last month, hasn't shot well (13 of 37) but his athleticism and willingness to attack the rim has earned him 17 trips to the foul line. His defense has produced easy transition baskets. 

But as praise goes, that's as good as it gets. 

"You have to be able to play on the other end of the floor and create easy baskets," Eisley said of his team's 25% shooting vs. D-League Select and even worse shooting from three-point range. "Everything we're doing now is hard because we're not able to get stops, get out and run and get easy baskets."

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Pre-draft workouts begin; Michigan's Moe Wagner goes 1-on-1

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Pre-draft workouts begin; Michigan's Moe Wagner goes 1-on-1

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Michigan star Moe Wagner after his workout with the Wizards.

Chris and Chase Hughes also gave their impressions of the first prospects to come in for pre-draft workouts, including which guys are most likely to be Wizards. One of those prospects is a point guard and a likely first round pick. Chase and Chris explain why that's not a crazy idea, even considering the presence of John Wall on their roster.

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Wizards' third pre-draft workout to feature local stars including GW's Yuta Watanabe

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Wizards' third pre-draft workout to feature local stars including GW's Yuta Watanabe

The Wizards will hold their third pre-draft workout on Thursday at Capital One Arena, this time featuring four local standouts out of the six players attending. Highlighting that group is Yuta Watanabe of George Washington, the Atlantic-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

Here is the full list with notes on each player...

Phillip Carr, F, Morgan State (6-9, 205)

Carr averaged 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds this past season at Morgan State in Maryland. He shot 84.6 percent from the free throw line, excellent for a big man.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

James Daniel III, G, Tennessee (6-0, 172)

Originally from Hampton, Va., Daniel III played four years at Howard University in D.C. before transferring to Tennessee as a redshirt senior. He was the MEAC Player of the Year in his last healthy season at Howard. Daniel III averaged 5.6 points in 35 games for the Volunteers.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Marcus Derrickson, F, Georgetown (6-7, 250)

Derrickson hails from nearby Bowie, Md. He played three years with the Hoyas and averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and shot 46.5 percent from three this past season. 

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Junior Etou, F, Tulsa (6-8, 235)

Originally from the Republic of Congo, Etou went to high school at Bishop O'Connell in Arlington, Va. He is Serge Ibaka's cousin and didn't start playing basketball until he was 15. Etou averaged 15.0 points and 7.9 rebounds this past season.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Junior Robinson, G, Mount St. Mary's (5-5, 150)

The Northeast Conference Player of the Year, Robinson averaged 22.0 points and 4.8 assists this past season. He was a four-year starter at Mount St. Mary's.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Yuta Watanabe, F, George Washington (6-9, 205)

One of the best basketball players to ever come from Japan, Watanabe was a defensive standout for the Colonials who developed into a solid scorer by his senior year. This past season, he averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He is known in Japan as 'The Chosen One' and both of his parents played basketball professionally. NBC Sports Washington first reported he would work out with the Wizards this week.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent; best chance for NBA is as defensive specialist

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