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Former Terp Dez Wells suffers injury at Wizards Summer League practice

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Former Terp Dez Wells suffers injury at Wizards Summer League practice

BY PETER HAILEY

When Dez Wells announced he was joining the Wizards Summer League team a few weeks back, both Washington and Maryland fans alike were excited about possibly seeing the athletic prospect continue his basketball career in D.C. 

However, the team spent the opening days of free agency acquiring Jared Dudley, Gary Neal, and Alan Anderson, all players that could hurt Wells' chance of making the regular season roster, considering they're also wings. And now, Wells is actually hurt -- he injured his thumb during practice on Thursday.

"I jammed my thumb really bad," Wells told reporters after practice, while wearing a brace on his right hand. "Just waiting to see what's next for me."

According to Wells, the injury occurred on a routine play. "I was just playing, just reaching in and, you know, it just jammed really hard," he said. 

Wells sounded a bit discouraged when talking about his hand, but for a guy trying to make a team, any setback is bound to be frustrating. He was more positive when discussing how the first four days of practice went, though.

"The four days went extremely well for me and I'm excited," Wells said. "I just can't wait to get to Summer League and play."

The Wizards first Summer League game will be on July 11 at 6 p.m. against the Suns, meaning Wells only has a few days to get his hand right. He'll need to be on the floor as much as he can to try and make an impression on Washington's coaches and front office.

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5 things to know about new Wizards guard Gary Payton II, also known as 'The Mitten'

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5 things to know about new Wizards guard Gary Payton II, also known as 'The Mitten'

The Wizards are set to add guard Gary Payton II on a 10-day contract to fill their 14th roster spot. Here are five things to know about the Wizards' newest player...

1. Payton II is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton Sr. His father made nine All-Star teams, nine All-NBA teams, won a title with the Heat on 2006 and is considered one of the best defensive players of all-time. Payton starred for the Seattle Supersonics in the 1990s, so naturally Payton II is originally from Seattle.

2. His father also had one of the best NBA nicknames of all-time. He was known as 'The Glove.' So, according to Basketball Reference, Payton II is sometimes referred to as 'The Mitten.' 

3. Payton II, a point guard, is listed at 6-foot-3 and shoots left-handed. He has appeared in 29 total NBA games split between the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. He was Thomas Bryant's teammate in L.A. 

Payton II also spent time with the Portland Trailblazers in 2018-19 training camp before getting released in October. Since then, he played with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the G-League where he averaged 19.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.4 steals in 13 games.

4. Just like his father, Payton II played his college ball at Oregon State. With the Beavers, Payton II became the first player to win Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year twice. He averaged 2.8 steals per game in college.

5. Payton goes by Payton II, not by Payton Jr. That's because his half-brother is Gary Payton Jr. Payton Sr. named two of his sons after himself. There is also a third Payton brother named Julian, according to Payton II's college bio.

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Wizards vs. Pistons: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards vs. Pistons: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

After a dramtic victory in London over the Knicks, the Wizards (19-26) return home Monday afternoon to take on the Pistons (20-25). 

Washington has won three of its past four, fighting hard every night to get into the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Wizards are currently sitting three games out of the eighth and final playoff spot.

Detroit is in a similar positon, just ahead of 10th place Washington in ninth and two games out of playoff contention. The Pistons seem to have righted the ship somewhat after a four-game losing streak, winning three of their past five. 

Here's everything you need to know about Wizards vs. Pistons.

WIZARDS vs. PISTONS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons, 2018-19 NBA Regular Season Game 46

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 2:00 p.m. ET, Jan. 21, 2018

TV Channel: The Wizards vs. Pistons will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder).

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Pistons on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. PISTONS TV SCHEDULE

1:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders
1:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live
2:00 PM: Wizards vs. Pistons 
4:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live
5:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders

WIZARDS vs. PISTONS INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: Dwight Howard (Out, lumbar microdisectomy procedure), John Wall (Out, heel), Markieff Morris (Out, transient cervical neuropraxia) 

Pistons: Ish Smith (Day-to-day, groin), Andre Drummond (Day-to-day, concussion), Jon Leuer (Day-to-day, illness)

WIZARDS vs. PISTONS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bradley Beal, G, Wizards: Since John Wall was shut down for the season, Beal is averaging 29.3 points and 6.3 assists a contest, asserting himself as the Wizards' go-to scorer and floor general. He's more than deserving of an All-Star spot, and perhaps even All-NBA consideration if he keeps it up.

Blake Griffin, F, Pistons: In a mediocre season for the Pistons as a team, Griffin has been nothing but exceptional, averaging 25.7 points, 8.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. With the likes of Dwight Howard and Markieff Morris injuried, the Wizards will have their hands full trying to keep Griffin quiet. 

WIZARDS vs. PISTONS SERIES HISTORY

Number of all-time Meetings: 290 games (8 playoff games)

Regular Season Record: Pistons lead 160-130

Playoff Record: Pistons lead 6-2

Last Meeting: Pistons win 106-95 on Dec. 26, 2018

Last 10: Wizards lead 6-4

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