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.