Going into training camp, it was an uphill climb for Toure' Murry, Josh Harrellson, Ish Smith, Jaleel Roberts and Jaron Johnson to do something so eye-catching that it would convince the Wizards to waive or scramble to trade current players under contract to create a roster spot.
The last preseason game is tonight vs. the Toronto Raptors in Montreal, and this will be their last opportunity to make an impression by putting some good things on tape for the future. After all, if the Wizards don't feel compelled to remove one of their 15 guaranteed contracts, maybe another NBA team looking to fill a need before the regular season tips next week sees something they like and they do have a spot.
Murry, CSNmidatlantic.com was told Thursday, expects to be released and return to the D-League where the Rio Grande Valley Vipers own his rights. Harrellson's best chance was if DeJuan Blair being out of shape and underperforming the way he did last season for the Wizards. Instead, Blair, who has missed three games with a sore right knee, came into camp 30 pounds lighter and has been solid averaging 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Smith was the best point guard the Philadelphia 76ers had, so arriving in D.C. with longshot odds of beating out Ramon Sessions for the backup spot to John Wall was puzzling. Sessions is bigger and a better scorer. Roberts, a 7-1 center, was brought in with an eye to 2016-17 because the Wizards will be even thinner in the low post and have been intrigued with helping him develop.
The Wizards are hurting. Alan Anderson (left ankle) just had another surgery to remove a bone spur, Jared Dudley (lower back) just returned to the court after surgery, Garrett Temple (left hamstring) just returned and Nene (right calf) hasn't played since Oct. 11.
Martell Webster, CSNmidatlantic.com was told Thursday, is back in D.C. after going to get a second opinion on his right hip which appears to be aching because of arthritic pain. He hasn't played in a preseason game.
All the free agents are on non-guaranteed deals. The maximum guaranteed contracts the Wizards can have at the close of business Saturday is 15, and the door is almost closed.