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Where Wizards' roster stands after locking up 15th spot with Otto Porter

Where Wizards' roster stands after locking up 15th spot with Otto Porter

LAS VEGAS --With the Wizards matchng the Brooklyn Nets' offer sheet of $106 million, that brings the roster to the regular-season maximum of 15 with one spot remaining for a "two-way" contract.  

They've already given a two-way deal to forward Michael Young, an undrafted free agent.

The Wizards like to be three-deep at each of the five positions though some players are hybrids:

Point guard

JohnWall

Tim Frazier

Tomas Satoransky

[RELATED: Wizards match $106M offer sheet from Nets, re-sign Otto Porter]

Shooting guard

Bradley Beal

Jodie Meeks

Sheldon Mac

Small forward

Otto Porter

Kelly Oubre

Mike Scott

[RELATED: Some positives in Wizards' first Summer League loss to Grizzlies]

Power forward

Markieff Morris

Jason Smith

Chris McCullough

Center

Marcin Gortat

Ian Mahinmi

Daniel Ochefu

[RELATED: Bradley Beal on his summer and the Wizards' offseason]

Based on this, there are no roster spots open. Mac and Ochefu, however, are playing on non-guaranteed deals and could be released at anytime before early January without penalty.

If that scenario were to unfold, the opening would be filled likely by a veteran playing for the minimum because the Wizards are in the luxury tax and have to get below it by the end of 2017-18 to avoid paying it.

The only opening that remains at the moment is the second two-way contract that'll pay between $75,000-$275,000. Danuel House and Devin Robinson appear to have the best chance at such a deal from the group at Las Vegas summer league but Jared Cunningham has pushed his way into that discussion, too. 

The biggest question remaining for the Wizards is what they'll do, if anything, with their bigs Gortat and Mahinmi. There's duplication in the middle and neither can stretch the floor so if a roster spot is created that'll be the likely place to trim.

[RELATED: Oubre cleared to practice again after right knee procedure]

 

 

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Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Welcome to the Wizards Rui Hachimura.

In his first action as a Washington Wizard, the first-round draft pick brought home some hardware after being named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Hachimura showed out in a Summer League that was headlined by which stars were not playing on the court. In his final contest against the Atlanta Hawks, Hachimura dominated the court.

Playing a total of three games in Las Vegas, he averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Those stats paired with a 2-1 record in the games he played garnered the Second Team honor. 

He was joined by Chris Boucher (Toronto), Jaxson Hayes (New Orleans), Anfernee Simons (Portland) and Lonie Walker IV (San Antonio) on the Second Team. 

The Gonzaga product is looking to become the best Japanese player to step onto an NBA basketball court and, although it is a small sample size, he showed some major potential in his limited action. 

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Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Washington Mystics guard Kristi Toliver is a WNBA All-Star once again. 

Toliver was named an All-Star reserve on Monday as selected by the league's coaches. She joins Elena Delle Donne, who was named a captain of one of the two teams, and head coach Mike Thibault as representatives from the Mystics. 

This selection gives Toliver, 5-7, the third honor of her career and the second with Washington. Last year en route to the franchise's first WNBA Finals appearance Toliver was named an All-Star. She also got the nod in 2013 when she played with the Los Angeles Sparks. 

Through 15 games, Toliver is averaging 12.1 points and is second in the league with 5.7 assists per game, which is also on pace for a career-high.

She is shooting at a career-best .497 clip and is looking as explosive as ever at 32-years-old. With her and Delle Donne, the Mystics are 9-6 and second in the Eastern Conference.

In the offseason, Toliver is also an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Often she worked on the player development side of the staff and closely with Bradley Beal. 

Delle Donne will have the first choice of selection in the All-Star game draft. As a reserve, Toliver cannot be selected until after the starters are chosen. 

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