The Wizards expect to have rookie swingman Sheldon McClellan back from the NBA D-League sometime this weekend, head coach Scott Brooks said. That could mean McClellan will join them for Friday's game against the Pistons or by Sunday's matchup with the Clippers, their last home game before they embark on a three-game road trip.
McClellan, 23, has averaged 11 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 24.4 minutes in five games with the Delaware 87ers. After averaging 7.3 points in his first three games there, he's dropped 17 and 16 in his most recent outings. McClellan is shooting an impressive 61.3 percent from the field on 6.2 attempts per game.
"I like what he's been doing down there," Brooks said. "He's played well. He's defending and attacking. It's a great opportunity for him, a lot of games and lot of practices in a short amount of time."
McClellan, who played in college with the Miami Hurricanes, has appeared in seven games this season for the Wizards. He's averaging 4.6 points in 11.1 minutes per night.
Fellow rookie Danuel House remains out with a fractured right wrist. The Texas A&M product has been sidelined for over two weeks now after injuring himself in practice. He was originally given a 4-6 week recovery timeline once the broken bone was discovered by a hand specialist.
House still has a cast on his arm and is limited in what he can do in practice.
"I saw him yesterday doing a lot of conditioning which is good. Sometimes players forget they can still be a conditioned athlete with a broken hand," Brooks said.
"He's working on his left hand. You have to use this injury, particularly [because] he's a right-handed shooter, as a blessing in disguise. You don't want to get hurt, but you should come back with a better left hand. That's all he's been working on, his dribbling. Quite frankly that has been a weakness of his in the past, dribbling with his left hand. He can be an attack wing defender and offensive player. He also can be a small shooting four, so if he can do that it's going to help his game."
House, 23, has logged just one minute for the Wizards this season.