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Wizards' Ian Mahinmi will play vs. Nets for first time since injury

Wizards' Ian Mahinmi will play vs. Nets for first time since injury

BROOKLYN -- Ian Mahinmi will be available to play for just the second time this season for the Wizards as they take on the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

The backup center went through a full practice, two shootarounds and a series of individual works to test out his knees over the last week.

"He's had a couple of good workouts with us, some good shootaround," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "I think it's time to put him on the floor a few minutes, five or six minutes each half and see how it goes from there. He's ready to play. He's worked extremely hard to put himself in this position."

Mahinmi had been upgraded to questionable Monday. He had platelet-rich plasma therapy on both knees in December after having surgery to the left knee in October to remove loose cartilage.

He'd only played once, 14 minutes vs. the San Antonio Spurs, on Nov. 26 before tendinitis in the right knee put Mahinmi on the shelf again. 

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The backup for Marcin Gortat in the middle has been Jason Smith who is a face-up forward who can log some time in the middle if needed. But that latter isn't the best use of his skill set for a team that already has a short bench rotation. 

Mahinmi's return isn't a surprise. CSNmidatlantic.com reported on Jan. 31 that the team expected him to play before the All-Star break that begins after their Feb. 16 game. 

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Former Kentucky star Aaron Harrison to join Wizards' Summer League team

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Former Kentucky star Aaron Harrison to join Wizards' Summer League team

The Wizards' 2018 Summer League roster will feature a familiar name, as former Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison is expected to join the team in Las Vegas, NBC Sports Washington has learned.

Harrison joins a growing list of players on the Wizards' Summer League roster, including first round pick Troy Brown, Jr., second round pick Issuf Sanon and Devin Robinson, who is entering the second year on his two-way contract with the Wizards. 

Carrick Felix, who was on the team's roster briefly last season, will also particpate, according to Truth About It. There is also Florida guard Chris Chiozza, who GatorSports.com first reported would be joining the Wizards.

Former Wake Forest center Doral Moore and former Wyoming power forward Alan Herndon will also be on the roster, NBC Sports Washington has learned. Both players worked out for the Wizards in the pre-draft process and Moore had two visits.

The Wizards will be evaluating their Summer League players for potential spots on their upcoming G-League team, the Capital City Go-Go, which gets underway this fall. They also have a second two-way spot to fill.

Harrison, 23, played nine games last season for the Dallas Mavericks after spending the first two years of his career with the Hornets. He was a top-10 recruit coming out of high school, but went undrafted in 2015. A 6-foot-6 guard, Harrison has averaged 2.3 points through 35 NBA games in his career.

Harrison was a big name in college as one of the best players on Kentucky from 2013 through 2015. He played on two Final Four teams and in the national title game in 2014.

Harrison played alongside his twin brother Andrew in college. Andrew currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Aaron will join the Wizards after he's done with Team USA basketball. They are holding a training camp in Houston this week to determine a roster of players to compete in a qualifying tournament for the World Cup.

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Wizards' assistant Sidney Lowe leaves to join Dwane Casey's staff with Detroit Pistons

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Wizards' assistant Sidney Lowe leaves to join Dwane Casey's staff with Detroit Pistons

The Washington Wizards have an opening on their coaching staff, as assistant Sidney Lowe has left the team to join the Detroit Pistons.

Lowe, according to ESPN, will be the top assistant on new Pistons coach Dwane Casey's staff. 

Lowe spent two seasons under head coach Scott Brooks in Washington. A D.C. native, Lowe starred at DeMatha High School before playing at NC State and then in the NBA.

Lowe was the head coach at his alma mater for five years from 2006 through 2011, but has otherwise been an NBA lifer. He served as head coach of the Timberwolves in 1993-94 and head coach of the Grizzlies from 2000 to 2002.

The Wizards have several coaching hires to make now. They have a new G-League team set to take the court in the fall and will need to hire a staff sometime this summer. 

With Lowe gone, they could choose to promote from within or go outside the organization.

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