With the Wizards still in wait-and-see mode about Ian Mahinmi, there is going to be a lot of speculation about their next move with the trade deadline coming up next month and free agents trying to find homes on the market.
While they're thin in the middle behind Marcin Gortat, who at 32 is their oldest player, and Jason Smith, they have to assess where Mahinmi stands before making any decisions.
If he's deemed suitable to return for a late-season push, they're not making any moves regarding a big man despite a report that Larry Sanders would meet with Washington next week.
League sources told CSNmidatlantic.com on Friday that no such meeting is scheduled nor will take place with Sanders, who last played in the NBA two seasons ago. But teams will allow players such as Sanders to train at their facility as a courtesy. When Drew Gooden was a surprising signing three seasons ago, he'd been training at Verizon Center as a free agent before he was officially acquired. Other players have trained without being signed.
Coach Scott Brooks said about Mahinmi before the game at the Atlanta Hawks regarding Mahinmi: "We're not going to rush it. We're going to take time. He's coming along. We'll see how he feels in the next four our five days and then make a decision then."
Mahinmi has made just one appearance after signing a $64 million deal last summer. He had surgery to repair torn cartilage on the left one and then developed tendinitis in the right knee. He recently underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy on both knees.
With the Wizards at 25-20 and in the thick of the East race, they've stabilized. Their greatest need could be for a scorer off the bench behind Bradley Beal since Marcus Thornton has completely dropped from the rotation.
And if they were to make any moves, they'd have to waive a player but that salary would still count against the cap because all contracts are guaranteed. The Wizards are over the cap but under the luxury tax line.
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