While a defensive center such as Larry Sanders is on the open market, he's on the Wizards' radar but only if Ian Mahinmi isn't able to return from platelet-rich therapy in both knees, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com on Tuesday.

The Wizards anticipate Mahinmi will return to play before the All-Star break with eight games left, including tonight vs. the New York Knicks, before addressing what, if any, moves are to be made going into the Feb. 23 trade deadline or free agency.  

Mahinmi is doing individual workouts but hasn't gone through any contact in practice yet. 

Sanders, who attended Virginia Commonwealth, has family in the D.C. area and reached out to Wizards point guard John Wall recently, but isn't scheduled for any workouts. 

The Wizards are in a good position at 27-20, but to solidify their spot and move up in the East they recognize the need for depth behind Marcin Gortat.

Despite multiple reports that they have "interest" in Serge Ibaka that's not the case. Ibaka will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and the assets the Wizards would have to give up to match his $12 million salary for a player who could then walk without compensation would be too great. 


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