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Wizards will find out soon if Brandon Jennings will sign with them

Wizards will find out soon if Brandon Jennings will sign with them

The Wizards are waiting to hear from Brandon Jennings, once he clears waivers, if he'll join them as they've been in heavy pursuit of the free-agent point guard the last 24 hours, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com.

Jennings requested his release from the N.Y. Knicks earlier this week so he could play for a playoff team. The waiver process takes 48 hours and he becomes a free agent. Instead of being on the hook for his $5 million salary, his new team would be able to pay him the pro-rated veteran minimum for the rest of the season. 

One of the weaknessess with the roster is the backup guard play with the second unit behind John Wall. Trey Burke hasn't been able to get them organized and excecuting lately and Jennings is expected to be better at it.

Despite Jennings' down season in terms of numbers with the New York Knicks, 8.6 ponts, 4.9 assists, 38% overall shooting and 34% from three, the Wizards jumped at the chance to make a push with 25 games left in the regular season. They've lost their first two out of the All-Star break to increase the urgency to upgrade.

The Wizards would have to waive a guaranteed contract to make room for Jennings because they have the maximum 15 on the roster. It'll likely be Burke, who is in the final year of his rookie deal.

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Jordan McRae exits Wizards vs. Raptors with sprained left ankle

Jordan McRae exits Wizards vs. Raptors with sprained left ankle

Just when the Wizards were getting healthy again, they may have suffered a tough blow to their second unit against the Raptors Friday night.

At the start of the second quarter in Toronto, McRae suffered a left ankle injury after accidentally stepping on Terence Davis' foot. The team ruled it as an ankle sprain and McRae did not return to the game. 

He was writhing in pain on the floor as teammates surrounded him and helped him off the floor. As he exited the game to the locker room, McRae was not able to put any weight on his left leg. 

McRae had stepped up as one of Washington's primary scorers off the bench and a very good back-up to Bradley Beal at the off-guard spot. Over the last 10 games, McRae was averaging 19.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists on 45 percent shooting from beyond the arc. 

We don't know yet whether McRae will miss any time beyond Friday, but if he does the Wizards will have to rely more on Davis Bertans and Ish Smith for offense in the second unit. 

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Scott Brooks isn't sure if Rui Hachimura will return before February

Scott Brooks isn't sure if Rui Hachimura will return before February

Rui Hachimura is set to miss his 16th straight game with a groin injury, and his return to the court doesn't seem close. 

Before the Wizards took on the Raptors Friday night, head coach Scott Brooks said he wasn't sure if Hachimura would return before the start of February. 

Previously, Hachimura was set scheduled to be reevaluated in mid-January, so it appears after that checkpoint, the Wizards aren't ready to bring back their promising young forward. 

Hachimura originally sustained the injury by accidentally getting kicked in the groin by teammate Isaac Bonga on December 16. Before going down, Hachimura was flashing plenty of promise as a versatile offensive weapon at the power forward spot. 

As one of the top rookies in the game before the injury, Hachimura seemed like a lock to play in the NBA's Rookie-Sophomore game at All-Star weekend. That's about a month away, so this new timeline would put Hachimura's availability for that game in doubt. 

Davis Bertans, Isaac Bonga and Ian Mahinmi have helped fill in for the rookie, but in a season where development was arguably more important than winning, the Wizards and Hachimura caught a really tough break with this injury. 

In the meantime, Washington will have their hands full with Pascal Siakam and the defending champion Raptors on the road. 

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