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Here’s the Washington Post blog with a status update on veteran forward Al Harrington:

Al Harrington

After the Wizards lost in double-overtime the San Antonio Spurs last week, Al Harrington was probably the only player in the locker room with a smile on his face. His teammates were dejected about losing a game that was in their grasp but Harrington — while sharing in the disappointment– was upbeat about moving a step closer to helping on the floor.

Harrington has recently been cleared to participate in some contract work and realized that he would be freed up to play in four-on-four scrimmage on Thursday with some of the Wizards’ backups. He wanted them to know that he was coming after spending the past two months recovering from surgery to remove loose particles in his right knee.

“Y’all gon’ get it,” Harrington warned as he walked out of the locker room, high-fiving his teammates.

Wizards bring Glen Rice Jr back from D-League

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that guard Glen Rice Jr has been recalled from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. Rice will be with the team for tonight’s game in Golden State.

Rice appeared in three games with the Energy, averaging 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.7 blocks in 36 minutes per contest. Washington’s 2013 second round pick was assigned to Iowa on January 20.

Rice is averaging 2.9 points in 10 minutes per contest in 11 games (one start) with the Wizards this season.

Wizards assign Glen Rice to D-League

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that guard Glen Rice has been assigned to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.

Rice has appeared in 11 games, including one start, this season for Washington while averaging 2.9 points in 10 minutes per game. He was recently cleared to resume all basketball activities following surgery to repair a fracture in his right wrist on December 17.

Friday night in Washington, the Wizards lost 101-88 to the Toronto Raptors. Washington is now 14-16 for the season. Here’s what various Wizards and Raptors said after the game:

WIZARDS HEAD COACH RANDY WITTMAN

On the team’s effort:

“[I was] shocked probably more than surprised. Being a game where they are a half-game ahead of you in the standings, being a home game, “shocked” would be a better word. [It was] very disappointing. And we can’t play that way. We’ve proven over the last couple of years you can’t play that way. And we’re getting concerned with, ‘Why am I coming out? How many minutes am I getting? How many shots am I getting?’ rather than, ‘What is the team doing?’ and we didn’t do that tonight and that is disappointing because we’re not good enough to do it that way. For us to come out and start the game, and start the fourth quarter like that is disappointing. I don’t know how else to put it. We have to come back together. It is not about ‘me’ it’s about ‘us’ and it has to be focused on us and it was focused on individuals rather than the team tonight.”

On Trevor Ariza being ejected:

“No, I never think the game is over, 13 points in this league is not over. I still felt it. It was a sequence there when the guys finished the game. If we could have made that open three to knock it to 13 when they were bringing [Kyle] Lowry and those guys back in, you never know in this league and there was plenty of time left at the time that [Trevor] Ariza was thrown out.”

On getting his message across to the players:

“I’ll figure something out. We’ll get it one way or the other. Listen, it’s like I’ve said the last year and a half to two years, it’s been proven that way. We don’t have one guy who can carry this team. We don’t have it. So we need the body of work each and every night. That body of work changes. Those numbers change who that guy is. We’ve seen that when we’ve been playing good. Bradley Beal can be it, Martell Webster can and Trevor Ariza can. You can’t dictate the game yourself and make it play out the way you are. You’ve got to let the game dictate that and then be willing to do that. They’re going to take me away tonight? You’re going to be the bonus baby tonight. We’re going to feed you tonight. We’ve got to do that and we didn’t have that tonight.”

WIZARDS GUARD BRADLEY BEAL

On the game:

“They were more aggressive than us. They got off to a great start, 19-8 to begin the quarter. That’s something we got stay away from. We can’t get down by such big leads because we waste all our energy trying to fight back and don’t have enough to be able to pull through. We got to stay out of those situations and be better mentally, focus, and be ready for the next game.”

On Coach Wittman’s comments about selfish basketball:

“I guess what he was talking about was body language and attitude, more so than guys not passing the ball, at least that’s what I interpreted they were saying. I mean you can sense it here and there, but I still think we had a chance to win the game regardless of what our attitude was. He’s right, that’s definitely something we have to stay away from and hopefully moving forward we can eliminate that. Like he said, we lost a couple of games that were winnable. We got to get back on the right track.”

On the effort during the game:

“I mean we are at home. You would think we would play a lot harder, especially having the home crowd behind you. As you start to have more and more fans come and support you, you would think you would come out harder. We were real sluggish tonight. We weren’t there mentally or physically. We weren’t paying attention to our concepts. We got to give credit to them, they made a lot of shots and a lot of good plays as well.”

WIZARDS FORWARD NENE

On the game:

“I don’t think there is much explanation. They kicked our butt. They play hard. They exploited our weakness and they’ve been playing really good on the road. Not much to say.”

On Toronto’s ball movement:

“Missing on defense. We didn’t play the right way. We’ve been playing like that the past couple games. We need to get back to the way we’ve been playing.”

On playing the right way:

“I think we need to watch more video, the good things, what are our openings (weaknesses). Find the things. Get back to the way we’ve been playing, with each other, communicate better, like you said, the defense starts on your person. We need to play harder. The last few games our openings (weaknesses) have been we didn’t play hard enough. This game is simple and it is very fair sometimes.”

On the third quarter:

“We need to start better on the third quarter. That’s the moment a lot of teams go really hard. They open a lot of points on the board right there. If you let the team get that kind of confidence you start to stop.”

WIZARDS GUARD JOHN WALL

On if there’s any selfish play:

“I don’t think so, I think we try and play the right way. I just give them a lot of credit, they took away things from us and then we didn’t make a lot of shots. They just outplayed us tonight. They played with more sense of urgency. They played with more aggressiveness, they were pounding us on the glass and making open shots and we didn’t stick to our defensive concepts and we just give them a lot of credit for what they did and the game plan they had against us.”

On the reason for the loss:

“Not having a sense of urgency from the start of the game. They got a big lead early, I think 18-9. And we fought our way back at halftime and got it down to three and then that third quarter, turnover after turnover and I give Brad [Beal] credit for hustling down and getting the block in and then they got another turnover, hit another three so they basically just had control of the game.”

On making improvements:

“Gotta keep working, gotta find a way to fix it and stop having those lapses of times when you’re not playing good for a quarter or a half and we’re not good enough to play that way and we’re not good enough to have one person try to do it by their self.”

On a team effort:

“Anybody can get hot and start scoring at any time on this team. We’re a team where we’re better when there’s five to six guys in double figures and you might have a different leading scorer every night and we know that’s the way we need to play and there’s nothing wrong with that. We know guys can make big shots and make big plays, but we don’t have one guy that we can put our back on and say, ‘Do that for a whole game.’”

On the Raptors:

“Tonight, you just give them a lot of credit for doing what they had to do and playing the right way and watching film on us and changing their game plan. And you give them a lot of credit for making shots. They made a lot of big shots and tough shots and when a team’s been on a hot streak like that, you’ve got to give them credit.”

RAPTORS HEAD COACH DWANE CASEY

On possibly looking past the Wizards to focus on Miami:

“We have no right. None whatsoever to look past anybody in this league. This team is just as talented as we are and we have no right to look forward to Miami, Indiana, whoever.”

On the Raptors’ second half performance:

“The thing I was upset about was our defense. We gave up points in transition, weren’t getting back, weren’t executing our plans we had for their fast break, and that was the whole thing. We started to do that in the third quarter. We did a good job. Again 29 assists, we got the ball moving, the ball was zinging around and we got it moving.”

On being a successful team with no prominent stars:

“They are playing the game the right way. They’re playing together. They’re trusting each other, nobody has an ego that thinks they have to have X number of shots. Come out of the game when your rotation ends. When one guy is down the next guy picks him up. Everybody is cheering for each other. I think the word ‘team’ is really important for us. If we don’t do what we have to do as a team, offensively and defensively, you see what happened there in the fourth quarter, you lose a big lead. We got to continue to play as a team. We got to play as a team cause like you said we are not going to ‘out-talent’ too many teams.”

RAPTORS GUARD DEMAR DEROZAN

On the Raptors performance:
“Besides the winning, it just feels good. We’re just all playing together. I think you can tell we just go out there and have fun, we’re playing with one another. You can tell, we don’t care who scores, we don’t care who scores the ball, we’re just giving everybody confidence every time on both ends. That’s the fun part about it.”

On team’s focusing on him:
“I definitely see it being in the middle of it, and I understand it. I go out there when my team needs me to score or do something offensively, I’m there, but other than that, I try to be a decoy as much as I can to get my team going. I understand teams are going to focus in on me, try to slow me down sometimes. Sometimes I do a lot moves and create shots for my other teammates it makes it fun that way. ”

On the Raptors recent wins:
“It’s definitely strong. We all understand we got a lot more basketball to play. This is nothing right now. We have to understand once adversity hits, things not going our way, shots not falling, we still got to stay together with the same mindset. I think we’re at a point where we really understand that and we got to do. If we continue to work hard on the court and outside the court, I think we’ll be fine.”

RAPTORS GUARD KYLE LOWRY

On having a winning record without big names:

“I think we have workers. We have guys who just go out and do what it takes to win, that want to win games, take advantage of every situation that they are in, and they work extremely hard. We have very unselfish guys, and we are just staying the course and just trying to play games.”

On guarding Bradley Beal and John Wall:

“We made Bradley Beal take tough shots, and we blitzed him all night, and made John take contested shots. That is all we can do with those guys, and I think everyone tonight just played a great team game.”

On making the extra pass:

“I think guys are just working to win. Winning is contagious, and we are making winning plays and that is what everyone is.”

Gilbert Arenas hopes for NBA comeback

Here’s TMZ reporting on a former beloved NBA player who really should keep the sneakers hung up in the closet at this point. It’s unlikely that any team would sign Gilbert Arenas at this point, but here’s the story:

Gilbert Arenas hopes for NBA comeback

Gilbert Arenas has had a change of heart … telling TMZ Sports he’s abandoned his plans to retire from pro basketball … and he’s currently training to RETURN TO THE NBA!!

It was just last month, Agent Zero told us he was walking away from the sport forever … happily … ’cause he’s still got another $38 million coming his way from the $111 million contract he signed with the Washington Wizards back in the day.

Here’s the Washington Post Blog on Wizards center Marcin Gortat, who hopes to play more to his offensive strengths, which reside close to the basket:

Marcin Gortat hoping for more inside looks

Marcin Gortat watched John Wall’s corner three-pointer bounce high off the rim, curled around Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap and hammered home a furious one-handed jam. As his Wizards teammates hopped from their seats to applaud, Gortat angrily strutted back.

Gortat embraces being big, loves banging inside, and isn’t caught up in following other 6-foot-11 or taller players who would prefer to parade around the perimeter shooting jumpers rather than mixing it up and throwing people around. For that reason, Gortat has grown frustrated with a lack of touches near the basket and said he would speak to Coach Randy Wittman about his role in the offense after a lackluster outing against the Los Angeles Clippers.

“I don’t like the position I play,” Gortat said after scoring just six points on 3-of-10 shooting in the Wizards’ 113-96 loss on Saturday at Verizon Center. “I’m constantly drifting more and more away from the basket. That’s not my game. I’m capable of making one or two plays like that away from the basket, but I feel more comfortable underneath the basket.”

Here’s the Washington Post Blog with an update on Washington Wizards rookie Otto Porter Jr:

Wizards working rookie Otto Porter into the mix

Otto Porter Jr. has joined the Wizards at a time when they have been hit with another wave of injuries, but Coach Randy Wittman has no intention of placing a heavy load upon a rookie who is still getting acclimated to the NBA after missing nearly three months with a strained right hip flexor.

“I can’t get the cart ahead of the horse here,” Wittman said. “I’ve got to make sure he gets comfortable, his conditioning. He said his legs felt like Jell-O out there a little bit, the first time he was out there. Keep monitoring that.”

Wittman inserted Porter at the start of the second quarter of the Wizards’ 109-105 overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, right after Martell Webster ended the first period by missing a desperation three-pointer and spraining his left ankle.

Porter admitted that he was overwhelmed by emotion in his NBA debut.

bradley beal

The Washington Wizards announced today that guard Bradley Beal has been diagnosed with a stress injury to his proximal right fibula. He will miss the next two weeks and then be re-evaluated. The injury was diagnosed by team doctors following an MRI exam on Monday after Beal experienced soreness in his right leg.

Beal has appeared in all 13 games for the Wizards this season, averaging 20.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 40.2 minutes. He missed the final eight games of last season due to a stress injury to his distal right fibula.

shannon brown

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has waived guards Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall. The trio was acquired from Phoenix, along with center Marcin Gortat, in exchange for center Emeka Okafor and a 2014 protected first round draft pick.

Brown has averaged 8.1 points and 2.0 rebounds in 374 career games with Cleveland, Chicago, L.A. Lakers, Charlotte and Phoenix. Lee has averaged 4.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 35 career games with Minnesota before being traded to Phoenix last summer. Marshall averaged 3.0 points and 3.0 assists during his rookie season with Phoenix last year.

The Wizards roster now stands at 15.

The Phoenix Suns today announced that the club has acquired center Emeka Okafor and a top-12 protected 2014 first-round pick from the Washington Wizards in exchange for center Marcin Gortat and guards Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall.

With the addition of the top-12 protected pick from the Wizards, Phoenix now potentially possesses four first-round selections in the 2014 NBA Draft: the Suns’ own pick, Indiana’s pick (top-14 protected) and Minnesota’s pick (top-13 protected), in addition to the pick acquired from Washington.

“Marcin, Shannon and Kendall have been valuable members of the Suns family the past few years,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. “We have enjoyed working with each of them and appreciate their hard work and professionalism. We wish all of them well.”

“We are excited to add another first-round pick in what is shaping up to be the best draft in a decade,” said Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough. “We now have a chance to make four first-round selections in 2014. Emeka Okafor is a solid veteran center who will help solidify our front line when and if he is able to return from injury.”

Widely regarded for his defensive toughness and high basketball IQ, Okafor adds veteran leadership to the Suns’ roster. A nine-year veteran, he did not play for the Wizards this preseason as he was out with a herniated disc in his neck. Last season, he posted 9.7 points and 8.8 rebounds in 79 games for the Wizards. Okafor enters the 2013-14 season in the final year of his contract.

Okafor, the 2004-05 NBA Rookie of the Year, averaged a double-double in each of his first five NBA seasons and holds career averages of 12.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.66 blocks. The No. 2 pick of the 2004 draft, he culminated a standout collegiate career at the University of Connecticut by being named Most Outstanding Player of the 2004 Final Four after leading the Huskies to the NCAA title.

Gortat departs the Valley after emerging as one of the Western Conference’s best centers during his tenure with the Suns. The six-year veteran came to Phoenix in a trade with the Orlando Magic during the 2010-11 season and played in 182 consecutive contests after being acquired by the Suns before missing the final 21 games of the 2012-13 season. Overall, the Polish Hammer averaged 13.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.47 blocks in parts of three seasons with Phoenix, and ranks fifth in Suns’ history with a .547 field goal percentage with the club.

Brown, who signed with Phoenix before the 2011-12 season, averaged double-digits in scoring in both of his two seasons with the club, a feat he had never done before signing with the Suns. During his time with the Suns, Brown averaged 10.7 points in 118 games and set a franchise record for most three-point makes in a single quarter when he drained six from long distance in the fourth quarter of a win at Charlotte last season.

Marshall played in 48 games and averaged 3.0 points and 3.0 assists as a rookie with Phoenix in the 2012-13 season. Marshall recorded at least ten assists in each of his three starts last season and became the first player since Steve Nash in 1996 to tally double-digit assists while making his first career start in a Suns uniform.

Lee came to the Suns along with the draft rights to Archie Goodwin in a trade with Golden State on June 27, 2013. Lee did not dress for the Suns’ preseason contests as he continued rehab on his right knee following surgery last January.

The Suns’ roster now stands at 14.

NBA preason wins and losses don’t matter, but it’s still an important tune-up period for individual players as well as total teams, as they develop chemistry, work on their plays and prepare for the real thing. Here’s Michael Lee of the Washington Post (Blog).

John Wall

If John Wall is going to have a season in which he propels the franchise to the postseason and rises to all-star status, the lift-off will have to begin with the season opener on Oct. 30 against the Detroit Pistons. Wall’s uneven play during the preseason left much to be desired.

Standing in a hallway at US Bank Arena on Wednesday after the Wizards defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 101-82, Wall acknowledged that he was disappointed with how he performed. His last game was arguably his worst, as he had more turnovers (four) than points (three) and shot 1-for-7 in 26 minutes.

“I didn’t play too good this whole preseason, to me, to be honest,” Wall said.

Wall averaged 11.2 points and a team-best 6.3 assists, but he struggled with his shot – especially from three-point range – and also had a hard time holding on to the ball. He led the team with 3.43 turnovers per game.

josh childress

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has waived forwards Josh Childress and Pops Mensah-Bonsu and guard Xavier Silas.

Childress appeared in four preseason games averaging 2.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in eight minutes per contest.

Childress said he won’t forget his time with the team. “It was great,” said Childress to the Washington Post of the experience. “To be the first NBA game in Brazil, it was a big deal. I think culturally, not for myself, but for a lot of guys, it was a great experience for guys, to see a different world, a different culture, so the NBA did a great job with that. Without a doubt, over the past month, guys have bonded. There are lot of guys I did not know before I got here and now we’re friends and we’ll keep in touch throughout the year and in the summer.”

Mensah-Bonsu appeared in four preseason games averaging 0.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in five minutes per contest.

Silas appeared in three preseason games averaging 4.0 points in three minutes per contest.

The Wizards roster now stands at 15.

Wizards waive center D`Or Fischer

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has waived center D’Or Fischer.

Fischer appeared in one game for the Wizards this preseason logging three minutes of action vs. Miami on 10/15. Undrafted in 2005, Fischer signed with the Wizards as a free agent on 9/28/13.

The Wizards’ roster now stands at 18.

Wizards rookie Otto Porter still in recovery

Otto Porter Jr. has spent his first week of NBA training camp with the Washington Wizards fulfilling many of his rookie duties, such as collecting Gatorades for veterans and carrying bags upon request. When the team stayed at the George Mason Inn, Porter played highly competitive games of the soccer video game, FIFA ’14, with veteran Nene. And he has shown up to the gym hours after the team practices to work on his individual game with developmental assistant Joe Connelly.

What Porter hasn’t done is practice.

The third overall pick from Georgetown, Porter suffered a strained right hip flexor before the team gathered to begin making preparations for the upcoming season. Porter has been limited to watching from the sideline, riding stationary bikes, stretching with elastic bands and doing flexibility exercises.

“I’m still not in the process of jogging or running. It’s limited. But I’m doing whatever I can,” Porter said. “You definitely want to be out there, but you also want to learn from the side. Cheer them on, tell them to keep on playing, but that’s the best I can do.”

Reported by Michael Lee of the Washington Post

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis says he is tired of losing

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has run out of patience with his team’s rebuilding efforts and expects to finally receive a payoff for his investments this season in the form of a playoff appearance.

Before the Wizards held an open practice and scrimmage on Friday at Verizon Center, Leonsis addressed reporters for roughly 30 minutes and put the organization on alert that the excuses of the past are over. The team has all that it needs to compete and he wants to see different results when he grabs his courtside seat.

“I’m tired of losing,” Leonsis said. “It’s not a lot of fun coming to games knowing, ‘This is going to be a tough night.’ We’re just at that point now, it’s the fourth year, we’ve retained our players, we’ve added players, we’ve spent a lot of money. And I expect us to be a playoff-caliber team. I think our fan base expects that too and that’s the pressure I’ve placed on our organization, that we have to meet the expectations of our fans – and it’s time.”

Reported by Michael Lee of the Washington Post (Blog)

wizards

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed forwards Josh Childress and Pops Mensah-Bonsu, guard Xavier Silas and center D’Or Fischer. We assume these are all non-guaranteed deals that merely bring those players to training camp.

Childress (6-8, 210) is a seven-year NBA veteran who holds career averages of 9.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in 387 games with Atlanta, Phoenix and Brooklyn. He was originally selected by Atlanta with the sixth overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. In 2008, after four seasons in Atlanta, Childress signed a contract with Olympiacos in Greece where he averaged 12.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game over two seasons. After being traded to Phoenix and playing two seasons with the Suns (2010-2012), Childress signed as a free agent with Brooklyn last season.

Mensah-Bonsu (6-9, 240) appeared in six games with Cajasol in Spain and nine games with EA7 Armani in Italy during the 2012-13 season. The four-year George Washington product has played 61 career NBA contests with Dallas, San Antonio, Toronto, Houston and New Orleans, averaging 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per game. Mensah-Bonsu, a London native, competed in the 2012 Olympic Games for the United Kingdom where he averaged 8.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in four games. He has also played professionaly in France and Turkey.

Silas (6-5, 205) appeared in two games with the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2011-12 season where he averaged 5.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 20 minutes per game. In the last two seasons with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League, Silas has averaged 10.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 73 games. He was undrafted out of Northern Illinois University.

Fischer (6-11, 240) finished his collegiate career playing two seasons at West Virginia after transferring from Northwestern State. After going undrafted in 2005, the Philadelphia native has played professionally in Poland, Germany, Belgium, Israel and Spain as well as with Roanoke Dazzle of the D-League in 2005-06 where he averaged 5.9 points and 5.0 rebounds in 26 games.

The Wizards’ training camp roster currently stands at 19 players.

Trevor Booker hoping to bounce back for Wizards

Trevor Booker won’t spend too much time dwelling on what went wrong last season. He knows injuries once again spoiled his campaign, limiting his effectiveness and his playing time and resulting in his least productive season with the Washington Wizards.

Booker can’t change what happened, but he used the frustration of a lost season to fuel his offseason workouts in Charlotte, where he focused on getting stronger and more durable for a critical season.

“I don’t watch the film,” Booker said of last season, when he averaged 5.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and shot a career-low 49.1 percent. “I just try to keep it in my head.”

In his three seasons with the Wizards, the 6-foot-8 Booker has been a rugged, high-energy player but staying healthy has always been a greater struggle for the undersize forward than battling for rebounds with larger opponents.

Reported by Michael Lee of the Washington Post (Blog)

Wizards invite Josh Childress to training camp

Veteran swingman Josh Childress has accepted an invitation to attend Wizards training camp, a league source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Monday.

A versatile, 6-foot-8 swingman, Childress had a promising start to his career, averaging 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in his first four seasons with the Atlanta Hawks before leaving the NBA to sign a more lucrative deal in Greece in 2008. The move was expected to open up a more competitive global market for NBA players, but the overseas exodus never followed, and within two years, Childress was eager to come back.

The Wizards expressed interest in Childress when he decided to leave Greece in 2010, but the Stanford product instead elected to sign a five-year deal for the full mid-level exception with the Phoenix Suns. The return hasn’t been very rewarding for Childress.

Reported by Michael Lee of the Washington Post (Blog)

Bradley Beal

With training camp less than a week away, and the Wizards missing Emeka Okafor and Chris Singleton because of injuries, rising second-year player Bradley Beal has some good advice: Be patient.

He cracks a smile when he says it, but his rookie season with the Wizards was ended prematurely as a result of him playing through sprains to both ankles.

It caused a stress reaction in his lower right leg that kept him from basketball-related activities for most of the off-season, including Las Vegas summer league tournament and competing at the USA Basketball mini-camp.

“Hopefully I can learn my lesson, stop being hard-headed and just sit down when I need to sit down,” said Beal, 20, who missed 26 games.

Reported by J. Michael of CSN Washington

Chris Singleton

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced that forward Chris Singleton will have outpatient surgery today to repair a Jones fracture to the fifth metatarsal of his left foot. He will be out approximately six to eight weeks.

The injury occurred during a voluntary workout at Verizon Center on Tuesday. The Jones fracture was revealed following an X-Ray performed by team doctors and the surgery will be performed by Dr. Marc Connell and Dr. Ed Magur.

CSN Washington on Singleton: “He’s entering a contract year. The Wizards have the option on whether or not to pick up the final year of his rookie deal after the season and he already had more competition at his small forward spot with the addition of rookie Otto Porter. Singleton had a miserable 2012-13 in which his minutes were sporadic and he averaged just 4.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and shot less than 40% from the field and less than 20% from three-point range. Players have been training and doing individual workouts at Verizon Center since mid-August.”

Singleton averaged 4.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 57 games for the Wizards last season. He did not miss a game due to injury last season and appeared in every game during the 2011-12 season.

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