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Report: Wizards signing Toure’ Murry

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The Wizards are in a tailspin.

Losers of 13 of 18, they’ve fallen to fifth in the Eastern Conference.

There isn’t much left to do at this point in the season, but they’re at least trying to make a small adjustment.

J. Michael of CSN Washington:

With Garrett Temple on the shelf indefinitely with a right hamstring strain, the Wizards have moved to bring in Toure’ Murry on a 10-day contract though it’s unclear if he’ll be in uniform for Thursday’s game vs. the Memphis Grizzlies, CSNwashington.com confirmed with two persons with knowledge of the situation.

Will Bynum, who recently returned from a stint in China, is the Wizards’ top target to fill the roster spot created when Glen Rice Jr. was waived in January. Bynum, however, has a hamstring injury as well and isn’t ready.

Murry’s length makes him intriguing as a point guard prospect, but the Wizards aren’t exactly positioned to develop him. He’ll likely fill Temple’s role as a secondary ball-handler, a wing who distributes well for his position.

Murry began the season with the Jazz, but when they cut him, he went to the D-League. How long he remains in Washington will likely depend on Bynum’s health.

Report: With no trade found, Wizards likely to cut Glen Rice Jr.

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We told you yesterday the Wizards were shopping Glen Rice Jr. around, hoping to get anything back for a guy who may have been the Summer League plans but was not part of Washington’s long-term plans.

Instead, they will just cut him loose, reports J. Michael of CSNWashington.com.

The Wizards have been trying to move second-year guard Glen Rice Jr. in a trade before contracts become fully guaranteed Jan. 10, CSNwashington.com has confirmed with persons with knowledge of the situation. A 48-hour window in which a deal might have been struck has passed Sunday, however, making a trade unlikely. Rice is expected to be released by Wednesday.

There are a few reasons Rice will be gone despite being the MVP of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and putting up good numbers in the D-League. Of course there are on the court reasons — was able to blow by lesser defenders but the athletes at the NBA level slowed him down (yet Rice didn’t adjust his game and was a ball stopper).

Another is just business — Rice has a non-guaranteed contract, so when he gets cut they don’t have to pay him and they save money. Yet another, bigger reason is any minutes he might have been in play for have gone to veteran Rasual Butler, who played his way onto the roster and into the rotation with the Wizards with his steady performances this season.

But there is one final key reason, J. Michael reports.

The final nail in Rice’s stay here, however, was determined to be attitude, people with knowledge of the situation said. Coming into the league, the Wizards knew that was a red flag but thought he could work through it. He turned off several teams during the pre-draft process and that manifested itself in a blowup with coach Randy Wittman in a 19-point loss to the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 7. Rice was pulled from the game and went at Wittman in front of the bench. Rice never played again and was gone two weeks later.

Just a lesson for all you kids out there: don’t argue with the guy who controls your minutes.

It will be interesting to see if another NBA team takes a run at Rice, if he has to prove himself in the D-League and/or overseas.

Report: Wizards testing trade market for Glen Rice Jr.

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This summer, Glen Rice Jr. looked like a guy ready to take a step forward — he was the Las Vegas Summer League MVP. Out in the desert he averaged 25 points a game and had been shooting better than 50 percent until a rough last outing, showing off an attacking/slashing style, and just looking like a guy who knows how to get buckets.

This season has not lived up to that hype. Rice has gotten in just five games, played just 43 garbage time minutes for the Wizards. He’s sitting on the bench in the D-League right now. He doesn’t have a guaranteed contract and on a Wizards’ team loaded with wing depth (especially with the emergence of Rasual Butler) he can’t crack the rotation.

Now the Wizards are trying to trade him, reports Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post.

With a gluttony of wing players and limited financial flexibility, the Washington Wizards intend to trade Glen Rice Jr. before his contract becomes guaranteed on Jan. 10, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Washington has already spoken to other teams about Rice, who was shipped to the D-League in late November and hasn’t played in the Fort Wayne Mad Ants’ last four games despite no reported injury.

They are not going to get much back for him, likely a second round pick.

Teams with interest in him may be willing to wait the Wizards out — if they can’t trade him by Jan. 10 they may just waive Rice Jr. Then a team could pick him up without sacrificing a pick.

The question is was there a GM in the stands in the corner of the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas who saw Rice play and thought “maybe he can fit what we do” and would be wiling to give up a second round pick for him (likely one with conditions attached).

67RIEFNS No. 31: Wizards’ small forwards

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The NBA is full of talent, personality and suspense. During the offseason, It’s easy to forget how wonderful the league can be. So, I’ve assembled 67 Reasons I’m Excited For Next Season (67RIEFNS). They’ll be presented in no particular order.

Contract-Year Trevor Ariza, by win shares, just posted the best season by a Washington small forward since Greg Ballard led the 1981-82 Bullets in scoring. Not coincidentally, that was the last team in franchise history – before last season – to win a second-round playoff game.

No matter what happened in free agency, the Wizards were going to have a hard time replacing Contract-Year Trevor Ariza. They were going to either keep Ariza on a multi-year deal that resulted in his production slipping to relatively pedestrian levels or lose him in free agency. Ultimately, the latter occurred, with Ariza headed to Houston.

Now, Washington – which has one of the NBA’s best backcourts (John Wall and Bradley Beal) and an identity-creating big-man combo (Nene and Marcin Gortat) – must find a new small forward to bridge the gap in an emerging lineup.

It might take a little while for everything to shake out, because injuries to Beal and Glen Rice Jr. will throw the Wizards’ rotation out of balance. But once they settle in, this is one of the most underrated and intriguing extended position battles in the league. It could take the greater part of the season for Washington to find the answer, but all three candidates bring something to the table.

Paul Pierce

Pierce is an NBA champion and Finals MVP. He’s made 10 All-Star games. He’s a well-respected leader.

He just hasn’t played small forward that effectively in quite a while.

Pierce struggled in the playoffs his last season with the Celtics, and he didn’t take off in Brooklyn until the Nets went small and moved him to power forward. In the 32 games between that 2013 playoff series and before Brooklyn’s transformation, Pierce averaged 13.9 points on 39.3 percent shooting with 3.1 turnovers per game. Sample-size caveats apply, but traditional scouting certainly indicates he’s better suited to be a small-ball four at this stage.

That’s not knocking Pierce’s great career, but he’s 37 now. The bust potential, especially if Washington keeps him at power forward, is higher than most are willing to acknowledge.

Otto Porter

Porter was one of my favorite players in the 2013 draft. He was extremely productive at Georgetown, and he was the third-youngest top-10 pick (behind Nerlens Noel and Alex Len).

But Porter’s rookie year never really got off the ground as he dealt with injury. That’s the optimistic view, at least. When Porter got on the court, he was dreadful.

He’s looked considerably better in summer and the preseason, reliably hitting jumpers. In time, I still think he can do more, but on this team, someone who spreads the floor by making spot-ups is a good fit.

Can that be Porter? Some players just need a little time to transition to the NBA.

Martell Webster

Webster splits the difference between the aging Pierce and young Porter.

It seems Webster has been been in the league nine years – and he has. But he’s just 27, turning pro the last year players could declare for the NBA draft straight from high school.

Webster had a career year in 2012-13, earning a big contract, before backsliding and losing his starting job to Ariza last season. He’s faced a litany of injuries, including a herniated disc in his back that has him sidelined now.

Once Webster gets healthy, as a player theoretically in his prime, he could earn the job over Pierce (maybe too old) and Porter (maybe too young). Webster could be that just-right third bear.

No matter who ultimately becomes the Wizards starting small forward, they have enough talent at the position that finding a good option is likely. None of these three are sure things, leaving the possibility Washington strikes out, but I’m betting on the Wizards identifying at least one quality option – even if these three interesting candidates battle for the job throughout the season.

Report: Wizards close to signing John Lucas III

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Bradley Beal will miss part of the regular season after injuring his wrist, and Glen Rice Jr. might not be ready for the opener, either.

The Wizards are up the creek without a paddle at shooting guard.

None of their candidates on non-guaranteed contracts have lit the world on fire. They’ve already waived David Stockton and Vander Blue, though Rasual Butler and Xavier Silas remain in contention for a roster spot. Washington is even considering playing Otto Porter at shooting guard.

How about some outside help?

Marc Stein of ESPN:

J. Michael of CSNWashington.com confirmed that report that Lucas will be brought on board.

The 5-foot-11 Lucas is a point guard, so perhaps his signing suggests Washington will use some two-point guard lineups while Beal and Rice are out. John Wall and Andre Miller would keep the ball moving, though they’d have to prove they can make enough jumpers to keep the floor spread.

Lucas spent this offseason getting shuffled around as an unguaranteed contract, being traded from the Jazz to the Cavaliers then the Cavaliers to the Celtics, who waived him just before training camp.

Lucas, 31, has fallen considerably since he played useful minutes off the bench for the Bulls in 2011-12. With the Raptors two years ago and Utah last year, his production has steadily declined. I’d guess he’s on another minimum contract, so the Wizards aren’t necessarily tied to him.

While their guards are out, though, Lucas is another option.