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Washington Wizards v Toronto Raptors

Report: Wizards close to signing John Lucas III


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.

With Bradley Beal out, Otto Porter will get look as Wizards’ starting shooting guard

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This was already a year a lot more was expected of Otto Porter.

Last season a hip injury and struggles adjusting to the NBA game meant a rough season, but by Summer League in Las Vegas he looked like a different player. Paul Pierce will get minutes at the three for the Wizards, but they were going to have to lean heavily on Porter to keep the old guy fresh.

Now it looks like they may lean on Porter even more — as the starting two guard with Bradley Beal out with a broken wrist and now his reserve Glen Rice Jr. injured as well.

He’ll get some serious run there in the next Wizards preseason game, reports J. Michael of CSNWashington.com.

There’s a strong chance that the Wizards will start Otto Porter, who is doing reps in practice at shooting guard, for Friday’s exhibition vs. the Charlotte Hornets with Bradley Beal and Glen Rice out with injuries.

“A little bit. I did,” Porter said when asked if he was doing more work there after Rice went down with a right ankle sprain in a game Wednesday. Beal had left wrist surgery last weekend.

Porter has shown improved shooting range from his rookie season (which is good because 19 percent from three won’t cut it) and he’s generally much better on the catch-and-shoot as opposed to creating his own look. Also, Porter has the length and athleticism to defend two guards.

At least it looks like it should work on paper. Coach Randy Wittman’s other options are to start Garrett Temple or Xavier Silas at the two, so they should give Porter a long, hard look before turning to their other choices.

Nowtizki back at practice, other updates from NBA camps

Dirk Nowitzki

During NBA training camps there are a rash of small injuries and guys missing games for an assortment of reasons, so many you can’t keep track. We’re here to help. Here is a little Friday rundown of camp notes from around the NBA.

• Dirk Nowitzki returned to the full Mavericks practice on Friday. Nowitzki is dealing with irritation and swelling in his knee, which has had him miss time and consider surgery. It’s good he’s back on the floor, what really matters is how the knee feels tomorrow.

• Amar’e Stoudemire went through walk through with the team but may not play in the Knicks Friday night exhibition to rest his knee.

• James Harden has suffered a mild groin strain (at least we think it’s mild) will not play for the Thunder Friday night against the Jazz. OKC will be cautious but it is not believed to be serious and he should be good to go next Tuesday when the Thunder play at home.

• Paul Millsap also will miss that Friday night Jazz/Thunder game for personal reasons.

• While we’re at it, Jamaal Tinsley also will sit out that game for the Jazz for personal reasons.

• MarShon Brook’s foot is still bothering him and he may miss most of the preseason.

• While we’re talking Nets, Avery Johnson is trying to keep Brook Lopez’s minutes down this preseason as he plays his way back from a foot injury.

• As you might expect since he just got to training camp this week, Royce White will not play for the Rockets on Friday night.

• Shannon Brown is expected to be back on the floor with the Suns Friday night after dealing with an eye injury this week. Brown and a teammate collided in practice and he got black eye complete with blood on the eyeball, plus all kinds of swelling.

• It’s not a surprise, but Dwight Howard will not play for the Lakers Saturday night, however Kobe Bryant is expected to go.

• Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani is not 100 percent and is said to be battling fatigue.

• Rudy Gay is dealing with some him soreness, but he isn’t missing any camp time and is expected to play in exhibition games.

• Jerry Stackhouse was out with knee issues at the Nets practice Friday. Get used to that.

• Josh Selby is still not practicing with the Grizzlies due to an ankle problem.

• The Hawks have waived Keith Benson.

• The Sixers have waived Mikki Moore and Xavier Silas.

Monday And-1 links: NBA media day edition

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. Today, we bring you a lot of news and notes out of the various media days across the nation.

• This is huge in the shoe industry — Dwyane Wade  is leaving Nike’s Jordan Brand for Chinese shoe manufacturer Li-Ning.

• The Knicks GM said that letting Jeremy Lin go was a financial decision. That certainly was a big part of it. But what else was he going to say?

• Did you know EA Sports cancelled “NBA Live 13” this year? Did you care might be the bigger question.

• Eddy Curry is in the Spurs training camp.

• Elton Brand is willing to be the enforcer for the Mavericks. Stop laughing Sixers fans, he means it.

• Chris Kaman has a sprained lower back and will be taking it slow in camp for Dallas. But at least Elton Brand has his back.

• While we’re talking Mavericks, forward Brandan Wright is day-to-day with a quad strain.

• Kyrie Irving says his hand is 100 percent, so you don’t need to keep asking.

• More Rajon Rondo love in Boston.

• Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is coming off patella tendon surgery and is now targeting a November return.

• Kings swingman John Salmons says he is still dealing with the hip injury that slowed him last season. Not good.

• Carlos Delfino’s arrival at Rockets training camp has been delayed by visa issues.

• Here are some fun, off-the-wall news and notes from Lakers media day, not involving the big stars.

• Ike Diogu played well for Nigeria at the Olympics, and that helped earn him an invite to Suns training camp. He is not expected to make the roster, however.

• A list of the NBA’s best players when they get the ball at the pinch post. Interesting read.

• The Raptors have spoken to DeMar DeRozan’s agent about a contract extension. That is very different than it actually happening, but they talked.

• Along those same lines, Ty Lawson’s agent has had conversations with the Nuggets about an extension.

• Hedo Turkoglu said at media day he hopes to retire with the Magic. You can bet they hope to have him traded by the deadline.

• Jameer Nelson talks about life after Dwight Howard in Orlando.

• Interesting note in this Mark Cuban interview — he says if someone bought a team and wanted to move it to Seattle, he wouldn’t expect to see any opposition.

• Philadelphia signed Xavier Silas to a non-guaranteed camp contract. That’s a good thing, Silas was the guy who suffered a major fall at the Orlando Summer League and needed multiple sinus surgeries.

Rapper ‘lil B said he was getting a camp invite from the Warriors.

GQ compiled a list of the worst decisions in sports. I’m sorry, I know some New Yorkers loved Jeremy Lin, but there is no way the Knicks letting him go should make this list.

• Jazz big man Enes Kanter, using twitter to get dinner dates. And a massage. But he’s flexible on hair color.

• For the record, Scottie Pippen is not broke. However he is not going to get richer suing all the outlets that reported he was, as a judge threw out that case.

• Countering earlier reports (including here at PBT), the Kings are saying their key sponsors and advertisers are sticking with them.

• Amare Stoudemire and John McCain, hanging out. Well, they ran into each other, anyway.

• Former NBA player and Kings head coach Reggie Theus is going to coach the D-Fenders, the Lakers affiliate in the D-League.

Report: Undrafted Maalik Wayns signs deal with 76ers

Big East Basketball Tournament - Villanova v Rutgers

For a guy who grew up in Philadelphia then played his college ball at Villanova, signing with the 76ers would be a dream come true.

That’s what the undrafted Maalik Wayns has done, according to the Times Herald.

A source confirmed Saturday that Wayns has agreed to a free-agent deal with the 76ers.

The deal reportedly is similar to the one Lavoy Allen received after the Sixers took him in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft, No. 50 overall, the source said. Allen reportedly received a $60,000 signing bonus and then received the rookie minimum of $473,604 after making the team.

That money is not guaranteed — Wayns is going to have to make this Philly squad. And it will not be easy.

Jrue Holiday is the starting point guard and the guy getting the bulk of the minutes. Behind him there will be Royal Ivey and then there may be a spot for a third guy on the roster. Xavier Silas may be that guy but that is in question after surgery following a serious head injury at Summer League in Orlando.

Wayns played pretty well at Summer League in Orlando, averaging 11.7 points and 5.7 assists per game, while getting some steals. He averaged 18 points a game last season as the guy running the Villanova offense. He loves to operate out of the pick-and-roll, but he is score first, doesn’t really shoot the three well and there were questions about whether he can make it work at the NBA level (he went undrafted for a reason).

But he’s going to get a chance to prove he belongs his hometown. That’s big.