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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

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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.