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The Wizards won't have top draft pick Otto Porter or Trevor Booker for the preseason opener vs. the Brooklyn Nets, CSN Washington has confirmed.
It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. Porter (right hip flexor) hasn't practiced since training camp began last week. While he has done exercises and put up shots, he hasn't engaged in contact.
"He can't play on Tuesday," Wittman told CSN Washington after Sunday's practice. "He hasn't done anything since Sept. 14."
And Porter's absence likely will extend beyond the first game, too. Fortunately for the Wizards, they have proven veterans such as Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza so there's no need to rush him back and risk a more significant injury.
Porter was limited most of the summer because of tightness in his right hamstring. Although he was the highest draft pick at the Las Vegas summer league, he played less than three games and didn't make an impact.
Booker (right knee) was more involved in practice Sunday and took part in contact drills.
"It was good. I did a lot more than yesterday," Booker said. "I did some contact and everything. It was a half practice but way more involved (than Saturday)."
Wittman was lukewarm about his chances of playing, and Booker later told CSN that he doesn't believe his conditioning or confidence in his leg is there yet.
"I probably won't play that game. Still got to build up," he said. "I've got to get a full practice before I can play in a game. … Still building up my muscles. I don't want to go out there and push it too much."