Wizards feel no pressure to fill 15th spot

Wizards feel no pressure to fill 15th spot
February 21, 2014, 10:00 am
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What to do with the 15th and final roster spot for the Wizards, who gained it by trading two players (Eric Maynor and Jan Vesely), sending out a 2015 second-round draft pick and gaining Andre Miller? They don't really have to do anything. The roster spot can go unfilled as teams are required to carry a minimum of 13 players.

"That's beneficial for us," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. "Not going to necessarily use it right away. It gives us some more options, gives us more flexibility. If the right player becomes available we do have a roster spot now moving forward."

The Wizards (26-28) can find a player from the D-League, a free agent that will be released before March 1 when rosters are set for the postseason, or find a player coming from abroad who isn't constricted by the deadline.  

Glen Davis was bought out by the Orlando Magic on Thursday. Antawn Jamison was traded from the L.A. Clippers to the Atlanta Hawks, who are likely to buy him out, too. 

Both could be picked up, particularly if a playoff-bound team loses a player to injury or believes they can help.

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Could the play of Al Harrington, who is due to come back soon from right knee surgery, factor into the Wizards' decision? Grunfeld wouldn't go that far though it's reasonable to see, and CSN Washington has been told this by a person with knowledge of the situation, the lack of a stretch power forward could impact decision-making down the line.

"I don't think one player is going to have much effect on what we're going to do with that spot," Grunfeld said. 

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