Last-minute addition to roster unlikely

Last-minute addition to roster unlikely
April 5, 2013, 4:30 pm
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The Wizards have considered acquiring a player on a 10-day contract before the season ends, but it’s unlikely they’ll go that route with less than two weeks left in the regular season.

They have the maximum 15 players, but health has been a concern with Bradley Beal (right fibula) out for the season and several others such as Nene (right knee), A.J. Price (groin) and Martell Webster (abdomen) playing through pain. 

The Wizards (28-47) are determined to finish the season strong by moving into the ninth spot in the East, one spot outside of the playoffs. When they fell 88-78 to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, they were officially eliminated. 

There are just seven games left and not much practice time to acclimate a new player. 

“I doubt it. What have we got, 12 days? We’re going to talk about it,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. “If there’s a young guy out there worth taking a look at, maybe somebody coming back from China, we’re going through the lists now of D-League guys playing at a high level right now.”

If the Wizards were to acquire another player, they'd have to make a cut. That would be Leandro Barbosa, who has never suited up because of a season-ending knee injury and is on an expiring contract. Barbosa was acquired in a trade with the Boston Celtics so the Wizards could shed themselves of Jordan Crawford who had become a locker room distraction.