The Wizards enter this week with their eye toward the future with the annual NBA Draft Combine in Chicago on Thursday and Friday.
According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Wizards have requested to interview Otto Porter of Georgetown and Maryland’s Alex Len.
Teams can talk to as many as 15 of the 63 players who have received invites. The league office will notify the Wizards about which players they’ll have access to interview. Just because a player is on the Wizards’ wish list doesn't mean they’ll be granted a 30-minute sitdown. Sometimes, players don't attend.
Teams also can bring in players for individual workouts before the June 27 draft.
Len is turning pro after his sophomore season in which he averaged 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. The 7-1 center won’t be able to work out in Chicago, however, because of a partial stress fracture in his left ankle that has him out 4-6 months.
Some of the elite players projected to go at the top of the draft won’t work out simply because they don’t have to and only will submit to getting physical measurements.
Porter is 6-8 and projected to be a small forward because of his thin build at 200 pounds. He was a 48 percent shooter, has 42.2 percent three-point range, and could fill a need for Washington, which doesn't have much scoring off the bench behind starting forwards Nene and Martell Webster. Webster will be an unrestricted free agent.
The Wizards will learn where they'll be picking May 21 at the draft lottery in New York. They have a 3.5 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick. If there’s no change in the draft order, they will pick as high as eighth and no lower than 11th.
The Wizards also have a pair of second-round picks, Nos. 37 and 54.