The Wizards (21-56) had just nine players available when they defeated the Detroit Pistons, 107-105, to claim their first three-game winning streak in nearly three years. And, with Kevin Seraphin and Mustafa Shakur struggling, they really had just a seven-man rotation.
Leading scorer Nick Young, Rashard Lewis, Josh Howard, Trevor Booker, Cartier Martin and Hamady Ndiaye are all done for the season, but the Wizards will look to add another player to the roster on Wednesday before they face the Indiana Pacers.
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Wizards will look to sign Larry Owens from the NBA Development League. Owens, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds with the Tulsa 76ers and also scored a total of nine points in seven games for the San Antonio Spurs this season.
No deal was finalized as of late Tuesday night, but in order to make room for Owens — or any player, for that matter — the Wizards will have to part with someone, since the roster is full with the 15 players.
Martin is the most likely candidate to be released, with his season already finished after he sustained a stress fracture in his left foot. Martin averaged 4.0 points and shot 39.4 percent from beyond the three-point line in 52 games for the Wizards this season. Saunders said that Martin would probably need surgery.
Ndiaye is also done for the season after straining his left patella tendon during pre-game warm-ups on Sunday in Charlotte, but the Wizards have no intention of waiving him since he will be a restricted free agent this summer.
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