Trevor Ariza has missed the past 13 games with a strained left calf but is hoping that he can make a return some time this week - just not Tuesday against Dallas.
Coach Randy Wittman says Ariza is probably closest of the Wizards' injured players to returning to full-contact practice, possibly by Monday.
After a solid outing against Orlando, Garrett Temple will start at point guard over Shelvin Mack when the Wizards take on the well-rested Chicago Bulls at United Center.
In his second game with Washington, the journeyman came up big.
Ever since the Boston Celtics won a championship one year after putting the pieces together, teams have showed little patience for coaches who yield mediocre results from high payrolls.
The Wizards will host Orlando in a rematch of their 90-83 loss at Amway Center on Dec. 19.
Jordan Crawford knew his days as a point guard were over when the Wizards added two floor generals, but he isn't worried about how he will utilized going forward.
John Wall participated in "dummy" practice drills for the first time since getting cleared to "ramp up activity." Coach Randy Wittman said Wall is taking a "step forward."
John Wall announced that he is targeting a January return, but the Wizards continue their point guard shuffle with Shelvin Mack and Garrett Temple.
Shelvin Mack will get his first career start after Coach Randy Wittman benched Jordan Crawford for violating team rule.