Wizards cut three players; Otto Porter Jr. has MRI on hip

October 28, 2013

Phoenix Suns’ Kendall Marshall during Phoenix Suns NBA basketball media day on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Wizards never had an intention of keeping Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee or Kendall Marshall, the former standout at Bishop O’Connell in Arlington.

Brown, Lee and Marshall were acquired only as throw-ins because their salaries were needed to help the salaries match up in a deal that essentially was Emeka Okafor and protected first-round pick for Marcin Gortat. Gortat was the only player who arrived in Washington and the other three were waived on Monday as the Wizards submitted their 15-man opening night roster to the NBA.

Brown ($3.5 million), Marshall ($2 million) and Lee ($884,000) will receive their full salaries from the Wizards if they clear waivers in 48 hours and have an opportunity to make more money if they sign with other teams.

Brown, a seven-year veteran, is the most well-known of the trio after helping the Los Angeles Lakers win back-to-back NBA championships in 2009 and 2010. He has already attracted interest from a few teams, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Marshall, the 13th pick of the 2012 NBA draft, had a difficult rookie year and backed up both Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic. He also was a healthy scratch in the Suns’ final two preseason games.

Lee was a second-round pick to Minnesota in 2011 but his career has never taken off after having five different surgeries in the past two years.

Rookie Otto Porter had an MRI on his right hip after Monday’s practice but the results have yet to be released. Porter hasn’t been sidelined with a strained right hip flexor since Sept. 14 but Coach Randy Wittman recently revealed that he is making progress.

“He’s doing a little bit more,” Wittman said. “He’s not doing anything close to anything live, but he’s doing some shooting and some conditioning, up and down the floor, which is a positive. He hasn’t done that before.”

 

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.
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