Nene is expected to arrive in Washington on Saturday to meet with Wizards medical staff and take his physical to complete the three-team deal involving Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers. Nene is unlikely to join the Wizards in Memphis and plans to get in two practices with his new team before making his debut on Wednesday in New Jersey.
Nick Young is already in Los Angeles and JaVale McGee caught the first flight to Denver the morning after the deadline deal. But the trade isn’t expected to be finalized until Sunday or possibly Monday, according to a person familiar with the deal.
Brian Cook, the other player acquired by Washington on Thursday, will join the Wizards today and be available when they meet the Grizzlies on Sunday at FedEx Forum. Cook was accepted to help the Clippers shed salary in order to acquire Young and is not a part of the Wizards’ future plans.
A league source said the team would be willing to accommodate the veteran forward if he wishes to play elsewhere. Cook’s agent Mark Bartelstein said on Saturday the two sides would likely engage in buyout discussions this week. Cook would first have to line up a landing spot.
Bartelstein also represents forward Ronny Turiaf, who will not play in Denver. Turiaf is also expected to receive a buyout from the Nuggets and would draw interest in the free agent market. Turiaf was activated for the Wizards’ 107-98 loss in Dallas but didn’t play. Bartelstein said Turiaf is healthy and ready to go after being out since Jan. 1 because of a broken left hand.
Rashard Lewis has not played since the all-star break because of a bone bruise under his left knee suffered against Sacramento on Feb. 22. Lewis took his second synvisc shot on Friday in Atlanta and will be out a few more days to allow the shot to settle in.
With the Wizards having just 10 players available on Friday in Atlanta, the team plans to sign 6-foot-6 swingman Edwin Ubiles to a 10-day contract. Ubiles, 25, is the leading scorer for the NBA Developmental League’s Dakota Wizards and is averaging 20.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists. A member of the Puerto Rican national team, Ubiles was cut from the Golden State Warriors during training camp.