With Roger Mason Jr. opting to have season-ending surgery on his broken left index finger, the Wizards have moved quickly to find a replacement in former Utah first-round pick Morris Almond. After waiving Mason on Monday, the Wizards signed Almond, a 26-year-old, 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Rice.

Almond averaged 23.4 points and six rebounds in 29 games with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League. He became available when the Red Claws failed to make the D-League playoffs.

Almond, the 25th pick of the 2007 NBA draft out of Rice, appeared in just 34 games in two seasons with the Jazz, compiling career averages of 3.1 points and 1.2 rebounds. He played mostly for its D-League affiliate, the Utah Flash. In his second season with the Flash, he had two 50-point games, including a record 53-point performance. Almond is noted for his scoring, but he hasn’t appeared in an NBA game in more than two years. He was cut by the Orlando Magic in training camp before the 2009-10 season.

Almond has also played for D-League’s Springfield Armor, Real Madrid in Spain, Scavolini Pesaro in Italy and BC Cherkasy in Ukraine.