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Wizards staying course at point guard

Jordan Crawford will likely start at point guard. (Photo by Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

As the Washington Wizards prepare to play tonight’s game against the New Orleans Hornets with diminished numbers following a broken hand to point guard A.J. Price, Coach Randy Wittman said the club was in no rush to add another player at that position despite John Wall being a long way from coming back.

Wall has missed the entire season with a stress injury to his left patella, necessitating the addition of Price to the starting lineup. But with Price out four to six weeks, off-guard Jordan Crawford presumably moves into the the starting point guard spot, with Shaun Livingston as the backup and the only true point guard on the roster.

“We’re going to try to do what’s right,” Wittman said after practice yesterday afternoon. “Like I said it doesn’t have to be at that position. We’re going to look at a lot of different things, but no, John’s bearing doesn’t play with that because we still, I mean John’s still weeks from, you know, he’s got to get on the floor and practice. If we were really strapped, we’d bring someone in, but we’ll see. Like I said, we’re going to evaluate moving forward here with JC and Shaun.”

The Wizards, according to a league source, worked out Ben Uzoh and Blake Ahearn on Sunday, but the team has not formally announced any roster moves apart from the injury to Price.

Uzoh is averaging 17.8 points for the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League and spent the last two seasons averaging four points and 2.2 assists in 60 games for New Jersey, Cleveland and Toronto.

Ahearn, 28, is a free agent after the Indiana Pacers released him in training camp. He has career averages of 4.6 points and 2.1 assists in 19 games over parts of three seasons with Miami, San Antonio and Utah.

“We’re looking at different scenarios,” Wittman said. “Obviously brought a couple guys in [on Sunday], looked at, and we’re still, we haven’t done anything. Don’t know when or if we will do anything, but we’re looking at different scenarios, different options, different people. We’re not going to make a snap quick judgment. There’s not a guy out there right now that warrants that, so we’re going to take our time and look at some different guys and see what best fits us moving forward.”


Gene Wang is a sports reporter covering multiple beats, including Navy football, the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, women’s basketball, auto racing, boxing and golf. He also covers Fantasy Football.



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