Thursday brought about a lot of changes to the Wizards roster, but Ernie Grunfeld isn’t done yet. There are more changes coming.
According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, Brian Cook will talk to the Wizards about a potential buyout. No surprise there; he was only a part of the three-team trade so salaries could match. Even if Cook doesn’t get a buyout, he’ll be gone after the season when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
The Wizards had only 14 players on the roster since they waived Hamady Ndiaye last month, and are now at thirteen after Thursday’s trade. If they do end up reaching a buyout with Brian Cook, they’ll only have twelve — including an injured Rashard Lewis.
So enter Edwin Ubiles of the D-League’s Dakota Wizards. In the D-League Ubiles averages 20.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.3 assists. The 25-year-old is a 6-foot-6 wing player that graduated from Siena in 2010.
Hopefully Ubiles gets a legitimate shot to show what he’s got on his 10-day contract. We all know how poor the Wizards’ small forward position has been this season with the rookie Chris Singleton, the oft-injured Rashard Lewis, and veteran Mo Evans getting most of the minutes there.
Adding Ubiles and buying out Brian Cook would mean that 13 players would be on the roster, leaving two spots open.
So again, I ask, why not bring back Othyus Jeffers?