Morning tip: Scant playing time for invitees

Morning tip: Scant playing time for invitees
October 14, 2013, 8:15 am
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WAKING UP with the Wizards, who had Sunday off upon returning from Brazil and will practice at Verizon Center late Monday morning. ...

When they added Josh Childress to their training camp roster, it came as a mild surprise given his experience and the likelihood that the 2004 lottery pick could make another NBA roster instead of coming to a team already with the maximum 15 players under contract.

Two games into the preseason, however, Childress hasn't played enough significant minutes to show that he's still good enough to force the Wizards to make a move to clear out a roster spot for him.

Childress didn't log any time vs. the Brooklyn Nets last week and played just six minutes Saturday vs. the Chicago Bulls. He didn't score or attempt a shot. And even though the Wizards appear stocked at small forward, rookie Otto Porter is injured and Chris Singleton is out after surgery on his left foot. The Wizards face the Miami Heat at Verizon Center on Tuesday (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).

So what does it mean that there's still not room for Childress in a preseason game? 

Coach Randy Wittman is trying to figure out his rotations and the best way to fit his new pieces in Al Harrington and Eric Maynor, both free-agent signings in their first year in Washington. He also has Glen Rice, a rookie, and has yet to determine how to best use Porter who has been out with a right hip flexor strain since training camp.

Training camp invitees such as Childress, Xavier Silas, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and D'or Fischer are used mostly as fill-ins during practice, and it can be hard for them to find time there, too. Mensah-Bonsu logged nine minutes in the opener, getting two points and three rebounds. Silas and Fischer have yet to play in a game.

Wittman has said that knows what direction he's heading with the team before they left almost a week ago for Rio de Janeiro. 

"We'll get there," Wittman said about figuring out his personnel. "We kind of know right now heading in the majority of them, where the minutes actually come from and whether the guy is a starter or not we'll develop that as the month comes on. I'm not too concerned about that."