Wizards cut roster to 15 following Gortat trade

Wizards cut roster to 15 following Gortat trade
October 28, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Wizards like how Gortat will fit into lineup

The Wizards will cut down their roster to 15 later Monday, when they confirm they'll be releasing Shannon Brown, Kendall Marshall and Malcolm Lee. 

The trio was acquired in a transaction Friday with the Phoenix Suns. The Wizards sent Emeka Okafor for Marcin Gortat, who practiced at Verizon Center for the first time Monday.

It's no surprise here as Brown, Marshall and Lee never actually reported to their new team. CSN Washington confirmed Friday that the three would be waived in part because the Wizards already had the maximum 15 players under contract. Monday, CSN confirmed there wouldn't be any 11th-hour changes to who gets released.

The Wizards will make it official with a news release, but they must reduce the roster to no more than 15 players under contract by league rules. 

The three were throw-ins to make the Gortat-Okafor trade work. Okafor would make $14.5 million this season and Gortat $7.7 million and the salaries had to almost match. 

The Suns gave up on Marshall, a 2012 lottery pick, after just one season which is a rare occurrence. If no one claims him off waivers, he'll become a free agent as will the others.

Lee hasn't produced since being taken by the Minnesota Timberwolves because of injuries. He only played 32 games there in the last two seasons and is recovering from surgeries to his hip and back earlier this year. He never played for Phoenix. 

Brown was an awkward fit with the Suns, who are deconstructing their roster and playing for next season, since signing there as a free agent two years ago by leaving the Los Angeles Lakers with whom he won two NBA championships. 

Though he's can be a spark off the bench, his game is one-dimensional. The Wizards already have Bradley Beal, Glen Rice, Martell Webster and Eric Maynor to play off-guard. If Brown were a better ball-handler and could initiate the offense, he would've had a better chance of sticking here.