Wiz­ards waive five, reach 15-man ros­ter

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS - — Jorge Castillo

The Wash­ing­ton Wiz­ards waived Ish Smith, Toure’ Murry, Josh

Har­rell­son, Jaleel Roberts and Jaron John­son on Satur­day to trim their ros­ter to the max­i­mum 15 play­ers al­lowed for the reg­u­lar sea­son be­fore the NBA’s 5 p.m. dead­line.

The cuts were ex­pected. All five play­ers signed non-guar­an­teed con­tracts, and the Wiz­ards al­ready had 15 play­ers with guar­an­teed deals. Bar­ring a cat­a­strophic in­jury or a break­out pre­sea­son, none of the five ad­di­tions were go­ing to make the ros­ter, and nei­ther oc­curred. A cou­ple cuts would have been made sooner if not for all the in­juries the Wiz­ards faced dur­ing the pre­sea­son.

The Wiz­ards com­pleted their pre­sea­son with a 92-82 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Montreal on Fri­day and open the reg­u­lar sea­son on the road against the Or­lando Magic on Wed­nes­day.

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