Injuries forced the Wizards to go deep into their rotation during the preseason and ultimately have cost them two players who were around for last season's late surge. Veteran forward Brian Cook and second-year guard Shelvin Mack both were cut Sunday, leaving the roster at 15 players ahead of Tuesday's regular-season opener at Cleveland.
Mack, a second-round pick in 2011, was on a partially guaranteed contract, and the Wizards did their best to give him a shot at sticking for a second season. But after an underwhelming showing at the Las Vegas Summer League, Mack fell down the depth chart when Washington signed Jannero Pargo to help make up for the absence of injured John Wall.
With Nene and Kevin Seraphin both injured during the preseason, the Wizards have opted for 7-foot center Earl Barron's skills over those of the 6-9 Cook, who averaged 3.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in 16 games for Washington last spring. The undrafted Barron has played for three different teams in the past five seasons after spending his first three years with Miami.
- Craig Stouffer