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Wizards still are not right on point

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Cheers and Jeers,Craig Stouffer

The Wizards continue to play the patience game in free agency, but the ranks are thinning rapidly. Backup point guard remains a priority as Washington closed out the summer league in Las Vegas with a 2-3 record and unsettled evidence that Shelvin Mack should be the team's long-term solution behind John Wall.

Mack finished averaging 11.0 points per game, third on the team behind Bradley Beal (17.6) and Chris Singleton (12.4), but he put up more turnovers (3.4) than assists (2.4). That doesn't project well to leading a second unit for 82 games.

The Wizards showed interest in John Lucas III, but Lucas appears to have opted for Toronto instead of the minimum offer Washington wants to give to a backup guard, perhaps A.J. Price. Other names have been floated, including Keyon Dooling and Leandro Barbosa, both with more veteran experience. A better option, if possible, might come out of the Jeremy Lin saga. His move to Houston could make available Shaun Livingston, whose career was resurrected in Washington in 2010.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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