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Washington WizardsAntonio DanielsMike Wilks

\ Wilks, a five-year veteran, was released by the Nuggets after eight games. In that time he averaged 3.0 points per game and 0.8 assists.\

\ Wilks will not receive a guaranteed contract mostly because the Wizards (13-10) don\0x2019t want to surpass the luxury tax trigger of $67.86 million, the point at the end of the season where teams over the trigger must pay a dollar-for-dollar tax for every dollar they exceed the plateau. His future with the team upon Daniels\0x2019 return is unlikely.\

\ Daniels, who replaced Gilbert Arenas in the starting lineup after Arenas underwent knee surgery on Nov. 21, did a good job replacing Arenas. In 14 starts in place of Arenas the Wizards went 9-5 and Daniels averaged 11.0 points, 6.6 assists ad 4.0 rebounds.\

\ Daniels is the third starter to go down this season. The Wizards have already lost center Etan Thomas most likely for the rest of the season (heart surgery) and Arenas is expected to be out at least for next two months.\

\ — John N. Mitchell

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