The Washington Times - April 18, 2012, 01:26PM

The Washington Wizards posed for their team photo on Wednesday morning before shootaround. It seemed strange to see Morris Almond in the photo, and not Roger Mason Jr. Almond signed with the team on Monday, the same day Mason was released to have surgery on his left index finger.

Mason, who signed a one-year deal with the Wizards before the season, averaged 5.5 points and 1.8 rebounds this year with the team. A D.C. native, Mason wanted to play for Washington this season, and his veteran leadership was a welcome presence. After his surgery, Mason tweeted that he expects to be back and better next year. 


Maurice Evans racked up 11 straight DNP-CD (did not play – coach’s decision) before finally getting a a few minutes in Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Evans played 5 minutes and didn’t attempt a shot. On Monday, on the road against the Chicago Bulls, Evans scored 14 points in 26 minutes.

Andray Blatche is looking slimmer and trimmer, but he’s unlikely to play any more this season. Asked specifically about Blatche, Wizards coach Randy Wittman said that chances are slim that Blatche will take the court again.

Asked about his diet and conditioning on Wednesday morning before shootaround, Blatche joked “I cut my hair, that was five pounds right there.”

Former Wizards Hamady N’diaye is going to play in China, and will be heading there in a couple of days.

Kevin Seraphin has been using the French pronunciation of his name, “Ke-VEEN”, since he’s been with the Wizards, but recently decided to go with the American standard American pronunciation. Seraphin told the Wizards broadcasters to start calling him “Kevin.”

The NBA Draft Lottery will be held on March 30. The Wizards currently have the second-worst record in the league; the Charlotte Bobcats have the worst.