Wizards center Hamady Ndiaye has been unable to crack the team’s lineup so far this year, so the Wizards are sending him to their D-League affiliate Iowa Energy to get some playing time and conditioning.
The Wizards 7-foot back up center in in his second year with the team.
“Right now, because of the way our schedule is, we don’t have a lot of practice days,” said Wizards coach Flip Saunders.
“So, for him to be able to go there [to the Energy] and get four solid days of practice and play some games is a better position for him.”
Last season, Ndiaye played in 16 games with the team in 2010-11 and spent 11 games with the Dakota Wizards, the Wizards former D-Leage affiliate team.
Ndiaye averaged 4.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 18.4 minutes per game. Ndiaye, who is a native of Senegal, was originally selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 56th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft before his rights were traded, along with the rights to Trevor Booker, for the rights to Lazar Hayward and Nemanja Bjelica on Draft Night. He was re-signed by the Wizards on Dec. 11, 2011.
Forwards Mo Evans and Jen Vesely have also not played for the Wizards so far this year. Vesely is dealing with soreness in his hip, then was sidelined by the flu, but is is now waiting a few more days to see how his hip responds after getting a shot.
“We’ve got to wait five days to see how he responds [after the shot]. We’ll know more in a couple of days.”
Evans has swelling and soreness in his right knee, and had an MRI when the team returned from their first road trip of the season to Atlanta and Milwaukee. Evans is listed as day-to-day.