HoopsHype Hamady Ndiaye rumors
The Wizards have picked up the third-year options on rookies John Wall, Jordan Crawford, Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin, while extending qualifying offers for restricted free agents Nick Young, Hamady Ndiaye, Othyus Jeffers and Larry Owens, according to a team source. Washington Post
Hamady Ndiaye limped around the locker room after the Wizards’ 97-91 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. He was disappointed that he wasn’t able to play, angry that he got hurt during pregame warm-ups by simply making a layup. “He crossed himself up,” Rashard Lewis joked with Ndiaye, trying to get him to smile. “Broke his own ankles.” Ndiaye chuckled and shook his head, unwilling to believe that he strained his left patella tendon “doing nothing.” Ndiaye said he would try to return before the season ends April 13, but Coach Flip Saunders wasn’t exactly optimistic, speculating that the rookie is probably done after aggravating an injury that he developed while playing for the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Developmental League. Washington Post
The comic relief followed, when Saunders and Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra had to select an opposing player to shoot the technical foul shots. Spoelstra picked rookie Hamady Ndiaye, who had a look upon his face that said, “How did I get into all of this?” “That’s exactly the reaction that I had,” Ndiaye said with a laugh afterward. “I did not expect that one. I was really surprised. For me to even go shoot a technical foul. Coach said to me, before I got there, ‘This might me the only technical foul you ever shoot in your career.’ I was, ‘Ooookay.’ I kind of got very nervous in a second.” Washington Post
Secondly, while Hamady Ndiaye is working out at Verizon Center and expected to participate in training camp with the Wizards beginning next week, he has yet to accept the non-qualifying tender. Ndiaye most likely will take it, with only a few days left before camp and him unable to get offers from elsewhere. Ndiaye and the Wizards remain hopeful that he finds employment overseas before the regular season begins, because the longer he sticks around, the more problems it could possibly present for both sides. Unless Ndiaye completely blows away the Wizards in training camp and the preseason, the team does not plan on having him in uniform in the upcoming season. Washington Post
The dilemma for both sides is that the Wizards would lose Ndiaye's rights if they have to cut him in training camp. Ndiaye is seen as an extra asset for the organization, since the Wizards only asked for the 57th pick from Minnesota after they had already agreed to move up to get Trevor Booker. They would like to have Ndiaye in a Wizards uniform at some point, just not before he has developed and received some playing time and experience elsewhere. The way the Wizards are currently constructed, Ndiaye is unlikely to gain sufficient playing time in this season. Washington Post
The Wizards are unlikely to sign second-round pick Hamady Ndiaye for the upcoming season, according to a league source. They still retain his rights, but the source said that Hamady Ndiaye is also looking into playing overseas next season. The 6-foot-11 center whom Coach Flip Saunders affectionately likes to call, "H," had an uninspiring showing in summer league, as he averaged just 3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1 blocked shot in limited minutes. He had nine points, seven rebounds and four blocks in the finale against New York, but the Wizards are not pressed to put him in uniform just yet. Washington Post
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