The Wizards now have Len, veteran 12-year-old Robin Lopez and Moe Wagner their focus, despite Wagner entering the league’s coronavirus protocol on Jan. 12 and is unlikely to be returning to the Games for some time. Players who test positive for the coronavirus are required to isolate between 10 and 14 days per NBA rules and then need time to get back in game shape.
Meanwhile, Len is giving an extremely subordinate cadre in Washington – the team has six positive coronavirus cases – an extra body. He has averaged 7.9 points and 6.2 rebounds for his career and failed to meet his draft after Phoenix put him 5th overall in 2013 but stayed in the league nonetheless.
The Wizards are Len’s fourth team for the past two seasons. The Ukrainian-born competed for Toronto in just seven games and averaged 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in limited minutes before falling off the depth map.
Even if Len joins the roster first covered by The Athletic, Washington could be forced to run on small lineups when it resumes its season in San Antonio on Sunday. The team missed six games due to a coronavirus outbreak and haven’t played since Jan. 11.
The Wizards had nine players in training on Thursday and only two were front court players – Lopez and substitute striker Anthony Gill, who has not seen any significant playing time this season.
Washington has so few bigs that Bradley Beal took turns guarding the 7-foot Lopez on Thursday.
“There were many moments when [Beal] was guarding RoLo, “said coach Scott Brooks in a virtual press conference on Thursday,” and RoLo has turned all those movements upside down, the footwork is fine and Bradley is trying to push him out of his box – it was pretty weird. I laughed under my mask. We have to do that … we had good practice today with what we had. But [the guys] I understand that we need to mess things up. “
Len averaged 9.7 points and 7 rebounds over two seasons in Maryland.