The Washington Wizards have made a pair of roster moves as we approach the 5 p.m. deadline for several NBA players to have their contracts guaranteed. The team has cut Shelvin Mack for a second time, according to a press release, but they have not released Garrett Temple, meaning he will remain with the club for the rest of the season.
The corresponding moves don't come as much of a surprise. Temple had clearly emerged as the better of the two midseason signings, though he has not shot the ball well as of late. Once John Wall comes back, I would expect Temple to compete with an eventually-healthy A.J. Price for the backup point guard job. Price offers better ball pressure and perimeter shooting, but Temple has been far better running a team.
As for Mack's release, it was inevitable given the prospect of Wall's eventual return. There's no need for the Wizards to carry four point guards.
Washington's roster now stands at 14 players. It remains to be seen if they pick up anyone released around the league over the past couple days and/or roll with some 10-day contracts for players. There's been a flurry of activity because of the 5 p.m. deadline to guarantee contracts.