UPDATE: False alarm on this. Sportando is now retracting its report.
Marquinhos' agent denied the news on Washington. Sorry for the false news. My bad— Sportando (@sportando) September 25, 2014
We apologize for posting this. Below is the original report, which is now obsolete. -Mike
File under: News out of left field.
Marquinhos Vieira signed a contract with the Washington Wizards, I am told— Sportando (@sportando) September 25, 2014
Marquinhos Vieira will leave Brazil for Washington later today, I am told.— Sportando (@sportando) September 25, 2014
If Vieria's name sounds familiar (you may also know him as Marcus Vinicius), it's probably because you saw him playing alongside Nene in this year's FIBA World Cup. The 30 year old averaged 10.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in helping get Brazil to the quarterfinals of this year's World Cup.
Otherwise, you may remember him from his short stint in the NBA with the Hornets from 2006 to 2008 after being taken with the 43rd overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.
While terms of the deal haven't been reported, the deal is likely an unguaranteed contract for training camp, where teams are allowed to carry 20 players. Vieria will provide some extra competition for the final opening on the Wizards' roster, alongside Xavier Silas, Rasual Butler, Damion James, Vander Blue, David Stockton and Daniel Orton.
With Vieria's signing, the Wizards would be at the 20 player maximum for training camp, so they would have to release someone in the outside chance that Ray Allen decides to extend his career in Washington.