WASHINGTON – The Shorthanded Wizards signed the Alex Len and Jordan Bell free agent centers on Saturday in an attempt to fill out a list decimated by COVID-19 and injuries.
The Wizards have scrapped six games since a win against the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 11 dropped them to 3-8. They’re supposed to play in San Antonio on Sunday.
Six Washington players tested positive for COVID-19, and three other players were paused after contact tracing determined they might have been exposed to the virus.
Starting center Thomas Bryant is out with an injured left knee and point guard Russell Westbrook still has a left quadriceps injury.
Westbrook is considered questionable for Sunday’s game and he said he didn’t know if he would play. Manager Scott Brooks said Westbrook is making progress and looking good so far.
The 7-foot-0 Len has averaged 7.9 points and 6.2 rebounds in 474 games over eight seasons with Phoenix, Atlanta, Sacramento and Toronto. He played seven games for the Raptors this season with an average of 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds.
The 27-year-old from Ukraine played in Maryland before being Phoenix’s fifth choice in the 2013 draft.
The 6-foot-8 bell averaged 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 154 games over three seasons with Golden State, Minnesota and Memphis. The 26-year-old hadn’t played in the NBA this season.
ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk and The Associated Press contributed to this report.