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Wizards Sign Morris Almond, Release Roger Mason Jr.

The Washington Wizards made a pair of related roster moves on Monday. The team released Roger Mason Jr. and signed guard Morris Almond to replace him.

Mason had season-ending surgery on his finger on Monday. Washington needed the roster space, having recently signed Cartier Martin and James Singleton. Mason had been dealing with pain in his finger before the team reportedly decided to make the move over the weekend.

Almond entered the NBA as a first-round pick of the Utah Jazz in 2007. He spent the last four years bouncing around the developmental leagues. His most recent stop was with the Maine Red Claws where he averaged 23.4 points per game in 29 games with the team. During that same stretch he averaged 6 rebounds per game and shot better than 54 percent from the field, both career bests.

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