5:17pm: The moves are now official, as the Wizards confirm them via press release.
1:11pm: The Wizards are the last NBA team to make their roster cuts, but their plans haven’t changed over the weekend, according to J. Michael of CSNWashington.com. Michael reports that Washington will officially release three players acquired on Friday: Shannon Brown, Kendall Marshall, and Malcolm Lee.
While most NBA teams cut players on non-guaranteed or partially guaranteed contracts, the Wizards had been carrying 18 players on fully guaranteed deals following their acquisition of Marcin Gortat. As such, Washington will be on the hook for most or all of the salaries for Brown, Marshall, and Lee, unless they’re claimed on waivers by another team.
A waiver claim may not be likely, but Brown and Marshall are reportedly drawing some interest around the league, and if they sign with another club, the amount owed to them by the Wizards will be slightly reduced. Brown is said to be interested in the Lakers, though he has yet to make any decisions. The Sixers, meanwhile, could be a suitor for Marshall.