Wizards sign Mustafa Shakur
The Wizards signed guard Mustafa Shakur to a 10-day contract, team President Ernie Grunfeld announced today. Shakur was with the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers, with whom he averaged 16.7 points, 5.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds this season through 23 games.
Mustafa provides some needed depth at point guard for the Wizards, whose only healthy player at the position is John Wall. Veteran Kirk Hinrich has played point guard this season as well, but he hyperextended his right elbow in the fourth quarter of last night's 109-97 loss to Phoenix and won't be available for tonight's game against Boston.
The Wizards have been keeping tabs on Shakur for some time and considered signing him before bringing back Lester Hudson after the Gilbert Arenas trade. He participated last week in the D-League Showcase in Texas -- where Tommy Sheppard, the Wizards' vice president of basketball administration, was in attendance -- and earned second-team honors.
Shakur was an undrafted free agent out of Arizona in 2007 and has had brief stints in Sacramento, Oklahoma City and New Orleans, although he has never appeared in an NBA regular season game. He has also played in Poland, Spain and Greece and for the Tulsa 66ers in the D-League.
Shakur spent time in training camp with the New Orleans Hornets this season and has had stints with Oklahoma City, Sacramento and the D-League's Tulsa Thunder, where he averaged 19.3 points, 6.9 assists and 4.5 rebounds during the 2009-10 season.
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