Best Potential Nene Replacement Options for Washington Wizards

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Best Potential Nene Replacement Options for Washington Wizards
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 24 at 4:50 p.m. ET by D.J. Foster: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports, "After initial fears of a season-ending knee injury, Washington center Nene has suffered only a sprained left MCL, league source tells Yahoo." Also according to Wojnarowski, "Nene is expected to be lost to the Wizards for four-to-six weeks, league source tells Yahoo."


UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 24 at 5:12 p.m. ET by Ethan Norof: ESPN's Marc Stein reports the Wizards are "likely" to sign Drew Gooden (remember him?) to a 10-day contract.

—End of Update—



There aren't many players in the league who have suffered more health setbacks in their career than Washington Wizards center Nene has. Unfortunately, another one may be on the way.

According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, Nene's left knee injury sustained against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday isn't being viewed as minor.

There is a fear among some members of the Washington Wizards that Nene is done for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee, although the team won’t know for certain until the Brazilian big man meets with team doctors and has an MRI exam on Monday. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, “It doesn’t look good.”

If Nene is indeed out for the season or an extended period of time, how can the Wizards replace one of their best players in advance of a playoff run? Let's take a look at five options for the Wizards to explore.

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