The Scoop:He had an appendectomy in the middle of last month and still hasn't made it back on the court, but was out of the rotation anyway. There are a couple things that come to mind with this move: Ricky Rubio's ankle is likely fine and the Wolves are probably looking to add a big man instead of another guard on the end of their bench. Dante Cunningham has legal trouble and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is a shut-down candidate. Price played just 3.5 minutes per game with the Wolves this season.
The Scoop:He's played exactly one minute in March and his absence shouldn't have any impact on fantasy rosters or the Wolves' rotations. J.J. Barea will continue to serve as Ricky Rubio's primary backup at PG.
When Michael Sam came out and admitted to everyone outside of the University of Missouri that he was gay going into the NFL draft, he talked with Jason Collins who did something similar during the NBA offseason. Collins, a 7-footer who had played 12 seasons, last played for the Wizards who acquired him in a late-season trade with the Boston Celtics. Collins was a little-used reserve and the Wizards renounced his rights to make him a free agent last summer. The intention all along, persons with knowledge of the situation told CSN Washington at the time, was that Collins, A.J. Price and Cartier Martin wouldn't be retained.
A.J. Price returned to the Verizon Center on Tuesday for the first time since the end of last season. The Wizards signed Price to a one-year contract before the 2012-13 season for the role of John Wall's backup. The engaging guard didn't return for kicks, but as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who sought backcourt depth this offseason. So did the Wizards.
NBA training camps begin opening over the next few days. As of now or at least as far as the public knows, A.J. Price remains on the outside looking in regarding a camp invite. One report from a Minneapolis-based reporter suggests that might not be the case much longer.