Wizards, Johnathan Williams close to deal

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The Washington Wizards are close to a deal with former Los Angeles Lakers two-way player Johnathan Williams.

However, the deal won’t get done immediately, according to Fred Katz of The Athletic.

The Wizards already qualified for an extra roster spot via the hardship provision, which they used to sign Gary Payton II.

Now, the team will apply for a second extra roster spot to land Williams.

The NBA can give a team a hardship exception when that team has at least four players who have missed three or more games due to injury or illness and are expected to miss at least two weeks.

If a team has five players who fit that description, a second additional roster spot can be granted which is why the Wizards expect to receive the second hardship exception.

Williams played 24 games with the Lakers last season, averaging 6.5 points and 4.1 rebounds.

This season, he played nine games for Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion, averaging 12.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.