A little more than a week ago, coach Randy Wittman suggested that the D-League could be an option for rookie Otto Porter, who hasn't logged any significant playing time since the first game of the Wizards' recently concluded West coast trip, but the likelihood of that happening appears to be very slim.

If Martell Webster or Trevor Ariza go down, that quickly would thrust Porter into a significant role. Webster fell ill last Friday at the Phoenix Suns and Porter played 19 minutes. He played just 3:34 seconds in the last three games of the trip. Before that, Porter hadn't played double-digit minutes since Jan. 7, but that is an example of why the Wizards can't afford to send him to the Iowa Energy -- just in case stuff happens.

Rice went down to play three games there before returning this week because there wasn't a lot of practice time available -- they played two sets of back-to-back games -- and he needed to rehabilitate his right (shooting) wrist that required surgery last month. It wasn't because he lacked confidence, a cliche often used for why young players such as Rice and Porter should be sent. For some, as various front-office NBA types will attest, such an assignment for anything other than injury can hurt confidence especially when it comes to high lottery picks.