The agent for Dez Wells said Sunday that the former Maryland star suffered a dislocated right thumb at a summer league team practice with the Washington Wizards last week, calling the injury a “minor setback” and adding that the 6-foot-5 guard should be able to resume workouts in August.
The injury, though not considered serious, does cloud Wells’ immediate future both with the Wizards and other potential NBA employers.
Agent Lance Young said that Wells, who went undrafted after being a first-team all-Big Ten selection by the coaches as a senior in College Park, is “not sure” whether he will be invited to training camp with the Wizards or another NBA team. Wells was hoping to use the NBA summer league games in Las Vegas as showcase.
Even before he sustained the injury, Wells had been considered something of a longshot to make the Wizards after the team signed former Towson star Gary Neal last week as a free agent.
Wells was on the bench for Washington’s first exhibition game Saturday, an 86-77 loss to the Phoenix Suns, who were led by another former Maryland star. Alex Len, who has played two years with the Suns after being drafted No. 5 overall in 2013, finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
Comcast SportsNet, which is televising the Summer League in Las Vegas, was the first to report that Wells would miss the entire schedule because of what was described as a “severely sprained” thumb.