Wizards expect Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchison to debut Saturday

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Wizards expect new players to debut Saturday originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Wizards expect both of their newly acquired players, Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchison, to make their debuts with the team on Saturday when they host the Detroit Pistons.

Both players have to clear physicals, which they will take on Friday at the team's practice facility. And for Hutchison, he appears ready to return after not playing since Feb. 5 due to personal reasons.

Gafford and Hutchison came over from the Chicago Bulls in a trade deadline deal and, given Hutchison's recent absence, there was a question of when he would be available for the Wizards. General manager Tommy Sheppard, however, said that will be right away.

"Hopefully, they will be in uniform on Saturday. That’s the plan. Chandler, he did have some difficulties, definitely," Sheppard said Thursday evening after the trades were official.

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"I’ll let him relay those to you, but obviously Covid strikes different players and different times and has different effects. I think that was a setback for him that he was still kind of coming to grips with."

News first broke of Hutchison being diagnosed with Covid-19 when the Bulls were in Washington back in December. Hutchison, 24, returned to play three games in January before leaving the team again.

Sheppard said he spoke with Hutchison on Thursday after the trade was made. He had scrimmaged with the Bulls on Wednesday, eyeing Friday for his return.

"He’s prepared to play and ready to play," Sheppard said.

Sheppard believes the Wizards got an athletic player and a good wing defender in Hutchison. The former first round pick is averaging 1.9 points in 9.1 minutes this season.