Wracked by injuries and staggering to a 2-6 start, the Wizards are turning to 5-5 dynamo Earl Boykins for backcourt help. The journeyman point guard, now 33, will sign a non-guaranteed deal with Washington, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
Boykins hasn't played in the NBA since a stint with Charlotte in 2007-08. He spent last season with Vitrus Bologna, averaging 14.6 points, 3.6 assists, and 1.7 steals, logging 31 minutes per game in 35 games in Italy's top division.
The Wizards, already without Mike James (hand) and Javaris Crittenton (foot), lost Randy Foye to an ankle injury suffered in Tuesday night's loss to Miami. Antawn Jamison and Mike Miller, both out with shoulder injuries, could return Saturday against the Pistons.
Boykins, who will join his ninth NBA team, is the second-shortest player in NBA history after 5-3 Muggsy Bogues.