Wizards comb roster for pick-and-pop option

Wizards comb roster for pick-and-pop option
June 29, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Summer league play begins in two weeks, and the Wizards must pull together a roster of rookies, undrafted players and free agents.

The list hasn’t been finalized, but draft picks Otto Porter and Glen Rice will compete in the tournament that runs July 12-22 in Las Vegas on the campus of UNLV.

While Trevor Booker has said he will not participate, expect Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton to be there.  Bradley Beal still hasn't been cleared from a stress injury in his right ankle to return to full basketball activities by the team. If declared healthy, he’d play in the summer league, too.

Vesely and Singleton are coming off nightmarish seasons and have to become better offensive players if they hope to get more consistent playing time.

This week, president Ernie Grunfeld surprisingly sounded confident that the Wizards have a good enough power forward on the roster to be effective in the pick-and-pop. 

"I think we have players probably on our roster that can also play that position or play in that role moving forward," Grunfeld said two days before the draft. 

Still, they’re going to look at undrafted players and extend invites starting this week. Some of the better players not taken in the two-round draft Thursday who worked out for the Wizards already have accepted invites: Keith Clanton (Central Florida) to the Orlando Magic, Gregory Echenique (Creighton) will join the Toronto Raptors, Khalif Wyatt (Temple) will play for the Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers and Christian Watford (Indiana) will double up with the Mavericks and Indiana Pacers.

There’s no deadline from the NBA on when summer league roster must be set.