Wizards enter off-season stretch run

Wizards enter off-season stretch run
July 22, 2013, 12:00 pm
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The NBA will release the regular season schedule soon -- last year they did it this week but a league official told CSN Washington it'll be later this time -- and then the Wizards can go full-steam ahead as they ready for 2013-14.

After finishing 2-3 in Las Vegas summer league, without Bradley Beal and top rookie pick Otto Porter missing most of the games because of a sore right hamstring, the Wizards will bring in their players for individual workouts as they prepare for training camp at George Mason University in nearby Fairfax, Va., in late September.

John Wall and Beal are participating in a four-day mini-camp for USA Basketball. Beal (lower right leg) only can do non-contact drills as he has yet to be cleared by the team. He had a stress reaction that ended his season April 2. 

Teams can carry as many as 20 players on the roster during the off-season. The Wizards have 14 under contract, which means have just one roster spot available if they choose to fill it. Coach Randy Wittman has said he prefers size if they acquire a 15th.

Last year, they extended training camp invites to Brian Cook, Earl Barron, Steven Gray and Shavlik Randolph. Only Barron was on the 12-man active roster for opening night. He only lasted to appear in 11 games.  

The Wizards' training camp schedule will be modified because of an Oct. 12 preseason game vs. the Chicago Bulls in Rio de Janeiro. It will be the first NBA game played in Brazil, which will host the 2016 Olympics.

The team only won 29 games last season and haven't qualified for the playoffs since 2008.