GM Ernie Grunfeld talks Wizards free agency moves
(updated July 12, 11:08 a.m.)
Rookies Otto Porter and Glen Rice Jr., veterans Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton remain part of the Wizards' Las Vegas Summer League roster. From the time Washington opened its summer mini-camp on Monday to Thursday night when the team heads west, other names have changed.
- The Wizards released their final 12-man summer league roster on Thursday. No longer on the team, former UConn star and Nets first round selection Josh Boone. The 6-foot-10 center has dealt with injuries in recent years and a knee issue flared up during camp. Boone, who last played in the NBA in 2010, spent three seasons in China. Though he was a long shot to make the Wizards regular season roster, he was one of the few players on this roster with any NBA experience.
- Porter and second rounder Glen Rice will receive their first taste of professional basketball, even if it's in a lower pressure environment. Bradley Beal flashed versions of his future high-scoring self during his summer league run last year in between getting out some of the nerves and kinks.
- Vesely and Chris Singleton are the only two members from the 2012-13 Wizards participating with the injured Beal still sidelined. Both played in last year's summer league to mixed results. While their fate will not rest solely on the five or so games in Vegas, the Wizards figure to be contemplating changes with their young front court options, a group that also includes Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin. Speaking of Booker...
- His brother Devin, a 6-foot-8 forward is on the roster. The younger Booker averaged 13.1 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Tigers last season.
- Players with NBA experience include point guard Sundiata Gaines and former NC State forward Dennis Horner. Gaines, who has played 113 NBA games, most recently with the Nets in 2011-12, is a long shot to stick with the Wizards long-term, but his experience should help the offense stay on course. That's crucial for Porter and Rice, not to mention Vesely and Singleton.
- Newcomers added since Monday and headed to Las Vegas, guards Lorne Jackson (Pepperdine) and Andrew Lawrence (College of Charleston). Lawrence, a native of London, played for Great Britain's national team during the 2012 Summer Olympics. He averaged 13.5 points and 3.7 assists for Charleston last season. Jackson scored 13.6 points last season for the Waves.
- Not on the the roster, 2012 second-round pick Tomas Satoransky. Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said recently that contractual issues could keep the lengthy point guard not only off the summer league team but away from the NBA next season.
- Other than Porter, other players coming straight out of college include Booker, Sutton, Lawrence and Jackson as Dayton point guard Kevin Dillard was among the final cuts. The Wizards' summer league plan included bringing an experienced roster to Las Vegas though they added more kids during the week.
Wizards 2013 Summer Mini-Camp roster
Devin Booker, F, 6-8, 250 lbs, 22, Clemson
Sundiata Gaines, G, 6-1, 200 lbs, 27, Fujian Xunxing (China)
Frank Hassell, F, 6-8, 235 lbs, 24, Hapoel Holon (Israel)/Old Dominion
Marquez Haynes, G, 6-3, 185 lbs, 26, Art Dragons (Germany)/Texas-Arlington
Dennis Horner, F, 6-9, 230 lbs, 25, Springfield Armor/ North Carolina St
Lorne Jackson, G, 6-2, 205 lbs, Pepperdine
Andrew Lawrence, G, 6-2, 192 lbs, College of Charleston
Otto Porter, F, 6-9, 205 lbs, 20, Georgetown
Glen Rice, Jr., G, 6-6, 215 lbs, 22, Rio Grande Valley Vipers/Georgia Tech
Chris Singleton, F, 6-9, 235 lbs, 23, Washington Wizards
Maurice Sutton, F, 6-11, 220 lbs, 23, Villanova
Ryan Thompson, G, 6-6, 220 lbs, 25, Aalstar (Belgium)/Rider
Jan Vesely, F, 6-11, 240 lbs, 23, Washington Wizards