April 9, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Washington Wizards forward James Singleton (3) dunks during the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE
Two years ago, James Singleton was a pleasant surprise late in the year for the Washington Wizards, providing a dose of toughness and leadership after being traded from the Dallas Mavericks. The Wizards wanted to keep him, but he asked for more money and instead signed in China.
This season, Singleton did the same thing, albeit in less time. Now, it looks like the same process is playing out over the summer. Singleton's agent has told Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner that his client will pass on the Wizards' offer and ply his trade elsewhere.
There was definitely a push to bring Singleton back, but the Wizards were unwilling to go above the veteran's minimum, according to Michael Lee. The Wizards have been reluctant to offer more than that to anyone since using the amnesty clause on Andray Blatche. I think it would have been a smart basketball decision to give Singleton more money to keep him in the fold, but it's also not my money.
The Wizards will therefore move on to fill Singleton's role on the roster. Free-agent forward Anthony Tolliver, formerly of Minnesota, appears to be their top target. Tolliver has said that the Wizards are chasing him very aggressively.