As training camp draws closer, the Wizards are adding pieces to the mix of players already with guaranteed deals. Xavier Silas, who was in camp with Washington last preseason, has confirmed that he will join the team again for the 2014-2015 training camp, which begins Sept. 30.
.@XavierSilas has signed a training camp deal with the Washington Wizards, he confirms. He was also with them in camp last year.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) September 15, 2014
After being waived by the Wizards just before the start of last season, Silas has bounced around the globe in search of playing opportunities. He ended up signing with Maccabi Ashdod of the Israel Basketball Premier League, where he averaged 16.4 points and three rebounds per game in nine games, before ending his contract and signing with Quimsa of the Argentine National Basketball League.
It seems that Silas will soon be joined on the training camp roster by NBA/D-League journeyman and recent NBA champion Damion James. He has career averages of 3.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. According to J. Michael of CSN Washington, James' signing is "likely."
It's not surprising that the Wizards will be bringing in a shooting guard in the 6'5 Silas and a wing scorer in the 6'7 James, as the team takes a look at possible options for depth behind Bradley Beal this season to help shore up the backcourt. The Wizards have one open roster spot, though they don't necessarily need to fill it and can carry as many as 20 players during training camp. With the team having already reached out to Ray Allen, it's obvious who the first choice is. But with his signing doubtful, the Wizards will look to fill their training camp roster with players who could potentially fill that spot, though keeping it open is always an option.
Whatever the outcome, Silas and James will get their chance to show what they can do come the start of training camp later this month.