The Washington Wizards’ Las Vegas Summer League team is starting to form into shape. Last year’s draft picks Kelly Oubre and Aaron White should be there, as should Jarell Eddie, who the team signed last season.
It appears they’ve also addressed the center position as well. Jaleel Roberts, who played for Wizards in Summer League and received an invitation to training camp, will be , according to J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic:
The 7-1 center, who the Wizards paid to attend a skills camp in 2015, played in Australia this past season and will be in Las Vegas for summer league again next month, several persons with knowledge of the situation told CSNmidatlantic.com. Roberts confirmed to CSN late Tuesday night that he'll return.
Clearly, the Wizards see something with Roberts worth keeping around, even though his numbers with the team weren’t all that impressive last season. He only played 7 minutes in 3 games during Summer League last season and only in two games during the preseason before he was released.
That said, clearly the Wizards see something in Roberts worth the time and money they’ve invested him to this point. You simply don’t pay to send someone to a skills camp if you don’t think they have a chance of making your NBA roster at some point in the future. And frankly, considering the way their end-of-the-bench options at center (DeJuan Blair, Ryan Hollins) played last season, he wouldn’t need to improve all that much to be an upgrade at that spot. Even if his skills don’t develop much, being athletic and 7’1 counts for something, and it looks like the Wizards are betting he can show that he’s a little more than that this summer.