The Wizards are bringing back a familiar face from Summer League past to help fill a spot on their 2017 roster. Jaleel Roberts, who played for the Vegas team in 2015, will be playing for the team again this summer according to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.
Roberts has an interesting history with the team. After a quiet performance with the team in the 2015 Summer League, he earned an invite to training camp that season and got some spot minutes in three preseason games before he was released by the team.
After he was cut, Roberts spent a season in Australia and was reportedly paid by the Wizards to attend a skills camp, according to J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic. Washington then signed him to another Summer League deal for 2016, but he was released before the team traveled to Las Vegas.
After that setback, Roberts caught on with the Bucks for a cup of coffee during the preseason. Then, he was drafted by the Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State’s developmental affiliate) with the second overall pick in the 2016 D-League Draft. He averaged 2.8 points and 1.1 rebounds in 6 games with the Warriors before he was traded to Utah’s D-League affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars. He got more playing opportunities with the Stars, averaging 11.2 minutes per game, but his efficiency didn’t improve any with the scenery change.
Now, it appears Roberts will have another chance to show he’s taken a step forward in his development. He’ll join Sheldon Mac, Daniel Ochefu, Isaac Humphries, Devin Robinson, Michael Young, Marcus Keene, and Kris Jenkins who have all reportedly signed on to be part of this year’s Summer League squad.