Six teams, including the Wizards, had extended training camp invites to Dez Wells, an undrafted shooting guard from the University of Maryland, and he has opted to join the Oklahoma City Thunder, his agent Lance Young told CSNwashington.com on Friday.
Wells has recovered from a dislocated right thumb on his shooting hand that kept him from competing for the Wizards at Las Vegas summer league. They proceeded to fill all 15 of their roster spots with guaranteed contracts, the maximum allowed by the NBA when the regular season tips in October. Teams can carry as many as 20 players during the offseason.
Wells lost that chance to prove to the Wizards that he was worthy because of the setback -- the injury occurred before he left for Las Vegas -- and instead has to make an immediate impression with little time in camp and the preseason.
He initially ruled out the Wizards quickly because they lacked a roster spot but he then reconsidered. The Utah Jazz were said to have had interest in acquiring Garrett Temple which gave Wells pause before making his choice, but CSNwashington.com was told Thursday (as was Wells' camp) that they haven't been in contact regarding a trade of Temple and were likely to keep him regardless.
Wells signed what's called a "make-good" training camp deal. If he makes the cut, a regular-season deal likely would be unguaranteed and involve him being sent to the D-League for long stretches to develop. The Thunder have a franchise called the Oklahoma City Blue.
Wells might've been drafted No. 46 in the second round, but he was intent on not going overseas. The Wizards took Aaron White, a power forward, who agreed to go abroad to get experience and not occupy a roster spot this season. White is playing in Germany and will return to compete for a roster spot in 2016-17 when the Wizards undergo a major overhaul.