Maccabi Tel Aviv, one of the premier franchises of European basketball, recently tried to acquire Wizards 2015 draft pick Aaron White but the buyout attempt was declined by his German club, a person with knowledge of the situation told CSNmidatlantic.com on Tuesday.
Maccabi's interest is significant because it is considered one of the elite franchises outside of the NBA.
White was taken No. 49 overall in June. He was drafted for the future as the Wizards attempt to reconstruct their roster with players such as White, a 6-8 forward who they hope can stretch to the three-point line, and was sent to Europe to develop because it's a better option than the D-League.
So far, he has done well with Telekom Baskets Bonn. White is averaging almost 14 points a game and six rebounds.
Recently fired Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt had a 225-55 record in four seasons with Maccabi before coming to the NBA, including a stunning run to the 2014 Euroleague championship.
White played for the Wizards at Las Vegas summer league and is expected to join them again this year. Anywhere from 5-7 roster spots will open during the free-agency period.