Damion James, who was among the Wizards' final cuts for the 15th and final roster spot after last year's training camp, will be joining them for Las Vegas summer league for the second year in a row, his agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed to CSNwashington.com via text message Monday.
James, a 6-7 forward who'll be 28 in October, was beaten out by Rasual Butler on the final day before the 2014-15 roster had to be finalized.
The Wizards' biggest name commitments have come from Dez Wells and Roddy Beaubois, reported by CSN on Thursday after the NBA draft.
Why would James return?
Aside from coming close a year ago when they only was one spot, there's more opportunity to make it this time around. Paul Pierce opted out of his deal and likely won't return though the Wizards remain optimistic that he'll re-sign. Butler ran out of gas in the second half of the season and is about eight years older. Kevin Seraphin and Will Bynum also aren't expected to return.
James didn't hurt himself with the time he spent in Washington and has experience which is always a plus. He was drafted in the first round out of Texas by the Atlanta Hawks in 2010 and traded the same night. He only has appeared in 39 NBA games for the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets and San Antonio Spurs. James also has played 114 D-League games.
Just because James will play for the Wizards at summer league or possibly attend another training camp on a "make-good contract" doesn't mean another team can't sign him. He remains a free agent. .