As of today, there appears to be no apparent change to the Wizards' roster going into training camp at the end of this month, slated to open on the campus of Towson University in Baltimore County.
That doesn't mean they're averse to changing course. The Wizards have 15 guaranteed contracts, the maximum allowed when the regular season begins Oct. 28 at the Orlando Magic, plus two players joining them on non-guaranteed deals for camp (Toure' Murry and Jaleel Roberts). The Wizards can bring in as many as three more, and if so they'll be on non-guaranteed deals, too.
While they're leaving open the possibility of clearing a roster spot, and even eating the salary of a guaranteed deal to sign a free agent, Roberts, Murry or someone will have to make a compelling case at camp for that to happen.
This is partly why Murry, who signed a pair of 10-day contracts late last season until injury derailed him with the Wizards, is back in the fold. Coach Randy Wittman likes his grit.
Roberts is the first player from UNC-Asheville to get an NBA training camp invite and likely was headed overseas. He played some for the Wizards at Las Vegas summer league, but it was his performance at Tim Grgurich's private camp later in Las Vegas that convinced them that he was worth another look, CSNmidatlantic.com was told by several persons with knowledge of his situation.
Roberts is more realistically auditioning for 2016-17 when a glut of roster spots open. If he can make a good impression now and get a head start with the organization, even if he's eventually waived he could be better positioned long-term. The Wizards don't have any size in the low post other than Marcin Gortat who'll be under contract after this season.