LAS VEGAS -- It's easy to overlook Danuel House these days. The bleached hair is gone. So is some of the joking persona, at least on the outside, as he's trying to reclaim a spot on the Wizards' roster that he lost in March.
The Wizards waived House to make room for Brandon Jennings, who achieved mixed results at best as a point guard while the small forward succumbed after being assigned to what is now called the G-League and a broken left wrist.
"I became a student of the game. I took my offseason time that I had and I dedicated a lot to being in the gym instead of thinking, 'I made it to the NBA,'" House said before the Wizards played their Las Vegas summer league debut today vs. the Memphis Grizzlies. "I thought about (being waived) every morning when I woke up. I went to the gym twice a day. Coming to the summer league for my second year, I'm experienced. I've been in this position before. I know what it takes."
House played for the Delaware 87ers, an affiliate for the Philadelphia 76ers. The Wizards will have their own in 2018 when their new practice facility opens in southeast D.C.
Still, he learned the hard way on professionalism. There were issues with his tardiness. House made an appearance in one game for Washington, playing for 50 seconds on Nov. 11 in a 105-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was the Wizards' sixth loss in eight games to start the season that they'd turn around into a 49-33 overall finish.
Instead of having a bitter taste about how his season ended with the Wizards, House took a more common sense approach. The Wizards gave him a partial guarantee after he proved he was worthy in 2016 summer league. Undrafted that year, House has to come up and earn his spot the hard way.
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House trained mostly in Houston and attended minicamps with other teams, but he chose what's a more familiar surrounding.
"I got offered a lot of good advice but no contract or nothing," House said of offers he considered before rejoining the Wizards.
Based on practice, House won't start vs. Memphis today, he said. He'll be with the second unit.
The Wizards have two new young wings, Devin Robinson and Michael Young, who can fill that void.
It's a position that's loaded with Otto Porter expected to return and Kelly Oubre. Being able to make shots will keep him on the court for longer.