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Report: Wizards' training camp cut part of summer league roster


Report: Wizards' training camp cut part of summer league roster

The Wizards' Summer League roster is filling up as additional reports pop up. 

  • HoopsHype.com's work-in-progress list of summer league rosters includes two names not previously mentioned with Washington: Damion James and Scott Machado

James is familiar seeing as the 6-foot-7 small forward  was with the Wizards during last year's training camp. The 2010 first round pick was one of the final cuts as Washington went Rasual Butler. 

Machado played six games with the Rockets during the 2012-13 season. The 6-foot-1 point guard averaged 9.9 assists during his senior season at Iona.

[UPDATE - This post initially included Croatian forward Tomislav Zubcic as part of the Wizards' summer league roster, according to HoopsHype. After publishing our story, HoopsHype contacted CSNwashington to say Zubcic, drafted by the Raptors in 2012, was incorrectly listed with Washington. Zubcic will play for Toronto.]

  • First round selection Kelly Oubre Jr. (SF, Kansas) is certainly headed to Las Vegas along with second rounder Aaron White (PF, Iowa).

As a reminder, playing for a summer league team does not mean an automatic invitation to training camp - though that might be the case with Wells. The non-draft picks are auditioning for the entire league and could chose to sign elsewhere. On the other hand, the Wizards have a handful of spots open on the regular season roster.

Other summer league roster news:

  • Ex-Wizard Chris Singleton reportedly will play for the Magic in the Orlando summer league. Selected 18th by Washington in the 2011 Draft, the small forward spent three seasons with the Wizards, but did not play in the league last year.

  • Former Georgetown center Joshua Smith will join the Miami Heat for the Orlando and Las Vegas Summer League. The 6-foot-10, 350-pound big man was not selected in Thursday's NBA Draft, which means he can ultimately join any of the 30 teams. Attending both events means double the chance for him to show off his imposing low post moves, but also means his fitness will be put to the test.

  • Another Georgetown product, guard Jabril Trawick, is also part of Orlando Magic's roster. Forward DaJuan Summers, an NBA veteran and member of Georgetown's 2007 Final Four, will play for Indiana, according to Hoopshype.

  • Several notable prospects not selected in the 2015 Draft have summer league homes including UNLV PF Christian Wood (Rockets), Washington C Robert Upshaw (Lakers), Duke G Quinn Cook (Thunder) and VCU F Treveon Graham (Spurs).


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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tim Frazier's season...

Player: Tim Frazier

Position: Point guard

Age: 27

2017-18 salary: $2 million

2017-18 stats: 59 G, 14.2 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 76.7 FT%, 44.5 eFG%, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 1/27 at Hawks - 4 points, 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-for-5 FG

Season review: The Wizards tabbed Tim Frazier to be their backup point guard nearly a year ago when they sent a second round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans on the eve of draft night. They viewed Frazier as the solution to their years-long search for a capable backup behind John Wall. Frazier had thrived as a replacement starter in New Orleans and the Wizards saw him as worth a draft pick, even though he had just one year left on his contract.

Frazier began the season as the primary backup point guard, but ultimately lost the job to Tomas Satoransky once Wall went out with a left knee injury. Frazier became the starter and Satoransky the backup, but through two weeks Satoransky outplayed him and became No. 2 on the depth chart once Wall returned. Then, when Wall went down for months late in the season, Satoransky started and Frazier backed him up.

Frazier never found consistency as he moved back and forth between roles. His minutes, points and assists averages were all career-lows.

The Wizards added competition to their roster for Frazier and Satoransky midseason, first by signing Ramon Sessions in March and then adding Ty Lawson just before the playoffs began. That led to Frazier being inactive for four of the Wizards' six postseason games.

All in all, it was a frustrating year for Frazier. He even had to deal with a broken nose and surgery to repair it after getting inadvertently kneed in the face by Bobby Portis in a game against the Bulls in February.

Frazier has been part of small group of Wizards players continuing to work out at the team facility this summer. He has been there along with Wall, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. That said, it does seem likely Frazier returns given how the Wizards used him this season. He was completely out of the rotation for extended periods of time.

Helping his cause in that regard is that the Wizards have his Bird rights, meaning they can re-sign him while going above the salary cap. They currently have five open roster spots and not much money to spend. Frazier could represent a cheap option and help them fill out their roster.

Potential to improve: Shooting, on-ball defense, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Wizards power forward Markieff Morris. Morris looked back on the 2017-18 season and gave his side on what needs to be fixed.

Chris and Chase Hughes also had a heated debate about Bradley Beal not receiving any All-NBA votes. Chase is an awards voter and defended his ballot. Chris wasn't having any of it.

They also went into the conference finals and what it would mean if the Rockets beat the Warriors.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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