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Wizards announce final Summer League roster

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Wizards announce final Summer League roster

Washington announced its final roster for the NBA Summer League following the fourth and final day of mini-camp held at Verizon Center. Draft picks Kelly Oubre Jr and Aaron White along with ex-Terp Dez Wells headline the team that will play their first game Saturday.

2015 WASHINGTON WIZARDS SUMMER LEAGUE MINI-CAMP ROSTER

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Player

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

DOB

Yrs.

College/Country

Last Team

36

Jarrid Famous

C

6-11

240

7/16/1988

R

South Florida/USA

GlobalPort Batang Pier (Philippines)

50

Traevon Jackson

G

6-2

208

12/11/1982

R

Wisconsin/USA

Wisconsin Badgers

6

Damion James

F

6-7

225

10/7/1987

4

Texas/USA

Alaska Aces (Philippines)

33

Orlando Johnson

G

6-5

220

3/11/1989

2

UC Santa Barbara/USA

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (Philippines)

55

Shawn Jones

F

6-8

236

3/25/1992

R

Middle Tennessee St./USA

Sioux Fall Skyforce

14

Scott Machado

G

6-1

205

6/8/1990

1

Iona/USA

BC Kalev/Cramo (Estonia)

1

Toure' Murry

G

6-5

195

11/8/1989

2

Wichita State/USA

Rio Grande Valley Vipers

12

Kelly Oubre, Jr.

F/G

6-7

205

12/9/1995

R

Kansas/USA

Kansas Jayhawks

54

Jaleel Roberts

C

7-0

235

10/14/1992

R

UNC Asheville/USA

UNC Asheville Bulldogs

15

Scott Suggs

G

6-6

190

11/10/1989

R

Washington/USA

Chalon (France)

44

Dez Wells

G/F

6-5

215

4/15/1992

R

Maryland/USA

Maryland Terrapins

21

Jamil Wilson

F

6-7

230

11/21/1990

R

Marquette/USA

Bakersfield Jam

30

Aaron White

F

6-9

230

9/10/1992

R

Iowa/USA

Iowa Hawkeyes

* The Wizards list Oubre as both a forward and guard. Washington's first round selection should receive plenty of time playing at both spots and possibly as a stretch-4.

* At the start of camp Monday there was some hope that Wells could play his way onto the regular season roster. Perhaps that still happens, but the odds shrunk as the Wizards added more guaranteed contracts, reaching the maximum amount (15). The physical wing guard also suffered a jammed thumb at Thursday's practice.

* Quality point guard is always important when putting together a team on the fly. Toure' Murry was briefly with the Wizards last season. Scott Machado is a true pass-first point guard. 

*CSN Mid-Atlantic will be airing live coverage of Wizards Summer League games on the network as well as streaming online. The games will take place on Saturday July 11th at 8:00 PM, Sunday July 12th at 4:00 PM, and Tuesday July 14th at 3:30 PM. For more information on live streaming, please check out or FAQ

 

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Source: Wizards will have competition with teams like Lakers, Clippers for restricted free agent Bobby Portis

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Source: Wizards will have competition with teams like Lakers, Clippers for restricted free agent Bobby Portis

This summer is shaping up to be lucrative for NBA free agents and big man Bobby Portis is well-positioned to cash in. After spending the final three months of the 2018-19 season with the Wizards, Portis is already seeing a healthy market develop ahead of the June 30 start of the league's negotiating period, NBC Sports Washington has learned.

The Wizards are likely to first extend a qualifying offer on June 30 to make him a restricted free agent. According to Spotrac.com, it will be about $3.6 million and that will give the Wizards the right to match an offer sheet from another franchise.

But teams are already indicating they want Portis, who is just 24 and coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 14.2 points and 8.1 rebounds in 50 games. That market includes 5-10 teams and could grow once free agency opens.

Portis is expected to draw interest from the Lakers, Clippers, Jazz, Bucks, Magic and Knicks among others, NBC Sports Washington has learned.

Despite restricted free agency, Portis has a few things working for him. For one, there are a lot of teams with cap room. Spending won't reach 2016 levels, when the new CBA spiked the salary cap, but there will a lot of money to go around.

Also, guys in Portis' tier will only be helped if the top free agent options continue to dwindle. Klay Thompson looks more likely than ever to stay in Golden State after tearing his ACL. Winning a title could increase the odds Kawhi Leonard re-signs in Toronto, according to reports. And Kevin Durant's torn Achilles has thrown a wrench into the plans of teams with the most money to spend.

There is also the possibility Kemba Walker stays in Charlotte. And Kyrie Irving signing with Brooklyn, if it happens, would leave others exploring backup plans.

Portis isn't directly competing with any of those players, but could benefit if the top options are off the market. His name will only move up the list if that is the case.

Portis also has a unique selling point going for him. He shot 39.3 percent from three this past season and held a 40.3 percent clip to close the year in his 28 games with the Wizards. Three-point shooting is more valuable than ever and he brings that to the table at 6-foot-10.

Portis, who averaged 3.8 three-point attempts per game this past season, was one of only six players 6-10 or taller to shoot at least 39 percent on 3.5 attempts or more (min. 50 G). 

The question for Portis will be whether he gets the money he wants. He turned down an extension with the Chicago Bulls last fall just hours before the deadline to sign one. According to the Chicago Tribune, the deal was worth about $50 million and he wants to be paid in the range of $16 million annually. His asking price was partly why the Bulls traded him to the Wizards in February.

Even if the Wizards clear money, and they are expected to free up some by declining Jabari Parker's $20 million team option by the June 29 deadline, Portis could price himself out of Washington. It might not even take $16 million per year for that to happen.

The Wizards are set to operate through free agency with interim team president Tommy Sheppard at the helm, as the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. Sheppard making the call increases Portis' odds of staying, but that doesn't mean the price will match for both sides.

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UNC's Coby White talks Wizards workout, North Carolina and John Wall's legendary mixtape

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UNC's Coby White talks Wizards workout, North Carolina and John Wall's legendary mixtape

In Tuesday's Wizards Talk podcast Chris Miller sat down with point guard Coby White, a projected lottery pick from the University of Carolina. 

On Monday, the Wizards worked out White and college teammate Nassir Little in the franchise's highest-profile workout this year. Despite being projected higher than No. 9, White was enthusiastic about the opportunity. 

"These mock drafts are cool, but it's not the real deal," explained White. "If I was to slip and Washington were to select me, I'd be in a great place."

White's passion combined with his impressive skill set enabled him to become the all-time leading scorer in North Carolina high school history. Growing up he followed John Wall, as did every hooper in North Carolina, and he still remembers Wall shredding apart defenses on his legendary high school mixtape. 

"His mixtape was lit," professed White. "The style he played with was uncomparable to anyone else."

What many people don't know about White was that growing up, his dream school was Duke. Once he got to Chapel Hill, however, Roy Williams, his teammates and UNC's winning tradition won him over in a heartbeat. 

"They didn't care how much you had coming in, Coach Williams never promised me playing time," said White. "He just promised me 'I'll be the hardest coach you ever had and I'll try my best to make you the best you can be.'"

At Thursday draft, White's life will be changed forever once he hears his name called and shakes Adam Silver's hand. For Wizards fans, hopefully, that won't happen before the No. 9 pick

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