We’re just a few days away from the start of training camp, and the Washington Wizards have finally set the roster heading into camp this month. After signing free agents Josh Childress and Xavier Henry to training camp deals, Washington’s brass has also added Pops Mensah-Bonsu and D’or Fischer to the roster, according to reports.
With 15 players under guaranteed contracts, the Wizards might not appear to be the most welcoming landing spot for NBA free agents hoping to latch on in the league. Despite long-shot odds of making the team, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Xavier Silas and D’or Fischer have all joined Josh Childress in accepting training camp invitations, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation.
The English native, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, is best known for his time at George Washington. The undrafted big man has played for numerous NBA teams throughout the years including, the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, and most recently the New Orleans Hornets. Mensah-Bonsu has a career average of 3 points and 3 rebounds per game in the NBA.
On the other hand, D’or Fischer is a bit of an unknown prospect out of West Virginia. Although he hasn’t spent any time in the NBA, Fischer has played professional ball overseas with plenty of clubs.
Needless to say, neither Mensah-Bonsu nor Fischer have much of a chance making the Wizards roster, given the fact that Washington already had 15 players under contract, which is the maximum allowed. All of the players under training camp deals, including Josh Childress and Xavier Henry, are essentially auditioning for the rest of the teams around the league.
I’ll be interested to see if we hear about any of those names mentioned during the course of the season, especially if an unexpected trade leaves the Wizards with an open roster spot.
Neither Chris Singleton or Emeka Okafor are expected to play during the preseason, so I’d expect these new faces to get an opportunity to showcase themselves.