The Washington Wizards finished their preseason with a victory last night, but unfortunately for the three training camp invitees brought on board, their time in the nation’s capital is expected to end soon. According to J.Michael of CSN Washington, the Wizards will cut Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Xavier Silas, and former sixth overall pick Josh Childress:
But CSN Washington was told to expect them to release unsigned free agents Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Xavier Silas and Josh Childress. Before training camp began, the Wizards already had the maximum 15 players under contract which made them long-shots anyway.
Since the Wizards already had 15 players on their roster, which is the max an NBA team could have, all three players were essentially auditioning for the rest of the league. None of them left a good enough impression on the coaching staff for management to consider making moves in order to sign one of them to a guaranteed deal.
Silas and Mensah-Bonsu never really had a legitimate shot to make the team, but Josh Childress was an interesting name on the roster, especially since Otto Porter Jr. and Chris Singleton remained sidelined with injuries. Childress looked ‘OK’ in preseason, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he got a call from Ernie Grunfeld if future roster moves leaves an open spot on the team.
Washington will start the regular season with 13 available players on the roster, with Otto Porter, Emeka Okafor, and Chris Singleton all out due to injury.