Aside from Marcin Gortat, who the Wizards considered the main piece in the deal with the Phoenix Suns, Washington received Shannon Brown, Malcom Lee, and Kendall Marshall (13th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft) to make the trade even salary wise. Washington already had 15 players on the roster prior to the trade, and Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld doesn’t seem too interested in making room for any of the three players mentioned:
The Wizards will cut down their roster to 15 after releasing Shannon Brown, Kendall Marshall and Malcolm Lee and putting them on waivers. CSNwashington has confirmed that the team will release these players later today.
The Wizards could’ve made room for any of the three players by releasing someone currently on the roster, but they chose to take a different route. Washington brought back 11 of the same 15 players from this past season, and it seems like they’re trying to establish continuity from a roster standpoint, even if that means keeping the same reserve players that were already on the team.
In this case, the Wizards should’ve probably explored more options. I realize that the throw-in players included in the deal have little to no trade value, but that doesn’t mean the Wizards shouldn’t have looked into waiving someone currently on the roster. Chris Singleton is currently out with a fractured foot, and since the Wizards already have multiple players ahead of him in the rotation, I can’t see how it could hurt the team to replace him with a guard like Shannon Brown or Kendall Marshall.
All in all, unless something extremely unexpected occurs, the Wizards will start the season with all the players currently on the roster.