We’re just a few days away from the start of the regular season and the Washington Wizards have to cut their roster down to at least 15 players. Xavier Silas, Damion James, Rasual Butler, and John Lucas III were all given chances to compete for the team’s 15th and final roster spot, and it looks like the Wizards have waived three players.
According to J.Michael of CSN Washington, the Washington Wizards will cut Xavier Silas, Damion James, and John Lucas III:
John Lucas played just one game with the Washington Wizards and didn’t even attempt a field goal. He was a very late addition to the team and wasn’t a great fit to begin with.
Xavier Silas seemed to have a very good chance to make the team, especially since he participated in training camp with the Washington Wizards in the past, but he struggled to knock down shots consistently. With Bradley Beal out, Silas was given the chance to play big minutes in preseason, but he didn’t shoot the ball well enough from three. He also struggled to keep up with the team defensively.
I personally though that Damion James looked the most impressive of all the training camp invitees. James scored 13 points on 5-5 shooting in the Wizards’ preseason finale against the New York Knicks. His ability to defend made him a good fit in Randy Wittman‘s system, but he’s not necessarily a good three point shooter, which is something the Wizards were seeking.
With all that said, it looks like Rasual Butler will get the final roster spot.
Butler last played for the Indiana Pacers, and is probably the most versatile player the Washington Wizards brought in for training camp. He’s played in the NBA for a long, long time and will replace some of the veteran leadership the Washington Wizards lost with Al Harrington‘s departure. He’s a decent defender and has been a pretty good three point shooter throughout the course of his career. Akbar Naqvi recently wrote why Rasual Butler could become a sneaky good signing by the Washington Wizards.
Washington will have until January to waive Rasual Butler, otherwise his contract will become guaranteed.