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Aris Barkas: What was the thing that surprised you the most in Europe? Xavier Silas: “The first thing and the biggest thing was that I believed that basketball is the same all over the world.But now I see that European basketball is totally different. I don’t think that one style is better than the other, but they are different. And the other thing were the great players that are here and people in the States have never heard of, because they have the NBA. To see how good they really are and to watch them it was a revelation. It’s not that easy for Americans to beat the Europeans right now”.
Aris Barkas: Your end goal probably remains the NBA, but all this means you are more open than ever to Europe? Xavier Silas: “Growing up it was always only the NBA, because I am from the States and that was all I knew, but being here and understanding Euroleague and all the great players from Europe my views changes. I spend a lot of time here watching a lot of film. I am talking about Theo Papaloukas, Spanoulis, Diamantidis, Juan Carlos Navarro and Sergio Rodriguez. Now my end goal is to be one of the best players in the world. I can do that in the NBA and I can do that in Europe also. If you had asked me this four years ago, I would say to you that my end goal is the NBA. Period. Now I understand that there are great players everywhere”.
Xavier Silas is officially a new player of Nea Kifissia. The former NBA player started last season with Maccabi Ashdod and then moved to Quimsa in Argentina where he recorded more than 20 points per game.
Shooting guard Glen Rice Jr. left Wednesday’s game with a sprained right ankle at the start of the of the third quarter. Rice hobbled off the court and was replaced by Xavier Silas. Rice, who started for the second straight game, scored 11 points on 5-for-11 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 12 minutes.
Wizards’ players DeJuan Blair, Nene, Daniel Orton and Xavier Silas were suspended one game for leaving the bench area during an altercation between Chicago Bulls’ center Joakim Noah and Washington Wizards’ forward Paul Pierce.
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed guards Vander Blue, Xavier Silas and David Stockton, forwards Rasual Butler and Damion James and center Daniel Orton. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released. Blue (6-4, 200) went undrafted in 2013. The Marquette alum signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics on January 22, 2014 and appeared in three games, scoring a total of five points in a combined 15 minutes. While on assignment with the Delaware 87ers of the D-League last season, he appeared in four games and averaged 19.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 30.5 minutes.
However, Washington’s staff kept in touch with him throughout the season and now they’re bringing him back in for another look. This time around, they only have 14 players with guaranteed deals, meaning he has a real shot at making the roster, especially considering the team could use another shooting guard. “It’s a great opportunity,” Silas told Basketball Insiders about joining the Wizards. “I really like the guys here. We spent some time together last year and the staff there is amazing. They kept in touch over the year, and they were real encouraging and everything. They felt that I had a really good chance [to make the team] last year even though they had a 15-man roster. This year they don’t, and it’s a real opportunity. It’s just a good vibe and there’s a good feeling there, so I enjoy it a lot.”
With the start of training camp practices just two weeks and one day away, the Wizards have begun putting the finishing touches on the list of attendees. The team signed guard Xavier Silas to a training camp contract and are finalizing an identical deal with swingman Damion James, a person with knowledge of the transactions said Monday.
Alex Kennedy: @Xavier Silas has signed a training camp deal with the Washington Wizards, he confirms. He was also with them in camp last year.
Shams Charania: Free agent guard Xavier Silas is finalizing a contract with the Washington Wizards, league sources tell RealGM.
Upea Capo d’Orlando seems to have turned on former Sixers Xavier Silas, source told Sportando. The Italian team considered Rodney Green as first choice for swingman/forward position, but reaching an agreement with him is quite difficult due to economical reasons. Silas was the second name on the list but now he has risen to the first position.
It was reported by David Pick on Twitter that 2013 Washington Wizards training camp invitee and preseason participant Xavier Silas, has parted ways with his overseas team Maccabi Ashdod in a rather surprising fashion. DleagueDigest.com reached out to Silas’ agent, and learned that a return back to the NBA D-League is “maybe a possibility at a later time, but not at the moment.”
After parting with the Israeli club Maccabi Ashdod, Xavier Silas is returning to the States and surveying the free agent market in hopes of signing with an NBA team, a league source told RealGM. Silas went to training camp with the Washington Wizards in October, averaging four points in three preseason games. He was released on Oct. 24 and signed a deal in Israel, where he averaged 16.4 points and three rebounds in nine games.
The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, today announced the team has acquired rookie Romero Osby from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in exchange for the rights to Terrance Henry, 10th overall pick in this year’s D-League Draft, and the rights to Xavier Silas. Osby, who was selected by the Orlando Magic in the 2nd round (51st overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft, is coming off his senior season at the University of Oklahoma, where the 6-8 forward averaged 16.0 points (shooting .525 from the field and .529 from three-point range), 7.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists, while being named the University of Oklahoma’s Men’s Basketball team MVP and earning All-Big 12 1st Team honors.
The Wizards entered training camp with 15 players under contract and a payroll nearly $1 million below the luxury tax, so Josh Childress, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Xavier Silas would’ve needed extraordinary performances in the preseason to force the organization to make room for one of them.
“The wizards just released me. But I’m not worried about anything. I made some wonderful friends on this team. Got to experience Brazil to the fullest.. And scored 13 points in 10 minutes. I have my God, my family and my journey… But most importantly I have 0 regrets. Like Al Harrington just told me.. I’ll be back, SOON. A journey isn’t a journey without a journey.”
After the Wizards’ regulars turned what was about to be a blowout loss into a lopsided victory, Wittman gave the tenuous trio one last opportunity to play as a way of recognizing the contributions that they had made since training camp. “You always like to play guys like that more than you’re able to,” Wittman said. “That’s the tough part about, having a bunch of those guys in the preseason, especially with us. We needed to get guys on the floor playing together. But they were great. Practiced hard, played like they did. X has a lot of confidence. Josh knows how to play. He’s been around the block. Pop. It was good to get them in.”
Childress, the sixth overall pick of the 2004 NBA draft, received almost four times more minutes than Silas and Mensah-Bonsu with Martell Webster sidelined because of a sprained left ankle. He scored five points, grabbed four rebounds and added a steal but was appreciative of the opportunity that he got to revitalize his career in Washington. “I’ve been around the league for a minute and I know that, you’re not always going to get playing time, you’re not always going to get a ton of touches,” he said. “You have to try and work through that and bring a bunch of other things to the table. I’m glad I came and we’ll see what happens in the future. I don’t have any expectations. Just kind of wait and continue to keep working and keep pushing.”
Alex Kennedy: Xavier Silas has decided to attend training camp with the Washington Wizards, he tells HOOPSWORLD.
Shams Charania: NBA free agent Xavier Silas is accepting a training camp deal with the Washington Wizards, league source tells RealGM.
Jorge Sierra: Briscoe also tells us former Sixer Xavier Silas will work out for the Utah Jazz today and tomorrow. po.st/sUYXOk
Celtics camp cut Micah Downs was among eight players invited to attend training camp with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League. Downs is one of two affiliated players — the other being Harvard 7-footer Brian Cusworth — after attending camp with Boston. The Claws also invited familiar faces in forward Chris Wright, guard Xavier Silas, and guard Chamberlain “Champ” Oguchi, while guard Farnold Degand, guard DaQuan Brooks and guard Raheem Singleton all earned a spot at tryouts.