Xavier Silas Rumors

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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.”
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.
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.”
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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.”
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.