With Roger Mason Jr. leaving for New Orleans, the Wizards have lost out on another one of their free agents as James Singleton has declined to accept an offer to return. Singleton’s agent, Andy Miller, said on Thursday that his client “rejected the deal and has moved on.”
Singleton wrote in a text message that the Wizards wanted to bring him back again for the veteran’s minimum, which led him to explore other options. Singleton received a more lucrative contract in China when he left as a free agent two years ago. After averaging 8.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in 17 games last saeason, he might take a similar path overseas if unable to find another opportunity in the NBA.
“As I’ve always said, the NBA is a great place to be,” Singleton wrote, “but at the end of the day, I have to do what’s best for me and my family. China will always be an option. Anywhere in the world is pretty much…I’ll let my agent handle things and tell me what’s all on the table to choose from.”
Free agent forward Anthony Tolliver told Fox Sports Florida that Washington is pursuing him harder than any other team. The Wizards reached out to the 6-foot-8 Tolliver after using the amnesty provision on Andray Blatche.
“They don’t have a big guys who can step out and shoot it,’’ Tolliver told Fox Sports Florida. “That makes a team in that situation kind of attractive.”
Tolliver, 27, averaged 4.1 points and 3.0 rebounds last season in Minnesota and is seeking a salary close to the $2 million he made for the Timberwolves, according to the report. He has career averages of 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds and has also played for San Antonio, Golden State and Portland.
Jodie Meeks remains another backcourt option for the Wizards. He averaged 8.4 points last season for Philadelphia and has also attracted interest from Milwaukee and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Wizards have been in contact with his representatives but the conversations have not reached the point for the team to make formal offer, according to a source.
The Wizards have 13 players under contract and Coach Randy Wittman said on Wednesday that the team could save those spots heading into training camp, which begins on Oct. 2.
“I think we’ve got two spots left. I think right now, probably, we’re going to hold off here on those two spots,” Wittman said. “You never know, in terms of a trade, or something being offered that you want to have an open spot that you can maybe facilitate putting something into it. So we’ll see as we wind down August here as we make a decision on filling those two spots.”
As for Blatche, Miller added that teams have not made any significant overtures to sign him as of yet.
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