When training camp begins on Friday the Wizards should have all seven players under contract and their three draft picks. Jan Vesely and Kevin Seraphin have both resolved their problems abroad and are expected to arrive in time for the first workout of the season.
The NBA informed teams on Tuesday afternoon that training camps would continue to open on Friday, though Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that it considered delaying the start until Monday. The league reportedly polled team executives over the past two days about creating an actual free-agent signing period, since some teams don’t have enough players on their rosters to hold practices.
The Wizards are one of the fortunate teams with enough players to run a five-on-five drills, but there was some concern late last week about the availability of Vesely and Seraphin.
Vesely was home in the Czech Republic waiting for the NBA to settle its collective bargaining agreement before he was granted permission to receive a work visa. But according to a sources with knowledge of the situation, the State Department plans to work under the assumption that the new NBA deal will be ratified and his contract with the Wizards is valid to allow him to come to Washington. Vesely is expected to arrive on Wednesday, while his paperwork is completed, but a league source said he is “good to go.”
Seraphin’s situation was slightly less complicated. He had an NBA out with his Spanish team, Caja Laboral, but the club wouldn’t free him from his contract until the labor deal was complete. Seraphin played one more game for Caja Laboral on Sunday, contributing 11 points and six rebounds in just 19 minutes, and left the next for Paris.
Seraphin’s agent, Bouna Ndiaye, said his client should arrive in Washington on Wednesday evening.
John Wall, Andray Blatche, Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack and restricted free agents Hamady Ndiaye and Larry Owens are already in town working out. Trevor Booker is also back in town. JaVale McGee, Rashard Lewis and Jordan Crawford are expected to arrive over the next few days.
Even with enough available players, the Wizards might have some scheduling concerns with training camp still starting as previously scheduled. The Wizards plan to hold camp at Verizon Center, but could have trouble holding two practices on Friday, with the Capitals hosting the Maple Leafs later that evening.
The Wizards’ regular-season schedule will be announced tonight at 7 p.m. on NBATV.