The Wizards may have placed retaining Nick Young as their top priority in free agency, but the restricted free agent shooting guard remains in Los Angeles as training camp is set to begin at 5 p.m. Sources with knowledge of the situation said Young would continue to wait until he receives an acceptable offer and had no intention of signing his $3.7 million offer in order to simply arrive for the first practice.
Roger Mason Jr. will come back for his second stint with the team once free agents and draft picks are allowed to sign contracts at 2 p.m. But the Wizards also would also like to add another veteran to the locker room by re-signing Maurice Evans.
Evans’s agent, Roger Montgomery, said on Friday that there is “still mutual interest” between his client and the Wizards. The Wizards have been in daily conversations with Montgomery in hopes of bringing back the wing player who brought an aggressive style of play and a steadying presence after arriving in a trade deadline deal with Atlanta.
He is also familiar with Coach Flip Saunders’s system having previously played for him in Minnesota and Detroit. Evans wrote in a text on Thursday that he is “weighing his options.”
Evans is meeting with another NBA team today and Montgomery said he expects Evans to make a decision in the next 48 hours in order to be in training camp as soon as possible. “His signing is imminent,” Montgomery said, without disclosing where Evans is leaning.
Free agent forward Josh Howard is still trying to make a decision, with the Wizards, San Antonio, Chicago, Utah and Denver expressing interests in his services. The Spurs, perhaps, became a more viable option on Thursday, when former Wizard Caron Butler agreed to a three-year deal worth $24 million with the Los Angeles Clippers.
San Antonio met with Howard and Butler this week and is looking for a small forward reportedly getting set to waive Richard Jefferson under the amnesty provision. A source said Howard should make a decision by early next week.
Update: Two of Young’s potential suitors have probably been eliminated with the Phoenix Suns agreeing to terms with Shannon Brown (one-year, $3.5 million) and the Sacramento Kings reportedly retaining restricted free agent Marcus Thornton (five-years, $40 million).