Placards for Nick Young, Josh Howard and Maurice Evans continue to hang in the Wizards’ locker room, just in case one or all are able to re-sign with the franchise. But as the Wizards held their second day of training camp on Saturday, the three players continue to wait.
“I haven’t made an official offer, no. That’s incorrect,” O’Connor said. “Have we talked about stuff? Yeah.”
Howard isn’t expected to make a decision until early next week. The Wizards, San Antonio, Chicago, New Jersey and Denver have also expressed interest in signing Howard and the person said Howard expects to receive more offers soon.
The list of potential suitors for Howard and Young appears to have been cut down by one more, with the Bulls reportedly set to pursue Richard Hamilton when he receives his buyout from the Detroit Pistons. Hamilton, a former Wizard, would have to clear waivers and pass a physical but that appears to be a formality. He also already received an endorsement from reigning MVP Derrick Rose.
“Rip is a winner,” Rose told the Chicago Tribune. “I can’t say anything bad about him. He has a championship. He knows how to win.”
The Bulls wouldn’t have much more than the $5-million mid-level to offer Young and that probably wouldn’t be enough to intimidate the Wizards from matching. Chicago has been dangling Ronnie Brewer in hopes of making a possible sign-and-trade deal for a shooting guard, according to sources, but it could get Hamilton without any complications. They have also had discussions with Jamal Crawford and Jason Richardson.
Evans met with an undisclosed team on Friday and plans to make a decision in the next day or two.