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Wizards sign Xavier Silas to training camp contract, expect to add Damion James (updated)

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With the start of training camp practices just two weeks and one day away, the Wizards have begun putting the finishing touches on the list of attendees.

The team signed guard Xavier Silas to a training camp contract and are finalizing an identical deal with swingman Damion James, a person with knowledge of the transactions said Monday.

This will be the second straight training camp with the Wizards for Silas, who has been working out at Verizon Center recently. The 6-foot-5 shooter averaged four points in three preseason games last year and was released before the start of the season. He went to play in Israel and Argentina.

Silas appeared in two games with the Sixers during his rookie season after going undrafted in 2011 and hasn’t played in an NBA regular-season game since.

A 6-foot-7 slasher, James was a first-round pick out of Texas in 2010, but had his career derailed by a foot injury the following season. He has played in just seven NBA regular-season games the last two seasons, including a stint with the San Antonio Spurs last spring that concluded with a championship, though James wasn’t on the active roster for the NBA Finals.

The Wizards expect to add more players to their training camp roster by the end of the week. Teams are allowed to employ a roster of up to 20 players during the preseason.

The training camp invitees will have the chance to compete for the final spot on the Wizards’ 15-man roster, though the team could decide to leave the spot vacant to begin the regular season.

Wizards training camp practices begin Sept. 30 and conclude Oct. 5. They begin their eight-game preseason slate on Oct. 6 against the Chicago Bulls.