The Washington Times - December 16, 2011, 10:37AM

The Wizards will host the Philadelphia 76ers at Verizon Center at 7pm in their first preseason game as their roster begins to take shape.

The Wizards will be bringing back swingman Maurice Evans on a one-year deal, adding to the veteran presence they are developing with the return of Roger Mason Jr. and the signing of Ronny Turiaf. 


But the Wizards will not be bringing back Josh Howard. Howard has agreed to a one-year deal with the Utah Jazz.

Evans, who like Roger Mason, is a vice president of the players association, spent much of his offseason working on crafting the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, still managed to complete his degree in education at the University of Texas. 

Evans joined the Wizards last season in the trade that also netted shooting guard Jordan Crawford, while sending Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong to the Atlanta Hawks. Point guard Mike Bibby was also acquired in the deal, but Bibby asked for his release and signed with the Miami Heat. 

Evans, 33, averaged 9.7 points and 2.8 rebounds for the Wizards last season. The re-signing of Evans brings the total number of players in camp to 18, including three camp-invitees not slated to be on the final roster. The Wizards could carry 15 players this year on the final roster, as extra bodies and fresh legs will be a much needed asset when this compressed season begins.

The Wizards still have room to re-sign Nick Young, who has received a qualifying offer of $3.7 million, and is weighing his options as a non restricted free agent.