The Washington Wizards began training camp Friday evening at Verizon Center at 5 p.m., and they will continue with daily two-a-day sessions until the day before their preseason opener Dec. 16 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Friday was also the opening day of the free-agent signing period as teams were able to start signing players at 2 p.m.
At the top of the Wizards’ priority list is retaining shooting guard Nick Young, who is a restricted free agent. Young remains in California as he continues to look at offers from the other potential suitors.
The Wizards have made Young a qualifying offer of $3.7 million, but sources close to Young say he is holding out for a better deal. Before Young left Verizon Center at season’s end, he joked that his mother told him never to leave any money on the table.
One player the Wizards will be adding to their roster is Roger Mason Jr. The former Wizard has been hinting for the past week that a deal was in the works to allow him to return to D.C., his hometown. Mason tweeted his delight in being able to to come back to Washington.
The 31-year old veteran, who can play the two or the three, played for the Wizards from 2006-08. Mason then spent two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs and played for the New York Knicks last season. Mason’s deal is expected to be for one year.
Also on the Wizards wish list is Maurice Evans, another veteran who can play the two or the three. Evans, 33, is drawing interest from other teams, and sources indicate he is expected to sign a deal within the next day or two.
Free-agent forward Josh Howard, 31, is also said to be considering his options which include the Wizards and several others — the Nuggets, Spurs, Jazz and Bulls.