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Washington Wizards Attend Workout for Dahntay Jones

July 31st, 2014 at 4:33 PM
By Matt Graber

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Free agent guard/forward Dahntay Jones conducted an open workout for NBA team in Las Vegas yesterday, and according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, the Wizards were among the teams in attendance. The Kings, Cavaliers, Spurs and Thunder were also present to scope out the veteran, who apparently is beginning to garner a lot of interest towards the tail end of free agency. Since many teams have used up the majority of their cap space, affordable veterans such as Jones become commodities for teams looking to fill out their roster. 

The 33 year old Jones has played for six NBA teams in his career, with a career average of 5.6 PPG on 33% shooting. While Jones didn't play in the NBA last season, he could provide value to a contender looking to fill out the back end of their rotation due to his experience, positional flexibility and shooting ability. With five teams reportedly showing him interest, it looks like a safe bet he'll make his return to the NBA next season. 

But will it be in Washington? The Wizards have one roster spot open, and the team needs depth at the perimeter positions. Signing a veteran like Jones to a veteran's minimum is probably the best the team can hope for at this point, and Jones could provide some back court depth behind Bradley Beal, the unproven Glen Rice Jr., the injured Martell Webster and Garrett Temple. On an interesting note, if the team does end up signing Jones, it means they won't have room to bring back Al Harrington, who is Jones' cousin. 

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