Wizards sign Rasual Butler, Damion James

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The Wizards could use another shooting guard behind Bradley Beal.

So far, the candidates are:

The Wizards are trying to drum up competition in training camp and maybe find another shooting guard that way. That means adding Rasual Butler.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Although shooting guard seems to be Washington’s priority, the Wizards also signed big man Damion James. Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports James’ contract is fully guaranteed, but I have yet to confirm that.

James’ level of guarantee would have a large effect on Butler’s (and Silas’) chances of making the team. If Butler is fully guaranteed, Washington would have 14 players with guaranteed contracts plus Rice, whose deal is $400,000 guaranteed.

If Butler or Silas impress, the Wizards could eat Rice’s guaranteed salary and keep an unguaranteed shooting guard instead. However, that would leave Washington just $85,202 below the luxury-tax line, and it’s possible Nene could meet incentives – the exact conditions are unknown – that push the Wizards into the tax.

But Butler has been here before. In a similar situation in 2012, he went to the Bucks’ training camp and didn’t make the team. Last season, he stuck with the Pacers after signing a non-guaranteed contract.

I actually like Butler’s chances in Washington – as long as James isn’t standing in his way. The 11-year-vet provides experience the win-now Wizards desire, and he’s been a relatively steady scorer.

It’s just a matter of knowing James’ contract status and whether there’s really an open competition for a roster spot.