Kentucky set a record with five first-round picks in 2010 – John Wall (No. 1), DeMarcus Cousins (No. 5), Patrick Patterson (No. 14), Eric Bledsoe (No. 18) and Daniel Orton (No. 29).
Most of that group has found success in the NBA. Wall and Cousins received max extensions, and Bledsoe could be nearing a huge payday as well. Patterson isn’t doing too bad for himself, either.
But Orton is out of work, trying to stick in the NBA after three seasons.
The Wizards are about to sign Daniel Orton, who played for them at Las Vegas summer league, for training camp, CSNwashington.com confirmed with two people with the knowledge of the situation Tuesday. A training camp contract is expected to be finalized in the next few days.
Orton worked out for the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Lakers but canceled a workout with the Los Angeles Clippers after they signed Ekpe Udoh to a roster spot.
David Stockton could be an addition, too, after Garrett Temple injured his hamstring. Stockton will work out for the team this week and is en route to D.C.
Orton missed his first year due to injury, and he’s since spent a season each with the Magic, Thunder and 76ers. He really hasn’t engendered much confidence.
The Wizards are primarily looking for a shooting guard, but it’s possible they take a big man instead. Orton will be competing with Damion James (if his contract isn’t already guaranteed) to be first in line if Washington keeps a big.
Stockton – who worked out for the Jazz and Thunder – is probably trying out only to help Washington through training camp. Even if he gets a contract and that role, it’s nearly impossible to see him snagging the final regular-season roster spot. With Wall, Andre Miller and Temple on guaranteed contracts, the Wizards are set at point guard.