Marquez Haynes, who was one of the few bright spots for the Wizards during Las Vegas summer league, has signed a two-year deal to play with Italian club Emporio Armani of Euroleague.
Haynes, a 6-3 combo guard from Texas-Arlington, showed an ability to score and create while playing with the Wizards when they went 2-3 in summer league play.
While he drew "significant interest" in Las Vegas, persons with knowledge of the situation told CSN Washington at the time, he took the sure thing in Italy rather than waiting for NBA training camps to start in late September.
Haynes, 26, initially didn't start for the Wizards but took over point guard duties from NBA veteran free agent Sundiata Gaines.
"I didn't want to do D-League. I wasn't interested in that," Haynes, who already has played in France, Germany and Spain, told CSN. "I wanted some type of guaranteed money that if I was to get cut to make up for the money I would lose by turning down some of these deals I had overseas."
Although Haynes could've been a viable option, the Wizards' greatest need was low-post scoring. With them on the verge of striking a deal with Al Harrington, that would give them the maximum 15 players under contract before camp.
Haynes plans to attend a Baltimore Ravens preseason game vs. the Atlanta Falcons at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday before leaving next week for Italy.
He is friends with Ravens safety Michael Huff, who also is from Texas.
The Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons and Oklahoma City Thunder previously had interest in Haynes.