Rumor mill stops on free agent Chris Singleton

Rumor mill stops on free agent Chris Singleton
July 21, 2014, 3:30 pm
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Chris Singleton's second NBA season never really took off as the swing forward received inconsistent minutes throughout, making this offseason crucial for his development.

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The Wizards had plenty of their own free agents this summer. For the most parts we've heard about their 

Marcin Gortat re-signed with the Wizards, as did Drew Gooden and Garrett Temple.

The Trevor's, Ariza and Booker, moved on to Houston and Utah respectively.

Restricted free agent Kevin Seraphin signed his offer sheet.

Washington picked up its option on Andre Miller.

Al Harrington served as an assistant on the Wizards' summer league team. The veteran forward also indicated he wants to keep playing when the games turn real in the winter.

That's plenty of activity and doesn't even count ex-Wizard Jan Vesely heading overseas. That list also doesn't include one name, Washington's other first round pick in 2011 along with Vesely: Chris Singleton.

The most attention Singleton received this offseason came as a passenger with Gortat in a Polish tank. In terms of the NBA, the 6-foot-9 has been mentioned as a fallback option for the Wizards, though that was before the additions of free agents Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair, before Seraphin's surprise return. In terms of the other 29 NBA teams, crickets. 

That changed Monday via Yahoo! Sports Marc Spears.

The Heat still have roster space in the post-LeBron James world. The Pacers are in need for wing options. Neither scenario likely comes with playing time expectations, but getting a gig is step one to getting on the court.

Singleton's three-year career started with promise after he played in all 66 games - with 51 starts - during the shortened 2011-12 campaign. He entered the league with a reputation as a strong defensive threat. There were nights when the likes of Carmelo Anthony and Paul Pierce ate him up, but the skill set showed. Singleton's overall field goal percentage was unsightly, but he sank 35 percent of his 3-point attempts. 

Then the Wizards traded for Trevor Ariza and signed Martell Webster, effectively eliminating Singleton's small forward opportunity. At times he played a stretch-4, but shooting 19 percent from beyond the arc during his second year made that role a stretch. Last season Singleton played in only 25 games. His confidence didn't appear to always show up even when his number was called.

All that screams like someone needing a new home. Even if the Wizards disagree, there are only 1-2 roster spots left. Adding a third point guard or a perimeter shooter rank higher on their list of remaining needs than retaining a fourth small forward or seventh big man. 

At least Singleton's name has landed in the rumor mill. That's a start.