Hornets training camp signee Jason Washburn could not continue to play overseas because the political unrest in Ukraine made it unsafe to do so, Jessica Camerato of Basketball Insiders writes in her profile of the 25-year-old center. “They [his team] said we can’t pay you anymore – this has really destroyed our economy – and we can’t guarantee your safety,” Washburn said. “We think you should leave.”
Washburn understands that it will be difficult to make Charlotte’s regular season roster, with the team already possessing 14 players with fully guaranteed deals, Camerato adds. “I don’t know the odds [of making the team] and to be honest, I don’t care,” Washburn continued. “I’m going to come in here, soak up what I can, play as hard as I can, if I get my opportunity, try to take as best advantage of it as I can and let the chips fall where they may.”
Here’s more from the Southeast Division:
- The Hawks‘ success in 2015/16 will depend on how well newcomers Tim Hardaway Jr. and Justin Holiday perform in replacement of DeMarre Carroll, who signed a free agent deal with Toronto this offseason, Tim Bontemps of The New York Post (Facebook link) writes in his season preview.
- The Magic will look for C.J. Watson to act as a mentor to second-year point guard Elfrid Payton, which was one of the motivating factors for the club in signing Watson to a three-year, $15MM deal this summer, writes Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel.
- The addition of Justise Winslow through the draft was the Heat‘s best long-term addition this offseason, but signing Gerald Green to a one-year, minimum salary deal will have the bigger impact in 2015/16, the staff at Basketball Insiders opine in their season preview for the franchise.