After a half-year spent in basketball limbo, Garret Siler is ready to restart his career.
The former Augusta State All-American center is making his third trip to the NBA Summer League this week when he suits up for the Washington Wizards. When Washington opens play this week in Las Vegas, Siler will see his first NBA action since getting waived by the Phoenix Suns in January.
The 25-year-old should see plenty of action, with the Wizards playing five games in a six-day span. Washington begins its slate with a 4 p.m. Friday game against the Atlanta Hawks, the team that cut Siler from training camp three years ago.
“I’m definitely ready to play them,” he said. “It’s different as a team, but you always think about it.”
The 6-foot-11 Siler is a much different player than he was when he completed his collegiate career in 2009. After going undrafted, he played in his first summer league and later got picked up by the Hawks. He returned to the summer league in 2010; afterward, he signed a two-year deal with Phoenix.
In his rookie campaign, Siler averaged 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds a game. Last season, he didn’t see a minute of playing time before getting waived Jan. 2.
Siler said he’s a much-improved player. He has better footwork. He has better range, shooting 15-foot jumpers. And entering summer league this time around, he said he knows what to expect.
“It’s about being a good teammate,” he said, “and it’s about going hard.”
With his improvement, he’s hoping another team will soon give him an opportunity. Siler said he has six teams (mostly West Coast) showing interest. He said his agent, Lance Young, of Octagon Sports, will handle his negotiations and help him find the best situation.
Siler said he wanted to apologize to everyone for having to cancel his third annual summer basketball camp this month in Augusta because of him playing in the summer league. The camp will return next year, he said.