After not being picked in the NBA Draft Thursday night, former Maryland guard Dez Wells will join the Washington Wizards for summer league play in Las Vegas in July.

According to Lance Young, Wells' agent, Wizards senior vice president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard called him three times Thursday to express interest in the 6-foot-5 shooting guard.


The Wizards moved up to 15th in the first round through a trade with the Atlanta Hawks and picked Kansas forward Kelly Oubre Jr. With their second-round selection, the 49th overall pick, the Wizards chose Iowa forward Aaron White.

Young said he believes the Wizards have a legitimate interest in Wells, who was a first-team selection by the Big Ten coaches as a senior in College Park.

"I think it's a great fit," Young said Friday.

Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said he's glad to add Wells.

"We were very surprised that Dez went undrafted, but that gave us the chance to have him on the summer league roster," Grunfeld said. "We're very familiar with him and we're looking forward to seeing him use this opportunity to put his abilities on display in a team setting."

Except for Garrett Temple, who reportedly exercised his player option for next season, the backup role behind starting off-guard Bradley Beal is "wide open," Young said.

Veteran Rasual Butler turned 36 last month and is a free agent.

Those who watched Wells' workout with the Wizards earlier this month said Grunfeld and coach Randy Wittman liked the physicality of the former Terps star's game, particularly on the defensive end.

Young said Wells will report to the Wizards on July 1.

What also might help Wells' cause in Washington is that he is a childhood friend of the team's star, John Wall, and the two remain close. Wells had tried to downplay that connection after his workout at Verizon Center on June 11, saying "it would be a blessing to play with any NBA team."