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Wizards bringing training camp to D.C.?

The Capitals have gotten a large burst of publicity from having their training camp free and open to the public in Ballston, where tons of fans have checked out the proceedings. Not sure if Ted Leonsis was involved, but apparently the Wizards are looking to move training camp closer to D.C., after spending several years at VCU in Richmond.

"We would like to bring training camp kind of back maybe to D.C if we can, or in this area, and give people in this area more of an opportunity to kind of see this young, exciting, competitive team," Coach Flip Saunders said Friday morning on 106.7 The Fan's Junkies.

Approve.

A few more nuggets from Saunders on the interview.

* He can't officially discuss the pending trade for Kirk Hinrich, but he described the type of guard the team might theoretically, possibly, you know, kinda sorta like to acquire.

"We need to upgrade our depth in our backcourt, both with experience and with people that have the ability to play multiple positions and ball handling," Saunders said. "And so we're gonna [seek] someone that has that ability to do that, to take pressure both off John, and to take pressure off Gilbert."

* Randy Foye? Not so much.

"We haven't really discussed that, but I would say we're probably gonna go in a different direction," Saunders said. "We haven't had really any talks with him."

* Josh Howard? Maybe.

"We don't know," Saunders said. "We'll know about all that stuff as far as July 1. I do know he's rehabbing hard on his knee. We'll have to see when we anticipate him getting ready. We're changing the complexion of the team and the style of play. We're not gonna get pushed around any more. We're getting aggressive players....[Trevor Booker and a theoretical No. 17 pick are] extremely big, aggressive, play extremely hard, and that's gonna be our calling card."

* By the way, Stephen Strasburg insists that he is not the Face of the Franchise for the Nats. John Wall is not being given that option.

"We're gonna give the ball to John," Saunders said. "He's too good a player not too. He's really the Face of this Franchise moving forward. Extremely unselfish, [and] he has the ability to make other people better."

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 25, 2010; 12:16 PM ET
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Comments

Steiny, thank you for all the posts this week. Been a lot of happenings surrounding D.C. sports and the WC, and your work is appreciated.

Posted by: saltine182 | June 25, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg can still claim that Zimmerman is still the FoF. Zim's been getting out in the community and increasing his "face" time. Stras has Drew Storen to be the "Face of Strasburg" right now.

Posted by: LurkerNowPoster | June 25, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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