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The latest on the Wiz

The news of the day (so far) is that the Wizards have signed first-round pick Nick Young and last year's first round pick, Oleksiy Pecherov, to standard rookie contracts. Both players will be in the arena on Saturday with the other summer leaguers for the first workout. The SL squad heads to Las Vegas Monday morning and I'll be there all week breaking it down.

Nothing really new on the Juan Carlos Navarro front but it's become very clear that Ernie Grunfeld is leaning towards trading his rights if he can get some team to bite on Etan Thomas or Brendan Haywood or he lands some other kind of sweet package in return (perhaps a first round pick?) Again, I'm just throwing it out there. Don't shoot the messenger. I want to say this again: don't be shocked if JCN is just using the NBA talk as a means to jack up his price in Europe. He's done it before. The other thing to keep in mind about the whole JCN issue is that Ernie's priority appears to be keeping DeShawn Stevenson and Andray Blatche while moving one of his centers.

On the DeShawn front: Right now, I think the team's strategy is to let the market set itself, see what kind of offers DeShawn gets and then go from there. Ernie is not going to jump out and just give him the full mid-level just because Jason Kapono and Matt Carroll have already signed fat deals. As for DeShawn, he truly believes that the should get something in the Kapono neighborhood (four-years, $24 million). Stay tuned.

By Ivan Carter  |  July 5, 2007; 2:59 PM ET
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