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Wizards Insider: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

And the Wizards Select Foye, Miller ... And $2.5 Mil

As I walked out of Verizon Center late last night, I asked a security guard what he thought about the Wizards' draft. "We didn't get nothing," he told me with a shrug. Well, the Wizards didn't get a draft pick after sending the No. 5 pick to Minnesota the day...

By Michael Lee  |  June 26, 2009; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (390)
 
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Poll: Rubio or Miller & Foye?

Well, that explains why the Timberwolves were so quick to give up on Randy Foye. After Blake Griffin went first to the Clippers, Hasheem Thabeet second to the Memphis Grizzlies, James Harden third to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Tyreke Evans fourth to the Sacramento Kings, sitting there at the...

By Keith McMillan  |  June 25, 2009; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (475)
 
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Poll: Who's the Favorite?

Will the trades that sent Shaquille O'Neal to Cleveland and Vince Carter to Orlando shift the balance of power in the NBA? poll by twiigs.com...

By Alexa Steele  |  June 25, 2009; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Draft Already Trumped By Trades

When the week began, I was expecting that today would be a wild, frenzied day for the Washington Wizards, with trade rumors swirling round, getting knocked down and going back around. But teams around the league couldn't wait until then to make major moves, with San Antonio making a roster...

By Michael Lee  |  June 25, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
 
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Shaq To Cavaliers

Party over here! (AP Photo) Oh snap. The Arizona Republic, ESPN.com and the Cleveland Plain Dealer are reporting that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns have agreed to a deal that would send Shaquille O'Neal to Cleveland and pair him with league's most valuable player LeBron James, which makes...

By Michael Lee  |  June 25, 2009; 12:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
 
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Trade Is Official

From the Wizards' news release: Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has acquired guard/forward Mike Miller and guard Randy Foye from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Etan Thomas, Darius Songaila, Oleksiy Pecherov and the fifth overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft. "We are very...

By Alexa Steele  |  June 24, 2009; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
 
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Trade Update

Etan Thomas has signed an agreement that he would not opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer, clearing one of the last possible hurdles to getting this trade consummated. That's not really a surprise, because you don't walk away from $7.3 million -- and an...

By Michael Lee  |  June 24, 2009; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (176)
 
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Wizards-T-Wolves Trade Breakdown

I just filed my story for the newspaper about an hour ago, so now I'll take some time to break down this deal. All I can say is that I guess Ernie Grunfeld really wasn't impressed with the pickings at No. 5 if he was willing to make a move...

By Michael Lee  |  June 23, 2009; 11:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (211)
 
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Wolves-Wizards Deal In The Works

A league source just informed me that the Washington Wizards are closing in a deal that would send the No. 5 pick, Etan Thomas, Oleksiy Pecherov and Darius Songaila to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Randy Foye and Mike Miller. When asked on Tuesday if the talks between the...

By Michael Lee  |  June 23, 2009; 7:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (245)
 
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Grunfeld Press Conference This Afternoon

Ernie Grunfeld will have a press conference this afternoon to discuss the upcoming NBA draft, but you can rest assured that he will also be asked about all of the rumors that have been floating around about the Wizards and the No. 5 pick. The league executives and agents that...

By Michael Lee  |  June 23, 2009; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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More From Butler, Grunfeld ... And McGee

In addition to discussing the trade rumors that have been surrounding him all summer, Wizards forward Caron Butler also discussed yesterday his desire to see just how far the team can go with its core players together for a full season. "It's important to get everybody back healthy," Butler said...

By Michael Lee  |  June 23, 2009; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Jamison Picks DeRozan

See, Nick. I don't have anything against players from USC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images) The unofficial Wizards Insider poll may have been all about Stephen Curry, but the latest ESPN The Magazine -- the Revenge of the Jocks III issue -- asks an NBA player from each team...

By Michael Lee  |  June 22, 2009; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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Curry Wins!

You like me. You really like me. (AP Photo) Based on the results of the unofficial/unscientific Wizards Insider poll, fans here want Ernie Grunfeld to take Davidson point guard Stephen Curry with the fifth pick on Thursday -- if Grunfeld is going to keep it. At the time of...

By Michael Lee  |  June 22, 2009; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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The Missing Holiday, Rubio Slipping?

It's understandable why Blake Griffin, Hasheem Thabeet and Ricky Rubio haven't visited Washington for a pre-draft workout, since they are considered the three best prospects in the draft. But I'm sure some of you may have noticed that there another is potential top 10 pick in Thursday's draft whose name...

By Michael Lee  |  June 21, 2009; 9:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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More Draft Buzz

The latest rumor has the New York Knicks interested in moving up to No. 5 in order to take one of the many players they reportedly covet -- Stephen Curry, Jordan Hill or Jrue Holiday. According to NBAdraft.net, the Knicks have offered guard Wilson Chandler as part of a package...

By Michael Lee  |  June 21, 2009; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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