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Wizards Insider: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

McGee injures wrist, Young reflects on McGuire

Wizards (19-33) at Raptors (30-24) Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Josh Howard, Mike Miller, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee Raptors: Jarrett Jack, DeMar DeRozan, Hedo Turkoglu, Andrea Bargnani, Rasho Nesterovic Line: Raptors by 7 Zydrunas Ilgauskas returned to Cleveland on Friday night in anticipation of working out a buyout agreement before March...

By Michael Lee  |  February 20, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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New-look Wizards providing hustle, high-energy

Wizards 107, Nuggets 97 After tossing a grenade on his roster, Ernie Grunfeld talked about inserting some "freshness" into his "stale" team. This season obviously wore on the players, especially Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler, and it was obvious from their uneven efforts and occasional sour moods after games....

By Michael Lee  |  February 20, 2010; 12:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
 
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Ilgauskas is inactive, Thornton available and Howard starts

Nuggets (36-18) at Wizards (18-33) Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Josh Howard, Mike Miller, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee Nuggets: Chauncey Billups, Arron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin, Nene Line: Nuggets by 6 Zydrunas Ilgauskas arrived in Washington and took his physical to complete the trade. But while his No. 17 jersey...

By Michael Lee  |  February 19, 2010; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (173)
 
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Thornton arrives, Howard responds to "partying" report

Al Thornton arrived in Washington around 2 a.m. on Friday. As he rode to the Wizards morning walkthrough and saw the District still buried under mounds of snow, he quickly realized that he wasn't in Los Angeles anymore. "I got used to that LA weather," Thornton said with a smile....

By Michael Lee  |  February 19, 2010; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Grunfeld discusses trade flurry and future

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld pulled out one final trade before the trade deadline, making a "minor" deal that sent Dominic McGuire to Sacramento and brought the team just under the luxury tax line. Grunfeld sat down with reporters just after the deadline passed to discuss the whirlwind of the past...

By Michael Lee  |  February 18, 2010; 11:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
 
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Jamison looks back with some regrets

Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler were riding the team bus to Orlando a few weeks ago, when they started talking about legacy and what they hoped to accomplish in Washington. Despite all the trade rumors and endless speculation that they would get dealt, the two former all-stars -- who famously...

By Michael Lee  |  February 18, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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NBA trade deadline update

5:35 update During his trade deadline news conference, Ernie Grunfeld said the Wizards made a "minor" move without announcing the deal. Turns out, according to sources, that the Wizards dealt Dominic McGuire and $300,000 to the Sacramento Kings for a 2010 second-round pick, which was far from a "minor" deal...

By Michael Lee  |  February 18, 2010; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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Poll: Legacy of the Big Three?

Last night's trade of Antawn Jamison to the Cleveland Cavaliers marked the end of an era in Washington. The team had been built around three players -- Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Jamison -- who became all-stars and usually made the playoffs. poll by twiigs.com...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 18, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Jamison "ecstatic" about move to Cleveland

When he left his Bethesda home on Wednesday afternoon, Antawn Jamison sensed that it might be the last time he would take that familiar drive to Verizon Center. He felt some finality as he went through his game-day routine -- getting treatment and tape in the training room, listening to...

By Michael Lee  |  February 18, 2010; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
 
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Wizards beat Minnesota after trading Jamison to Cleveland

Wizards 108, Timberwolves 99 It was nearly two months ago that a team featuring Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison went to Minnesota and lost to a lousy Timberwolves team by 10 points. But when those same lousy Timberwolves came to Verizon Center on Wednesday, Arenas was serving...

By Michael Lee  |  February 18, 2010; 12:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Wizards agree to trade Antawn Jamison to Cavs [Update]

8:19: As the Washington Wizards went onto the court to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, Antawn Jamison had already ditched his uniform for a cream-colored sweater and was headed to his car, carrying a duffle bag. The Wizards agreed in principle to a three-team trade that sent Jamison to...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 17, 2010; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (224)
 
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In-game chat: Wiz vs. Wolves

Join Post reporter Gene Wang here on the Insider tonight as the Wizards return from the all-star break to face the Minnesota Timberwolves. New Wizards Drew Gooden, Josh Howard, Quinton Ross and James Singleton are expected to suit up. Wizards vs. Timberwolves...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 17, 2010; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Gooden: 'This is not my first rodeo getting traded'

Drew Gooden wore a plain practice jersey, featuring nothing more than the Wizards logo on the front and no number on the back. Asked what number he planned to wear for his debut against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Gooden said, "Well, If it's going to be a number, it's going to...

By Michael Lee  |  February 17, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Josh Howard reflects on past, ponders present

I spoke with Josh Howard for a good while on Tuesday afternoon. He said he might have to settle for the No. 55, since Dominic McGuire wears the No. 5 that he's worn since his senior year in high school. He sounds like someone who really wants to focus on...

By Michael Lee  |  February 17, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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New Wizards practice, Gooden seeks buyout

Morning brew For this morning's newspaper, Michael Lee reported that three of the four new Wizards practiced at Verizon Center yesterday -- Drew Gooden is trying to negotiate a buyout and didn't arrive in Washington until late in the evening. Gooden, Josh Howard, Quinton Ross and James Singleton are expected...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 17, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Latest Wizards trade rumblings

Ernie Grunfeld was talking to a group of reporters about why he made the trade with Dallas on Saturday, when an off-key singing voice came howling from the other end of the hallway outside the Wizards' practice court at Verizon Center. "I got a feeling - whoo! Hoo! That tonight's...

By Michael Lee  |  February 17, 2010; 12:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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A look at the new Wizards

I got traded where? (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) The breakup of the Wizards doesn't seem to be near completion with the team still working the phones in hopes of making more deals before Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline. The Wizards are making teams around the league aware of...

By Michael Lee  |  February 16, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
 
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New Mavericks talk about their old team

Morning brew Former Wizards Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson faced the media in Dallas on Monday for the first time. Butler said going to the Mavericks was "a breath of fresh air." Michael Lee also talked to Coach Flip Saunders as he reflected on the season so far...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 16, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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New Maverick Caron Butler talks about the trade

Hey, Brendan and DeShawn. You went from worst to first; not the other way around. It's okay to smile. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson arrived in Dallas and quickly had to get prepared for their season debuts with the Mavericks on...

By Michael Lee  |  February 15, 2010; 8:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Flip Saunders: 'This has been a very unique year'

In his time coaching in the Continental Basketball Association, Flip Saunders learned how to guide makeshift lineups and shuffling different players each month, week and sometimes day. In his first season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, he led a lottery team that decided to change the look of a foundering franchise...

By Michael Lee  |  February 15, 2010; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Poll: What should the Wizards do next?

The Wizards got the NBA trade deadline party started when they gave the Mavericks a two-time all-star, a solid defensive center and a guy who couldn't feel his face. They are expected to remain active in trade talks between now and Thursday's trade deadline, but I wanted to hear what...

By Michael Lee  |  February 15, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
 
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Where do the Wizards go from here?

After announcing their desire to hit the reset button on this team and shed salary after dealing Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson to Dallas, the Wizards remain aggressive about trying to make some more deals to cut payroll and get under the luxury tax this season. The trade...

By Michael Lee  |  February 15, 2010; 12:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
 
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