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Wizards Insider: February 21, 2010 - February 27, 2010

Wizards-Knicks postgame wrapup

By Gene Wang  |  February 26, 2010; 11:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
 
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Knicks (19-37) at Wizards (20-35)

Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, James Singleton, Andray Blatche. Inactives: Josh Howard, Mike James. Knicks starters: Sergio Rodriguez, Tracy McGrady, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, David Lee. Inactives: Eddy Curry, Cuttino Mobley. Line: Wizards by 1 1/2. You may notice JaVale McGee isn't in tonight's starting lineup. That's...

By Gene Wang  |  February 26, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Wizards sign Shaun Livingston

The Washington Wizards signed guard Shaun Livingston to a 10-day contract today. From the official news release: A former "Mr. Basketball" in Illinois (2003-04), Livingston led Peoria Central High (Peoria, IL) to Class AA state titles in 2003 and 2004 before jumping straight to the NBA as the L.A. Clippers'...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 26, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Crittenton makes first public comments about gun incident

Javaris Crittenton has mostly been silent since his dispute involving guns with Gilbert Arenas, but he finally spoke about the situation and the health of his ankle in a radio interview with his college coach, Paul Hewitt. On the Paul Hewitt Coaches Show on 790 The Zone in Atlanta, Crittenton...

By Michael Lee  |  February 26, 2010; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Kenny, Charles "welcome back" Caron to NBA

By Michael Lee  |  February 26, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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Ilgauskas buyout provides more savings

How much do championship rings cost nowadays? With all of the emeralds, and diamonds that go in those suckers these days, they must cost a pretty penny. But Zydrunas Ilgauskas determined that the pursuit of a priceless championship was enough that, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations,...

By Michael Lee  |  February 25, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
 
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Wizards officially waive Zydrunas Ilgauskas

The Washington Wizards waived center Zydrunas Ilgauskas today after coming to a mutual agreement on a contract buyout. As Michael Lee reported last night, Ilgauskas will pay back $1.5 million of his $11.5 million contract, according to a source. The 7-foot-3 center was acquired from Cleveland in the three-team trade...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 25, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Wizards' front line overmatched

The Washington Wizards were outmatched in several areas against Memphis on Wednesday night at Verizon Center, but perhaps the most glaring was along the front line. The Grizzlies' starting big men combined for 62 points, and throughout most of the in the game, Wizards center JaVale McGee had few answers...

By Gene Wang  |  February 25, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
 
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Robert Pollin discusses Gilbert Arenas case

In an interview with Comcast SportsNet, Wizards chief executive Robert Pollin says the Gilbert Arenas gun incident "was devastating to myself and my family" and takes a "wait-and-see" approach to the possibility of Arenas returning to the team....

By David Larimer  |  February 25, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Wizards-Grizzlies postgame wrapup

By Gene Wang  |  February 25, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Grizzlies (28-28) at Wizards (20-34)

Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee. Inactives: Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Mike James. Grizzlies starters: Mike Conley, O.J. Mayo, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol. Inactives: Ronnie Brewer, Lester Hudson, Steven Hunter. Line: Grizzlies by 1. The Wizards look to continue what Coach Flip Saunders called...

By Gene Wang  |  February 24, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Wizards reach buyout deal with Zydrunas Ilgauskas

UPDATED AT 10:48 p.m. The Wizards have reached a buyout agreement with center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The 7-foot-3 Ilgauskas is expected to pay back between $1 million and $1.5 million of his $11.5 million contract, the person said. Ilgauskas agreed to the...

By Michael Lee  |  February 24, 2010; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Wizards sign Harris to 10-day contract

The Wizards announced today that forward Mike Harris has been signed to a 10-day contract. Harris is filling the roster spot left open when Josh Howard's season was ended this week by a torn the ACL in his left knee. From the official news release: Harris (6-6, 235 lbs.) averaged...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 24, 2010; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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The Wizards get more bad news

Morning brew Well, this dismal season continued to go downhill yesterday with the news that Josh Howard is out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. Howard was injured during the first quarter of Monday's win over Chicago, and entered that game averaging 17 points and...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 24, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Josh Howard is done for the season [Updated]

Washington Wizards guard-forward Josh Howard will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, the team said today. Howard was injured late in the first quarter of yesterday's 101-95 victory over the Chicago Bulls at Verizon Center, tempering the Wizards' third win in four...

By Gene Wang  |  February 23, 2010; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (214)
 
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New-look Wizards win again

Morning brew The Wizards have won three of the four games since trading Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, Antawn Jamison and others. Last night Washington beat the Chicago Bulls, 101-95. Andray Blatche continued his inspired play with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Al Thornton told Gene Wang after the game: "I'm...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 23, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Al Thornton: Tired but productive

While most players in the Washington Wizards locker room were either congratulating one another, getting dressed or a combination of both after a 101-95 victory over Chicago at Verizon Center, Al Thornton was trying to get comfortable while slumped back in the chair in front of his locker. Nearly 30...

By Gene Wang  |  February 23, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Wizards postgame wrapup

By Gene Wang  |  February 23, 2010; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Bulls (29-26) at Wizards (19-34)

Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Josh Howard, Mike Miller, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee. Inactives: Mike James, Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Bulls starters: Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, Brad Miller. Inactives: Joe Alexander, Lindsey Hunter, Jerome James. Line: Bulls by 2. Chicago enters tonight's game winners of four in a row...

By Gene Wang  |  February 22, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
 
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The never-ending Josh Howard 'hangover' story

Although Josh Howard has denied reports that excessive partying contributed to him missing a game against the Wizards on Jan. 20 -- thus prompting his trade to the team less than a month later -- the story lives on. Howard was scratched from the game -- a 93-92 Wizards loss...

By Michael Lee  |  February 22, 2010; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Ilgauskas's agent: No prearranged deal with Cleveland

Zydrunas Ilgauskas's agent, Herb Rudoy, is still speaking with Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld in hopes of working out a buyout agreement in the next few days. Ilgauskas won't wear a Wizards No. 17 jersey, but there is speculation that the NBA won't allow Ilgauskas to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers...

By Michael Lee  |  February 21, 2010; 10:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
 
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Wizards have fourth-quarter breakdown, but Blatche coming around

Raptors 109, Wizards 104 The new-look Wizards weren't going to win them all. But it seemed like they were at least going to win three in a row on Saturday night - until they let hometown kid Jarrett Jack get loose, Andrea Bargnani morph into Dikembe Mutombo circa 2001...

By Michael Lee  |  February 21, 2010; 12:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
 
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