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Wizards Insider: September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010

Andray Blatche negotiated deal without an agent

I spoke with Andray Blatche about his new three-year extension -- which will pay him about $28 million more between now and the 2014-15 season -- and discovered an interesting detail: the 24-year-old Blatche negotiated the deal without an agent. In a move that had been in the works for...

By Michael Lee  | September 25, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  Andray Blatche  
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Wizards training camp roster complete

You going to be ready, Lester? (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post) The Wizards announced their training camp roster on Friday and as previously reported, Cartier Martin, Lester Hudson, Adam Morrison, Sean Marks, Mardy Collins and Kevin Palmer have all signed non-guaranteed deals to participate. They will join Gilbert...

By Michael Lee  | September 24, 2010; 9:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Wizards sign Andray Blatche to contract extension, pick up fourth-year option on JaVale McGee

The Wizards took two steps toward establishing some stability with their youthful frontcourt on Friday by reaching a contract extension with forward Andray Blatche and exercising the fourth-year option on center JaVale McGee. I'm still going for more. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post) According to two league sources with...

By Michael Lee  | September 24, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee  
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Ernie Grunfeld: "This freshness is exciting to me"

It's no longer stale here. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld may have inadvertently made the biggest announcement on Thursday -- that the team would go to the colors of the American flag -- after his news conference had officially concluded, but he still had a lot to...

By Michael Lee  | September 24, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Some clarity on David Stern's advice and Hamady Ndiaye's contract situation

I wanted to clarify a few things that I've reported over the past few days. First off, David Stern's advice to Gilbert Arenas and the Wizards to remain silent on his gun incident is not a "gag order" but rather a strong suggestion. No one would get fined for making...

By Michael Lee  | September 24, 2010; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas, Hamady Ndiaye  
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Grunfeld says Wizards are changing to red, white and blue

Not a bad look. (Getty Images) The cameras had already clicked off and reporters started trickling out of the conference room at Verizon Center after Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld completed a nearly 30-minute news conference. He had already discussed the franchise's rebuilding plans, Gilbert Arenas, John Wall and other...

By Michael Lee  | September 23, 2010; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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David Stern advises Arenas, Wizards to be silent on gun incident

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld will have a news conference this afternoon at Verizon Center to discuss the upcoming season. He likely will talk about the Wizards' rebuilding efforts around No. 1 overall pick John Wall, the opportunistic trades the team made last summer -- using its cap space to take...

By Michael Lee  | September 23, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas  
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NBATV to televise Midnight Madness

Fans unable to make it to George Mason's Patriot Center at midnight on Sept. 28, don't fret. There is still an opportunity to watch the NBA's first-ever Midnight Madness festivities, as the Wizards kick off training camp in style by using a little NCAA tradition to generate hype for a...

By Michael Lee  | September 22, 2010; 9:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Training camp concerns Part VII: Will the Wizards be any good?

Will I be the fifth No. 1 pick in the past 25 years to lead my team to the playoffs? Who knows? (Reuters Pictures) Fortunately for the Wizards, they won't enter this season with the unnecessary pressures that come from impulsive championship talk, or even playoff talk. Having hit...

By Michael Lee  | September 22, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  Training camp concerns 2010-11  
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Javaris Crittenton attempting NBA comeback with Charlotte

I just want to play again. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE/Getty Images) Javaris Crittenton is hoping to return to the NBA after accepting an invitation to try out for the Charlotte Bobcats in training camp, his agent Mark Bartelstein said on Tuesday. The other half in the infamous altercation with...

By Michael Lee  | September 21, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Adam Morrison accepts invitation to Wizards training camp

Turnabout is fair play. Nearly a month after the Charlotte Bobcats decided to take a chance on Kwame Brown, a failed high lottery pick whom Michael Jordan drafted in Washington, the Wizards are doing the same with another Jordan lottery pick who flamed out with the Bobcats. Yeah, I'm coming...

By Michael Lee  | September 21, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Training camp concerns Part VI: Can Flip Saunders bring it all together?

Rock bottom, down there, was last year. (AP Photo) Flip Saunders's first season with the Wizards was summed up in one quote in late December after a horrific defensive performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder. "Don't ever think it can't get any worse," Saunders said, "because it can." Saunders...

By Michael Lee  | September 21, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Flip Saunders, Training camp concerns 2010-11  
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Training camp concerns Part V: Is John Wall ready to lead?

I'll take you there. (Getty Images) Rookies are rarely given the keys to the franchise immediately, but as it relates to John Wall, the Wizards have handed him the keys, a spare pair of duplicates and the hidden location under the welcome mat in case he misplaces the others....

By Michael Lee  | September 20, 2010; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
Categories:  John Wall, Training camp concerns 2010-11  
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