New Wizards arrive, expected to play in Miami
The paperwork for the Wizards' trade deadline deal with Atlanta was completed on Friday afternoon, so Mike Bibby, Maurice Evans and Jordan Crawford will be in uniform when the team plays the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. The three players took a red-eye flight from Phoenix and joined the team on Thursday but were held out of the morning shootaround. They watched on the sidelines in non-Wizards T-shirts and sweats.
Bibby was upset about being dealt from a playoff contender to a lottery team in Washington, but he said that he will not pursue a buyout at this team. "That's nothing I'm really worried about right now," Bibby said.
Bibby said what upset him most about getting trade was that he wasn't informed of the move in advance. "I didn't know until the deal was done. When you're an older guy in this league, I think you deserve the respect to get told that something is in the works. But that's the way this business is. You have to deal with what's put in front of you. I'm professional. I'm going to do whatever it takes to help this team."
Evans said his familiarity with Flip Saunders and his system should help with his adjustment. He played for Saunders in Minnesota as a rookie, and was a member of a Detroit Pistons team that won 64 games. "I'm comfortable. This is my third time with Flip and I'm just trying to come in and play hard and hopefully make a positive impact on this team. Everything I have is all positive. This is my first interaction. I'll be interested to see where I fit in, where I can help out. it seems like they have a lot of young talent."
Crawford said he was excited about possibly getting a chance to play with the Wizards after riding the bench in Atlanta. "I have a new start, play with a lot of young players, I'm just looking forward to these last weeks."
Evans and Crawford should get a chance to play, with Al Thornton out because of a sprained left ankle.
| February 25, 2011; 4:15 PM ET
Categories: Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans, Mike Bibby
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