Category Archives: Washington Wizards

The Time Jalen Rose Dunked on Michael Jordan

Grantland takes us back to the younger years through the latest installment of their “Story Time with Jalen Rose” series.

In this episode, Rose recounts his experience playing against a Wizards-era Michael Jordan. Watching Jordan play during his championship run with the Bulls, Rose found himself surprisingly confident when playing against Jordan in a different context. With an already notorious penchant for expressive commentary, Rose succeeded in his quest to challenge Jordan, but ultimately, committed some ‘personal fouls’ in the process. Enjoy the humorous video above.

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Wizards Acquire Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza from Hornets

Rashard Lewis

Rashard Lewis

The Wizards and Hornets have agreed to a trade of Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza for Rashard Lewis and the 46th overall pick.

The Hornets can buyout Lewis’ $23.8 million contract for $13.7 million before July 1st.

Okafor and Ariza are owed a combined $43 million through the 13-14 season.

“We are pleased to add two more solid pieces as we continue to build our roster with a balance of proven veterans and the core of young talent that we have developed,” said Ernie Grunfeld in formally announcing the trade. “Emeka’s defensive presence and rebounding ability will combine with Trevor’s versatility to add new dimensions to our frontcourt, and both players fit in very well with the type of team-first culture that we have been working to establish.”

Real GM

Josh Howard Wanted by Wizards, Bulls, Spurs

Josh Howard has received interest from ‘five to six’ playoff contenders.

Josh Howard

Josh Howard

Another source close to Howard confirmed that Boston, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, San Antonio, Denver, New Orleans and New Jersey have all made obligatory calls, with the Wizards, Bulls and Spurs engaging in more frequent conversations.

The Celtics, Bulls and Heat tried to sign Howard last summer before he re-signed with Washington.

Real GM

Why DeShawn Stevenson has Abraham Lincoln Tattooed on his Neck

DeShawn Stevenson

DeShawn Stevenson

“I was going to get Martin Luther King and I told Gilbert Arenas(notes). You should never tell nobody your idea. That summer, he came back and got it. So I didn’t know who to get. I got Abraham Lincoln because he freed the slaves. I just had Abraham Lincoln and, from a distance, everybody kept saying, ‘Who is that?’ So I put the five-dollar bill so everybody would stop asking me.”

Yahoo Sports

McGee Records Triple-Double with 12 Blocks

JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee

Javale McGee posted an unconventional triple-double in Washington’s 98-79 loss at Chicago on Tuesday.

McGee finished the game with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks.

McGee was just 5-for-14 from the field, however, and played through the end of a lopsided game.

During a game in October of this season against the Hawks, McGee posted a career high seven blocks.

Real GM

Wizards Will Build Around Wall like Thunder Did with Durant

Another day goes by and another team is talking about rebuilding their franchise using the model used by Sam Presti with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Washington Wizards

Washington Wizards

The Wizards, who will host the Thunder on Monday, are the latest team to have that model bandied about. New owner Ted Lonsis often references the way Oklahoma City has built their team around Durant with other young talented players and hopes the Wizards do likewise with John Wall.

“When Ted came over, he gave the mandate to try to rebuild through the draft. I think we’ve achieved a lot in a year,” Ernie Grunfeld said. “We have a lot of work ahead of us, and we do have some assets and we have to continue to work hard, have a good draft, add another piece or two in the draft and see what the new rules are with free agency and see what happens, but we have put ourselves in a flexible position from a financial standpoint.”

Real GM

Al Thornton to Sign with Warriors?

Al Thornton

Al Thornton

The Wizards actively tried to move Al Thornton last week but a person with knowledge of the negotiations said teams were unwilling to offer much in return given his various injuries this season.

According to two people with knowledge of the situation, Thornton agreed to give back $400,000 to hit the free agent market now.

Another league source said Thornton plans to sign with the Golden State Warriors – whom the Wizards host on Wednesday at Verizon Center – when he clears waivers on Thursday.

FanNation

Hawks Trade Bibby to Wizards for Hinrich

The Atlanta Hawks acquired guard Kirk Hinrich from Washington in a five-player trade Wednesday, upgrading their backcourt for the playoff run.

Mike Bibby

Mike Bibby

The Hawks also received forward Hilton Armstrong in exchange for guard Mike Bibby, rookie guard Jordan Crawford, swingman Maurice Evans and a first-round pick in this year’s draft.

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