Posted December 15, 2011 on AP on Fox
Owner Ted Leonsis believes his Washington Wizards can become a ''destination'' - the sort of NBA team that top players strive to join, no matter what it takes. That will take some time, Leonsis acknowledges. He makes it perfectly clear that the Wizards are still early on in the process of reconstructing around No. 1 overall draft pick John Wall. During a half-hour news conference Thursday at Washington's media day, Leonsis used the word ''build'' or some version of it more than a dozen times, as in: ''I hope I've been honest and transparent ... (about) rebuilding the team.'' Coming off a 23-59 season, Washington plays the first of its two exhibition games on Friday night, hosting the Philadelphia 76ers. The regular season starts Dec. 26.

Big deal doesn't mean amnesty for Wizards' Lewis

Rashard Lewis says his big-money contract is nothing to be ashamed of. It became fashionable to pick on players like Lewis during the NBA lockout. His six-year, $118 million deal was cited as an example of spending run amok in the league. Such contracts led the owners and players' union to offer each team a one-time amnesty clause once basketball resumed. Lewis expected to...

Maurice Evans returning to Wizards

Maurice Evans has agreed to come back to Washington for a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. The deal is contingent upon Evans passing his physical. The Wizards were hoping to add a veteran small forward to one of the league’s youngest teams and had been in frequent communication with Evans’s agent, Roger Montgomery...

Wizards get a new look and new optimism

John Wall took a glance down at his Wizards uniform, looked back up and grinned. The Wizards have abandoned the blue, gold and black look that came to represent the past three lottery seasons and gone to a new, retro look that hearkens back to the old Bullets look. “I like the new colors. Compared to what the court used to look like, its different, more exciting,” Wall said...

Wizards set to play and add Maurice Evans

Coach Flip Saunders plans to strike a balance between leaning heavily on his expected rotation players and giving his young players an opportunity to contribute when the Wizards play their first preseason game today against the Philadelphia 76ers. With just two preseason games, the coaching staff doesn’t have much time to evaluate talent and also has to get prepared for the New...

Preseason open thread: Wizards vs. 76ers

The Washington Wizards open the preseason tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers at Verizon Center with new uniforms and they hope a fresh, winning attitude. Discuss the game — and the new look — in the comments below. You can also join the conversation on Twitter with Michael Lee (MrMichaelLee) and Gene Wang (@gene_wang). Read full article >>

76ers 103, Wizards 78

With new 76ers owner Josh Harris sitting behind a baseline, Lou Williams scored 19 points and Philadelphia beat the cold-shooting and light-defending Washington Wizards 103-78 on Friday night before a sparse crowd in the first of two post-lockout exhibition games between the teams. Relying on the core that led them to last season's playoffs, the 76ers shot 51 percent. It was...

Video: John Wall Shows Off The Bounce Against The Philadelphia 76ers

  The NBA preseason got underway tonight with Bulls/Pacers, Cavs/Pistons, Hornets/Grizzlies, and Wizards/Sixers. Washington Wizards point guard John Wall fought nagging injuries to his left foot and right knee during his first season that limited the speed and quickness we had become accustomed to seeing from him. Over the summer in exhibition games Wall seemed [...]

The Wizards did live-band karaoke Wednesday night

There is apparently no video, but here, at least, is photographic evidence that the Wizards took a team journey to Hill Country Barbecue on 7th Street Wednesday night for Rock ‘n Twang live band karaoke. “Shelvin Mack & Chris Singleton delivered a hell of a karaoke performance,” one observer tweeted. “Shelvin and Chris did Spend It remix by 2 Chains & TI. Singleton...

What to Watch: Sixers Open Preseason In Washington

The games don't count until December 26th, but no one appears to have told anyone on the Sixers that. Talking to players during Media Day on Wednesday, it was clear that this team has one objective going into tonight's game against the Washington Wizards: win the game. "Preseason games, we're trying to win. We're trying to win every game," said Jrue Holiday...

Ted Leonsis, youthful Wizards not looking in rearview mirror

Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis opened media day as expected Thursday, with an unfailingly positive attitude about the team and a forward-thinking attitude and approach to the upcoming season. "I was watching a documentary the other day about the founder of the Ferrari race car company," Leonsis said. "He was ...

Hawes Impressive in Sixers 103-78 Win Over Washington

During training camp, Sixers head coach Doug Collins talked at lengths about the improvement that Spencer Hawes has shown in practice. On Friday night, Hawes backed up his coaches talk. Hawes finished with an impressive 14 points on 6-8 shooting in the Sixers 103-78 win over the Washington Wizards to give the team a win in their first preseason game of the season.  The teams starting...

Washington Wizards re-sign Maurice Evans

The Washington Wizards announced today that they have re-signed guard/forward Maurice Evans. “Mo was a very good midseason addition to the team last season and we are excited to have him back with us,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld.  “In addition to the versatility and athleticism he brings to the lineup, he gives us another solid [...]

Union VP Evans gets one-year deal with Wizards

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Swingman Maurice Evans, a union vice president during the NBA lockout, has re-signed with the Washington Wizards.

Wizards re-sign veteran Evans to one-year deal

Swingman Maurice Evans, a union vice president during the NBA lockout, has re-signed with the Washington Wizards.

Wizards Re-Sign Maurice Evans

Maurice Evans averaged 9.7 points and 2.8 rebounds for the Wizards last season.
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