Nick Young Signs Qualifying Offer To Remain With Washington Wizards, According To Report

The Washington Wizards and restricted free agent shooting guard Nick Young have agreed to a 1-year qualifying offer worth $3.7 million.

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NBA Free Agency: Nick Young Signs One-Year Deal With Washington Wizards, Team Confirms

The Washington Wizards have officially re-signed Nick Young, according to a press release sent out by the team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, but according to sources, it is for the one-year qualifying offer for just under $4 million.

"Nick is a very good scorer who has continually developed and shown steady improvement over his four years with us," said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. "His size, shooting ability and athleticism allow him to get his own shot and compliment our other backcourt players, making him a valuable part of our young core."

Young led the Wizards in scoring last season with a career-high 17.4 points over 64 games. He scored a career-high 43 points on Jan. 11 vs. Sacramento and posted the second-highest scoring increase in the NBA from 2009-10 to 2010-11 (8.6 ppg - 17.4 ppg) behind Golden State's Dorell Wright.

Young returns to pair with John Wall and form one of the more explosive backcourt pairings in the league. Having him back in the fold takes a lot of pressure of Wall and frees up enough space to operate freely. The contract is also short enough that Young will be given the chance to duplicate his performance from last year and earn the long-term contract he covets.

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Nick Young Signs One-Year, $3.7 Million Qualifying Offer To Remain With Washington Wizards, According To Report

The Washington Wizards and restricted free agent shooting guard Nick Young have agreed to a 1-year qualifying offer worth $3.7 million, according to a report by the Washington Post.

Young is coming off a career year with the Wizards, finishing as the team's leading scorer at 17.4 points per game, but found a rushed free agent market that was unfavorable to players at his position. Most teams around the league anticipated the Wizards would match any offer for Young and few had the resources to give him a lucrative offer sheet.

According to the report, Young is in the process of flying back to Washington right now to sign the deal. By signing the offer, Young will now become an unrestricted free agent after the 2011-2012 NBA season. Young has missed all training camp and the first Wizards preseason game, but wants to get back with the team as soon as possible.

For more on the Wizards, please visit Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Wizards blog.

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NBA Rumors: Nick Young Asking For $9 Million Per Season, According To Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Washington Wizards restricted free-agent shooting guard Nick Young is unsigned at this point, even though the Wizards have said they would like to keep him. Perhaps this is why. Young's price tag is currently very high and he is asking for a deal that pays him $9 million a season, several sources told Michael Lee of the Washington Post.

Why the delay for Young? According to two high-ranking Western Conference officials and a high-ranking Eastern Conference official, Young is seeking an annual salary in the range of $9 million per season – and few teams have the funds or the willingness to pay him right now.

"I do hear his price tag is pretty high," one Western Conference official said.

When asked for his take on Young's request, one league executive told Lee, "It’s okay to ask, as long as you don’t mind the answer being no."

Young led the Wizards in scoring with a career-high 17.4 points-per-game average, but the play of Jordan Crawford late in the year, combined with Young's struggles with rebounding and passing, have many fans thinking it's time to move on.

Coach Flip Saunders was asked about Young's status prior to Friday's preseason opener against the Philadelphia 76ers, and he said he thinks Young will ultimately be back in Washington.

"I would think, when it's all said and done, this is where he'll be," Saunders said. "We'll have to wait and see."

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NBA Free Agency: Mo Evans Will Sign Vet Minimum Deal With Wizards, According To Report

The Wizards have been relatively quiet in this abbreviated offseason. They are close to making a move however, according to Michael Lee, but it still might not qualify as a particularly big splash.

Evans came to the Wizards last year as part of the trade that sent Kirk Hinrich to the Hawks and landed the Wizards Jordan Crawford and the pick that turned into Chris Singleton. In 26 games with the Wizards, including 12 starts, Evans averaged 9.7 points and just under three rebounds per game.

The Wizards are Evans' eighth team in a career that has seen him play all over the place in the NBA. But if he is willing to take a vet min contract with the Wizards, he might have found a home.

For more on the Wizards, please visit Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Wizards blog.

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NBA Free Agent Rumors: Josh Howard Signs With Utah Jazz, According To Report

Free agent swingman Josh Howard has agreed to terms with the Utah Jazz according to ESPN's Chris Broussard. The eight-year veteran played 22 games in two injury-plagued seasons with the Washington Wizards and though they reportedly had interest in bringing him back to D.C., Howard has apparently decided to move on with his career.

He averaged 8.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 18 games with Washington last season. below his career averages of 15.1 points and 5.9 rebounds. Before his time with the Wizards, Howard played parts of seven seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, where he posted his best scoring season in 2007-2008, averaging 19.9 points per game.

Nagging knee and ankle injuries kept him from contributing at that level, and even kept him off the court for most of his time in Washington, though. Now, the 31-year old Wake Forest product will look to rejuvenate his career out West.

For more on the Wizards, please visit Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Wizards blog.

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NBA Rumors: New York Knicks To 'Zero In' On Maurice Evans, According To Report

The New York Knicks will soon 'zero in' on Washington Wizards free-agent swingman Maurice Evans, reports Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD, offering the $2.5 million "cap room" exception. Evans, 33, appeared in 26 games--and started the team's final 10 games--for Washington in the 2010/11 season after arriving via trade with the Atlanta Hawks.

The Texas product averaged 9.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game as a Wizard, shooting 43.9 percent from the field.

There's still a chance Evans could return to Washington, however. Last Friday, Michael Lee reported the Wizards are in "daily conversations" with Roger Montgomery, Evans' agent, to negotiate Evans' return. According to Lee, the Wizards like his "aggressive style of play" and "steadying presence."

In his eight-year, seven-team career, Evans has averaged 6.7 points and 2.5 rebounds on 44.4 percent shooting from the field and a respectable 36.3 percent from three-point range.

For more on the Wizards, please visit Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Wizards blog.

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NBA Rumors: Nick Young, Wizards Still Discussing Multi-Year Deal, Flip Saunders Says

Nick Young is still a free agent, and is missing quality training camp time with either the Wizards whichever team wants to bring him in. So I would imagine that he and his camp are probably getting a little antsy to get a contract signed. During his appearance on 106.7 the Fan this morning, it sounded like Flip Saunders was anxious to get Young into camp as well, and that the two sides are still working on a deal.

"We have [the qualifying offer] still on the table. I know Ernie is still talking about something that works out as far as a long, multi-year deal, if that can work out. As in most negotiations, you're always in a situation where players and agents think they're are at one number and you're at a different number. If not, I'm sure he'll sign the qualifying offer and play out this year and see what happens next year." 

"There's still some people we're talking to as far as just in case. But with Nick's situation, what's happened is a lot of the money right now is drying up in some places. I think he's kind of waiting to see if something does happen. There's always trades and seeing if anything pans out with some of those other trades and see where everything falls into place."

It seems like Young wanted to look around for a big deal, but after the new CBA some owners might now be able to pay as much money for Young's services as he might have hoped. The Wizards still want to bring him on board, and certainly have enough cap space to do it, so this seems like the two sides could just wind up together.

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NBA Rumors: Washington Wizards Among Four Teams Showing 'Most Interest' In Josh Howard, Says Report

Washington Wizards free-agent swingman Josh Howard has drawn interest from at least six teams, reports Chris Broussard of ESPN, but the Wizards are among the four to have "shown [the] most interest" in the eight-year veteran. Howard met with the Utah Jazz on Tuesday morning, Broussard says.

The Jazz, New Jersey Nets, and San Antonio Spurs are the three other teams seriously vying with Washington for Howard's services, with the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets also in the mix.

Howard, a career 15.1 points per game scorer and a one-time All-Star, has played in just 53 games over the last two seasons as he recovered from knee and ankle injuries. In his 22-game Wizards career, the Wake Forest product owns averages of 9.5 points and four rebounds on 37.5 percent shooting.

The Wizards acquired Howard and three other players from the Dallas Mavericks at the Feb. 2010 trading deadline, sending Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson to Dallas as they began dismantling the core of the team that consistently won between 41 and 45 games from the 2004/05 season to the 2007/08 season. Four days after acquiring Howard, they would continue that project by sending Antawn Jamison to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

For more on the Wizards, please visit Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Wizards blog.

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NBA Free Agency: Josh Howard Receives Offer From Spurs

Josh Howard is one of those cap-friendly veterans that championship contenders love to add to their roster, so it shouldn't come as any surprise to the Wizards that their free agent swingman has started to receive some interest after the top tier of free agents have already been poached. Howard has already received one offer for sure, and it appears that more could be on the way.

Source said Josh Howard has received an offer from San Antonio. JH could meet with Utah this week. #wizards remain in play.
Dec 12 via UberSocial for BlackBerryFavoriteRetweetReply

The Wizards' top two draft picks were at the small forward position that Howard plays, so it wouldn't be surprising if they elect to let Howard move on to his next opportunity. Based on everything we've heard so far about their interest in Howard, or lack thereof, that the Wizards probably won't be making a serious run at him.

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Ronny Turiaf To Washington Wizards Trade Official, Wizards Receive Additional Draft Picks

The three-way trade between the Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks involving Tyson Chandler and Ronny Turiaf is now official, with Chandler going to the Knicks, Turiaf going to the Wizards and a large trade exception going to the Mavericks. Here are the terms of the deal, per a Wizards press release.

The Washington Wizards announced today that they have acquired forward/center Ronny Turiaf, a 2013 second round pick and cash considerations from the New York Knicks along with a 2012 second round pick from the Dallas Mavericks.  The three-team deal also sends Tyson Chandler, the rights to Ahmad Nivins and the rights to Giorgos Printezis from Dallas to New York while the Mavericks will receive Andy Rautins from the Knicks and a 2012 protected second round pick from the Wizards.

The Knicks could not trade any first-round picks for several years due to the Ted Stepien rule, so this was the next-best incentive for them to entice the Wizards to take Turiaf and open enough cap space to absorb Chandler. It remains to be seen the protection terms of the pick the Wizards will surrender, but the guess here is that New York is unlikely to ever actually be able to use that selection.

For more news, discussion, and analysis on the Wizards, visit SB Nation's Wizards blog, Bullets Forever.

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NBA Rumors: Ronny Turiaf Trade To Washington Wizards Nears Completion

The Ronny Turiaf trade to the Washington Wizards is not official, but it may as well be. Multiple reports have confirmed that the New York Knicks have dealt Turiaf to Washington in a salary dump to create room to sign Tyson Chandler. Howard Beck of the New York Times has confirmed that the Knicks have simultaneously worked out a deal with Chandler and sent Turiaf to Washington.

The Wizards will not have to trade anything back to acquire Turiaf because they can absorb his salary by being under the salary cap. Turiaf has one year and $4.36 million left on his contract. Michael Lee of the Washington Post reports that the Wizards have pulled their qualifying offer for Othyus Jeffers in an attempt to solidify that open cap space.

Turiaf averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 17.8 minutes per contest for the Knicks last season. He missed 18 games due to injury.

For more news, discussion, and analysis on the Wizards, visit SB Nation's Wizards blog, Bullets Forever.

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NBA Trade Rumors: New York Knicks Will Trade Ronny Turiaf To Wizards, According To Reports

Late Friday night, reports out of New York indicated that the Knicks were finalizing a deal to send power forward Ronny Turiaf to the Washington Wizards. The Knicks need to ship out Turiaf in order to clear room to get under the cap and make the Tyson Chandler signing official. The Knicks, in another cap saving move, also waived Chauncey Billups via the amnesty clause on Friday

It appears that the Wizards will not be sending anything to the Knicks in return, and that New York may even have to send additional cash to complete the deal.

Via Marc Berman of The New York Post:

It does not appear the Knicks would receive anything in return and will likely have to give the Wizards cash to pay for part of his pact. The new CBA states a team can add a total of $3 million in trades in a full year.

While the deal is still not official, there's a strong possibility that it will be finalized on Friday night. Turiaf is an energy guy off the bench, who adds some physicality and rebounding in the paint.

For more news, discussion, and analysis on the Wizards, visit SB Nation's Wizards blog, Bullets Forever.

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NBA Free Agency: Mo Evans Will Reportedly Come To A Free Agent Decision Soon

According to this tweet from Mo Evans' agent, Evans will be signing somewhere in the near future, although we're not entirely sure where.

Mo Evans signing imminent. Stay tuned..
Dec 09 via HTC PeepFavoriteRetweetReply

Evans came to the Wizards in the Kirk Hinrich - Jordan Crawford trade last year. He appeared in 26 games, starting 12, and chipped in just under ten points per game. He was a very steady veteran influence on a very young Washington Wizards team. He is the definition of an NBA journeyman, playing for six teams in the last decade and never cracking ten points per game in any year. It would be a good move for the Wizards to bring him and his steady hand back to the District of Columbia.

For more info on the Wizards and fan reaction to this signing, head over to our Washington Wizards blog Bullets Forever.

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2011 NBA Free Agency: Josh Howard Unlikely To Return To Wizards, According To Reports

Josh Howard hasn't been a big part of the Wizards since coming over from the Mavericks a few years ago, and now it looks like he will move on before we had an opportunity to really get to know him. According to Marc Spears of Yahoo, Josh Howard is looking at a number of different free agent destinations, and none of them are the Wizards.

Washington Wizards free-agent forward Josh Howard would like to join center Nene if he signs with the Denver Nuggets or New Jersey Nets, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

If Howard can’t join Nene, the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz and New Orleans Hornets have expressed interest in him. Howard visited with Wizards coach Flip Saunders at the team’s training facility Wednesday, but is not expected to re-sign with Washington.

It's odd that Howard really wants to play with Nene considering they've never played on the same team, but to each his own. Howard only appeared in 18 games for the Wizards last year averaging 8.4 points per contest.

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NBA Free Agency: Roger Mason, Washington Wizards Close To Agreement, According To Report

The Washington Wizards and free agent guard Roger Mason Jr. are close to agreeing to a deal, according to a report by Craig Stouffer of the Washington Post.

The Wizards are close to agreeing to a contract with free agent guard Roger Mason Jr. that would bring the D.C. native back for his second NBA stint in his hometown, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

The deal is expected to be a one-year deal, but Stouffer did not elaborate on a dollar amount for the deal. Mason mad $1.4 million as a member of the New York Knicks last season. The deal would add depth to the guard position and also bring in another veteran presence to the young Wizards team in the locker room. 

For more Wizards coverage, please visit Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Wizards blog. For a complete list of 2011 NBA free agents, please visit SBNation.com.

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Washington Wizards Keeping Rashard Lewis Despite New Amnesty Rules, Report Says

The Washington Wizards have already said they have no plans to use the amnesty clause to release Rashard Lewis, a veteran who is owed $22 million next year and $23 million (though not all guaranteed) in 2012-13. That stance apparently hasn't changed, despite new ruled reported by Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated that allow teams to apply salary for waived players towards going to the 85 percent salary floor.

As Michael Lee of the Washington Post reports, the Wizards' desire to keep Lewis was not just financial:

Cutting Lewis would’ve placed the Wizards well below the projected salary floor of $49 million and forced the team to use the savings to sign players from what is considered a weak free agent class. But the Wizards weren’t holding on to Lewis strictly for financial purposes. Lewis, 31, is healthier after recovering from tendinitis in his right knee for much of last season and still just two years removed from his all-star prime.

Lewis was acquired last season from the Orlando Magic in the trade for Gilbert Arenas. The Wizards are hoping he can keep the seat warm at small forward for rookies Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton.

For more Wizards coverage, please visit Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Wizards blog. For a complete list of 2011 NBA free agents, please visit SBNation.com.

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Wizards Aim To Retain Nick Young

Nick Young is the biggest name on the free agent market that played for the Washington Wizards last year, and according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, they would like to retain him, even tough he is starting to get some significant interest from other teams.

The Washington Wizards intend to retain him but realize that they will have competition from several teams, including Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Sacramento and Phoenix, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Out Wizards blog Bullets Forever is all for bringing Young back on board, but are a little weary about the price tag that may accompany him.

Fitting Nick Young into the team's current cap situation is not hard right now. The Wizards have given themselves plenty of flexibility for this year. But as much as we hope for big things from the Wizards every year, this is not the year that we should be concerned about. It's those years after that, when John Wall's rookie contract comes up and the team is ready to contend, where the issue arises. When those years come up, the Wizards have to be able to have the means to make significant upgrades to the roster. That's going to be more difficult if the cap number for Young is approaching $10 million down the road once you account for normal raises.*

For more Wizards coverage, please visit Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Wizards blog. For a complete list of 2011 NBA free agents, please visit SBNation.com.

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Nick Young 'Pleased' With Washington Wizards' Direction, Agent Says

Washington Wizards free agent Nick Young has no shortage of suitors for his services, but returning to the Wizards remains a strong possibility, reports Michael Lee of the Washington Post. As Young is a restricted free agent, the Wizards can match any offer another team makes for his services.

In reference to the Wizards, Aaron Mintz, Young's agent, says his client "feels a lot of good energy coming from out there." In his fourth season from USC, Young averaged 17.4 points per game in 2010/11. Coach Flip Saunders tells Lee he's pleased with Young's improvement, but there's still work for him to do:

When I came here, all he had to do was play well, put it on the floor and try to get shots off. We changed it to the point where last year he became the catch-and-shoot-type shooter and not always have to put it on the floor all the time. Now we’ve got to have the situation where not always shoot it every time he touches it, but he’s also got to make plays for other people.

If and when Young signs an offer sheet with another club, Washington will have three days to match it in order to retain him. Under the previous collective bargaining agreement, the matching period lasted seven days. At Bullets Forever, Mike Prada contends Washington "cannot be afraid to let Young go" if he signs a too-rich offer sheet.

For more on the Wizards, please visit Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Wizards blog.

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NBA Free Agency: Ernie Grunfeld Confirms Washington Wizards Won't Release Rashard Lewis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Washington Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld gave a press conference to discuss the Wizards' offseason plans. While he was not especially forthcoming on most issues for obvious reasons, he did confirm that the Wizards have no plans to use the Amnesty Clause to release Rashard Lewis, who is due to make nearly $44 million over the next two seasons.

"We're going to study the whole thing, but in all likelihood, we won't Amnesty anybody this year," Grunfeld said.

When asked to elaborate, Grunfeld said he didn't think the timing was right to give the Wizards significant cap room that must be spent to reach the team salary floor.

"This is not a great free-agent market out there. You don't want to tie up too much money now," he said. "We like the balance we have right now and we want to make sure we get our young players an opportunity to get out there and play and continue to get the minutes and develop."

On the subject of restricted free agent Nick Young, Grunfeld didn't say much other than to say he's "had conversations" with his representatives. More generally, he did say the Wizards are looking for a couple veterans.

"We're pretty well-balanced along the roster, but we probably would look for one or two more veteran players to provide some leadership and provide some experience."

Grunfeld also said the Wizards will play two preseason games against the Philadelphia 76ers: at home on December 16 and on the road on December 20.

For more Wizards coverage, please visit Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Wizards blog. For a complete list of 2011 NBA free agents, please visit SBNation.com.

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NBA Free Agent Rumors: Chicago Showing Interest In Nick Young

Nick Young is the most important Wizards player on the free agent market this year, and there are plenty of teams outside the Nation's Capital that are interested in his services. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, the perpetually in need of a shooting guard Chicago Bulls are one team that is showing serious interest in Young. And basked on this little snippet, it sounds like Young has thought about it too.

Young hasn’t been much beyond a scorer in the NBA, and privately believes the chance to play for coach Tom Thibodeau could round out his game. Still, Chicago doesn’t have the cap space to make him an offer outside of Washington’s willingness to match the deal. The Bulls could find a way to be creative, however, but they’ll keep talking to several shooting guards and explore trades.

This would be a huge boon for the Chicago Bulls who are always looking for someone who can score the ball to play alongside Derrick Rose.

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NBA Free Agency: Washington Wizards Make Contact With Nick Young's Agent, According To Report

The Washington Wizards have made contact with restricted free agent Nick Young, according to a report in the Washington Post. Young had a breakout season in 2010, averaging 17.4 points per game and becoming the Wizards leading scorer. The Wizards already have right of first refusal with Young, after extending him a $3.7 million qualifying offer. The Wizards have made it known that Young and John Wall are two players they would like to build their franchise around.

Not only are the Wizards attempting to lock up Nick Young, but they have also reached out to two of their own veteran free agents, according to a report by Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Lee reports that two veteran free agents that the Wizards have reached out to are Josh Howard and Maurice Evans

"Obviously, we have a young team and we'd like to keep the nucleus together. But I think you have to keep a balance as far as veterans are concerned also. We'd like to add a couple of veterans who are currently not under contract, then see who's available to us," Wizards president Ernie Grunfield told the Washington Post.

For more Wizards coverage, please visit Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Wizards blog. For a complete list of 2011 NBA free agents, please visit SBNation.com.

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NBA Free Agent Rumors: Washington Wizards Won't Use Amnesty Clause On Rashard Lewis, Agent Says

When the 2011 NBA free agency period began, many suspected the Washington Wizards would use the new Amnesty Clause to release Rashard Lewis and wipe away the $44 million he is owed over the next two seasons from their salary cap. However, it appears that will not be the case, according to Lewis' agent. Via Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears:

Wizards won't be using amnesty clause on F Rashard Lewis, his agent Tony Dutt told Y! Sports. Lewis making $21.1 mil 11-12, $22.6 mill 12-13

Why would the Wizards not use the clause on Lewis? A week ago, SB Nation's Wizards blog Bullets Forever explained that releasing Lewis would put the Wizards too far under the new elevated salary floor:

This is a weak free agent class, and given where the Wizards are in the rebuilding stage, I strongly doubt they'll want to spend that much money this summer.  Instead, they'll keep Lewis, let him go next year and give themselves more money to spend in 2012, when there are a ton of marquee free agents available.  That would be the smart play, at least.

For more on the Wizards, visit Bullets Forever. For a full list of NBA free agents, visit SBNation.com.

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NBA Free Agency: David West, Washington Wizards Linked In New Report

The Washington Wizards are among the teams to express interest in New Orleans Hornets free-agent forward David West, reports Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, citing a source. West, a two-time All-Star, exercised the early termination option in his contract, forgoing the final year of his deal, valued at $7.5 million according to ShamSports.

Wednesday was the first day teams were allowed to contact free agents following the NBA lockout, though they cannot sign players or offer contracts to them until Dec. 9, which is unusual by NBA standards, writes Tom Ziller of SBNation.com.

West, an eight-year veteran, owns career averages of 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 49 percent shooting from the field. An excellent mid-range shooter, West has teamed with Hornets point guard Chris Paul to form a potent pick-and-roll/pick-and-pop attack. In his most recent season, West, 31, posted per-game averages of 18.9 points, 7.6 boards, and 50.8 percent shooting in just 35 minutes.

For more Wizards coverage, please visit Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Wizards blog. For a complete list of 2011 NBA free agents, please visit SBNation.com.

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NBA Free Agency: Nick Young '50-50' To Return To Wizards, Andray Blatche Says

As the Wizards brace for what promises to be an incredibly busy and abbreviated free agency period, their decision on whether or not to resign Nick Young looms as arguably their biggest. According to Michael Lee's twitter account via the always reliable Andray Blatche, Nick Young is about a 50-50 to return to the Wizards.

Andray Blatche on if he thinks Nick Young will return to #wizards: "I mean, it’s 50-50. He’s got to do what’s best for him, in his life."
Nov 30 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

There are a lot of teams out there that can use the instant scoring that Young provides on the perimeter. And to be honest, because of his one-dimensional style of play, he might be better served coming off the bench in a stricly scoring role for a contendor. But I can't imagine a player that young looking for his first big contract will take that type of role.

The Wizards have a shooting guard who is very similar in Jordan Crawford who could step in and replace Young, but they don't have a lot of depth and it is important to retina key players, particularly if the price is right.

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Nick Young Headlines Washington Wizards Free Agents

NBA free agency will begin on December 9, and the Washington Wizards have a key decision to make on shooting guard Nick Young.

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