Wizards not pursuing Hughes

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\ According to a report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Dec. 24th, the Cavs have contacted “several teams” - one of them the Wizards - about trading for the 6-5 Hughes, who in 2005 signed a deal worth between $65-$70 million.\

\ According to multiple sources, Hughes has never been happy in Cleveland. However, Hughes has three years and more than $39 million remaining on his contract, a number the Wizards - already flirting with the projected luxury tax trigger ($67.865 million).\

\ Any trade for Hughes would probably have to involve team captain Antawn Jamison, who will earn more than $16 million this season. However, Jamison is in the last year of his contract and having a very productive season with averages of 21.7 points and 10.7 rebounds. As of Christmas morning, Hughes had appeared in 14 games, was averaging 9.8 points and shooting just 32.7 % from the floor.\

\ — John N. Mitchell

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