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Andray Blatche still is owed $23 million by the Wizards on his $35 million contract extension signed in 2010. However, the money doesn’t count against the salary cap. Blatche's departure after seven seasons with the Wizards is another step Washington has made toward establishing a team with a mature presence. (Associated Press)

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