- The Washington Times - Friday, October 6, 2000

WILMINGTON, N.C. The Washington Wizards signed Harvey Grant, their No. 1 draft pick in 1988, to a training camp contract yesterday. Grant will try to make the team at small forward.
The 6-foot-10 Grant did not play in the NBA last season after the Orlando Magic released him. However, he spent last year in the Washington area, where he has a home, and spent much of the summer working out at MCI Center with the Wizards.
President of basketball operations Michael Jordan saw Grant play and decided to give him a chance to make the team.
"He has been in the program, he has been working out and we liked what we saw of him," Jordan said. "We thought we would bring him in and see if he could find a spot on the roster.
"He's a good veteran who has been around long enough to help out," Jordan added. "He's been out of basketball for a year, and he's hungry. He'll be a great locker room voice, and we need as much help as we can get at small forward.
Grant, 35, played 11 years in the NBA through 1999, seven of them with Washington. He averaged better than 18 points a game in the three seasons preceding his trade to Portland in 1993. Washington reacquired him three years later.
Grant signed a training-camp contract. But if he manages to make the final roster, Grant, who has more than 10 years' experience in the league, would be entitled to make $1 million.
Making the roster might not seem such a farfetched idea right now because Juwan Howard, rookie Mike Smith and free agent Dontae Jones are the only other small forwards in camp. The Wizards cut small forward Dennis Scott on Wednesday, just two days after training camp began.
Yesterday Grant was thankful for the opportunity.
"I feel good," Grant said. "I've been working out and I'm in pretty good shape. I'm thankful to Wes [Unseld] and Michael for giving me the chance to try to make the team. I always wanted to finish my career in the city where it began, and that's what they have given me [a chance to do]."

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