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Wiping away the smile

New Wizards coaches want Young to play with mean streak. Published July 14, 2009

Saunders feels the rush

Flip Saunders returned to the practice court this past weekend. Published July 13, 2009

Wizards wait to buy

Any signings to come later in free agency period. Published July 1, 2009

Despite bevy of trades, little change in the East

Leading up to Thursday's draft, a series of trades shifted players all over the NBA. San Antonio, Cleveland, Orlando and Washington all made moves that seemingly bolstered playoff-ready rosters at minimal cost. Published June 28, 2009

Foye, Miller welcomed

The Washington Wizards entered the NBA lottery in May hoping to get the No. 2 pick of the draft so they could select Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio. But they instead landed the fifth pick, and Tuesday -- with the belief that he wouldn't be on the board by the time they drafted -- they shipped the pick to Minnesota as part of a package deal that brought in guard Randy Foye and swingman Mike Miller. Published June 26, 2009

ON BASKETBALL: Taking the first step

When asked early this week which opposing teams were poised to best improve themselves in Thursday's NBA Draft, Washington Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld had a simple answer. Published June 26, 2009

NBA draft offers little beyond uncertainty

The Los Angeles Clippers are expected to make Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin the top pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night. That may be as close to a sure thing as it gets in this draft. Published June 25, 2009

Source: Wizards considering dealing other pick

After using a trade Tuesday to upgrade their perimeter attack, the Washington Wizards enter Thursday's draft contemplating further deals that would strengthen the frontcourt. Published June 25, 2009

Wizards snag Foye, Miller

The Washington Wizards agreed in principle Tuesday night to send the No. 5 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, center Etan Thomas and forwards Darius Songaila and Oleksiy Pecherov to the Minnesota Timberwolves for guard Randy Foye and veteran swingman Mike Miller, multiple league sources told The Washington Times. Published June 24, 2009

Wizards agree to deal pick

The Washington Wizards agreed in principle Tuesday night to send the fifth pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, along with center Etan Thomas and forwards Darius Songaila and Oleksiy Pecherov to Minnesota, multiple league sources confirmed. Published June 24, 2009

Healthy Wizards hold enviable spot in draft

In an NBA Draft that - like many before it - features one perceived franchise savior and only a handful of elite prospects followed by many question marks, the forecast for Thursday is anything but predictable, and many trades are expected. Published June 22, 2009

Hill shows off strength, potential

The Washington Wizards on Thursday held their final predraft evaluation for a lottery-projected player, putting power forward Jordan Hill through a workout at Verizon Center. Published June 19, 2009

Lakers enjoy vindication

Minutes after leading his Los Angeles Lakers to the 15th NBA title in franchise history, Kobe Bryant said he felt like he got "a big, old monkey off my back." Published June 16, 2009

Lakers' Jackson on verge of 10th crown

Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson would prefer not to discuss it with the final chapter of his team's quest for a title still unwritten. But with a win Sunday against the Orlando Magic, Jackson will make history. Published June 14, 2009

Howard still has room to grow

In the past two seasons, Dwight Howard has worked toward distinguishing himself as the top center in the NBA. And he took another step forward by leading his Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals. Published June 13, 2009