- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 10, 2001

The Washington Wizards reached agreement in principle yesterday with rookie small forward Bobby Simmons, whom they acquired last month in a draft-night trade.

Simmons, provided that he makes the team, will earn $332,817 next season.

The Wizards acquired Simmons, a second-round pick by the Seattle Supersonics, when they traded the draft rights to 1997 second-round pick Predrag Drobnjak.

The 6-foot-7 Simmons will join the team this weekend at MCI Center for its rookie and free-agent camp. He'll also participate next week in the Shaw Summer League in Boston.

The Wizards became impressed with Simmons when they brought him in for a pre-draft workout and he more than held his own with Duke's Shane Battier.

Simmons declared himself as an early entry candidate in the draft after a decent junior season at DePaul. Simmons averaged 16.7 points. He is only the third player in DePaul history to have 1,000 points, 700 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 3-point goals.

Meanwhile, the Wizards expect to reach an agreement in principle later this week with Kwame Brown. Brown likely will agree by Friday, just in time to join the Wizards for their camp.

The Wizards also are in negotiations with Los Angeles point guard Tyronn Lue. The Wizards are believed to be the top team on Lue's list.

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