New Orleans Hornets dump salary in trade with Washington Wizards

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The NBA off-season is officially underway as the first trade has been made between the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Hornets.  Here is my analysis on the deal which includes Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza, Rashard Lewis, and a pick in the up-coming 2012 NBA Draft.

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Washington Wizards off-season plan remains the same

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Team president Ernie Grunfeld called this the second year of a three-year plan for the Washington Wizards franchise.  After finishing with the second worst record in the NBA, there will need to be some accelerated growth next season if the team is going to reach the desired destination of said plan.  Having another high draft pick and adding some veteran pieces this off-season would certainly help.
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Wizards Need Wall and Arenas to Co-Exist

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David Kay’s NBA season previews take a stop in our nation’s capital where one question rings loud; can rookie John Wall and veteran Gilbert Arenas co-exist in the same backcourt?  Even if the duo does gel together this season, do not expect the re-building Wizards to be a major factor in the Eastern Conference.

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Back to the Drawing Board for the Washington Wizards

By: David Kay

The Sports Bank’s off-season breakdowns continue with a look at what the Washington Wizards need to do to begin their re-building process.
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Bulls-Wizards Live Blog

The Washington Wizards begin life anew without their star (and future potential jailbird) Gilbert Arenas. They next head to Chicago, to take on a Bulls team coming off a big win in Boston and riding a three game win streak. Stay right here to keep up with what goes down at the United Center tonight.

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NBA Power Rankings: #16 Washington Wizards

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by: David Kay

2008-09 Season Summary:
On paper, it is sort of difficult to believe that this team finished with the second worst record in the NBA. But when you take into account that two of their expected starters (Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood) combined to start just seven games, it makes a lot more sense. Having fired their head coach just eleven games into the season, Washington never found any consistency and finished 13 games worse than any other Eastern Conference club and snapped their streak of four straight post-season appearances.

The Wizards are expected to be healthy this season and made a couple moves to add veterans.  This team has the make-up of being a playoff contender and could make some serious noise if they are clicking on all cylinders.

Click here for the complete Wizards season preview.

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