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Wizards ink former Pacers point guard Price


Wizards ink former Pacers point guard Price

Addressing a roster need, the Wizards have agreed to terms with former Indiana Pacers point guard A.J. Price, CSNwashington has confirmed through a league source with knowledge of the situation.His entire three-year career spent with the Pacers after being selected out of the University of Connecticut in the second round of the 2009 draft, Price averaged 6.0 points and 2.0 assists. The 6-foot-2, 181 pounder played in 44 games during the truncated 2011-12 campaign. With George Hill and Darren Collison ahead of him on the Pacers depth chart, the Amityville, New York native averaged a career-low 3.9 points, 2.0 assists and 12 minutes per game. Price became an unrestricted free agent earlier this month when the Pacers, who added D.J. Augustin this offseason, renounced their rights to him.After adding frontcourt depth and veteran leadership with the trade for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza, the Wizards primary roster issue left standing was the backup point guard role behind John Wall. Though not a grizzled veteran, the 25-year-old Price brings experience to a youthful backcourt. His three years in the league equals that of the Wall and Shelvin Mack combined.Mack handled those reserve minutes last season, but the rising second-year guard is transitioning into the on-the-ball role, something he struggled with during the Las Vegas Summer League. Second round selection Tomas Satoransky shared playmaking duties with Mack in Las Vegas, but he will remain overseas next season.With Price's addition, the Wizards have 13 players on their 2012-13 roster. Free agents Roger Mason Jr. and James Singleton could return and Maurice Evans also remains available. While the Wizards have not appeared in any rush to address the point guard need, the market had begun to thin out in recent days. C. J. Watson signed with Brooklyn after his former team in Chicago brought back favorite son Kirk Hinrich. Another ex-Bull, John Lucas III, is reportedly on the verge of landing in Toronto.The Washington Post first reported the Price signing.

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Wizards to give fans Phil Chenier emoji signs and 1978 title shirts for special weekend

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Wizards to give fans Phil Chenier emoji signs and 1978 title shirts for special weekend

This weekend was already going to be special for Washington Wizards fans. Now they will get souvenirs to remember it.

As part of their celebration of Phil Chenier's legendary career and the 40th anniversary of their 1978 NBA championship, the Wizards are handing out emoji signs on Friday night and commemorative t-shirts on Sunday. All fans in attendance will receive a giveaway.


The emoji sign has Chenier's face on it and will be handed out for the March 23 game against the Nuggets. Chenier will have his jersey retired at halftime during the game. 

The emoji sign is presented by NBC Sports Washington. You're welcome, Authentic Fans.


The shirts will be given out on Sunday when the Wizards host the New York Knicks. 

Here's the front...

And the back...

Let's take a closer look at that back...

As a reporter who has received many giveaways over the years at pro sports stadiums, these are uniquely awesome. Should be a great weekend for Wizards fans. See you at the arena.


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Wizards drop to precarious position in close Eastern Conference playoff race

Wizards drop to precarious position in close Eastern Conference playoff race

As if they needed a reminder, the Wizards saw firsthand on Wednesday night just how much can change in a short period of time in the Eastern Conference playoff race where just two games separate the No. 3 and No. 6 teams.

That No. 6 team is now your Washington Wizards, who began the day in fourth place but lost their first game in four days on the same night both the Cavs and Sixers won theirs. 

The Wizards lost to the Spurs on Wednesday and managed only 90 points, their fewest since Jan. 22. It was a lackluster performance in a game the Wizards needed to treat with urgency. 


The Spurs sure did.

"We've gotta have a better mentality coming into games," guard Bradley Beal said. "The Spurs were fighting for playoff seeding just like we were."

The Wizards have now lost six of their last 10, yet all those games have come against teams currently holding playoff spots. Considering John Wall reamins out with a left knee injury, it's hard to fault them too much when they are staying afloat just fine in the big picture.

The problem is that the closer they get to the end of the season, the more these losses are magnified. They amount to missed opportunities, some bigger than others.

That was not lost on Beal, who considered the alternative. If the Wizards had beaten the Spurs, they would be sitting in fourth, two spots higher, and just a game-and-a-half out of third.

"Every time we have a chance to move up, we take two steps back," Beal lamented.


The Wizards are in a high stakes part of the standings where plenty is in the balance. They are fighting for home court advantage, something they would get in the third or fourth spots. And who they match up with will be paramount.

By falling to sixth, the Wizards are currently in line to play the Cleveland Cavaliers. Though the Pacers and Sixers are also good teams, they don't have LeBron James. Avoiding him and the Cavs would be ideal for the Wizards.

Beal has even bigger worries than that. He noted after the loss in San Antonio that they could fall even further if they aren't careful. They are now just a game-and-a-half up on the seventh-place Heat. 

"We've gotta realize what's at stake, man. The way we're going, we could keep dropping and mess around and be eighth. We've gotta do whatever it takes to win," he said.

The Wizards should be fine, if the previous two months are any indication. But Wednesday night was another example of how precarious things are for them this season in the tightly-packed Eastern Conference.


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