A few former Wizards players are hoping to break into a new basketball league.

Etan Thomas announced Saturday on Twitter that he, DeShawn Stevenson, Kwame Brown and Michael Ruffin are all trying out for the BIG3, a 3-on-3 league involving former NBA players.

The league held a combine Saturday, one day before having its draft Sunday at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

More than 70 players have signed up to play in the eight-team league, including Allen Iverson, Latrell Sprewell, Charles Oakley, Chauncey Billups and Steve Francis.

Gary Payton, George Gervin, Julius Erving, Rick Mahorn, Rick Barry, Clyde Drexler will be coaches. Iverson and Oakley will be both players and coaches.

The league, created by rapper and actor Ice Cube, begins play June 25, with the first game set to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The 10-week season also will have games held in Charlotte; Tulsa; Philadelphia; Nashville; Dallas; Lexington, Kentucky; Los Angeles; Seattle; and Las Vegas.

Las Vegas, on Aug. 26 in Week 10, will be the site of the championship game.

Former Wizards guard Roger Mason Jr. is the BIG3 commissioner.

Thomas, 39, played for the Wizards from 2001-09 and last played in the NBA with the Hawks in 2011.


Stevenson, 36, played for the Wizards from 2005-10 and last played in the NBA with Hawks in 2013.

Brown, 35, played for the Wizards from 2001-05 and last played in the NBA with the 76ers in 2013.

Ruffin, 40, played for the Wizards fro 2004-07 and last played in the NBA with the Trail Blazers in 2009. He last played professional basketball in 2011 in Spain.

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