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MavsFanFinley
07-17-2002, 10:04 PM
Wizards Expect to Sign Free Agent Hughes

By Steve Wyche
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 17, 2002; 6:03 PM

BOSTON, July 17 The Washington Wizards are expected to sign third-year free-agent guard Larry Hughes to a multiyear deal as soon as Thursday, three sources with knowledge of the situation said today.

The sides were said to be close to agreeing on a contract with a starting salary of $4.5 million. It is not believed that the deal is for the maximum length of six years.

Hughes, 6 feet 5, spent the past 1 1/2 seasons at Golden State after starting his career with the Philadelphia 76ers. The 23-year-old, who turned pro after one season at Saint Louis University, has played both guard positions but likely would see more time at point guard with the Wizards.

Washington has been trying to land a big point guard to go with Tyronn Lue and Chris Whitney and wispy 6-3 rookie Juan Dixon. Hughes probably would be given the chance to start alongside 6-6 shooting guard Richard Hamilton, giving the Wizards a tall, rangy backcourt with dangerous offensive potential.

Hughes' outside shot still needs work but he could fill a much-needed void with his ability to put the ball on the floor and drive.

Hughes spent most of last season playing point guard with the Warriors with mixed results. He played less late in the season as the woeful Warriors went with a youthful backcourt that included Gilbert Arenas and Jason Richardson. Hughes started 56 of 73 games and averaged 12.3 points and has averaged 13.3 points through his brief career.

With Hughes, the Wizards might trade Lue or Whitney, whose contracts expire or could be terminated at the end of the season. Veteran Hubert Davis also could be dealt, although the Wizards don't appear eager to move one of the most accurate three-point shooters in the league.

Washington targeted Hughes, guard Chauncey Billups and small forward Devean George once the free-agent negotiating period began July 1. Billups signed with the Detroit Pistons and George re-signed with the Los Angeles Lakers today.

TheKid
07-18-2002, 09:06 AM
Are the Wizards trying to corner the market on guards or what??

MavKikiNYC
07-18-2002, 09:09 AM
He might've been interesting in Dallas, but not at $4.5M and six years.