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insidehoops 11-28-2011 11:13 AM

Wizards hope to keep Nick Young
The Wizards are also in better position than some teams to have a condensed training camp, since Flip Saunders and most of his staff are returning and the team already has Wall, Andray Blatche, Jordan Crawford, JaVale McGee, Rashard Lewis, Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin under contract. Draft picks Mack, Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton will join the fold once they sign their set rookie deals.

The team has also put out qualifying offers on restricted free agents Nick Young, Hamady Ndiaye, Larry Owens and Othyus Jeffers and has three unrestricted free agents in Josh Howard, Yi Jianlian and Evans. Retaining Young will be the Wizards’ first priority in free agency, but the team will also attempt to sign a veteran backup for Wall.

Seraphin is currently playing in Spain for Caja Laboral. Seraphin’s agent, Bouna Ndiaye, said his client would stay with his team until the deal is ratified, meaning Seraphin may only play one more game before returning. “The Wizards will be surprised by their new player,” Ndiaye said.

-- Reported by Michael Lee of the Washington Post

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