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Washington Wizards Partner with Make-a-Wish, Sign 10-Year-Old Point Guard

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Stephen BabbFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 2014

The Washington Wizards have already fulfilled their fans' collective wish, qualifying for the postseason and coming a long way from the rebuilding process to which we'd all become a little too accustomed. It's hard to top that.

But they just did, signing a 10-year-old who's suffering from a form of kidney cancer, according to NBA.com:

The Washington Wizards have partnered with Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic to help grant the wish of 10-year-old Wizards fan Amaris Jackson. Amaris, who is battling renal cell carcinoma and will undergo surgery in the near future to remove a tumor in her lungs, will be signed by the team for this weekend’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, April 12. Amaris, who is point guard on her school’s basketball team, is from Washington, DC.

Saturday's game will be televised on NBA TV. 

The move is already garnering all of the right kind of attention.

Per the press release, Amaris will get to participate in the pregame shootaround and other activities that night in accordance with the one-day contract. The Wizards may not need much extra depth, but they can certainly use the inspiration as they head to the postseason for the first time since 2008.

Including Saturday's contest versus Milwaukee, Washington has four games remaining. They also face the Orlando Magic, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. Excepting the Miami game, this should be a good opportunity for the Wizards to build a little momentum going into the playoffs.

After losing back-to-back games against the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats, the chance to find some rhythm couldn't hurt. Neither could a little good karma.

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