Wizards Eager to Go With 66 Games Ahead

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Wizards Eager to Go With 66 Games Ahead

It was Day 149 of the NBA lockout, and the latest negotiation session was heading into its 15th hour. Wizards free agent Maurice Evans, vice president of the players trade association, was feeling a wide range of emotions. Time was running out to save the season. Then, just before 3 a.m., a deal was struck. Evans was elated. “We were very, very close [to losing the season],” Evans said in an ESPN interview. “I take my hat off to Billy Hunter and David Stern for keeping both sides together and trying to keep everybody optimistic. Once the union dissolved and we went to litigation, we still had to stay ready just in case the opportunity presented itself [to make a deal].”

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