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2013 NBA Draft rumors: A roundup of everything Washington Wizards

The 2013 NBA Draft is nearly here. This StoryStream will round up every important rumor having to do with the Washington Wizards.

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Report: Wiz set on keeping No. 3 pick

It sounds like you can drop all of those trade scenarios.

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Woj: Kings looking to move up for McLemore

Is there a potential trade here?

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Berger: Could Wiz go for Len if Porter's gone?

If the Cavs don't take Porter, teams believe the Wizards will take him here. If they can't get Porter or McLemore, there's a belief that Washington would go with Len, who they had an extensive look at in their backyard at Maryland.

Ken Berger. Not sure what to make of that.
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Leonsis wants 'non dramatic off season'

I am focused on a non dramatic off season. An off season where we are focused on improvement and on the draft where we can add to our young core - a free agent period where we can bring back key players; We can add to the core with additional vet players. During the off season we can focus on health and fitness and then to a strong camp where we have a full roster of players all focused on their roles within a system that is known. Our collective focus isn't on role development of an individual but on winning as a team and as an organization.

Ted's Take.
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Oladipo explains why he snubbed the Wizards

"I felt like I should go where I fit best and help me maximize my basketball talent. Just go somewhere where I feel I can fit best and help impact winning," Oladipo said, explaining his decision to bypass a workout for Washington. "I feel like [the Wizards] already have a back court set. They have a great program already. I just feel like I wouldn’t fit. Me and my agent [Raymond Brothers] sat down and we felt it was best not to go there. But again, they have a great program. They have great players — Brad and John. And they are going to have a great player to pick from this draft. They are going to have a great program and they are definitely going to start winning, because they have a young great team."

Via Michael Lee of the Washington Post.
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Ford: Porter still the pick, but it's close

ESPN's draft expert still has the Wizards taking Otto Porter, but he's less sure about it than before.

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Woj: Magic may trade down from No. 2

It'll be interesting to see who is looking to move up and whether they are doing so to get Otto Porter or Anthony Bennett.

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Chad Ford: Wiz still haven't made decision

There's a split in the front office. Some are Porter fans. Others Bennett fans. The latest I have is that the Wizards still haven't made their decision yet. Could go either way, but I still lean Porter.

Via Ford's draft chat
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Oladipo wants to avoid D.C.?

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Ernie: 'Unlikely' Wizards will trade second-rounders to move up

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Grunfeld: Draft has no effect on Martell's free agency

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Ford: Wizards 'leaning' toward Porter

Are the Wizards coming closer to making a decision on their top choice at No. 3 overall?

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Magic reportedly will pounce on Noel

I just wrote that I believe the Cleveland Cavaliers will likely take Nerlens Noel at No. 1. However, what happens to Noel if he doesn't go to Cleveland? Will he slide down the draft board? I don't think so. Sources close to the Orlando Magic told ESPN.com on Saturday that if the Cavs pass on Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel, the Magic are leaning strongly toward selecting him with the No. 2 pick in the draft.

Chad Ford.
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Wizards deny interest in Deng

The Wizards will not be trading the No. 3 pick for Luol Deng, according to a report.

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No. 3 + Okafor for Deng?

The Wizards have reportedly discussed a deal that would send Emeka Okafor and the No. 3 pick to the Chicago Bulls for two-time All-Star forward Luol Deng.

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Trade back into the first round?

A number of teams in the 20s are reportedly looking to move their draft picks. Is this an opportunity for the Wizards?

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Anthony Bennett up to 261 pounds, per report

Bennett's playing weight was 240. Ford followed up by tweeting that it's not a huge surprise Bennett gained weight given his injury, body frame, travel and such.

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'Strong debate' between Porter and Bennett?

There is reportedly a "pretty strong debate" within the Wizards' front office between Georgetown's Otto Porter and UNLV's Anthony Bennett at No. 3 overall.

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Wizards will visit Oladipo

The Wizards are planning to travel to Bowie to visit with Victor Oladipo before the draft, according to a report.

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Noel to visit with Wizards

The Washington Wizards are expected to sit down with potential No. 1 pick Nerlens Noel on Saturday, according to a report.

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Dave Rice talks up Anthony Bennett

There's more on Jon's timeline.

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There's an Ilyasova for No. 3 rumor out there

A Milwaukee reporter passed along a rumor that the Wizards and Bucks have discussed a deal involving Ersan Ilyasova for the No. 3 pick. But this rumor doesn't seem that serious.

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Bennett to interview in D.C. next week

The Washington Wizards have yet to talk to Anthony Bennett because he didn't attend the 2013 NBA Draft combine, but that will change next week.

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Porter working out for Wizards on June 14th

Per the Washington Post's Michael Lee, the presumptive third overall pick in the draft, Otto Porter, is working out for the Wizards on Friday, June 14th at the Verizon Center.

Lee confirmed details about the planned workout with Porter's agent David Falk. Also, according to Falk, Porter is only planning on working out for the top three teams in the draft: the Cavaliers, the Magic, and the Wizards.

The Wizards have also been considering selecting Victor Oladipo, Ben McLemore, Nerlens Noel, and Anthony Bennett. Most mock drafts have Noel going first overall, though there is some indication (as Lee points out) that Cleveland might select Porter instead. And as we've been seeing over the past week or so, there's been plenty of debate among Wizards management and fans about possibly selecting Bennett over Porter with the third pick.

At this stage in the pre-draft process, a lot of this talk is misdirection. Teams don't want to play their hands, players and their agents want to maximize their worth, and fans love the debates. And with a draft with no clear standouts (though plenty of quality players), everyone's getting their chance to speculate. But it does appear that the most likely third overall pick is definitely working out for the team with the third overall selection.

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Wall: Wiz 'need a 4 man that can pick and pop'

John Wall told a reporter that the Wizards "need a 4 man that can pick and pop" on Saturday night. This is not the first time he has said something like this.

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Report: Cavs considering Porter at No. 1

A recent report suggests that it's not out of the question for the Cleveland Cavaliers to take Otto Porter with the No. 1 overall pick.

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Wittman doesn't want three rookies either

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Zach Lowe: Many thought Wiz would have shopped No. 8 pick

A lot of folks around the league expected Washington to shop its first-round pick for some veteran help when that pick was slated in the mid-lottery. It will be interesting to see what the Wiz do now that they're picking third.

Grantland.
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Who's your pick?

The early mock drafts have the Washington Wizards deciding between Otto Porter and Anthony Bennett with the No. 3 overall pick.

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Ernie Grunfeld has some fun with Draft Express

"I think it's a three-player draft. But I won't tell you who that third player is."

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Your first "Wizards like Porter" rumor

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Grunfeld: Wiz unlikely to use both second-round picks

"I don’t think we want to have three rookies on the roster next year. We’ll see what we do with those second-round picks and how they could become an asset. Maybe package them to move up a little bit," Grunfeld said. "Most years there is some movement. I’m sure there will be a lot of discussion, a lot of speculation, a lot of rumors flying, but we feel comfortable wherever we end up that we’ll be able to find somebody to help us and do some things for us."

Via Michael Lee of the Washington Post.
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