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Wizards prepare for old friend as they travel to Houston

Today's Wake-Up Call takes a look at the Wizards heading to Houston to face former Wizard Trevor Ariza, and looks at how Kris Humphries is adjusting to life back on the bench.

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Ariza welcomes Wizards to his new home

For a time, it seemed like the Wizards were going to retain the core of the squad that went to the second round of the playoffs last season, but after the Rockets came calling with the same offer, minus state taxes in Texas. The Wizards quickly sprung into action after Ariza left, signing Paul Pierce and using the savings to bolster their bench with Kris Humphries. So far, the summer moves have worked out well for everyone involved, but tonight, we'll learn who has gotten the best of the deal when the Wizards and Rockets tangle this evening.

Kris Humphries readjusting to role with the second unit

If you were worried that Kris Humphries would sulk after he was back to the bench, don't be. Not only is he taking the role reassignment in stride, he's actually happy to be working with the second unit again. Here's what he had to say to Jorge Castillo after his strong performance against the Celtics on Saturday:

"Being in this second unit is not a punishment. These guys can play. It's a privilege to be a part of it."

John Wall is singing in the rain

Oh wait, sorry. We read that wrong. John Wall is signing in the rain. Still cool though.

Wizards face Rockets tonight

As we've touched on a few times, this is start of an important road trip for the Wizards. As weird as it sounds, we'll know a lot more about where the Wizards stack up in the East once we know more about how they stack up against the West. Then again, if the Cavaliers keep doing weird stuff like losing to the Pistons by 23 at home, maybe it won't matter.

Tonight's game starts at 8 PM. You can catch the action on Comcast SportsNet+, or join the #radioparty on 99.1 WNEW.