Wizards place Brown and Thomas on IL; extend Haywood
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – The Washington Wizards Monday placed forward
Kwame Brown, center Etan Thomas and guard Steve Blake on the injured list.
Brown underwent successful surgery in early August to repair a fracture in
the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot. It was originally believed that
Brown could be ready when the Wizards open the 2004-05 campaign on November 3
at home versus Portland. However, a late November or early December time frame
is now more likely.
The Wizards took Brown with the top overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft, making
him the first high school player ever taken with the first selection.
The 22-year-old Brown averaged 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds over 74 games last
season, including 57 starts. In three seasons with Washington, he has posted
averages of 7.8 points and 5.6 boards per outing.
Last season, his third with the Wizards, Thomas 8.9 points and 6.7 rebounds in
Blake averaged 5.9 points and 2.8 assists as a rookie for the Wizards during
the 2003-04 campaign.
Also Monday, the Wizards signed center Brendan Haywood to a multi-year
contract extension. Haywood averaged 7.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and a team-high
1.3 blocks per game last season.
“Brendan has shown solid progress and has made outstanding strides this
offseason,” said president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld. “He is a
big part of our core for the future.”
In 220 career games, Haywood has averaged 6.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4
blocks per game in his first three seasons with the Wizards. Haywood was
acquired from the Orlando Magic in exchange for current teammate Laron Profit
and future considerations in 2001. He was originally selected by the Cleveland
Cavaliers in the first round (20th overall) of the 2001 NBA Draft after
playing four seasons at the University of North Carolina.
“I am very happy to sign an extension with the Wizards,” said Haywood. “This
is a great opportunity for me to continue to work with my teammates and
coaches and grow with this team. I feel like the franchise is going in the
right direction and I’m excited to be a part of it.”