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Going Retro With Larry Hughes?

Former Wizard part of rumored trade back to DC

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    Could the Larry Hughes of the Wizards' past be part of the future?

    Back in December, there were rumors of a trade that would have brought Larry Hughes back to D.C., and now those rumors have resurfaced.

    The latest from Mike McGraw at the Arlington Heights Daily Herald has Washington sending Mike James and Etan Thomas to the Bulls for the former Wizard.

    Since being selected 8th overall by the 76ers in the 1998 NBA draft, just ahead of Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce, Hughes' NBA career has been tumultuous.

    Aside from being perpetually injury prone (only appearing in more than 70 games twice in his career), the St. Louis product has failed in stints as the sidekick of Allen Iverson, of LeBron James, and as trying to be a PG in Golden State. Lately, he's just a fading piece in Chicago.

    But it was in DC, playing the passing lanes alongside Gilbert Arenas, where Hughes stole the hearts of Wizards fans. In fact, his first, second and fourth highest career PERs (Player Efficiency Rating) came during his three years as a Wizard.

    Could Hughes' career be resurrected in the District? Don't get your hopes up.

    Sure, he just turned 30 in late January, but entering the league at 20 has put a ton of miles on his body. Plus, the fast-paced system Hughes once flourished in went out the door when Eddie Jordan was fired, and there's no guarantee that the next coach will have the same philosophy.

    In making the rumored move, the Wizards would clear up a roster spot that is already maxed out at 15. However, they would be taking on one large contact against two smaller ones. And Mike Jones of the Washington Times reports that the deal is unlikely for this very reason.

    At this point, trading for Hughes before the Feb. 19 deadline hints of desperation and impatience, and neither of those are GM Ernie Grunfeld's style.

    Kyle Weidie also writes Truth About It and contributes to Bullets Forever, both Washington Wizards blogs. He has come to embrace the Curse O' Les Boulez.