ESPN: Wizards Sign Boykins
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The injury-hit Washington Wizards have turned to Earl Boykins to bolster their depleted backcourt, signing the veteran guard on Wednesday.

Washington (2-6) targeted Boykins to help them survive an injury crisis that has felled Randy Foye (ankle), Javaris Crittenton (foot) and Mike James (hand) in the backcourt alone.

Starting forward Antawn Jamison and swingman Mike Miller are also out with shoulder injuries.

And star guard Gilbert Arenas -- still recovering from three surgeries on the same knee that have wiped out most of his past two seasons -- strongly considered skipping Washington's loss Tuesday in Miami because of recent calf soreness before deciding to play at the last minute.

Boykins, 33, has been eager to return to the NBA after the 5-foot-5 speedster spent last season in Europe playing for Virtus Bologna in Italy's top division.

He averaged nearly 15 points per game last season in Italy and will be joining his ninth NBA team. He's the second-shortest player in NBA history, behind only 5-foor-3 Muggsy Bogues, who was drafted by Washington in 1987 and played one season for the then-Bullets in a 14-year career.
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Indeed, if the Internet is to be believed, this will mean that the Bullets/Wizards franchise will have dressed the two tallest and the two shortest players in NBA history. It's just an amazing accomplishment, something I can't imagine any other franchise in any other sport would be able to say
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