Michael Ruffin and the Wizards officially finalized a deal that will keep the veteran power forward in Washington. Ruffin, who averaged 1.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game during his first season with the Wizards, was an unrestricted free agent but elected to remain here after speaking with a handful of interested teams.
"This is where I wanted to be and I knew that at the end of last year," said Ruffin, who has made previous stops in Chicago, Philadelphia and Utah. "Everyone around here has been great to me and my family. I had an opportunity to play. I had an opportunity to improve my game. As long as I came in here and worked hard, I was given the opportunity to improve. I don't see why this year will be any different."
According to a league source, Ruffin signed a two-year contract worth $2 million. The Wizards have 11 players under contract and will have a 12th once rookie second-round pick Andray Blatche signs. The team likely will sign undrafted rookie guard Donnell Taylor and has the option of retaining restricted free agent guard Steve Blake. Teams can have up to 15 players on the regular season roster.
The NBA's regular season schedule will be released Monday.
-- Ivan Carter