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Wizards Unveils DC Flag-Themed Alternate Uniform

Wizards Unveils DC Flag-Themed Alternate Uniform

Wizards Unveils DC Flag-Themed Alternate Uniform

As they prepare to make the second pick in next week’s NBA draft, the Washington Wizards unveiled a new alternate uniform for the 2024-25 season.

The DC flag-inspired threads, which the team released on Friday at 2:02 a.m. (get it?), feature a navy blue base with three red stars over two red bars on the front of the jersey, with “the District of Columbia” and the player’s number in white. The bold yet simple design is replicated on the shorts, with the flag pattern repeated on the right thigh and the familiar Washington Monument logo inside a Wizards basketball on the left thigh. “Washington” will appear on the waistband.

The navy blue design is the Wizards’ latest Statement Edition uniform, which Nike, the league’s NBA apparel partner, introduced in 2017 to “highlight the core identity and heritage” of each team. Washington’s previous Statement Edition uniform, which the team had worn for select games since 2019, was primarily navy blue with a red horizontal stripe across the top and red, white and silver stripes down the sides of the jerseys and shorts. It also included the “District of Columbia” wordmark.

The Wizards will debut their new Statement Edition uniform in November and it will remain part of the team’s rotation for at least the next three seasons. The jersey will not be available for fans to purchase until January.

In a statement, the Wizards said the new design is “an extension of the team’s ‘For the District’ campaign, which pays tribute to the spirit of the city and those who are proud to call DC home.” Friday’s presentation might have been different had Wizards owner Ted Leonsis not reached a deal in March with D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser to keep the team in the District through 2050.

The Wizards will continue to wear their primarily white and primarily red uniforms through the 2024-25 season. The cairn-inspired black, grey, copper and teal City Edition uniform the team introduced last year, which received mixed reviews, is expected to be retired to make room for a new City Edition design. (Unlike Statement Edition uniforms, City Edition designs are typically replaced each year, which is why the Wizards’ popular cherry blossom design introduced in 2022 was worn for only one season.)

The NBA draft begins Wednesday. Some of the names the Wizards could consider with the second pick include French forward Zaccharie Risacher, French big man Alex Sarr, who spent last season in Australia’s National Basketball League, and former U-Conn. featured Donovan Clingan and Stephon Castle.