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New uniforms for Wizards in 2011-12

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards are turning red, white and blue.

Team President Ernie Grunfeld said Thursday the Wizards will change the colors of their uniforms for the 2011-12 season.

The switch is spurred by new owner Ted Leonsis, whose Washington Capitals also wear the colors of the U.S. flag. Leonsis has said the desire for new colors was among the top suggestions he received from fans after assuming control of the team earlier this year.

The Wizards wore wear red, white and blue when they were named the Bullets, but former owner Abe Pollin changed the team's name and color scheme when he opened a downtown arena in 1997.

The Wizards, who open training camp next week, will spend one last season in their current colors of slate blue, black, gold and white.