Notable revenge games from former Wizards

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Notable revenge games from former Wizards originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Players are seemingly always on the move in the NBA. Whether it's via free agency or a trade, teams are frequently going up against players that left them or those that they themselves gave up. 

The Wizards are no exception, as they've moved on from notable players and then experienced the prototypical "Revenge game" scenario. John Wall is in that position Tuesday night, preparing to play against a Wizards team that traded him to Houston for Russell Westbrook. 

Ahead of the much-anticipated matchup, we look back at some notable revenge games, both good and bad, that former Wizards/Bullets players have had against the franchise. 

Elvin Hayes (1981)

Hayes is undoubtedly one of the greatest players in Wizards/Bullets franchise history, helping deliver the team's only championship in 1978. Ahead of the 1981-82 season, Washington traded Hayes to the Rockets for two second-round draft picks. 

In his first game against his former team, the Hall of Famer scored 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and helped lead the Rockets to a narrow win over Washington.

Rasheed Wallace (1996)

Wallace spent just one year with Washington before he was traded to Portland, where he'd spend the majority of his prime before winning a title with the Pistons. While it was a mistake for Washington to let Wallace go early, he certainly didn't get any revenge in his first game against them. 

Wallace scored just five points in a game the Trail Blazers lost by 22 points.

Chris Webber (1999)

Webber spent the early part of his prime with Washington from 1994-98, earning his first All-Star selection and playoff appearance as a 23-year-old in 1997. 

Webber was then traded to Sacramento ahead of the 1998-99 season for Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe, where he'd spend the best seasons of his career and nearly took the Kings to the NBA Finals. 

In his first game against Washington after the trade, Webber notched a triple-double (17 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) in a 10-point win for the Kings. Sacramento would go on to lose in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs to the Jazz, while the 1999 Wizards would go on to miss the playoffs in a lockout-shortened season. 

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Richard Hamilton (2002)

The Wizards infamously traded Hamilton for Jerry Stackhouse right as Hamilton was turning into one of the league's better shooting guards. 

After sending him to Detroit, Hamilton played his old team for the first time in 2002 and went for 16 points, four rebounds and three assists in the game, but his Pistons fell to the Wizards by five. 

Hamilton would get the last laugh, however, winning a championship with the Pistons in 2004 with Rasheed Wallace and Ben Wallace, who also played in Washington before catching on with Detroit.

Gilbert Arenas (2011)

Arenas was one of the most exciting players to watch in the NBA during his prime, let alone Wizards franchise history. So when his time with the team came to an end and he was traded to Orlando, it was weird seeing "Agent Zero" in another uniform. 

In his first game against the team, he made a name for himself with, Arenas scored 10 points to go along with six assists and six rebounds in an easy win for the Magic. 

Kelly Oubre Jr. (2018)

Oubre is a recent case of the one that got away for Wizards fans. After Washington traded him to Phoenix for Trevor Ariza, Oubre came into his own on the Suns and became a 20-point-per-game scorer. 

Oubre didn't get the win in his first game back against the Wizards, but he did put up 20 points five rebounds for the Suns in a five-point loss. 

Otto Porter Jr. (2019)

Another young wing the Wizards traded in their 20s, they just might not feel as remorseful about Porter as they might with letting go of Oubre. With the Bulls, Porter has struggled to stay on the court and develop consistent production in Chicago. 

He also failed to come up with a win in his first game against the Wizards in 2019, though he did turn in 17 points for the Bulls. 

Tune in to NBC Sports Washington at 7 p.m. for full coverage of John Wall's first matchup with his former team