The Wizards' franchise was established in 1961 as the Chicago Packers in the same Illinois city where the Stags were once located. In 1962, they were renamed to become known as the Chicago Zephyrs for 1962-63 season.
Chicago was once again deprived of a franchise, as the Zephyrs relocated to Baltimore and were reanimated as the Baltimore Bullets - replacing the Bullets franchise that was earlier based in the same city.
The Bullets moved to Washington, DC, in 1973; this led to the 3rd name change for the franchise and they called themselves the Capital Bullets. This new name lasted, once again, for just one season before a rebranding as the Washington Bullets took place.
The Bullets was the longest-held franchise name for this franchise