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Wiz update from Vegas

There's nothing new to report from the desert. As of last night, DeShawn Stevenson was still weighing the offer placed on the table by the Wiz (something in the neighborhood of four-years, $15 million). It could finish up today.

- The Wiz summer leaguers play Houston tonight at 7 p.m. Vegas time.

- Interesting news that Detroit signed F Amir Johnson to a three-year, $12 million contract yesterday. Interesting because like Wiz RFA forward Andray Blatche, Johnson was taken in the second round in 2005 and hasn't played a whole lot. In fact, Blatche (85 games with 13 starts) has played a lot more than Johnson (11 games in two seasons). Both players are talented but raw big men with nice "upside" as NBA scouts like to say it.

I'll keep you posted as the day moves along.

By Ivan Carter  |  July 13, 2007; 3:42 PM ET
 
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DS may as well sign it before EG pulls it off the table for good. He won't get a better offer anywhere else....it is a foregone conclusion the Wiz will keep Blatche....next season could be the breakout for him.

Posted by: low | July 13, 2007 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Lets hope we bring Blatche back. He has major upside and could be future starter for us as soon as next year or year after if we don't retain Jamison.

Posted by: Wayne from Bowie | July 13, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

This means that Andray will want more money, of course. It makes more sense to sign JCN for less and say 'Uh Oh' to DS. Since JCN and Etan are a package deal, though, I guess we have no recourse but to get rid of them to clear space for Andray.

Posted by: mark | July 13, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

WE will regret the DS contract. Like that of Hughes and Etan. To much for these guys. You could play DMac at the 2 and get better on the ball defense and superior offense now!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 13, 2007 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Dumars paid Nazz Mohammed the full MLE too. I didn't see anyone lining up to replicate that move.

Dumars is also committe to giving the former D-Leaguer significant PT this year? Is Eddie/Ernie committed to the same? if so, play and pay the man.

Posted by: Johnny Boy | July 13, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Do you mean Daniels and Etan?

Because considering Hughes, we made out like bandits.

But yeah, I think Navarro would be far better than Stevenson.

Posted by: Bill | July 13, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Far better on the offense but do we really need more points? No. I can see Gil throwing JCN under a bus the first game he takes more shots than Gil. There is no need for two gunners on one team. This is what makes Ernie the best GM in the NBA. Because while we are clamoring for JCN, he's trying to sign DeShawn to appease his star (and franchise) player. "In Ernie I Trust"

Posted by: C.Bell | July 13, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

We regret Hughes' contract?

I cringe seeing people compare Etan's contract (from Milwaukee for the full MLE) and Hughes' contract (12+ per year) to DS's offer for less than 4 million. Its like the word "million" means 'ignore preceding numeral'.

Posted by: Stringer | July 13, 2007 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Agreed on the wannabe GM front around here.

It gets so overrun with people saying things like "I know a good player and such and such won't... blah blah blah."

Get a job as a GM.
Start pulling the strings.

Until then, keep off of the self important stuff.

Opec AB Young are all developing.
We won't know what to think about those picks for a few years.

I don't expect a championship (i would love one) but all those people who say this is all about winning the whole enchilada have obviously just tuned in. This is about developing a winning atmosphere, and franchise. I think we are well on our way.
-g

Posted by: greg | July 13, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

so greg just told us to lay off the self impotrant wannabe GM crap... then played wanna be GM for us.

i heart irony.

Posted by: Stringer | July 13, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

JCN + Jeffrey Dahmer for Shawn Marrion

Posted by: Anonymous | July 13, 2007 5:18 PM | Report abuse

"As of last night, DeShawn Stevenson was still weighing the offer placed on the table by the Wiz."

Nothing to "weigh." Stevenson is an idiot.

I hope he turns it down.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | July 13, 2007 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Stevenson is obviously bluffing. Seriously, he isn't going to take an offer for 3.75 million per after NO ONE wanted him last year and he was forced to sign for less than $1m? He's holding out for more, but would re-sign in a second if Grunfeld threatened to rescind the offer (or if he read any of these blogs... it's pretty obvious what the majority of fans think of him). I say let Mcguire & Young take the shooting guard spot this year. Dominic may have the speed to keep up with guards, would provide size, D, and a combo perimeter/inside presence that Stevenson lacks, while Young would provide scoring punch off the bench with Daniels or JCN manning the point.

Posted by: MarkAlarie | July 13, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Mark Price and Kevin Duckworth for a 3rd round pick and cash considerations.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 13, 2007 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Great post, C.Bell. Holding on to Gil is more important than a slight upgrade at SG. Role players that know and accept their roles have value, too. As other posters have noted, continuity has value as well. Just ask the Skins about constant personnel (and coaching) turnover, about too many prospects and 'stars' and not enough solid role players. And can we please stop suggesting that non-lottery rookies are anywhere near ready to start for a playoff NBA team?

Posted by: reispace | July 13, 2007 6:20 PM | Report abuse

reispace...how about Daniel Gibson and the Eastern Final Champs the Cavs. helped get them to the finals if you ask me.

Posted by: George | July 13, 2007 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Everybody's playing GM because even the most casual fan can see the high likelyhood of a trade. Everytime Ivan posts he seems to allude to a Navarro package. I don't agree that a Navarro deal is assured if Stevenson is signed. There are other packages that could acheive the salary cap releif and improve the team.
So until something happens we all have an opinion.

Posted by: GM | July 13, 2007 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Let's drop the "cap space for Gilbert" argument. There will be plenty of money for Gilbert next year regardless of what happens this year.

If anything we'd be making cap space for Jamison or someone else by giving up JCN.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 13, 2007 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert's chances of staying will not rise or fall with Stevenson, so why give up a better player when it won't change anything.
And to call Navarro a gunner is incorrect. He is a combo guard, but for this team I think you will see the point guard side of him come out more than the scorer. He can absolutely run a team and he certainly could flourish as the conductor of Eddie Jordan's offense.

Posted by: George Templeton | July 13, 2007 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Gilby said he wants no say on who Les BouleS keep or bring in as free agents. Then, you have EG making a patient and reasonable effort to keep DS, for god knows whatever reason (rumored to be Gilby's boy), and today, it's written that there's a 5-9 Dc playground player that is tight with Gilby and he suddenly is on the summer league team. Yeah Gilby, you haven't been playing jr. GM this offseason.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/12/AR2007071202077.html

Now, with the emergence of DMac, it seems that if Les BouleS keep DS, it's not going to give DMac and Nick Young the opportunities (ie. PT) that they otherwise would have if DS was not on the team. It'd be great to have both Tough Juice and Dmac manning the 2 and 3.

DS, please don't play for Les BouleS. Don't sign that contract. You are worth more than that. Go somewhere else.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 13, 2007 8:18 PM | Report abuse

McGuire is not a 2. At all. Neither is Caron. You can't just play people wherever you want, and it doesn't always make sense to play the best 5 guys together (see San Antonio).

DS >>> Nick Young... if only for the next year or two :). The contract isn't that long and it isn't that bad.

I'm on the Lowry bandwagon to whoever first suggested that.

Keep up the good work Wizards!

Posted by: Geoff | July 13, 2007 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I think DMac can play the two. If you have firepower coming from Gilby and AJ, then you have good defensive guys like TJ and DMac, then why not? Plus, those guys have legit J's, so other teams are going to play them honest. For sure, Dmac isn't Kobe or Tmac, but he's probably athletic enough, nevermind long enough, to guard some of the 2's out there and a lot of 2's out there can easily jump over DS.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 13, 2007 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Jamison + Haywood for Okafor + Brevin Knight

Keep Navarro and Blatche, let Stevenson go.

starters = Arenas, Daniels, Butler, Blatche, Okafor

bench = Knight/JCN/Young, McGuire, Thomas, Pecherov

Posted by: GM Skillz | July 13, 2007 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Any good team that wants to space the floor out must have three good 3point shooters (35% or better) otherwise the defense will collapse in the paint. Gil and Jamison are good DS2 certainly did his part. Caron is nowhere consistent enough at this point with that range. DMac might in time but from his college numbers at that line, he wasn't very good and shouldn't be expected of him. Young probably has the better 3point shot, but is a little raw and not ready to start compared to DMac. DS2 makes even more sense here especially for $3.75M/year.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 13, 2007 9:23 PM | Report abuse

"I don't expect a championship (i would love one) but all those people who say this is all about winning the whole enchilada have obviously just tuned in. This is about developing a winning atmosphere, and franchise. I think we are well on our way."

That was true 3 years ago, Greg, when EJ and EG took over on the heels of the Jordan/Collins debacle (coming on the decades of despair that preceded it . But three years of playoff appearances and positive press and good fan vibes have already done most of the job of pointing the franchise in the right direction. They're at the point now when just breaking .500 or making it to the second round isn't going to be enough to satisfy everybody (fans or players). They get maybe 1 more year of grace (if that) before the expectations really rise and people start to think that anything less than reaching the ECF is falling short.

Posted by: kalorama | July 13, 2007 9:27 PM | Report abuse

It's cool you can now watch Summer League games free online if you don't have cable.

Just enjoy summer. A few people need to remember summer is for fun.

Enjoy.

Posted by: Brandon | July 13, 2007 10:49 PM | Report abuse

I just want to go on the record saying I have always been a Oly Pecherov fan and think Ernie made a great choice drafting him.

Posted by: Spork | July 13, 2007 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Spork

Opec is tearing it up tonite in summer league... More like what he did last year than the first 2 games this summer. Good sign...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 13, 2007 11:03 PM | Report abuse

If Aaron Miles makes the team, he'll be the best point guard that Les BouleS have.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 13, 2007 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Harvey Grant is with the team in some sort of coaching capacity. Anybody know why his contract wasn't up for renewal?

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 13, 2007 11:14 PM | Report abuse

He's the Director of Player Development, isn't he? Why should his contract be up?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 13, 2007 11:31 PM | Report abuse

If he works for EJ, EG left all of his asst. coaches hanging. I assume since he has a legacy with Les BouleS, he's then an Abe hire. I hope nobody thought Wes Unseld Jr. was even going to be kicked to the curb. Never.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 13, 2007 11:34 PM | Report abuse

So what do all you guys who were crucifying Pecherov after 2 summer league games have to say now?

Ridiculous.....

Posted by: Lisa | July 13, 2007 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Opec looking much better tonight, although he is still looking out of place in the post and sometimes while rebounding. A lot of his rebounds have come from simply flying in there and having the ball come to him. But hey, I'm happy. These things will come soon.

Posted by: AV | July 14, 2007 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Let's hear from the experts who understand the universe after 2 summer league games. Pecherov.........klutz of the first 2 games or young Dirk of tonight??

Posted by: arnie | July 14, 2007 12:03 AM | Report abuse

"I heard a mention this morning of JCN and Etan to Memphis for Darko. Not sure if that will, or can, happen, but I do kinda like the idea."

Read this on Wash Wizards blog tonight in regard to D Stevenson accepting current Wiz offer and our need to deal JCN along with E Thomas--can't we do better with this package than to get Darko? is he now a proven commodity? (Iknow he's young big and much improved over his early years, but... anybody got an opinion on this, who's a better catch with this Wiz offer? You all are more connected on who might be dealt, I'm curious.

Thanks

Posted by: cuzco03 | July 14, 2007 12:05 AM | Report abuse

That's funny, those who commented on Opech's play after the first two games were blasted by defenders as saying "it's only summer league and it's early!"

Now that Opech had a good 1st quarter, those defenders who supported Opech feel vilified. Um, don't get too happy. "It's only summer league and it's early," not to mention the houston summer squad is god awful.

Personally I never blasted him. I just commented that he looked slow and took too many J's, but acknowledged that it was still early. It's still accurate that he takes too many long bombs for a guy his size.

He should be working on his game down low. Les BouleS do not need any more bombers, especially tall ones. Opech might be 7-3 if he had better posture.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 14, 2007 12:06 AM | Report abuse

nice spin DC Man88 and 7'3" with better posture? ridiculous. and you're Gilby's jockstrap collector right?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 14, 2007 2:08 AM | Report abuse

i heart being dumb

Posted by: stringer | July 14, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

well, easy there stringer ;)

Not sure where you read the post?
Did I propose a trade?

or call the GM out for not making my trade?
um, gee...

I don't think so. I just mentioned that we might remain a bit patient beyond two stoopid SL league games.

I heart irony too.
Fortunately for me, I know what irony is.
-g

Posted by: greg | July 14, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I collect them for your mom. Your dad told me she's hung.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 14, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

http://www.dontdatehimgirl.com/search/cheater.asp?ddh_id=60460&return_url=index.asp?

"This dude is Anthony Lamar Nunley, Renee A.' s brother (Philadelphia), Linda's son (Maryland) and singer Tabi Bonney's cousin. He worked as a manager in Samsung (Dallas TX) and in Motorola (Chicago). He was born in Washington, Columbia District, United States, the 25th of December 1969. He studied electric engineering at Howard University...

Posted by: Niqui | July 15, 2007 12:13 PM | Report abuse

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