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Wiz win!

The final horn sounded and Oleksiy Pecherov threw his hands in the air and shouted. Okay, it's only summer league and I'm sure some of the cynical readers of this blog will write in ripping the kid for being happy over a meaningless victory but it's obvious that the Wiz summer leaguers were relieved to pull out a 76-71 win over the Cleveland tonight here in hot Las Vegas.

The Wizards lost their first three games here this week and entered the game on a nine-game losing streak in Vegas dating back to 2005 so the fellas were obviously sick of losing. Pecherov, who had a monster 26-point, 14-rebound effort in Friday's loss to Houston, scored 14 points with nine boards tonight and hit one of the game's biggest shots: a step-back three-pointer that pushed the Wiz ahead late.

Nick Young had his hands full dealing with Cleveland's experienced pair of guards (Shannon Brown and Daniel Gibson) but found a way to put the ball in the basket at some crucial times and wound up with 18 points on six of 14 shooting. Young obviously has the athletic ability to get his shot off but he's learning when to go for his and when to pass off and let the offense work for him. There have been times when he puts his head down and dribbles into trouble and that explains why he had five turnovers tonight. That said, the kid clearly has what it takes to be an NBA 2-guard.

Pecherov has been a different player the last two days. He looked hesitant and step slow in the first two games but has picked up his aggression and obviously is not afraid to take the big shot, as proven by the three-pointer he drained late.

Dominic McGuire missed some shots - he wound up four of 12 - but was assertive as usual and played a solid floor game. He finished with 11 points and eight rebounds (the SL stats crew is a little shaky, he probably had at least two or three more) while playing some solid defense.

-I continue to hear that Dallas could be the team that steps out and makes an offer to Andray Blatche. The Mavs have the full mid-level but I doubt whether they'll use the entire thing on Andray. After signing DeShawn Stevenson, the Wiz have enough to ink McGuire ($450,000 is the figure I hear for this year's cap) and sign Blatche to something in the $3 million range without going over the luxury tax. My feeling is that Ernie would match any reasonable offer but I don't know what he'd do if Dallas or some other team jumped out with a full ML. Stay tuned.


By Ivan Carter  |  July 14, 2007; 10:19 PM ET
 
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Watching it now, Nick Young has 2 blocks 7 mins into the first.

Posted by: Andy S. | July 14, 2007 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I will be furious if some team offers Blatche more than $3.2 million(which is what it looks like would push us into the luxury tax that montgomery burns a.k.a. abe pollin refuses to pay) and we do not match because we had to sign bum stevenson to this contract. I will give EG the benefit of the doubt because he has earned that, but if we lose Blatche because we kept stevenson I will be furious. He is our only player over 6-8 with any real potential to develop in to a difference maker.

Posted by: Brian Switzer | July 14, 2007 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Montgomery Burns. I hate that BS. Pollin's a good owner, never been afraid of a big contract. I don't see how anybody could be bitter about Abe Pollin owning the team.

Posted by: Rob | July 14, 2007 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Good for Pesh. Winning always beats the alternative. Shows he has the right stuff. I still would like to see them move BH with JCN for Warrick to Memphis. I don't see good things pairing EJ and BH for another year. I'm not thrilled by the Swift rumor either.

Posted by: DS | July 14, 2007 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Well for one...Pollin is a huge hippocrite. The team should still be named the Bullets and wearing red, white & blue.

Why did we change names you ask? It's the loads of 'straight cash homey' that comes from new jersey sales, etc...but good ol' Abe will tell you that it was because bullets "represent" violence.

All fine and dandy until he starts making money off retro jerseys too. He is all and only about the bottom line. No, he isn't exactly Donald Sterling, so I guess we're fortunate there. But can't there be some sort of balance?

k-dub

Posted by: k-dub | July 14, 2007 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention how "Montgomery" (nice call Brian) has pulled the ole okey doke on Loensis.

If you buy a team in a dying sport from me (sorry hockey fans....it's only a half-truth)...I'll give you the team you really want down the road...only to pull that rug out from under you.

Abey boy sure knows about the bait and switch.

k-dub

Posted by: k-dub | July 14, 2007 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I got your burns right here k-scrub & barry switzer.

Posted by: Homer | July 14, 2007 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Brian Switzer's post is right on the money. I concur.

Rob, I'm not sure what planet you are on, but Abe Pollin, while a wonderful man, has been a terrible owner.

Posted by: JJ | July 14, 2007 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Dishonest Abe needs to cut his ties with Les BouleS and sell to Leonsis right now. I think it's coming soon. O'Malley knew she will be fired if Leonsis, a marketing guru, comes on, so she left.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 15, 2007 12:13 AM | Report abuse

And the marketing guru will make things better by . . .

Posted by: Bill Carr | July 15, 2007 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Dominic McGuire gave the Wizards another good game and O-Pec continues to improve, but the story of this game was Aaron Miles. He made some nice plays on the defensive end and came up with some great passes and I thought did pretty well running the offense. Nick Young also made some good plays on D and that is real encouraging.
And here's to O-Pec for celebrating. That is the kind of attitude you need to have.

Posted by: George Templeton | July 15, 2007 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Finally, a great all-around performance from our Summer roster.

Dominic McGuire has really impressed me with his overall game. Prior to the draft I hadn't really heard his name throughout the college circuit but, once again, Ernie Grunfeld did another remarkable scouting job.

OPEC has nice range for his size but he obviously needs to get bigger. I think it was the last game but he also showed his aggressiveness when he put the rock on the floor and drove to the hoop. I like that and expect to see him work more on it as opposed to constantly relying on the 3 ball.

To me, Nick Young's play was a little frustrating. Granted he is a rookie and is learning to adjust but like Ivan said, he makes his shots harder. He passed up alot of passes to his teammates only to shoot a fadeaway with a defender's hand in his face. But still, he'll grow to be a solid player. No doubt.

Posted by: David | July 15, 2007 12:50 AM | Report abuse

By spending money that Dishonest Abe is unwilling to spend. Go ask EJ.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 15, 2007 1:20 AM | Report abuse

The marketing guru will do for the Wiz what Snyder has done for the Skins. Lil' Danny makes loads 'o cash from a 6-10 team. Ted has done a bang up job with the Caps so far hasn't he?? Anybody remember Jagrs' time in DC? Abe is the last of an old breed and he should be appreciated for what he has accomplished. I don't think he's been cheap, he's tried to do the right thing in a market that is sometimes head over heels.

Posted by: DS | July 15, 2007 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Dishonest Abe? The guy's one fault has been his loyalty. And how the hell is changing the name (which I;m still not happy about, but I don't hate Pollin for it) in any way hypocritical. Learn what words mean (and how to spell them) before you throw them around.

Posted by: Rob | July 15, 2007 2:10 AM | Report abuse

There is spending money rightly & wrongly.
Using Teddy as an example of spending ain't a good idea.

Even The Lakers Buss is against the luxury tax.

Look @ the Knicks & where spending has gotten them $45M in taxes & no playoffs.

Too many morons saying Abe doesn't spend money. Guess the twerpy edu makes ppl stupid.

Posted by: Victor | July 15, 2007 2:30 AM | Report abuse

JCN + Blatche + John Wayne Gacy for Elton Brand and Maggette

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2007 2:40 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised to see posters piling on Abe. Loyal to a fault for sure. And how about the cojones he showed running MJ out of town?

Pretty good game tonight. I'm loving watching the rooks. OPEC's three is dang pretty.

Posted by: Patrick | July 15, 2007 2:42 AM | Report abuse

If the Wiz lose Blatche, the only way to recover from it is to get a good return on the JCN package. Otherwise, the Wiz are destined to be haunted by it.

Posted by: low | July 15, 2007 3:18 AM | Report abuse

Another reason EG is pressing to unload the Poet's contract is to buy cap space in case its needed to retain Blatche. Like IC said, if Dallas throws the entire MLE at Blatche, EG could very well be in a bind unless the Poet or BTH is gone. Speaking of gone, it looks like Jarvis Hayes chances of being brought back have evaporated. Although he was a great guy, it is doubtbul that many tears will be shed about losing him, it's just unfortunate that it did not work out.

Posted by: low | July 15, 2007 3:48 AM | Report abuse

I think it's quite a testament to how good our young talent is that they actually won a game in summer league. The other teams have coaches whereas we have Wes Jr., so whereas other teams can make adjustments and kill us in the 4th quarter our team has to improvise on the fly.

Posted by: dumseld Jr. | July 15, 2007 4:30 AM | Report abuse

If it was your money, would you like to pay $1 for every $1 over the limit? That's a lot of money for a team that still struggles to sell out every game.

Still, I hope EG finds a way to keep Andray.

Posted by: Bart | July 15, 2007 7:13 AM | Report abuse

You are both right - and wrong. Although he used to be cheap, Abe has finally proven he will spend money. However, getting rid of the name Bullets remains an absolute, greedy disgrace, cloaked in a lie about wanting to reduce violence in the community. I won't sing again until the name Bullets returns...

Posted by: Fat Lady | July 15, 2007 7:24 AM | Report abuse

I'd be nice if Andray stays but if he ends up leaving its not that big a deal. The league if full of athletic, high potential players that never made a difference, for example Darius Miles and Jonathan Bender.

The Stevenson contract was flat out solid. The Wizards essentially get a defending, high percentage shooting, starting 2-guard for 5 years, 16 million if you factor in his last year with the team.

Dominic McGuire is going to make more of an impact than Blatche this year, so don't get too carried away with how Andray is going to be the next KG.

Posted by: Wei | July 15, 2007 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Ivan,

Where are you getting the $60.4M number from for the total in Wizards salaries for next season? You had that in a previous post, and I see the same 60.4M number online, (http://hoopshype.com/salaries/washington.htm), but they're including Jarvis's salary in that number?

By their numbers if you take out Jarvis' salary and replace it with Deshawn and McGuire's numbers it gives us a little under 7M to play with for 'Dray before we hit the luxury tax which is at $67.9M? Or maybe I'm missing something?

Thanks for the great work and insight as always.

Posted by: Don | July 15, 2007 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, and loyalty has won how many playoffs series and championships since 1978? Geez, that's almost 30 years ago.

Don't mistake loyalty for incompetence for hiring people like Unseld, MJ, and Gar Heard coach to run this team. Don't forget spending zero dollars on international scouting while other teams have picked up gems like Dirk, Ginobli, etc. until Grunfeld got here.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 15, 2007 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I've always been a HUGE Blatche fan but as someone else stated, some team is always willing to overpay for a guy nd then they regret it later. Looking at it objectively, what does he give us that McGuire doesn't? McGuire is a couple inches shorter but handles the ball as well or better, passes better, shoots about the same or even a little better, is a more aggressive rebounder and is a better shot blocker. Granted, this is based on summer league but I'm basing this on a comparison with Andray's summer league, too. McGuire can play both forward spots as can Blatche. Do we really need both ? I'd say McGuire has more upside but again, I have always been a fan of Blatche's game. In a best case scenario, we trade JCN/Etan for cap space and keep Blatche. If we can't, we should find a way to keep JCN. NO way we should let 2 of our young 2nd round assets walk for nothing. Also, why can't we trade AD to free up some space? AFter his performance in the playoffs, someone has to want him. Sign Aaron Miles in his place...he's cheap and solid.1

Posted by: Mark | July 15, 2007 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Intersting blurb in the Newark paper as to why he signed with the Nets. "Magloire wants to be more than just a thug for hire, which is why he passed up two-year offers from Washington, Philly and Utah." If there is any truth to it, it sound like both Haywood and Thomas would have been traded.

Sounds fine to me since one is a worthless whiner and the other an overpaid stiff.

Posted by: Daydreamer | July 15, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Ivan,

Pecherov's "step back three pointer" that was "one of the game's biggest shots" did not push the Wiz ahead late...it tied the game after Cleveland had just hit a 3 to put them up by 3.

Small botch. But still a botch.

Also, what is up with the offical scoring in the Vegas summer league. I know the stats aren't all that important in this league, but still...you'd think they'd be able to keep more accurate stats than they have been. A previous poster mentioned Nick Young had 2 blocks in the first 7 minutes...I noticed both blocks as well, but the official scoring of the game did not give him credit for the 1st block.

Also, the night before, they gave Pecherov credit for a tip-in that Visser actually made.

I do have one question for Ivan: You mentioned in yesterday's article that the Wiz may do "nothing" with JCN. Please elaborate. What happens to him if the Wiz do not trade him and can't afford to sign him at his price? Is it the same thing as when a player holds out? Meaning, we could end up signing him for significantly less than he is worth?

Posted by: Barno | July 15, 2007 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I know we're talking about him as a sports owner - where his loyalty has been a problem (ugh, how's that for an indictment of business?) - but Abe Pollin is one of the finest men this community has ever been lucky enough to have.

He's given far more back then he's been "given" (if you will; obviously no one gave him anything; he's earned it with his hard work and sacrifice).

Posted by: SteveMG | July 15, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I don't buy that luxury tax excuse. Yeah the Knicks are insane, but look at the other teams that were in the tax last year: Dallas, Denver, Minnesota, & the Spurs. There are 3 title contenders next year that are between $200,000 to $7 mil in the luxury. Just being in the luxury tax doesn't mean you are an idiot GM like Thomas and McHale. It's not my money that I have to put up, so I can't be mad at Polin. But the fact is the great teams in this league (besides the Suns who give up 1st round picks for cash) are not afraid to go over the limit a little bit.

Posted by: CurtisLee | July 15, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Don,
i believe that 60.4 number on hoopshype is not actually including Jarvis' tender. they post the same number on espn's trade machine, without jarvis included.

mark, as for mcguire being just as good as blatche, based on summer league, we shold also look at blatche in his last summer league, where he gavea better performance than any of our players did this year.

his game stats were 18p/6r, 15p/5r/2b, 20p/5r/2b, 15p/12r/3b (one games boxscore i couldn't get).

blatche was just 19 going on 20, never have played the college game (just one year in the d league) and put up those numbers. mcguire is 21 going on 22, a seasoned college player.

i hope we keep blatche. i can understand not wanting to go deep into luxory tax land. but just one million over increases your total salary from 67.5 to 69.5, about 3%. and next season with one of those centers almost definitely gone, and jamison's contract either gone or becoming half as expensive, you'll be right back out of luxury tax land.

plus if he continutes to improve like he has, you're going to get an extremely good 6th man, or fairly good starter at the forward position for what amounts to chump change compared to what you'd have to pay for a free agent.

this is why i'd still say jcn nd etan for swift is not such a bad deal. it's lowers our cap this year by about 1 million, and takes almost 6 mil off our cap next year.

btw, for everyone coming up with trade scenarios, now that we've signed DS, he can be included in a trade too, i believe, since he is being resigned by the team he was on last year.

Posted by: JC | July 15, 2007 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Denver was a title contender last year?

I guess we were too, since we also lost in the first round of the playoffs.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Good looking out, JC...you're right. Thanks!

Posted by: Don | July 15, 2007 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I was watching ESPNews the other day and they had Ric Bucher talking about the hawks and how they would never bee a contender because they are cheap. Then he mentioned how they have a reputation around the league for being cheap just like Charlotte and Washington. The fact is that Abe Pollin has always been cheap. Don't look at the player salaries, look at the coaches he would hire and things like that. Everyone knew he was bush league. Everything that Charlotte is doing now is what the Wiz were 10 years ago. This is what Gil was talking about when he said look at how other teams treat their players like champions. Look at our summer league roster, its full of local guys that really have no shot of making any NBA rosters next year. Bottom line is Abe Pollin is a GREAT person and what he has done for the community should be commended, but that has nothing to do with his abilities as a NBA owner. He doesn't have the bank account of the new owners to compete and he says that he won't sell until the Wiz win a championship but the truth is the best thing for him to do is sell the majority of the team to someone with deeper pockets so that the team has the resources to compete with the higher end franchises.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Going over the luxury tax limit by even only $1 would have cost you this past year $1,900,002. Because once you go over the luxury tax you no longer receive 1/30th of the luxury tax paid by other teams... and when you have the knicks paying $45 mill in tax its a decent little chunk of change. So if we were to go over the luxury tax limit to resign AB (lets say he gets a full MLE 5.6 million)- we would actually put 3 mill of that under the cap and stil have $2.6 mil in luxury range.

2.6 x 2 for the tax = 5.2 + 1.9 mil of lost luxury tax + 3 mil salary under the cap and we would essentially be paying AB $10.1 million per. Is he worth that heck no!

For those of you wondering why it gets split 1/30th per team... the 1/30th shares of teams over the limit goes to the league for league projects.

Posted by: Dante | July 15, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

JC,

btw, for everyone coming up with trade scenarios, now that we've signed DS, he can be included in a trade too, i believe, since he is being resigned by the team he was on last year.

Posted by: JC | July 15, 2007 10:56 AM

Players who were free agents (DS) once signed can't be traded until Dec 15th even if they were your player last year.

Posted by: Dante | July 15, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

For all those posters saying we don't need both Mcguire and AB because they both play hard and hustle ??? wtf!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????

Since when if you have one player who works hard and is everywhere getting involved with assists rebounds blocks steals etc... why would you not want a second one. Can you imagine two of them out there? Besides they don't exactly play the same position. MCguire is a SF and Blatch is a PF.
Imagine both of them out there at the same time actually hustling and playing defense. Put them out there with BH in center and lo and behold we suddenly have a defensive time.

PG: Arenas
SG: Butler
SF: Mcguire
PF: Blatche
C: Haywood

Or this off of the bench,

PG: Daniels
SG: Young
SF: MCquire
PF: Blatche
C: Haywood.

Whatever... the point is EG has assembled a great roster for EJ this year. And EJ will have the flexibility to gameplan and trot out some nice lineups taking advantage of key matchups. It truly is EJ's year to shine or he is gone next year. No reason we can't make the finals this year barring injury if you look at what cleveland did last year.

Posted by: Dante | July 15, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Good point on not getting 1/30 of the luxury tax Dante, I forgot about that.


"Denver was a title contender last year?

I guess we were too, since we also lost in the first round of the playoffs."

Denver was a tilte contender because Melo and AI could have caught fire at any moment, plus they were playing their best ball leading up to the playoffs. The Wiz were starting to struggle even before their best two players to injuries. Dallas lost in the first round too, guess they weren't title contenders either.

Posted by: CurtisLee | July 15, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I think the most egregious example there was the fact that "minnesota" was a title contender last year.

Posted by: Dante | July 15, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

In my first post I listed 4 teams and said "there are 3 title contenders", obviously leaving Minnesota off the list. Maybe I worded it poorly. My point was this: 5 teams went over the luxury. New York is terrible. Minnesota is terrible. There are 3 title contenders on the list. Dallas, San Antonio, and Denver. San Antonio won the title.

Posted by: CurtisLee | July 15, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Niqui | July 15, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Good lord, Denver was not a title contender. "Catching fire" at the end of the regular season and winning 1 playoff game doesn't make you a contender. No serious people mentioned Denver as real contenders before the playoffs.

Denver went over the cap to get AI. We're talking about going over the cap to retain Blatche or get JCN? That's crazy talk, plain and simple.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2007 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Good lord, Denver was not a title contender. "Catching fire" at the end of the regular season and winning 1 playoff game doesn't make you a contender. No serious people mentioned Denver as real contenders before the playoffs.

Denver went over the cap to get AI. We're talking about going over the cap to retain Blatche or get JCN? That's crazy talk, plain and simple.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2007 12:24 PM | Report abuse

dante,

i wasn't sure about the DS thing, but if that's the case, how do sign and trades work?

Posted by: JC | July 15, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Sign and trades work because of a clause in the contract that stipulates that it is a sign and trade to a specific team and that if the player is not traded to said team within 48 hours the contract becomes void.

So the player is never really a member of the team that just signed him because that team doesn't really have any control of him as the contract nullifies in 48 hours if they were to try and keep him... this prevents a team signing a player for a sign and trade and then going haha we are keeping you.

Posted by: JC | July 15, 2007 12:45 PM | Report abuse

No serious people said Golden State would beat the Mavs either. The Nugs went over the luxury to get AI, you are right, and that makes them title contenders this year if not last year. If you hate the Nuggets example then look at the Spurs. They have 1 superstar, 2 really good players, and a bunch of veteran role players. They went a little over the luxury to get what they needed to give them a good chance to win the title. If Grunfeld thinks Andray is going to keep improving and be a high level role player on a championship team then the owner should not be afraid to go over the luxury a little. Thanks for getting emotional though, that was funny.

Posted by: CurtisLee | July 15, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

interesting...so basically it sounds like an agreement between the league and players just to enable a team to get somehitng in return for a player it has no intention of keeping, or for a player to get a larger salary than he could from another team.

the term "sign and trade" is almost a misnomer. they should just say they are trading their "bird rights" to the other team, or something like that...

Posted by: JC | July 15, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

You can't look at it as Blatche putting the team over the luxury threshold. The reasons, and the salary fat that needs trimming, are Etan and AD's contracts. The Wiz can afford to throw some money at the kid but 6M for a backup PG and all that money owned Etan for the next three years?
Thats who goes to make room, not Blatche.

I have a feeling Ernie is right on schedule.
-Blatche has a respectable offer on the table, no rush.
-He's gone a few rounds with teams over JCN.
-The signings of Blake, Fisher, Mo Williams and Chucky Atkins shrink the PG market.

Should Blatche sign an offer sheet, he still has a week to move Etan/JCN/AD before deciding whether to match. Thats plenty of time to get deals done.

Posted by: Johnny Boy | July 15, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

A sign and trade is considered a single transaction by the NBA. It makes a whole lot more sense than the draft day trade rules.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Don't pay the luxury tax. Just get the players to play defense.

Posted by: Ian | July 15, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Abe is a great guy. That's probably why DC just gave him 50 mil to spruce up Verizon so that he can get a new scoreboard and charge 2 mil for the skyboxes instead of just 500K. I wonder how many people from SE DC are going to line up to get first dibs on those super luxe boxes.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 15, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Andray Blatche is the future of this organization. Anyone who has played with him in NBA 2K7 would have realized this.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Happy to hear that they resigned Stevenson and that the young guns in Vegas won a game.

The Wizards are going to be blazing next year!!

Posted by: chuck | July 15, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Until you know whether the skyboxes will be more expensive you need to shut your ever blabbing mouth - Mr. Thinks he knows it all...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I'd be nice if Andray stays but if he ends up leaving its not that big a deal. The league if full of athletic, high potential players that never made a difference, for example Darius Miles and Jonathan Bender.

The Stevenson contract was flat out solid. The Wizards essentially get a defending, high percentage shooting, starting 2-guard for 5 years, 16 million if you factor in his last year with the team.

Dominic McGuire is going to make more of an impact than Blatche this year, so don't get too carried away with how Andray is going to be the next KG.

Posted by: Wei | July 15, 2007 08:21 AM

THIS IS A VERY GOOD POST, FINALLY SOMEBODY WHO KNOWS WHAT THE HELL THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey anonymous @sswipe. If you read the W.Post when the 50 mil was announced, you would have read, as reported, that Dishonest Abe needed the cash flow to get a new scoreboard and to upgrade the skyboxes to cash in on higher fees. Idiot babbler mouth.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 15, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Can't imagine that Cuban's big offseason move, and he always makes an offseason splash ala Danny "big bucks" Snyder, would be signing Blatche to an offer that we will likely match. I've got to think the motive is to create a sign and trade that may lead to him getting his hands on Navarro.
But if Snyder's fellow Billionaire Boys Club member Cuban just wanted Navarro I'd think they'd be talking a striaght trade which could already be happening. My guess is that he's trying to engineer a three or more team scenario in which he ends up with Dirk, Gasol and Navarro. He loves the Euro guys and I just can't imagine that Grunfeld is waving Navarro's name around for trade bait and Cuban hasn't come sniffing around. Why sign Blatche to an offer? Another young player to wave Memphis's way to entice them to move Gasol to Dallas.
What would we get from such a deal? If our involvement is simply Blatch and Navarro I'd think Ernie would be targeting Diop from Dallas and Lowry from Memphis. Both would be expendable to their team's if Gasol would be moving to Dallas to play center and Memphis already drafted Conley. If we're trading Navarro's rights and Blatche on a sign and trade the salaries could work for next year, though next summer Diop will need to be resigned.
If Grunfeld is looking to move one or more of his problem contracts in the deal the trade would get bigger and a fourth team might have to get attracted into the deal so that we can get one or more expiring contracts to use for luxury tax releif next summer. Who thoose players would be I'm not sure, though Memphis does have some players that fall into that catagory.
Could it happen? maybe. Will it happen? As we've seen in recent weeks lots of deals get discussed never happen. And lots that are discussed never get leaked to ESPN. I'd still love to know what Ivan's little birdie has to say about what's going on in Dallas.

Posted by: GM | July 15, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

No, you are the idiot blabber mouth

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

No, you are.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 15, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

So when Teddy takes over the SE DC folks will get free evenings in the skyboxes? I'm sure the guy who invested his IT marketing genius in selling something anyone who had a brain was getting for free would have just such a scheme in mind. . . .


Posted by: Bill Carr | July 15, 2007 5:22 PM | Report abuse

It's nice to see the young guys showing something in summer league, but even if all of Pecherov, McGuire, and Young turn out to be legit, it's really not a good idea to go into a critical season in the franchise's development with a guy still as green as Blatche as your most senior bench rotation player. Grunfeld needs to make some kind of move to get some veteran help off the bench, somebody who can actually play significant role, not just fill space like the guys they've been subbing in the last couple of years.

Posted by: kalorama | July 15, 2007 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Billy, it's strange to read how you're pulling together unrelated concepts together in just one paragraph. Good try though.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 15, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Veteran help and toughness off the bench starts with Songaila and AD. Hopefully DSong's back is fully healed and he can get more than 2 inches vertical this coming season.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 15, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Forgot about Songaila. But I wasn't considering Daniels, because of the oft-reported push by Grunfeld to trade him.

Posted by: kalorama | July 15, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Forgot about Songaila. But I wasn't considering Daniels, because of the oft-reported push by Grunfeld to trade him.

Posted by: kalorama | July 15, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I think DSong is going to play with the Lithuanian team in the world b-ball championships, much to EG's consternation. Due to EJ's loyalty to his players, I'd expect Ruffin to get off the bench quick also.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 15, 2007 5:42 PM | Report abuse

"Due to EJ's loyalty to his players, I'd expect Ruffin to get off the bench quick also."

Which is exactly the kind of space filler we don't need.

Posted by: kalorama | July 15, 2007 5:58 PM | Report abuse

i think blatche wuold be a solid player off the bench this year. it's his third year in the pros, second offseason, second year practicing daily with the team....

also, it's good to remember that it's not like we sub in 5 guys at once. blatche might come in and spell jamsion, but arenas butler and stevenson might still be in at the same time. or heck, depending on who we're playing (like the suns), he might be in to spell haywood and basically, we'd have the starting four and actually a BETTER player at center...

i really like our young guys. young can light it up and create his own shots, and he's shown the ability to play decent defense. he even has pretty decent handles, so could bring the ball up if necessary. mcguire looks like he can fill in at the 3 or 2 spot. blatche the 3, 4 or 5 spot. pech the 4 and 5. though for the 5, they each wuold need to be strnger to get any real significant playing time there.

the great thing about their versatility is that we can bring each of them in with differnet lineups on the floor and matchup different with opponents.

assuming we stay healthy, i see a very good seasno ahead of us.

Posted by: JC | July 15, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Abe Polin is one of the single worst pro sports owners in the history of major American sports. The Gizzards haven't won more than 45 games since 1981. What a phenomenal streak of misery. He stabbed Michael Jordan in the back just as he had brought the team out of the doldrums and into the Black. The sooner Loensis is in charge and Polin is in the ground, the better. It is incredibly hard to continue being a Wizards fan with that buffoon at the helm.

Posted by: Anti-Abe Society | July 15, 2007 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Anti-Abe Society, you are a cruel idiot...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

"The sooner Loensis is in charge and Polin is in the ground, the better."

WOW!!! That is harsh. Even I wouldn't say anything as harsh as this, but I understand bro.

Posted by: DC Man88 | July 15, 2007 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Anti- Abe society you're what happens when relatives marry. JERK

Posted by: pro-Abe society | July 16, 2007 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Anti- Abe society you're what happens when relatives marry. JERK

Posted by: pro-Abe society | July 16, 2007 12:14 AM | Report abuse

AD to Golden State for Sarunas and O'Bryant.

Posted by: Monte | July 16, 2007 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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