Blatche deal done

It's Ivan here using a different computer but believe me, it's me.

The Wiz and restricted free agent forward Andray Blatche have reached agreement on a new contract. I don't have the terms yet but will update later. With Blatche done, the Wiz now have 14 players under contract but remember that includes Mike Hall and Donell Taylor who have non-guaranteed deals.

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz |  August 17, 2007; 3:17 PM ET
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Yes finally... now I'm happy... cannot wait for the terms!

Posted by: turcu | August 17, 2007 3:23 PM

good to know we have him locked up (hehe) for the next couple years... i'm hoping we got him for 5 years 12 mil as that is a good cheap long term player

Posted by: Dante | August 17, 2007 3:26 PM

I didnt understand the importance of this extension until I saw an earlier post stating Ruffin is gone. Well lets hope Blatche gets his ass in the gym and work hard.

Posted by: Wayne from Bowie | August 17, 2007 3:28 PM

wayne -

blatch will get in the Gym especially if the vets are in his face from here on out.

Posted by: flinstone | August 17, 2007 3:32 PM

Halleluiah! Proof is back!

Posted by: Soup's Uncle | August 17, 2007 3:32 PM

Using the computer of one, "Emilio Garcia-Ruiz"?

Are you sure you're allowed to do that? :-)

Posted by: James | August 17, 2007 3:34 PM

Maybe one of those anon's hacked the blog and is posting as "Emilio Garcia-Ruiz"

Posted by: Conspiracy Theorist | August 17, 2007 3:39 PM

"Well lets hope Blatche gets his ass in the gym and work hard."

And stops propositioning cops dressed as prostitutes. :P

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | August 17, 2007 3:43 PM

hopefully he learned his lessons and won't make another mistake again :)

Posted by: nv | August 17, 2007 3:45 PM

He should have been available cheap. Good move.

Posted by: mark | August 17, 2007 3:45 PM

pant pant pant

Posted by: Ivan's dog | August 17, 2007 3:48 PM

What happened Ivan. Did Mike Wise steal your laptop again?

Posted by: doclinkin | August 17, 2007 3:50 PM

Even if the deal is for $12M for 5 yrs as reported last month (assuming it's the same deal), I would imagine that there's a player option in there, so that Blatche can opt out... we shall see...

Posted by: CN | August 17, 2007 3:53 PM

I am the real insider the deal is probably what I said a week ago 5yr 15million or 5yrs 17million let's wait and see

Posted by: AB | August 17, 2007 4:00 PM

I missed used my name it's AD not AB follow my blog it's the real deal

Posted by: AD | August 17, 2007 4:02 PM

I would hope Blatche loses like 500K for his transgression, with perhaps a makeup clause of a free "quality" non-cop hooker delivered to his house once a month on non-game-nights, assuming Blatche meets certain contract incentives...

But really I hope its still a 5 year deal. :)

Posted by: sfam | August 17, 2007 4:06 PM

That's great news, I'm going to celebrate tonight by getting a hooker.

Posted by: mike | August 17, 2007 4:13 PM

Good news. Let's get this thing started, already.

Posted by: kalorama | August 17, 2007 4:13 PM

Thanks, Emilio. You might want to update Ivan and give him the news when he gets back from walking his dog.

Posted by: mark | August 17, 2007 4:19 PM

What a a happy ending! I'm ready to get the season started.

Posted by: marty conlin | August 17, 2007 4:20 PM

I assume this kid is bound to make more misstakes, just hopefully not egregious ones.

What ever happened to PJ Ramos?

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | August 17, 2007 4:21 PM

Looks like the roster is pretty much taking shape. Any word on Booth, are the Wizards considering bringing him or another vet in as a frontline insurance guy?
Booth's the kind of guy who'll stay ready even if he's not dressing on a nightly basis. If you're healthy up front he'll not need alot of time to stay sharp, another words he won't take minutes from Pecherov and Blatche. But if needed he's another solid vet off the bench.
I hope we bring him back, other than that looks like the roster's set. Maybe this will quite an interesting camp. Between these guys testing out new tags on Blatche and the Eddie/Etan/ Brendan soap opera I'm going to be waiting for Ivan's report everyday. Sometimes there should be enough going on for a couple of good blogs a day. Sometimes there might even be something about basketball.
Ivan has Blatche still been working out as regularly as reported early in the summer?

Posted by: GM | August 17, 2007 4:22 PM

Great news Andray. Now that you have that contract signed, you can upgrade to me!!

Note - I definitely cost more than $88 dollars though:)

Posted by: Really hot busty babe | August 17, 2007 4:23 PM

I agree about Booth, GM. He showed himself to be a capable true professional last season and. given some of the knuckleheads the Wiz have along the frontline, they could use that kind of reliable influence on the bench and in the locker room.

Posted by: kalorama | August 17, 2007 4:28 PM

Great news, part 1. Great news, part 2 would be a 5yr/12mil deal. :)

Posted by: tsvqt | August 17, 2007 4:32 PM

Hell yeah!!!

Posted by: AndNone | August 17, 2007 4:38 PM

I am sooooo excited that AB is now signed. Let's hope that it is a 5-year deal. With AB maturing (wrong choice of words???), we will forget about the 2028 2nd round pick we got for JCN.

Posted by: Ernie G | August 17, 2007 4:40 PM

Significant move, I knew EG would get it done. You know what they say -- by hook or by crook (wait, let me re-phrase that...).

Posted by: Mitch | August 17, 2007 4:41 PM

Well things have been moving fast and furious. Now that AB is in the fold, I wonder if EG will address the center situation or leave it as it is.

Posted by: Tim | August 17, 2007 4:44 PM

Pretty much all of the good jokes have already been taken so I'll just say that I'm glad the deal is done.

The only thing that can ruin this is Eddie "I love small ball" Jordan glue-ing 'Proof to the bench again so that his boy Etan can fling his elboys aimlessly after uncontested rebounds.

I swear, if we had an actual NBA coach I'd be MUCH more excited about our young bigs. At least we have young bigs so I guess the glass is still half full.

Posted by: Rico | August 17, 2007 4:50 PM

Rumor has it that Abe is building a grotto (that will be filled with women) in the basement of the Verizon Center as a condition to getting this deal with Blatche completed.

I'm glad we re-signed Blatche...regardless of his supposed before game nacho eating incident involving Jamison (see previous blogs) and his run in with...well everyone.

Who would've thought that an NBA player would have difficulties getting some? If Wilt could snag over 20,000 women, how can Blatche not get 1?

Posted by: Hoops | August 17, 2007 5:03 PM

Hey DCMan, Just so you know boules is French for "balls". No such word as boulez in French -- I guess it's just Kornheiser's idea of how "Bullets" would be pronounced if it were a French word. Not sure how the French angle got into his head.

Posted by: Prazak | August 17, 2007 5:10 PM

No wonder DC Man88 says he likes "Les BouleS"

Posted by: Rook | August 17, 2007 5:49 PM

a quick trip to babel fish and we arrive at...

Les balles - The Bullets

Which would be pronounced like:
lez b/al/ayz?

I think...

Posted by: noodle | August 17, 2007 5:52 PM

GM - to your point about Booth.

I like him too. A real Pro. Plus, with Etan's propensity for injury, and the past problems between Jordan and Haywood - I would think Booth would be a good insurance policy.

Posted by: Rook | August 17, 2007 5:56 PM

We may not have enough to sign Booth. As an 8-year vet, minimum salary would be around $1.1Mil

Anyone been keeping track of the roster/salary situation?

I'm fairly certain Abe would not go over the Luxury Tax to sign Booth.

Posted by: Rook | August 17, 2007 6:02 PM

A bright side to Ruffin being gone and perhaps Booth not being around is that Jordan will be forced to play Haywood and Thomas. Too often Haywood and Thomas would combine for 30-some minutes in a game. Why Jordan liked playing his third and especially fourth string centers so much is a mystery. Now, hopefully it will be 40+ minutes for the dualing duo.

Posted by: Sean | August 17, 2007 6:14 PM

"A bright side to Ruffin being gone and perhaps Booth not being around is that Jordan will be forced to play Haywood and Thomas."

I don't see that as being the case at all. It's not like Booth and Ruffin got a huge amount of PT last season. Neither one of them averaged 10 mpg. Ruffin only played in 30 games and Booth only 44.

If anything--assuming Songaila is healthy and Blatche and Pecherov pan out--I'd expect Haywood and Thomas to see even less PT, not more.

Posted by: kalorama | August 17, 2007 6:29 PM

Hoops - your comment about the grotto in the basement made my day. I can even see it in my head...

Posted by: Mike in SD | August 17, 2007 6:35 PM

EJ is an average coach but Haywood is too lazy and Thomas plays hard but he has no hands. He may play AD at the center position.

Posted by: Rock Star | August 17, 2007 6:42 PM

EJ is an average coach but Haywood is too lazy and Thomas plays hard but he has no hands. He may play AD at the center position.

Posted by: Rock Star | August 17, 2007 6:42 PM

"Hey DCMan, Just so you know boules is French for "balls". No such word as boulez in French -- I guess it's just Kornheiser's idea of how "Bullets" would be pronounced if it were a French word. Not sure how the French angle got into his head.

Posted by: Prazak | August 17, 2007 05:10 PM"

I understand the french angle. As they call Target Tarjeay, it's a way to glamorize something that's cheap or crappy. I guess the Les BouleS or Boulez angle is a good way to glamorize a half-@ssed franchise. Now the tough part, finding a french word synonymous with "Charlotte Bobcats."

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 17, 2007 7:12 PM

Emilio Garcia-Ruiz....wasn't he in "The Breakfast Club"?

Posted by: John Brisker | August 17, 2007 7:12 PM

"No wonder DC Man88 says he likes "Les BouleS"

Posted by: Rook | August 17, 2007 05:49 PM "

Yeah, I like the funny sight of them hanging down from your moms.

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 17, 2007 7:14 PM

Andray is not the next Kevin Garnett I wish all these idiot zealots would get off his bandwagon and stop pumping him up to be more than he's not. He'll never be a 20/10 player and at best he'll be good for 8pts and 3 or 4 boards a game in limited minutes. He's undisciplined unfocused and obviously unintelligent seeing how he's constantly prowling for hookers instead of working on his game. I hope to God that Ernie didn't pay an arm and a leg for this chump.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 17, 2007 8:30 PM

One huge reason why AB won't get KG's numbers is b/c KG is the main focus when he was with Minn. AB is probably the 6th or 7th option on the team.

Gilby
AJ
Caron
DS
DSong
Nick

Given all that, it think AB has great skills and unlimited potential. It's just too bad that he won't get much opportunity on this team...even if people get hurt. AB got little PT during last year's playoffs when they were down to the darn waterboy as the next option off the bench.

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 17, 2007 8:58 PM

I think AB could minutes if he wants them, but that's a big if. He's a tough match up for a lot of teams.

Posted by: Tim | August 17, 2007 9:17 PM

Blatche is a serious talent. Let's hope he's learned a lesson this offseason. 'Course, I hoped the same thing two years ago with the shooting...

Can't believe Ernie would go into the season with Haywood and Thomas in the middle, but he might not have a choice. Like Kalorama said, let's hope some combination of AB and Pech can get some significant minutes at the 5, and relegate the terrible twosome to pine time.

Posted by: Keithinator | August 17, 2007 10:03 PM

Blatche could easily be the 4th scoring option if he got his head right.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 17, 2007 10:45 PM

It makes sense to send AJ to the bench as the 6th man and put AB or Opech at the 4 with BTH at the 5. Once Opech gets more comfortable, I'd put him at the 5.

I think AJ can add veteran savvy to the 2nd team which would consist of Nick and DMac with AD in the backcourt. I really hope EJ doesn't do individual experiments. Let the 1st team be 1st team, and 2nd team be 2nd team.

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 17, 2007 10:47 PM

the dirtiest sanchez was just performed on this unsuspecting young lady

Posted by: Anonymous | August 17, 2007 10:49 PM

"Like Kalorama said, let's hope some combination of AB and Pech can get some significant minutes at the 5, and relegate the terrible twosome to pine time."

Whoa! I never said I was "hoping" for that. In fact, I think playing those guys at C is a questionable idea at best. I just wouldn't be surprised to see it happen.

Posted by: kalorama | August 17, 2007 11:05 PM

"the dirtiest sanchez was just performed on this unsuspecting young lady

Posted by: | August 17, 2007 10:49 PM "


Did you kiss her afterwards to thank her?

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 17, 2007 11:08 PM

does a hobby horse have a wooden pecker?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 17, 2007 11:24 PM

"does a hobby horse have a wooden pecker?

Posted by: | August 17, 2007 11:24 PM "

I wish you success in this endeavor.

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 18, 2007 12:14 AM

Thanks for the update Emilio!!

Posted by: Darnell | August 18, 2007 12:19 AM

The influx of skilled legitmate PFs Songaila, Pecherov, and Blatche, will also allow us to utilize Jamison more often at the 3, which is his best and true position.

Posted by: Darnell | August 18, 2007 12:21 AM

"skilled legitmate PFs Songaila, Pecherov, and Blatche"
Posted by: Darnell | August 18, 2007 12:21 AM


Are you serious? Take off the homer glasses. Those stiffs are 7-8-9 men off the bench at best. Songaila is a career backup, pecherov has looked below average at best in both years of summer leagues and Blatche has proved nothing except a poor work ethic and terrible decision making. Wow. If anybody thinks these clowns are more than bench role players the truth is gonna hurt when the season starts

Posted by: TM | August 18, 2007 12:28 AM

Taylor, Mason, Chase, Hall, Booth.
Who should we keep?

Posted by: Emmet | August 18, 2007 2:00 AM

If I could get a half a Garnett out of either Blatche or Pecherov this year, then the Wiz are Top 5 in the East. Without some BEAST up front (no, not you Haywood) they are in trouble. Much as I hate to admit it.

Posted by: Nate in LA | August 18, 2007 2:40 AM

What does AB and two #1s get you in a trade with a Western Conf team not ready to make the playoffs this coming year, that fits within the capspace your have?

EB has just created another asset for the Wizards with the signing of AB. More is yet to come...

Posted by: oddjob | August 18, 2007 7:55 AM

mason jr / booth keepers

Posted by: Anonymous | August 18, 2007 7:57 AM

oddjob,

"What does AB and two #1s get you in a trade with a Western Conf team not ready to make the playoffs this coming year, that fits within the capspace your have?"

-- Answer: not much. The picks will likely be late in the round, and AB destroyed any trade value he had with his latest boneheaded stunt.

Kalorama,

Well, I'm hoping that! Given the wasteland that is the center position in the East, it doesn't take a lot to have a center that's comparable.

Posted by: keithinator | August 18, 2007 8:32 AM

It's hard to tell what kind of player Pech will be. He supposedly worked on his game and body during the last year since being drafted.

The early reports this summer were that he gained 10 pounds of muscle. However, it seemed to me he got pushed around a good bit during the Summer League.

He may not be the banger that we want him to be.

Posted by: Tim | August 18, 2007 10:27 AM

I don't see AJ coming off the bench in the short term. AB is not ready to start and I am not sure what Pech is yet.

The veteran presence on the second team will mostly come from AD, which is why I would not trade him as has been suggested by some.

Posted by: Tim | August 18, 2007 10:41 AM

Blatche = Bum

Posted by: Anonymous | August 18, 2007 10:45 AM

Blatche = Bum

Posted by: Anonymous | August 18, 2007 10:45 AM

There are some nasty people on this site today..............

Posted by: Anonymous | August 18, 2007 12:58 PM

It is so easy to get carried away with potential. But potential is all that Blatche, Pech, Young and McGuire have right now. Of those four, only Blatche has shown any ability (rarely) to really contribute meaningful minutes on a nightly basis. All we have seen of the other three is flashes of skill in summer league. As Blatche proved a year ago, shining in summer league hardly means anything. Bltche was great in Vegas last summer, then struggled all the way through training camp and the exhibition season, essentially playing himself out of the rotation. He so needs to pick up his decisionmaking, his maturity, his upper body strength and he needs to stop looking to Brendan as a role model.

Our top 8 will be the same as last year, with Darius around for an entire season. Eddie will never put AJ on the bench this coming season; he loves AJ for his cool head, leadership skills and calming influence on GA.

If we stay away from injuries, that should be enough to get a decent seed in the playoffs. And if D Wade or Shaq get hurt again, who knows? We could even win the division.

But I still maintain that our ability to have 50-win season and get far in the palyoffs boils down to defense. Offense can only carry you so far, as the Mavs proved all those years before they learned how to or decided to play some defense.

PS-EG has already made a commitment to Booth's agent that he will sign Booth. If Mason signs, it will be a non-guaranteed contract like Chase and Hall.

Posted by: Rockville | August 18, 2007 1:08 PM

to sum it up for rockville...it's the same old wizards people play no defense, just offense baby!

Posted by: nv | August 18, 2007 1:37 PM

Yeah, nv, but I hope they prove me wrong about that! Maybe Randy Ayers is a miracle worker.

Posted by: Rockville | August 18, 2007 1:49 PM

According to Wash. Times, the wiz resigned Blatche to a 5-year deal worth $15 million

Posted by: billy | August 18, 2007 2:05 PM

If its $15 million, its too much !

I thought his latest incident would give Ernie some leverage.

And no other teams made offers.

Posted by: whocares | August 18, 2007 4:03 PM

If its $15 million, its too much !

I thought his latest incident would give Ernie some leverage.

And no other teams made offers.

Posted by: whocares | August 18, 2007 04:03 PM

Personally I'd rather 15mil over 5 years than 12.5 over 5 years with AB having a player option in 3 years. Its much better to have him locked up for five years at this rate than having to reup him at a much higher rate in 3

Posted by: Dante | August 18, 2007 4:31 PM

Ivan, do the Wizard have any interest in Ruben Patterson? Would he come for the Veteran Minimum? Also, would the Wizard be open to trading E. Thomas for Minn's J. Howard.

Posted by: Dthefan | August 18, 2007 5:35 PM

Dante, there certainly was leverage. The question is whether Ernie decided to use it or not, and to what end. Just because you have the leverage doesn't mean you should over-reach, especially in a business that relies so heavily on ongoing personal relationships. If you truly value a guy and want to keep him around for the future you don't take this as an opportunity to screw him down on the payday. That can create ill will in the locker room. Maybe instead you knock out a no trade clause and/or a player option to give yourself a freer hand going forward and give him less freedom going forward. We'll never know how it played out but let's give Ernie the benefit of the doubt. I'm sure he knows how to work the levers in a negotiation and used his best judgment under the circumstances.

One thing I think it says is that AB won't be packaged into a trade anytime soon.

Posted by: Prazak | August 18, 2007 6:33 PM

Whocares - Actually, seeing as the average NBA salary is around $5.3 Mil per year; I think EG did a pretty good job in signing both Stevenson (4-years at $3.75 Mil per year), and Blatche (5-years $3 Mil per year) for less than the average.

Posted by: Rook | August 18, 2007 7:27 PM

Prazak,

The comment about leverage in my post is a quote from whocares... you and I have the same viewpoint

Posted by: Dante | August 18, 2007 8:00 PM

Ivan, would the Wizards (EG) have any interest in getting back Larry Hughes. A. Daniels and E. Thomas would work. I hate taking back someone who didn't want to be here, but I think it would be a trade that works for both teams. Sorry everyone too much time on the ESPN Trade Machine.

Posted by: Dthefan | August 18, 2007 9:09 PM

A strength of our team is our versatility, and the way these guys now fit in Eddie's system where there isn't so much a pg, sg, sf, pf, but rather 2 guards and 2 forwards.

With our top 8 rotation, we can start AJ and Caron at the forwards. When AJ rests we can bring in Songaila with Caron. Then we can rest Caron and pair Songaila with AJ. Then bring Caron back in with AJ and sit Songaila.

The same with the backcourt. We can start DeShawn and Gil. Rest DeShawn and bring Daniels in with Gil. Then rest Gil and bring DeShawn back in with Daniels.

Rotate Haywood and Etan at center

That is a nice 8-man rotation. And that doesn't even use Blatche, Pecherov, McGuire or Young. Those 4 make us pretty nicely set as far as the 12 man active roster.

Posted by: Darnell | August 18, 2007 9:13 PM

Darnell,

That would be a great lineup, as long as no one gets hurt. If you don't play at least 10 deep, then Blatche, Pecherov and McGuire will get no playing time. When AJ hurts a knee, or Caron breaks a hand, then you're in real trouble.

That was what a lot of folks on this blog complained about last year about Jordan's rotations. He played the big-3 so many minutes, it left very little playing time to develop Blatche. I believe playing those three heavy minutes will lead to injuries again this year.

Jordan should play 10-11 deep during the season.

Posted by: Rook | August 18, 2007 9:35 PM

Thank goodness we're much improved heading into next season. As our first nine guys, we have GA, CB, AJ, ET, BH, AD, DeS, DS, AB...

Hey, wait a second, aren't those exactly the same guys we finished last year with?

Sounds like EG really believed it when he was talking about how the Wiz were on top of the east in December. I just hope it's not a case of a guy believing his own propaganda.

Posted by: Mitch | August 18, 2007 10:16 PM

It's good to see AB deal is done. That AD bloger told you guys last week that he was the real insider and that it was 5/15mil.

If Eddie doesn't change his heart and start playing his bench eaarly and often once the season starts, He'll wind up with the same results as last year. And eveyone saw what happen. You have to develope a bench and give the young guys some confidence early in the season and allow them to play through their mistakes. It will pay hugh dividends as the season progress and alloww the vets to rest and gear up for the second half of the season. This time AB needs to be included in that stretch drive towards the playoff as part of a 9 player rotation.

If EJ doesn't you will see the same results as 2006 team. Remeber EJ said " He doesn't like to play rookies"

Posted by: The Godfather | August 18, 2007 11:35 PM

With the one final addition of Booth for security on the front line, the pieces for 2007-2008 will all be in place for your Wizards. The key will be Eddie's maturity and growth as a coach. Is he going to let BH get under his skin and make the same childish mistakes he made last year with inappropriate interpersonal communications? At least he won't have the JH sword to fall on, Ernie saw to that. Will Eddie figure out how to coach a playoff bound team from game one and not over use his big 3 or 4? This will be a big and possibly final test for Eddie and his band of minions.

Posted by: oddjob | August 18, 2007 11:35 PM

As long as Haylimp and The Poet are here acheiving nothing but getting overpaid for it... as well as fighting with each other... and JCN is in Memphis (in one of the worst trades this offseason), then I think this is one of the worst offseasons we have had in a long time.

We got Mac and Young in the draft....Young may be another Hayes but with less talent. Mac is a possible future starter but wont get the chance to start in the positions that he can play well because of the logjam at those positions.

Not to mention, we just signed a kid that doesn't realize that he is in the NBA and just has to say "Hello, I am Andray Blatche of the Washington Wizards" to a woman at a club and she will go to bed with him for free. With his level of wisdom, he may be flipping burgers at McDonald's very soon.

We signed DSS. Like SG's aren't a dime a dozen.....Sheesh! We don't seem to be able to find a true PG, defensive PF and defensive C, since EG and EJ got here.

I am not sure who to blame because EJ was hired before EG which always causes problems. A GM should be able to pick his coach.

I am tired of our ineptitude in the front office. I dont know if I need to blame EJ, EG, O'Malley, the holdover assistant coaches and FO people, or Abe or a collection of all of the above.

Posted by: Aprius | August 19, 2007 12:27 AM

This team will surprise alot of ppl.
Lots of athletic 6-10/11 guys who can do a lot of things.
Strength in numbers & rotation option will have the Wiz contending in the East.

Hey we can hope!

Posted by: Victor | August 19, 2007 1:26 AM

Reading between the lines a little bit, it seems to me there may be a little friction or discomfort between EG and EJ.

Since EG is now second to Pollin in the power structure and has solidified his stature with the club, I would say EJ definitely needs to take the club passed the first round of the playoffs or he may be gone after next season.

I think EG has done his part, though, in that potentially the Wiz could have a much better bench, which was one of the main problems last year.

Posted by: Tim | August 19, 2007 8:56 AM

people who think this was dumb go back and look at the fit AB gave Garnett last year,there is a ton of potential in this kid IF he keeps his head on straight and works hard like GA

Posted by: jcrock | August 19, 2007 10:01 AM

Sorry for sidetracking a bit, just wanted to see what the rest think about offensive and defensive rebounds. I think the sorry thing about our bigs, is none of them can jump. Well okay AB jumps, which is why he would be good at PF and Etan does a little. The rest can't - Haywood, Pecherov, Songaila. The ones who jump for rebounds on this team are Butler and believe it or not AD. Jamison has slow legs but quick hands, so gets a lot of rebounds. I was really disappointed at Pecherov during the summer games, it appeared he had no thigh/leg strength.

Posted by: rgz | August 19, 2007 12:18 PM

An 8 man rotation? Yeah, great idea. That way we can make sure we go into the playoffs with a bunch of injuries.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2007 12:33 PM

Man you people are unbelievable! I wasn't saying that 8 man rotation as the only ones that will ever play. I was just talking about the top 8 guys that should get most of the pt, and pointing out how strong it was, and versatile!

I just said look at that top 8, and it doesn't even include guys like Blatche, Pecherov, McGuire or Young, who all have alot of talent IMO. Of course you play those guys, see what they give us and let them develop and improve. I was just pointing out how solid our top 8 is!

And we got all these young guys with lots of potential to work in and come off the bench instead of the likes of Ruffin, Booth, Hayes, Mason. I was just pointing out that our 12 rotation contains alot more talent and depth, vets that are solid now at the top bolstered by athleticism and youth backing them up.

I wasn't saying run the top 8 into the ground.

But a problem last year IMO was it took Eddie so long to establish a set rotation. I like the way this roster shakes out, with the logical top 8 the veterans of the team ready to roll, and the remaining 4 are young guys with talent that will push the vets and challenge them for pt. They're gonna push them in practice and vice versa, and when they get in the game they're gonna be playing hard, trying to do something to stick.

I was just saying I like the make up of our 12 man roster. You people gotta always take every little comment and try to ram it in the ground!

Posted by: Darnell | August 19, 2007 2:22 PM

For example... I'd like to see Blatche worked in and getting all the pt he was getting last year, plus Booth's minutes, plus some of Etan's.

I'd like to see Pesh getting Ruffin's minutes, and cutting down some of Antawn's.

I'd like to see McGuire getting the pt that was going to Hayes.

I'd like to see Young getting the pt that was going to Mason and Taylor.

I mean our starters were solid last season. It was our bench that really gave us nothing, so my hope is these young guys will improve on that, and will get better throughout the season and earn increasingly bigger roles.

Plus we will benefit immediately with having Songaila healthy from the start IMO. As well as a more confident Daniels who had a very strong playoff series after a lackluster season.

Posted by: Darnell | August 19, 2007 2:32 PM

Good post Darnell. Jives with some things I have alreaded posted, although you went into a lot more detail.

Also, I see AD being a calming, veteran presence to a young and talented second unit if EJ decides to do it that way.

Posted by: Tim | August 19, 2007 3:01 PM

Tim, yeah I see that as well. Daniels should be a great influence on Young for example. And I think Gil will work with him alot also. I think Songaila will be a great mentor for Pecherov. They have similar games, plus the connection of both being from other countries and having to adapt. Also Jamison is a great guy to have working with 'Dray, and Caron with DMac. I just really like the mix we have now of vets and youth.

Posted by: Darnell | August 19, 2007 3:15 PM

I agree with what you just posted, but I also meant that in a game, if EJ went with a second unit of say Pech, AB, McGuire, Young and AD, that AD could be calming influence on this unit and make them much more effective.

Posted by: Tim | August 19, 2007 3:41 PM

"Tim, yeah I see that as well. Daniels should be a great influence on Young for example. And I think Gil will work with him alot also. I think Songaila will be a great mentor for Pecherov. They have similar games, plus the connection of both being from other countries and having to adapt. Also Jamison is a great guy to have working with 'Dray, and Caron with DMac. I just really like the mix we have now of vets and youth.

Posted by: Darnell | August 19, 2007 03:15 PM "


Based on what? How AD or AJ were able to school AB on how to be a good pro?

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 19, 2007 9:36 PM

"This team will surprise alot of ppl.
Lots of athletic 6-10/11 guys who can do a lot of things.
Strength in numbers & rotation option will have the Wiz contending in the East.

Hey we can hope!

Posted by: Victor | August 19, 2007 01:26 AM "

Except play defense.

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 19, 2007 9:37 PM

"Lots of athletic 6-10/11 guys who can do a lot of things."

Lots? Like who? I count two at most, and that's only if they actually live up to potential.

Posted by: kalorama | August 20, 2007 11:48 AM

Get him a live in woman.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2007 7:38 PM

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