Butler, Daniels update

The Wizards practiced today and while neither forward Caron Butler nor guard Antonio Daniels took part, they did do individual work and both players are moving closer to returning. Butler,. who has two sprained ankles, said he would get into the gym tomorrow night in Charlotte and hasn't ruled out playing Wednesday night against the Bobcats. Technically, he's a game-time decision.

Before Saturday's loss at Indiana, Daniels told me that he was hoping to return as soon as Saturday's home game against Miami and he hasn't ruled that out as a possibility but my gest guess is that he won't play until Wednesday's home against Detroit at the earliest. He was cleared to run for the first time today and said the knee felt fine afterwards.

However, both Daniels and Butler made it clear that they don't want to rush back and have the injuries linger on into January.

By Ivan Carter |  December 24, 2007; 2:50 PM ET
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Hey there, thanks for the update and I hope you and Mike enjoy your holidays.

I was glad to hear that AD and CB don't want to rush back.

On the performance side, it's tough to expect much when your injured players could field a playoff team (Arenas, Butler, Daniels, Thomas and OP).

As for the young guys, it seems Blatche hasn't had his head in the game for the past several games. Young is streaky, which one would expect from a rook. I was happy to see him try another game winner.I have to give Eddie credit on having confidence in him. McGuire has held his own for the past two games (+3 for over 20 minutes), which has been a pleasant surprise.

The injuries are a bummer, but the Wiz will be stronger for it.

Posted by: Izman | December 24, 2007 3:25 PM

HEY IVAN i went to espn.com and i went to nba and rumor central and i saw larry huges and it said the wizards have been looking to try to get a deal for him and can you talk about that thank you

Posted by: brandon | December 24, 2007 3:54 PM

The Larry Hughes "rumor" is so out of whack, it's not even worth commenting on. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavs have contacted teams, including the Wizards, about their possible interest in Hughes. Thing is, there is no interest. The Wizards aren't working a deal for an injury-prone guy who has three-years and over $38 million left on a bad deal he signed in 2005. On top of that, Larry is hurt all of the time so I don't see any team making a deal for him unless they can dump some garbage contracts in return. Good luck Danny Ferry.

Posted by: Ivan | December 24, 2007 4:41 PM

I can't imagine Ernie and Abe bringing back Hughes, after he left in such a huff about them supposedly trying to lowball him on the first go-round. Or Hughes swallowing his pride and coming back, even if they did want him. I think he made a big mistake by walking away from what was a good situation for him in Washington, where he fit into the offensive system and got to handle the ball a lot and make plays, which is what a slasher like him needs. With LBJ dominating practically every possession, he's never going to get a chance to do what he does well.

Posted by: John Brisker | December 24, 2007 6:30 PM

That Hughes report has to be BS. Just some simple salary cap math would make that pretty clear. We would have to send multiple players to make it work and we are shorthanded already. I'm not buying it.

Posted by: akmed0 | December 24, 2007 7:08 PM

Hughes won't be back here. However, I remember how well he played in the Wiz offense and how well he played with Gilbert. It was a real one-two punch.

Larry's last year here was a good one for the Wiz, this first year they were able to get into the playoffs since the mid or late 1990's, even getting to the second round.

I wonder if getting a big contract is really everything. From what I hear, Larry does not like being in Cleveland, for reasons already mentioned above.

Like Juwan Howard before him, getting a bigger contract than you deserve is an albatross around everyone's neck.

Posted by: Tim | December 24, 2007 7:25 PM

Larry Hughes had his career year here in 2004-05 and parlayed it into serious money in Cleveland, where he has been by any standards a serious flop. Like Tim said, it is highly unlikely that Danny Ferry is going to find a taker unless he agrees to eat a good chunk of Larry's contract.

Given Cleveland's recent performance or lack thereof, my guess is that Scott Skiles is going to have Mike Brown for company on the unemployment line soon.

They can keep a seat warm there for Isiah Thomas after Jordan Farmar's steal and dunk off the inbounds pass in the final seconds of yesterday's Laker game ruined a good comeback by the Knick bench... shades of Larry Bird.

As for the Wiz, hang in there guys, rest, heal up and have a wonderful Christmas, perhaps Santa has some good things in his sack for you.

Posted by: khrabb | December 24, 2007 7:42 PM

Ivan, how 'bout them Skins?

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 24, 2007 9:50 PM

Larry Hughes? Ouch.

Hughes is shooting just under 33% from the field (32.7) for the season. And if you subtract the one game where he went 13-17 from the floor and scored 36 points against Indiana, he's made 33 of 136 shots. That's 24%.

Twenty-four percent from the field?


He's untradeable.

Posted by: SteveMG | December 24, 2007 10:29 PM


DC Man88 responds to posts about the "village idiot." What does that say about his self image?

Posted by: Anonymous | December 24, 2007 11:41 PM

According to the RealGM trade checker, an acceptable deal salary-wise would be Etan and DeShawn for Hughes.

Would you make that deal??

Posted by: Darnell | December 26, 2007 9:31 AM

To the "Larry Hughes" rumor to rest, for starters, the Wizards don't want to go over the luxury tax, Ivan mentioned this serval times, and picking up Larry Hughes would do that. Can't trade players who are on IR so Etan is ruled out of any trades this season(PLEASE NOBODY MENTION TRADING JAMISON, HE'S NOT GOING ANYWHERE!!!). And last why would you want Larry Hughes back? The Wiz already have Nick Young , he's playing well for a rookie the team needs a reserve big man, because Blatche is playing out of his position.

I hoping Dainels and Caron come back soon, really soon. The team played tough in the Pacers game, but you can see that they team missed both players more so on the offensive side than the defense.

Posted by: Robert C. | December 26, 2007 10:09 AM

Robert C - there is no injured reserve anymore, so anyone can be traded.

Posted by: 2cents4wiz | December 26, 2007 11:14 AM

That's true in theory, but there's zero chance that anyone is going to trade for Etan now, IR or no.

Posted by: kalorama | December 27, 2007 12:27 PM

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