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Wilks in the house

The word here at Verizon Center is that Mike Wilks is in DC. A deal isn't yet signed but an agreement on a non-guaranteed contract to join the Wiz in time for Wednesday's game against Chicago. Adding Wilks will give the Wiz 10 healthy players and buy Coach Eddie Jordan some time until Antonio Daniels gets back from his right knee injury. The team has provided Daniels with a timetable of 2-4 weeks. He seems to feel that he can be back closer to two weeks than four. We'll see.

Wilks is in his fifth-year out of Rice and has played with eight teams since the 2002-2003 season. In all, he's appeared in 222 games with 11 starts. His last stop was early this season with Denver, where he played eight games and averaged 3.0 points and 0.8 assists in 15.3 minutes. He shot 43.5 percent. Basically, the Wiz get a veteran guy who should pick the offense up quickly (he's been in every system by now) and won't screw up if/when Eddie plays him. Ernie Grunfeld also considered Keith McLeod and some other guys but decided on Wilks over the weekend.

Going into catch some practice and will update later.

By Ivan Carter  |  December 17, 2007; 11:10 AM ET
 
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Thanks for the update Ivan.

Don't look now but we're only three games back of Orlando for the Southeast lead. The Magic are on a West Coast trip that takes them through Dallas and Houston so this may be a good time to pick up a few games on them.

Go Wiz, beat Chicago!

Posted by: Anonymous | December 17, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I doubt the guy will ever see the floor during a game but it's good to have insurance...and a guy who can help during practice.

Posted by: mark | December 17, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Oh-well, I really wanted Aaron Miles,he could have been a long-term guy eventually.

Wilks will do, he may get more PT than most people think...depending upon how fast he learns the system.

Posted by: Wizzy | December 17, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

In response to Wizzy, it probably would've been hard to get a guy like Miles or even DT if they are playing in Europe. There's great money over there that they wouldn't want to walk away from just for a non-guaranteed contract, especially when its most likely that the player's services would no longer be needed after AD is back. Then they'd be out of a job and unlikely to command the same money in Europe later in the season. So most likely Wiz options were limited to players with no job at all or playing in the American minor leagues for pennies. They've got nothing to lose by hanging out for a few weeks and hoping to get picked up (unlike Miles/Taylor).

Posted by: newposter | December 17, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Actually, he may even hang around until Gil is cleared for practice (almost). If I understood previous posts correctly, they have to cut him in early Jan or his contract becomes guaranteed, but, they can then sign him to two consecutive 10-day contracts before cutting him again. That's almost Feb, and if Gil stays ahead of schedule...

Posted by: reispace | December 17, 2007 12:32 PM | Report abuse

good point- but it still wouldn't be worth it for a Euro player financially unless they were just super confident in their game and that they had a good shot of being around after Jan 10 to get the guarantee and lock up the rest of the money.

Posted by: newposter | December 17, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Wilks clearly has some game. He is vertically challenged and is not a super great shooter but(1)he knows how to distribute the ball,(2)hits his free throws, and (3)has enough of an outside shot so that defenders cannot sag off him completely.

I disagree that he will not see game action. I would think he has a chance at some immediate minutes against the Bulls on Wednesday, as he should match up pretty well with Chris Duhon, which allows the Wiz to keep Mason fresh when Hinrich rests. I say this because I do not think we can spare Stevenson much, as he will have plenty of issues on his hands with Ben Gordon.

I'm sure Wilks knows that his long-term prospects here are not terrific, but he is needed now and he is welcome!!!

Posted by: khrabb | December 17, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Solid vet, here for the short term most likely. Wouldn't be surprised to see him cut and replaced with a D league guy on a 10 day deal come Jan. 5th. But we'll see.

In the meantime Stevenson is doing one heck of a job filling in at point. Kind of makes me wonder, the offense is humming along with a two gaurd that's been running backup point for a while and now starting.

Poster after poster is saying the offense is clicking better then ever. Is it the point guard play? Or is it having lineups with better balance and more offensive weapons?

Ivan, I'd really like to hear Eddie's response, my take is that this is a much better balanced offensive team.

Butler's offseason work on his catch and shoot skills and expanded range have made it much harder to just lay off of him a little and wait for him to dribble and then shoot his mid range jumper.

Haywood's been working hard the last couple of years on his offensive game. This year he's finally got some moves around the hoop and is really banging the offensive boards.

Songaila is healthy, Blatche after getting shot was really a rookie last year, and Mason is playing really solid ball in place of Hayes who really struggled with his shot last season. Thomas had hands of stone and couldn't catch a pass when flashing to the post, and everytime Ruffin was on the floor it was like going 4 on 5.

Is the point play better? or is it having more weapons to properly space the floor so that the Princeton can actually work?

Also it would really be nice to hear Arenas's take on the offense. Does he think he needs to adapt his game? Does he like the balance?

And the 64 dollar question, does he feel it will improve the team for other teams to know that there's 4 other options on the floor?

And will the improved balance on offense allow him to devote more energy to defense and contributing to the improvement at that end of the floor?

Posted by: GM | December 17, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

It could be the fact that Sacramento's starting backcourt was out and did not play on Saturday.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 17, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Trying to be proactive:

PLEASE IGNORE DC MAN88. DO NOT RESPOND TO HIM OR ACKNOWLEDGE HIM. HE IS RUDE, VULGAR, AND HIS POSTS ARE NOT INAPPROPRIATE TO THIS FORUM.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 17, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

The right man for this temporary gig. I had forgotten he played half a season for the '05 champion edition Spurs when Udrih was out with a knee. This makes his 8th or 9th stop in the NBA...Massenburgesque!

Question for Ivan: How long can we keep him for before we bump up against the cap? (Assuming we would want to keep him for more than 3-4 weeks.) Guessin' he gets the full vet minimum as a going rate.

Posted by: Pauly B. | December 17, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Good to have another guy to put under a microscope for two weeks. I imagine we wont see much of him. The inspired play I think we are seeing is the product of having a good team that is capable of winning the games that its supposed to.

Get used to it DC - we are a playoff caliber team for a while. However, whether we win in the playoffs is another story. Lets not go slurping this team until we see them execute in the spring.

And to people who say this team is better without Gil - you are all crazy. Last year we had the best team in the EC at the All-Star break. The fact that we can win without Gil is nice - are we better? No way.

We are better however without playing a guy who is injured for 40 minutes a game - no matter what the name is on the back of his jersey. That is the only difference.

Posted by: ATLwizFAN | December 17, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad the wiz are in the midst of playing sub 500 teams. It gives them a chance to gel, especially with the constantly changing lineups. And they get to work against a few more bodies than they have in practice.

They'll gain continuity and confidence with these teams, and then stand toe-toe with the big boyz. Go Wizards.

Posted by: 2cents4wiz | December 17, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

If you think about it, Boston is building a huge cusion digesting the bottom feeders. When the schedule gets tough, they will padded their record, and can absorb a losing streak.

The Wizards ( of course we are trying to erase a losing streak ) can do the same during this stretch of sub 500 teams.

Posted by: 2cents4wiz | December 17, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I really like the looks of the schedule for two weeks, but then it gets decidedly tougher in Jan. At Detroit, Seattle, Houston and Boston between the 2nd and 13th. Hope we get AD back for some of that.

Posted by: Kev | December 17, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

In response to Wizzy, it probably would've been hard to get a guy like Miles or even DT if they are playing in Europe. There's great money over there that they wouldn't want to walk away from just for a non-guaranteed contract, especially when its most likely that the player's services would no longer be needed after AD is back. Then they'd be out of a job and unlikely to command the same money in Europe later in the season. So most likely Wiz options were limited to players with no job at all or playing in the American minor leagues for pennies. They've got nothing to lose by hanging out for a few weeks and hoping to get picked up (unlike Miles/Taylor).

Posted by: newposter | December 17, 2007 12:26 PM




Not to mention the fact that the NBA has agreements with all the European Leagues to honor their contracts.... Therefore, the NBA can't just raid Europe for talent unless that "talent" is not currently under contract.

Posted by: Rook | December 17, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I think that Taylor has an opt out in his contract in Europe. But not sure anybody would opt out of their money over there for what could be a two to four week gig.

Posted by: GM | December 17, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I really like Miles. He looked good during the summer, and I'm sorry he wasn't picked up.

Posted by: LK | December 17, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

"PLEASE IGNORE DC MAN88. DO NOT RESPOND TO HIM OR ACKNOWLEDGE HIM. HE IS RUDE, VULGAR, AND HIS POSTS ARE NOT INAPPROPRIATE TO THIS FORUM."


I think you mean his posts are not appropriate for this forum. I second that.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 17, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Barring more backcourt injuries, I doubt Wilkes will be much more than a practice dummy/insurance policy.

Posted by: kalorama | December 17, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see if EJ continues to start Young.

Posted by: Tim | December 17, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/marty_burns/12/17/power.rankings/index.html

came across this while checking the weekly power rankings, anyone care to explain what beef marty burns has with our team? He actually slide the Wiz down after winning 4 straight. I'd hate to see what he does if we have a losing streak

Posted by: Anonymous | December 17, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Marty Burns is the guy who suggested "overhauling" the team a few weeks ago. Seems he's convinced he's right, no matter what.

Posted by: reispace | December 17, 2007 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Burns DID reference Daniels' injury. Not sure why you are confused. Daniels' injury hurts the Wizards, especially if it drags on for a while.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 17, 2007 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Daniels injury shouldn't have anything to do with it. The rankings generally appear to reflect where the team stands based on their performance over the previous week (since the last ranking list). It's not a projection of where they'll be in the future. The Wiz played one game since Daniels went out and won it. And, as a result, they dropped? Doesn't make much sense.

Posted by: kalorama | December 17, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

You guys just gang up on me because I am gay. I actually enjoy that. thanks

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 17, 2007 5:41 PM | Report abuse

DCMan88 drinks his own pee.

Posted by: Hot Plate Williams | December 17, 2007 5:54 PM | Report abuse

OK,

someone else brought this up... but i think it is something interesting to consider.

Butler is playing much better this season (he was already great)

So is Brendan (finally some consistent play)

Deshawn has been solid, and roger mason is giving us what we needed from Jarvis last season... some defense and some shooting.

Clearly this can't all be because GA got injured, right. So do we thin this team is evolving into a better team as a whole?

Posted by: greg | December 17, 2007 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I think the wiz should have signed brian chase. He can shoot the rock and can run the offense. He has been with the summer league for the past 3 summers. I WANT BRIAN CHASE!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Bigmon411 | December 17, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

We have players who are committed to working on their games and getting better every year (thanks to EG).

We also have players who have played together for a while under the same coach in the same system.

Besides that for the first time under EJ there is an attempt to play defense. The team also has more depth than in the past.

All of the above allows for the team to evolve into a better team.

Posted by: Tim | December 17, 2007 7:51 PM | Report abuse

I LUV DC Man88!

Posted by: Gilby | December 17, 2007 8:46 PM | Report abuse

To answer your question GM it is a lot of the things others said, but it is (like it or not) having someone playing PG (Daniels) who's first instinct is to run the Princeton Offense and who does not have the green light that Arenas had. Maybe they wouldn't have been as efficient running it the last two seasons as they have been this season, but I always felt if the Wizards had played within the confines of the offense more it would help them. And that includes Arenas. EJ has a tough job when Arenas comes back. You don't want to restrict Arenas too much, but at the same time he can't have the 100%green light because the offense is better when everyone is in a rhythm. How will EJ walk that fine line?

Posted by: George Templeton | December 17, 2007 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I luv Gilby.

Do you think he notices me at the games when I wink and smile at him and sashay around? '-)

Sashay!

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 17, 2007 9:29 PM | Report abuse

This Wizards team has shown too much heart for the front office to give up on this season. They may have something special. So if the team keeps winning over the next 10 games, I think the front office will have to sign Wilks (the best available pg apparently) for the remainder of the season.

Posted by: Quizzical | December 17, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Sashay!

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 17, 2007 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I really like Miles. He looked good during the summer, and I'm sorry he wasn't picked up.

Posted by: LK
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I like Miles too. But he wanted a guaranteed contract, to stay and Wizards did not want to give guaranteed contract. So I guess Wizards chose Mason over him by giving Mason guaranteed contract.

Posted by: Sagaliba | December 17, 2007 10:18 PM | Report abuse

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/marty_burns/12/17/power.rankings/index.html

came across this while checking the weekly power rankings, anyone care to explain what beef marty burns has with our team? He actually slide the Wiz down after winning 4 straight. I'd hate to see what he does if we have a losing streak
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I think he slide Wizards down due to AD's injury.

Posted by: Sagaliba | December 17, 2007 10:20 PM | Report abuse

"And to people who say this team is better without Gil - you are all crazy. Last year we had the best team in the EC at the All-Star break. The fact that we can win without Gil is nice - are we better? No way.


Posted by: ATLwizFAN | December 17, 2007 01:32 PM

"

Yeah, and Gilby was here during the team's debacle after the all star game into their downward spiral. Gilby only excused himself from the season about 5 games from the end, and by that time, the team had collapsed already under Gilby's "leadership."

There's no defending it. Gilby's selfish ways cost this team big time. Gilby is a parasite on this team, and it's shown that this team is much better without him.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 18, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Gilby is a parasite on this team, and it's shown that this team is much better without him.

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 18, 2007 01:54 PM

YOU are a parasite on this board. Go away DC notAman88!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | December 19, 2007 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Yay yay, nah nah!!!

I'm still here! You go away!

Posted by: DC Man88 | December 19, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

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