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Friday's workout

Sean Singletary, the guard from Virginia, and Maureece Rice, the guard George Washington were among six prospects who worked out at Verizon Center today. The others were F Josh Duncan (Xavier), G-F Justin Hawkins (New Mexico State), F Davon Jefferson (USC) and F-C Longar Longar (Oklahoma).

Singletary has already visited several teams and plans on working out for at least nine more. I wish I could give you guys some juicy details from the workouts themselves but they don't allow media in until five or 10 minutes remain and we see very little. The thing that stood out to me about Singletary was his height. He's listed as 6-foot-0, 180-pounds but on television playing at UVA, it always appeared to me that he played bigger than he looked.

He is in terrific shape though and had a good showing at the pre-draft camp in Orlando. The question about him will obviously be whether he can show that he can play point guard - and by that I mean that he has to defend point guards - at the NBA level.

The Wiz will be looking at more guys next week and I'll keep you updated when those names become available.

By Ivan Carter  |  June 13, 2008; 4:24 PM ET
 
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titties?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Mr.GMC commercial guy. ;)

"Ray - I usually agree with a lot of your posts - but you're way off here.

Let Arenas walk - and "pick up" Baron Davis? Let Jamison walk - and "pick up" Brand?"

Yes and yes, and Wilbon's article today says as much and he even maentioned THE SAME PLAYERS I blogged yesterday.(makes me think he's reading Ivan's blog for ideas).

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/12/AR2008061204214.html

My point being is there are WAY to many guys out there right now to give Gil a max contract, and even keep Jamison who is also over 30 years old on the roster and hope for this team to improve.

You would have to make a trade, and as far as Blatche "hitting a ceiling" until he starts and more so matures, then yeah he's hit a ceiling. I'd offer up Blatche in a second if it meant getting better. He's a bench guy. Again, if you all think he's going to play ahead of Thomas AND Songaila next year you're nuts.

Ask yourselves this: if Etan Thomas doesn't have heart surgery, how many minutes does Blatche really play?

Kalo, my point was Gil is not a max contract player. Would you pay him a max deal right now?

And yes I would take Brand and Davis over Gil and Jamison. I love the Wizards, but both of those guys are better at thier positions then what the Wizards have.

Jordan also has to find a way to get Young more minutes. That guy is a flat out scorer.

Funny, I think I said last year that Boston would win the East if they stayed healthy this year and I got blasted on here.

Looks like Boston is about to win the whole thing. :/

Chemistry, shmemisrty. EG needs to think about winning a Championship instead of just keeping Gil happy.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | June 13, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Sincere condolances to the family of Tim Russert and others who loved him and called him a friend. Russert was a rare breed of truth and integrity. And he was a huge sports fan. 58 was way too early. We will miss him for a long long time.

Posted by: oddjob | June 13, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

RIP Tim Russert: arguably the Wizards' most famous fan--and (more importantly) a giant in political journalism. My prayers go out on his family's behalf.

Posted by: Keynote | June 13, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Sean is a beast, and would be an amazing player for the Wizards to have on their roster next year! He can defend, score, create shots for others...just amazing!

Posted by: UVA | June 13, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Well said Keynote. Shocked to hear, truely sad news.

Posted by: Darnell | June 13, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I would love to get Singletary in the 2nd round!! Dude can flat out score, and he is very good running the point. 4 years in the best conference in college hoops. Kinda reminds me of Juan Dixon in his ability to score, his streaky shooting, his knack for hitting big shots, his heart, his energy, his ability to get steals and create fast breaks. He'd add speed and quickness to our bench, and a counter against full court pressure. AD is our oldest player, and we need a 3rd pg for added depth. Also we need another scorer off the bench other than NY.

Posted by: Darnell | June 13, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Hibbert in 1st and Singletary in 2nd would be an excellent draft!!


I really hope we go this route and not draft a raw upside player that is Dleague bound or a raw thin Euro player that we need to wait years to see. We already got that in Pesh, Veremeenko, and McGuire. Blatche is just now finally coming out of that faze hopefully.

I'd rather get some proven experienced college guys who played through their senior seasons in major conferences and are ready to contribute off our bench sooner rather than later.

Posted by: Darnell | June 13, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

IMO we'd have a really nice mix of vets (Jamison, Butler, Arenas, Daniels, Stevenson, Haywood, Etan, Songaila) and young players (Hibbert, Blatche, McGuire, Young, Pecherov, Veremeenko, Young, Singletary)

Posted by: Darnell | June 13, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

What's the point of drafting all these young guys when EJ is not going to give them any PT to develop?

If we want to win now, we need to get some vets. Getting more youngs for a team that's been one and done the past 3 years isn't going to do much to improve the team.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 13, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

"Kalo, my point was Gil is not a max contract player. Would you pay him a max deal right now?"

I would if the other best alternative was paying one to Baron Davis.

Posted by: kalorama | June 13, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

LOL!

It's funny how people like to pay others max money when it's not their money!

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 13, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Kalo, my point was Gil is not a max contract player. Would you pay him a max deal right now?"

I would if the other best alternative was paying one to Baron Davis.

Posted by: kalorama | June 13, 2008 9:00 PM

Especially considering that a "max" salary for Arenas is $15.6 Million whereas Baron Davis is scheduled to make $17.2 Million next year (the FINAL year in his contract).

Posted by: Rook | June 13, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

What's the point of drafting all these young guys when EJ is not going to give them any PT to develop?

If we want to win now, we need to get some vets. Getting more youngs for a team that's been one and done the past 3 years isn't going to do much to improve the team.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 13, 2008 8:42 PM

Getting more Vets is a problem with the Salary Cap. The Wizards need hang on to solid young players, so they have assets to trade for solid veterans. Blatche is right now the only tradable asset. As he's gotten more playing time, he's improved.

The same will happen with Young this next year.

As the youngsters mature (Blatche, Young, McGuire, Pecherov, draft picks, etc...) they become either key players in your plans for the organization, or chips to use for bargaining with other teams.

It's obvious that Ernie Grunfeld has a plan, and is sticking to it. He has said all along that he wants the team to become a contender, not just for a year (like Miami), but a perrennial contender. That means building from a young core.

It's also obvious that most of the "fans" on this blog don't agree with that philosophy - and would rather trade away the core players and start over each year.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 13, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

"One of the last people to see Russert alive was Michael Hart, a Comcast technician from Waldorf, who struck up a friendship and said the newsman delighted in getting Washington Wizards tickets for Hart's six children. Hart said they were laughing and joking as he set up cable service for Russert's son in a Georgetown apartment.

As they rode down in the elevator, Hart said, "we talked about the upcoming campaign. He said, 'Thank you for looking out for my family. Happy Father's Day.' He put both his hands on mine and I gave him a hug.""

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/13/AR2008061302423_pf.html

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 14, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

"Especially considering that a "max" salary for Arenas is $15.6 Million whereas Baron Davis is scheduled to make $17.2 Million next year (the FINAL year in his contract).

Posted by: Rook | June 13, 2008 11:29 PM "

I wonder why some people on this blog keep hanging on to the Baron Davis angle.

I mentioned Baron's name, along with MANY other possibilities about 3 weeks ago, but was never die hard dead set on Baron and haven't spoken of him since.

In fact, I'd rather trade Gilby to Toronto for the rights to someone like Calderon who will be much cheaper than both Gilby and Baron.

Or, Devin Harris would be a good trade also.

Heck, NJ wants to get rid of VC. We'll take VC as long as we can get Devin Harris, and then send VC somewhere else!!!!

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 14, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

"Getting more Vets is a problem with the Salary Cap. The Wizards need hang on to solid young players, so they have assets to trade for solid veterans. Blatche is right now the only tradable asset. As he's gotten more playing time, he's improved.

The same will happen with Young this next year.

As the youngsters mature (Blatche, Young, McGuire, Pecherov, draft picks, etc...) they become either key players in your plans for the organization, or chips to use for bargaining with other teams.

It's obvious that Ernie Grunfeld has a plan, and is sticking to it. He has said all along that he wants the team to become a contender, not just for a year (like Miami), but a perrennial contender. That means building from a young core.

It's also obvious that most of the "fans" on this blog don't agree with that philosophy - and would rather trade away the core players and start over each year.

Posted by: | June 13, 2008 11:37 PM "

Fine, get ready for some more one and dones.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 14, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

C'mon dc man, the Raptors are NOT going deal Calderon to anyone, though they will part with TJ Ford, a great point guard but one who is eggshell-fragile. No deal there.

And dealing with the Nets? Is that the same Devin Harris we basically traded to Dallas with Jerry Stackhouse for AJ four years ago?

OK Devin is, what, a year or 2 younger than Arenas, he scores 14 and 8 and has some upside... but do you really want us to trade 28 and 6 for him?

And to make the numbers work, you suggest we should take on the poisonous Vince Carter and his bloated contract. Then we should "send VC somewhere else".

Who do you think would take VC off our hands and what would we get in return? Less than bupkes is my guess, and we would probably still have to eat some of his salary to move him.

Unless Arenas blows us off by forcing a sign and trade with the Clippers, he is back here next year and will IMO be just fine. If he chooses to go to LA then I would insist on Maggette, Livingston and their lottery pick in return. That pick would hopefully become a PG like Augustin...

Posted by: khrabb | June 14, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

...and when was the last time Agent Zero averaged 28 and 6?

Yeah, keep holding on to that wet dream.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

khrabb, you're so right. I sure as heck wouldn't want Gilby in return for Calderon if I were Toronto.

Devin Harris is not only getting 14 and 8, but he is one heck of a defensive player who's capable of keeping up with the likes of Deron and CP3. Don't forget, he's makes like 2/3 less than Gilby.

Speaking of Gilby's scoring vs. Devin's scoring, Gilby averaged about 21 shots/game in a full season. Devin averages around 10 shots/game with about 10 minutes less PT.

If you want AB, NY, CB, and AJ to run like well oiled machines, you can't have your point guard commanding the ball so much like Gilby does.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 14, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Make that 14 and 6.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 14, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Hibbert, I can just imagine him trailing every possession finally reaching the key just in time to watch Gilbert take a jumper.

Adding him to a team that plays our pace is a bad idea. Even at Georgetown's pace his minutes were watched carefully. They'd be dragging him up and down the floor like a rusty fender.

Get the feeling Ernie already knows what he wants to do and it might not include keeping the player we pick at #18.

Posted by: Monte | June 14, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know what happened to the RealGm boards (Saturday), they appear to be down

Posted by: Wizzy | June 14, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Here is my ideal plan for the Wizards this offseason!

1. Re-sign Gilbert Arenas
2. Re-sign Antawn Jamison
3. Draft Roy Hibbert #18
4. Draft Sean Singletary #47
5. Trade Antonio Daniels to NY for Jared Jeffries
6. Trade Etan, DeShawn, Pesh to Bulls for Hughes and Cedric Simmons
7. Bring over Veremeenko
8. Sign unrestricted FA Chris Duhon with our midlevel exemption (plan B Carlos Arroyo)


Starting 5:
Haywood, Jamison, Butler, Hughes, Arenas

Bench:
Hibbert, Blatche, Songaila, Simmons, Veremeenko, Jeffries, McGuire, Young, Duhon, Singletary


Bring back fan favorites Hughes and JJ, local college stars Hibbert and Singletary! Hibbert and Simmons both played entire college careers in Princeton, Hughes and Jeffries know system of course. Singletary is a mini-me Arenas clone, but peskier and quicker. Duhon is a solid backup and good defensively at pg. We have alot of good defenders now to put on LeBron with Caron, Jeffries, McGuire, and maybe some Simmons and Blatche. Wizards were very high on Simmons coming out of college, a 6-10 banger and defender. Hibbert and Blatche make a nice big/small option behind Haywood at C, and they can play together at the 5 and 4 spots. Veremeenko replaces Pecherov as our Euro big man project. Duhon replaces AD. Hughes/Young makes an excellent rotation at SG. Jeffries adds depth at SF behind Butler.

Depth chart:

Center: Haywood, Hibbert, Blatche
PF: Jamison, Songaila, Simmons, Veremeenko
SF: Butler, Jeffries, McGuire
SG: Hughes, Young
PG: Arenas, Duhon, Singletary


I know it seems crazy to bring back Hughes and JJ. But they are players that fit VERY well on our team and our style of play. To bring them back with our big 3, and draft local stars Hibbert and Singletary, man this would be a fun team to root for!!!

Posted by: Darnell | June 14, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

P.S.

Just to mention...

Trades also work with Etan (instead of Daniels) to NY for JJ and Daniels to Bulls (instead of Etan) with Stevenson and Pesh for Hughes/Simmons

Posted by: Darnell | June 14, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Ivan, do you know if the wiz are bringing in Batum or McGee, two guys that alot of mocks have the wiz taking.

Posted by: Mikey | June 15, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

"It's funny how people like to pay others max money when it's not their money!"

Not nearly as funny as people who piss, moan, and complain about paying others max money like it is their money.

Posted by: kalorama | June 15, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

"Adding him to a team that plays our pace is a bad idea. Even at Georgetown's pace his minutes were watched carefully. They'd be dragging him up and down the floor like a rusty fender."

The idea that the Wizards are a run-and-gun team is something of a fallacy. They play a lot of half-court stuff, but they don't play it as effectively as they need to because they don't have a reliable post scoring option. Hibbert could provide that.

Posted by: kalorama | June 15, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Exactly Kalorama! The Wizards are good on breaks, but they are not very good in their half court sets because they don't have a low post threat. They are often relegated to jumpshots and taking quickshots with no ball movement. Hibbert with his low post scoring ability and passing skills would facilitate ball movement and an efficient and effective half court offense. And this, by the way, is essential to playoff success.

Posted by: Darnell | June 15, 2008 2:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm with Darnell and Kalo... And it is sad that Tim Russert won't be around when the Wizards DO take it to the next level in 2008-9... Heartfelt condolences to his wife and son.

Posted by: khrabb | June 15, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

seriously draft hibbert and singletary? no, you guys don't sound like homers at all. hibbert is a stiff, take off your rose colored glasses. and not to take dcmanns side here but you can't say "complain about paying others max money like it is their money" because, um, hello, it is our money! where do you think abe is going to get the money back from handing out a max deal? um, ticket sales. and who pays for that? i hope you people are happy, i had to take dcmanns side in argument

Posted by: Anonymous | June 15, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Reinserting Gilbert will speed things back up. His quick shots effect the pace more than his steals.

Posted by: Monte | June 15, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

"Not nearly as funny as people who piss, moan, and complain about paying others max money like it is their money.

Posted by: kalorama | June 15, 2008 12:44 AM "

Not nearly as funny as paying someone max money when they don't deserve it.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 15, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Wiz can't run with the best, and can't half court with the best.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 15, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Wiz Fans, why is everybody so bent on getting rid of Arenas and breaking up the team? Wilbon even talks about no winning with Gilbert. Can you please pass judgement when we have a completely healthy team? Sure they have been eliminated by the Cavs the past 2 years, but have we had a completely healthy team either time? It was so apparent that we cannot win in the playoffs without Gilbert or an equivalent player. He can breakdown any player in the league and make defenses change to adjust to him. Not many players in this league can do that. We have not had this type of player in Washington in a long time. We continue to get rid of the special players and not allow them to grow or blossum until they reach other teams. The list is long. Let's at least let them come back and pray for a healthy season, then see how we stack up in the East. I for one believe we have the talent to compete against Detroit, Boston or Clevelend. Let's not trade for trade's sake.

Posted by: Garry | June 15, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

"Not nearly as funny as paying someone max money when they don't deserve it."

Like Baron Davis?

Posted by: kalorama | June 16, 2008 2:29 AM | Report abuse

"Like Baron Davis?

Posted by: kalorama | June 16, 2008 2:29 AM "

Baron and his max money issues...not a local DC issue. Sorry.

But, his team has actually won a game in the conference semifinals though! More than we can say about others.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 16, 2008 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Some Hibbert related news:

http://www.draftexpress.com/article/Word-on-the-Street-Golden-State-Workout,-Walker-Injury-2927/

-Two players we haven't heard great things about from their workouts so far as DeAndre Jordan and JaVale McGee. Both have reportedly been outplayed by lower rated prospects such as Alexis Ajinca (in Charlotte) and Roy Hibbert. Jordan has not impressed anyone by showing up for his job interview (what this is essentially) in a t-shirt and shorts while players such as Hibbert and Courtney Lee arrived prepared to get down to business in a suit and tie. Hibbert has gotten some strong reviews from teams who have seen him so far, as he appears to be in excellent shape and is reminding people why he was considered a lock for the lottery just a year ago, running the floor well (better than his peers), finishing with either hand around the basket, and shooting the ball better than expected from outside. Not surprisingly, the 21-year old Georgetown product has been extremely impressive off the court as well--which is an underrated element in this process.

Posted by: Johnnie Futbol | June 16, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

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