Wizards and Arenas Have a Secret Deal?

My fellow scribe Mitch Lawrence of the NY Daily News had an interesting head-turning item in his column today:

Arenas and the Wizards have secretly agreed on a new multi-year deal, according to a GM friend of Washington executive Ernie Grunfeld.

That makes some sense because as I've repeatedly reported in The Post and stated on this blog, the Wizards have every intention of doing whatever it takes to keep Gilbert Arenas. However, I just contacted Gilbert himself and he told me that no deal is currently in place. In fact, he said he hasn't spoken to anyone with the team in two weeks because he wants to have a "clear mind" as he goes through the process.

Now here's the deal: free agency is going to open July 1 and everything I'm hearing indicates that the Wizards are going to jump out with a major offer ASAP. The team knows that Gilbert is going to leave for a trip to China that day as part of a promotional tour for Adidas and Ernie Grunfeld and company understand better than anyone how flighty the Agent can be. They want to lock him up quickly and then move on to the next order of business which is taking care of Antawn Jamison.

If the process drags out, the chances of Gilbert doing something impulsive (like flipping a coin and deciding to take the mid-level from the Lakers just to be different) increases dramatically.

But to be perfectly clear: The Wizards want Gilbert Arenas. Everything adds up to it. There is a huge banner with the number zero slapped on the outside of the building that should be called Abe Pollin arena. Also, the team is going to Europe in the fall and the NBA is fully prepared to promote Gilbert Arenas as a headliner for the tour.

By Ivan Carter |  June 23, 2008; 12:44 PM ET
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Will it take $15mil over 5 for $90 million, or $12mil over 6 years for a $72 million price tag, (or something in the middle)? If he's worth that much, could we potentially trade him for the 1st or 2nd pick in the draft, then keep Antwann for $10~12 mil over three?

Posted by: Derek | June 23, 2008 1:19 PM

Only 8 more days and then we can finally stop worrying about this. We all want Gil to come back.

Posted by: Adam | June 23, 2008 1:25 PM

Hey Ivan, I have been out of the NBA Loop the last month and a half since the Wiz were eliminated. So my question to you is has EG offered "all" of EJ's assistants extensions on their expiring contracts yet?

I would really hate for their new shooting coach (Hoopla I think) to jump ship because he has not been offered anything yet. I am not sure if he is on a two year or one year deal. Can you see what is going on with their contracts? Thanks....

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | June 23, 2008 1:39 PM

From the last thread:

Am I the only that thinks that JCN pick is...well nothing (a second rounder in 2013). Memphis will be doormats for years to come, which means the pick is crap.

Posted by: Amy | June 23, 2008 12:24 AM

Amy, if you look at the compensation that we got from Memphis (top 19-protected first round pick in 2008, top 16-protected in 2009, top 14 (lottery)-protected picks in 2010-2012, and top 12-protected in 2013) and applied those terms to the last six years' drafts (i.e., top 19-protected in 2003, top 16-protected in 2004, etc.), 28 of the 30 NBA teams had at least one first round pick in the ranges specified. (Memphis had three) If the next six years are like the last, the chances are pretty good that Memphis will have a first round pick that is outside of the protected range during one of those years. They could even miss the playoffs in 2013 and have to give us their pick. By that time, they probably will have had several lottery picks, and, with any luck, will either make the playoffs or be close enough to it that we get their pick (if we don't get it earlier).

In any event, I don't see how anyone can continue to criticize the JCN trade after the most recent developments. I'd rather get a 2013 second-round pick and cash (the worst-case scenario) than be used as contract leverage with his Spanish team, as Memphis apparently was, and lose him after one year, with no compensation.

Posted by: rbpalmer | June 23, 2008 1:31 PM

Posted by: rbpalmer | June 23, 2008 1:41 PM

If he's worth that much, could we potentially trade him for the 1st or 2nd pick in the draft, then keep Antwann for $10~12 mil over three?

Posted by: Derek | June 23, 2008 1:19 PM

No, for at least a couple of reasons. One, no GM in his right mind is going to give us that kind of value for someone who has missed most of the last two seasons with knee issues, and who has yet to prove that he can come back and physically be the player he once was. Two, it would have to be a sign-and-trade since neither Chicago nor Miami has enough room under the cap to give Gilbert what he wants without giving us some major contracts in trade. Neither team is going to trade us players making such big salaries AND their first round pick for Gilbert.

Posted by: rbpalmer | June 23, 2008 1:50 PM

That would make sense for the Wiz to make a really good offer since Arenas is a major ticket seller. Aside from being a great player, he's simply pure enterntainment!

Posted by: rudy | June 23, 2008 1:54 PM

That would make sense for the Wiz to make a really good offer since Arenas is a major ticket seller. Aside from being a great player, he's simply pure enterntainment!

Posted by: rudy | June 23, 2008 1:54 PM

Ssssssshhhhhhhhh rudy, don't wake the Gilby monster up - he might be taking a nap...well hoping at least! lol

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 1:59 PM

The Gilby lovers have awakened!!

I think they're chanting "MVP" already for a guy who missed most of last season and had 2 surgeries while the Wiz have not sniffed the 2nd round the past 3 years.

Giving Gilby max money is more generous than Dan Snyder bringing in Deion that one season.

At least the Wiz had a great past season, without Gilby.

LMFAO!!!

On a side note, EG must be deaf, dumb, or blind. If he wants to appease Gilby, didn't Gilby tell him to take care of AJ FIRST?!?!

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 23, 2008 2:15 PM

Sure, the Wiz can sign Gilby right away....12am on July 1.

Of course, that doesn't mean they can't trade him right after that too.

Once Gilby gets signed, and if he gets traded, he's stuck there.

Sign and trade is the only way to get Brand anyway, or any other player out there.

GGGGRRREAT!

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 23, 2008 2:25 PM

Too late.

Posted by: Bill Carr | June 23, 2008 2:25 PM

So 88er, is this money coming out of your pocket?
Already with the insulting of Ernie, and the draft hasn't happened yet, the resigning negotiations haven't happened yet!
No one can promise this early for fear of "collusion" or doesn't the team pay a fine to the players association?

BTW Max money for Gilbert's 7 years is going to be about $17M. Yes! Give it to him! plus 10.5% increase every year for six years (Larry Bird)! Max money! Max Money!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 2:35 PM

Navarro and his agent held the Wizards up last summer and forced his way to his prefered NBA team to play with his buddy Gasol. Grunfeld did the smart thing to do and choose between having the Spanish "Jordan"(makes me laugh to type it)sign a new long term deal in Spain where the Wiz would never get anything or taking something for his rights.

My bet is that Gil settles for something in the range of 13m-high 14m to start and the Max 6 year deal. That should leave enough to get Jamison done as well.

Cash, a second rounder, or praying that Memphis gets lucky and turns things around so we can get a future first rounder are all better then nothing. So in the end Grunfeld probably brokers a pretty good deal.

Only possible better deal would have been a second rounder this year from Miami that was supposedly on the table. But who knew Miami was going to completely hit rock bottem this year?

The other notable peice from the Lawrence article, did you notice that the Kings are looking at Hibbert at 12 according to him? That's been the biggest problem with hoping for Hibbert at 18, I've always thought some of these bigs don't last past late lottery.

Posted by: GM | June 23, 2008 2:35 PM

Look at what AI did for Philly and Denver? If they resign Gil they will never get past the second round of the playoffs for the length of his contract. Personally, I would not resign him and rebuild. We have some good young players and would have a lot of cap space to sign another free down the road. I am tired of being knocked out in the first round?

Posted by: Bullets Fan | June 23, 2008 2:58 PM

Mike or Ivan,

I have a question. Are the Wizards allowed to negogiate with Arenas now or do they have to wait until July 1st? I figure since he is their player they should be able to do so now. But with the whole Joe Smith deal a few years back. Maybe that's why Gilbert is saying nothing.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 3:46 PM

I agree with Bullets Fan. The risk is far too great to throw max money at Gilbert WITHOUT even knowing the extent of his "recovery" What is it and what will it be? Is it %75, %70, %85? Anything less than pre-injury Gilbert Arenas isn't worth it (ask Orlando). Gilbert is damaged goods, he will NEVER be the same.

This team has shown that what it really needs is a really good PG who makes his teammates better. Gilbert opting out is a well-timed gift.

Posted by: NO | June 23, 2008 3:51 PM

"So 88er, is this money coming out of your pocket?
Already with the insulting of Ernie, and the draft hasn't happened yet, the resigning negotiations haven't happened yet!
No one can promise this early for fear of "collusion" or doesn't the team pay a fine to the players association?

BTW Max money for Gilbert's 7 years is going to be about $17M. Yes! Give it to him! plus 10.5% increase every year for six years (Larry Bird)! Max money! Max Money!

Posted by: | June 23, 2008 2:35 PM "

Who you be?

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 23, 2008 4:16 PM

EG should call all the GM's and ask who wants to pay Gilby max money.

Once Gilby signs, he has no more leverage.

Couldn't have traded him last season b/c he threatened to opt out of whichever team traded for him.

Then, I'd ship him to Siberia, or wherever.

How about Minnesota for Gerald Green and others?

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 23, 2008 4:20 PM

Check that. GG is in Houston.

Corey Brewer and Al Jefferson and cash considerations.

LMAO!

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 23, 2008 4:30 PM

Arenas and the Wizards have secretly agreed on a new multi-year deal, according to a GM friend of Washington executive Ernie Grunfeld.

Whoever that guy is, he can't be too good a friend of Grunfeld's, since such "secret deals" are in direct violation of the CBA and could result in severe penalties for the Wizards organization.

Posted by: kalorama | June 23, 2008 4:42 PM

In other news, the Raptors and Bucks are talking about a TJ Ford/J. O'Neal swap.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3457325

That could be a good deal for both. O'Neal could be effective at C for them, but with Bosh on board he wouldn't have to carry as big a load as in Indy (which might help him avoid some injury issues). Ford could be a good fit for the more uptempo offense the Pacers ran last season.

Posted by: kalorama | June 23, 2008 4:46 PM

We gotta keep Arenas! I can't even imagine him playing for another team. I hope he retires as Wizard, and all-time scorer in franchise history with his "0" hanging from the rafters with Wes and The Pearl!

Posted by: Darnell | June 23, 2008 4:51 PM

I agree with NO and Bullets dan. Signing gilly will ruin the franchise for the at least the length of his contract. He is a worse version of AI which just doesn't equal wins.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 5:31 PM

That's fine.

But if it's a max deal then there's a problem.....

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | June 23, 2008 5:31 PM

The other notable peice from the Lawrence article, did you notice that the Kings are looking at Hibbert at 12 according to him? That's been the biggest problem with hoping for Hibbert at 18, I've always thought some of these bigs don't last past late lottery.

Posted by: GM | June 23, 2008 2:35 PM

Yeah, I saw that article. AND some of the Mock Drafts that were recently updated also show him being drafted at #12 by the Kings....

I just hope there's a good servicable Big left (Speights, Robin Lopez, etc..). Please don't let it be JaVale McGee or DeAndre Jordan.!!

If not, I think Ernie will draft Mario Chalmers.

Posted by: Rook | June 23, 2008 5:32 PM

Come on man...Doesn't anyone in the NBA ever learn! Gimpy knee, can't get past the 1st round = MEGA $$$$ reminds me how important it was to keep Juwan. Please do the right thing and make a nice sign and trade deal for E. Brand. Wish Ernie would have not fell asleep at the wheel and would have deal AJ for Gasol...

Let this guy go...what have you done for us lately Gil...ZERO!

Posted by: LudaChris | June 23, 2008 5:39 PM

"Whoever that guy is, he can't be too good a friend of Grunfeld's, since such "secret deals" are in direct violation of the CBA and could result in severe penalties for the Wizards organization.

Posted by: kalorama | June 23, 2008 4:42 PM "

I know, funny ain't it?

If management has learned nothing else, they should have learned that the press is not their friend.

It's shocking that even EG (ultra secretive and master of vague information) would reveal it to his "friend," unless that "friend" to Mitch Lawrence is in fact Gilby.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 23, 2008 5:53 PM

"Gimpy knee, can't get past the 1st round = MEGA $$$$ reminds me how important it was to keep Juwan. Please do the right thing and make a nice sign and trade deal for E. Brand."

Um, LudaChris -- you are aware that Elton Brand missed more games that Gilbert this year and has only been able to get INTO the first round once his entire career, right?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 5:58 PM

If "not getting past the first round" is a sin worthy of being cast out of town, shouldn't Caron Butler be the first one traded? Gilbert has been healthy in the playoffs twice -- the '04-'05 and '05-'06 seasons -- and the Wizards made the 2nd round one of those two years. Caron has been healthy for two Wizards playoff appearances -- the '05-06 and '07-'08 seasons -- and is 0-2.

(I'm not advocating trading Caron, just pointing out the lack of logic.)

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 6:05 PM

BTW, in case you totally missed the boat, both Parker and Chauncey have at least 1 championship ring. You want champions to represent your country, not divas.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 23, 2008 6:06 PM

BTW, in case you totally missed the boat, both Parker and Chauncey have at least 1 championship ring. You want champions to represent your country, not divas.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 23, 2008 6:06 PM

You are a sad little man.

Posted by: Ivanka | June 23, 2008 6:35 PM

BTW, in case you totally missed the boat, both Parker and Chauncey have at least 1 championship ring. You want champions to represent your country, not divas.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 23, 2008 6:06 PM

You are a sad little man.

Posted by: Ivanka | June 23, 2008 6:35 PM

BTW, in case you totally missed the boat, both Parker and Chauncey have at least 1 championship ring. You want champions to represent your country, not divas.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 23, 2008 6:06 PM

You are a sad little man.

Posted by: Ivanka | June 23, 2008 6:35 PM

What's up guys! Love the blog, Ivan!

So do you guys think the Wizards might take Bombale Osby with their 1st round pick? I hear there's a decent chance.

Peace out guys!

Posted by: Will The Grape Ape Seagull | June 23, 2008 6:39 PM

"Gimpy knee, can't get past the 1st round = MEGA $$$$ reminds me how important it was to keep Juwan. Please do the right thing and make a nice sign and trade deal for E. Brand."

Um, LudaChris -- you are aware that Elton Brand missed more games that Gilbert this year and has only been able to get INTO the first round once his entire career, right?

Posted by: | June 23, 2008 5:58 PM

If Brand had some decent talent around him, I'm sure he would be...and he has been fairly durable his whole career. i would take his injury recovery chances over GilZero. Come on...Forget the playoff factor, but how many shoot first player guards lead their teams to championships...not including MJ. it's all about the bigs yo!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 8:03 PM

"You are a sad little man.

Posted by: Ivanka | June 23, 2008 6:35 PM "

Your p@ssy stinks.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 23, 2008 8:16 PM

The more tape I watch, I'm starting to think this Love fellow from UCLA my be a decent pick for us. Good moves and decent size. But, only if Beasley and Mayo are off the board.

Posted by: jose | June 23, 2008 8:18 PM

"So do you guys think the Wizards might take Bombale Osby with their 1st round pick? I hear there's a decent chance.

Peace out guys!

Posted by: Will The Grape Ape Seagull | June 23, 2008 6:39 PM "

Nope...I heard the Wiz will relinquish this year's pick so that they can get an extra ping pong ball next year.

Can someone call up John Gilchrist to see if he's willing to be the ball boy.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 23, 2008 8:19 PM

Good, cant wait for the season to start, and the Europe games this fall. Gilbert DC loves you!

Posted by: washingtonian | June 23, 2008 8:21 PM

Alright, this blog has gone from bad to worse with 1) the idiot taking shots at other posters and 2) the idiot's postings that make no sense.

Speaking of non-sense, as long as Mitch Lawrence not specifically ID'ing his source, it proves that he's just trying to have the breaking news on the biggest free agent this summer. I don't see why Mitch Lawrence would have this "breaking news" without another outlet, especially here in DC, to support his claim.

Mitch Lawrence is some poor guy trying to get attention, sounds like someone we know?? Except, Mitch Lawrence is man enough to show his face and not hide behind his laptop...

Posted by: CN | June 23, 2008 10:46 PM

This is such a great Wiz blog. It's sure to get better as the draft nears and the team evolves.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 23, 2008 11:07 PM

This is such a great Wiz blog. It's sure to get better as the draft nears and the team evolves.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 23, 2008 11:07 PM

And when you finally die.

Posted by: Ivanka | June 23, 2008 11:10 PM

re-sign = to re-up with a team
resign = to quit

summer doesn't means schools out.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 11:16 PM

They are committed to 41 million next year and they could start close to the same lineup they started last year. Sign Jamison to a 5 year deal and you have the same team? If they do not resign Gil they could trade down for Mario Chalmers and get your backup PG. Look at the help Boston got off the bench picking up players who could fill a role. With the money they have under the cap and with the loss of Gil maybe we could attract a good free agent? Who wants to play with a guy who never passes the ball? Do you really enjoy watching the style of ball they play when he is on the court?

Posted by: Bullets Fan | June 24, 2008 4:52 AM

How can a man who "never passes the ball" average 6 assists a game? Must be done with mirrors....

And speaking about Gil's ability to pass the ball, if you rewind the Wiz-Cavs series video you will at some point find a higlight reel quality pass from Gil above the key straight down the pipe to Caron for an easy lay-in... This from a man playing on one good leg!

Letting Gilbert walk at this point would be comparable to trading the Pearl to the Knicks in 1970. You will not see his like in DC for many years to come.

Posted by: khrabb | June 24, 2008 5:54 AM

On a side note, the Skins finished 2nd in the league in pass defense after Snyder brought in Deion. Money aside, it wasn't a bad move, actually.

Posted by: mark | June 24, 2008 7:45 AM

"On a side note, the Skins finished 2nd in the league in pass defense after Snyder brought in Deion. Money aside, it wasn't a bad move, actually.

Posted by: mark | June 24, 2008 7:45 AM "

Unfortunately, it's about money, and team progress. How well did the team do in the playoffs that year? I don't think they even made it. Bringing in all those has beens was a monumental flop.

I was at RFK during the Monday Night Dallas game when Deion bumbled the punt off his facemask. Hilarious.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 24, 2008 8:38 AM

"How can a man who "never passes the ball" average 6 assists a game? Must be done with mirrors....

And speaking about Gil's ability to pass the ball, if you rewind the Wiz-Cavs series video you will at some point find a higlight reel quality pass from Gil above the key straight down the pipe to Caron for an easy lay-in... This from a man playing on one good leg!

Letting Gilbert walk at this point would be comparable to trading the Pearl to the Knicks in 1970. You will not see his like in DC for many years to come.

Posted by: khrabb | June 24, 2008 5:54 AM "

You are enamored with stats aren't you? Do you even watch the games since you're in Poland?

There's a difference between running a team like a PG should, vs. getting bailout assists. Can you tell me there's no difference between the games of Deron Williams/CP3 vs. Gilby?

Tim Duncan made a three pointer during the 06-07 season. Does that make him a three point threat? Get over your one clip highlight excuse to justify your argument.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 24, 2008 8:43 AM

"And when you finally die.

Posted by: Ivanka | June 23, 2008 11:10 PM "

Your camel still stinks.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 24, 2008 8:43 AM

88 er, Were you selling hotdogs or peanuts?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2008 8:44 AM

"88 er, Were you selling hotdogs or peanuts?

Posted by: | June 24, 2008 8:44 AM "

I wuz your mom's date.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 24, 2008 9:10 AM

I dont want Gil back, either sign and trade or dont sign at all! he doesnt listen to the team doctors, then comes out and plays like trash! Caron and Jamison should be number one concerns and then use the money to sign someone who actually respects his coach. STAY AWAY FROM ARENAS!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2008 10:32 AM

How soon people forget about the crappy 20 years before Gil...

Playoff appearances from 1988-2003 = 1

Playoff appearances from 2003-Present (with Gilby) = 4

Honestly, the Wiz being in an NBA discussion in April/May is a lot better than not being talked about after Feb 15. We might not win a championship in the next 7 years with Gilbert, but neither will most teams in the NBA. With Gil, we can beat anybody on any given night, and he is still only 26 (not trying to compare him to Jordan, but MJ didn't win until he was 28).

EG spent a lot of time in NY, so it wouldn't surprise me if Mitch Lawerance has some relationship with Ernie.

Posted by: CRitch | June 24, 2008 3:01 PM

"Honestly, the Wiz being in an NBA discussion in April/May is a lot better than not being talked about after Feb 15. We might not win a championship in the next 7 years with Gilbert, but neither will most teams in the NBA. With Gil, we can beat anybody on any given night, and he is still only 26 (not trying to compare him to Jordan, but MJ didn't win until he was 28).

EG spent a lot of time in NY, so it wouldn't surprise me if Mitch Lawerance has some relationship with Ernie.

Posted by: CRitch | June 24, 2008 3:01 PM "

Really, what does having a one and done playoff team being "talked about" do for you?

It amounts to less than a hill of beans.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 24, 2008 3:42 PM

TO LET ILL GIL GET AWAY FROM US WOULD BE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER AND AFTER ALL THE YEARS OF US BEING THE BLANKS NOT BULLETS WE ARE REAL CLOSE TO WHERE WE WANT TO BE AND GIL IS THE STARTING POINT LETS NOT GO BACKWARDS LETS KEEP THE TRAIN GOING SIGN A LOW POST PLAYER THAT CAN REBOUND AND PLAY SOME D AND WHERE GOOD

Posted by: BIG VEE | June 24, 2008 3:59 PM

@DCMan88

First, Gil has proven he can get out of the first round, he has in 1/2 playoffs he has played in healthy. Who was the last Wizard to get out of the first round? Make the team around him better, which they have/are continuing to do.

Second, following a team that goes 28-54 every year sucks. I know this because I followed 28-54 teams for 15 years before Gil came here. Making the playoffs does more than not making the playoffs for me, like being able to go to playoff games, caring about a team past Christmas...

Gil can take over a game, and a series. If he gets hot like he was in Dec 06/Jan 07 in May and June, the Wiz can compete in a 7 game series with anyone.

Posted by: CRitch | June 24, 2008 4:00 PM

"TO LET ILL GIL GET AWAY FROM US WOULD BE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER AND AFTER ALL THE YEARS OF US BEING THE BLANKS NOT BULLETS WE ARE REAL CLOSE TO WHERE WE WANT TO BE AND GIL IS THE STARTING POINT LETS NOT GO BACKWARDS LETS KEEP THE TRAIN GOING SIGN A LOW POST PLAYER THAT CAN REBOUND AND PLAY SOME D AND WHERE GOOD

Posted by: BIG VEE | June 24, 2008 3:59 PM "

Really?

The Wiz went forward without him last season. Playoffs while missing their 12 mil player.

Insert Gilby and take out Caron or AJ. Probably won't have the same results, as seen 2 seasons ago.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 24, 2008 4:09 PM

"First, Gil has proven he can get out of the first round, he has in 1/2 playoffs he has played in healthy. Who was the last Wizard to get out of the first round? Make the team around him better, which they have/are continuing to do.

Second, following a team that goes 28-54 every year sucks. I know this because I followed 28-54 teams for 15 years before Gil came here. Making the playoffs does more than not making the playoffs for me, like being able to go to playoff games, caring about a team past Christmas...

Gil can take over a game, and a series. If he gets hot like he was in Dec 06/Jan 07 in May and June, the Wiz can compete in a 7 game series with anyone.

Posted by: CRitch | June 24, 2008 4:00 PM "

Oh really?!?!

Gil can?!?

I didn't know 4 seasons ago that "Gil" played the Bulls all by himself and got into the second round.

I could have sworn LH played a big role in that series. Of course, then the Wiz must have lost 0-4 to the Heat, not just "Gil."

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/teams/schedule?team=was&year=2005

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 24, 2008 4:13 PM

Wow...you actually are a lot like Gil. Making up perceived slights to get yourself going. Just like Gil...

In 6 of the 8 sentences I wrote, I used the word "Team" or "Wizards" or "Wiz". So, fairly obviously, I wasn't implying that Gil played the Bulls 1 on 5. In fact, the NBA wouldn't let him play 1 on 5. So my apologies for assuming that you knew NBA games were always 5 on 5. I won't do that to you again.

I think what you're doing is a great tribute to Gil though, please continue to make up slights to get yourself motivated...

Posted by: CRitch | June 24, 2008 4:53 PM

"Wow...you actually are a lot like Gil. Making up perceived slights to get yourself going. Just like Gil...

In 6 of the 8 sentences I wrote, I used the word "Team" or "Wizards" or "Wiz". So, fairly obviously, I wasn't implying that Gil played the Bulls 1 on 5. In fact, the NBA wouldn't let him play 1 on 5. So my apologies for assuming that you knew NBA games were always 5 on 5. I won't do that to you again.

I think what you're doing is a great tribute to Gil though, please continue to make up slights to get yourself motivated...

Posted by: CRitch | June 24, 2008 4:53 PM "

You're a dork.

First you credited Gilby for proving he "can get out of the first round," and then you naively say to "build the team around him."

Please.

Gilby is not a franchise player.

If he was a franchise player, then he's not anymore.

TEAM did plenty well without him this past season.

Wow, you are actually a lot like Laura. Don't know when to shadddup and leave well enough alone.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 24, 2008 7:58 PM

I cannot believe some people think its a good deal to trade gilbert arenas for the #1 pick. even though this is clearly not possible, it would be stupid to trade a proven SUPERSTAR for some unproven rookie who hasnt played a minute in the NBA

Posted by: dave | June 25, 2008 8:00 AM

I'm a dork? Thats your response? Thats as weak as Shaq's rap...

Don't you sit on this blog, wait for someone to write something, and then you cut and paste their comments, write something critical that totally misses the point of the original comments, and wait for a reaction?

But I'm the dork?

Yup...I must be the dork...

Posted by: CRitch | June 25, 2008 9:19 AM

"Yup...I must be the dork...

Posted by: CRitch | June 25, 2008 9:19 AM "

I like your honesty...finally.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 25, 2008 10:21 AM

", it would be stupid to trade a proven SUPERSTAR for some unproven rookie who hasnt played a minute in the NBA

Posted by: dave | June 25, 2008 8:00 AM "

Depends on how you define what a superstar is. I figure superstars are those players who are leaders on their teams, have taken their teams deep into the playoffs, and set an example for everyone else.

Posted by: DC Man88 | June 25, 2008 10:25 AM

DC Man 88. That was SO funny!!!! You must be a comedian.

Posted by: CRitch | June 25, 2008 1:39 PM

Has anyone here ever watched Arenas play? He plays NO DEFENSE at all. Everyone just blows past him. He doesn't even try. I can't stand watching players like him who(and teams like our Wiz)that play NO defense. You simply can't win in the playoffs at all unless you play defense. Sign and trade Arenas or let him go. He's just not worth 90-100 million with non money left for anyone else. The team actually played better aas a team last year WITHOUT Gilbert. They did! I'll bet Jordan knows that. Trade him for a decent PG and a power dude.

Posted by: Jerry | June 26, 2008 2:19 PM

I think we should get rid of both Gil and Aj...maybe get a power forward with a low post presence(like an Elton Brand) and Im pretty sure there iz a team than iz needy for Aj....letz do a sign and trade deal and get a good point guard

Posted by: DatBoyDre | June 27, 2008 3:35 AM

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