Juan Dixon: 'It's a Good Opportunity'

Juan Dixon was a little delayed in getting to the arena for his presser today but he just finished answering questions about 30 minutes ago. FYI: Juan, who wore the number 3 during his previous stint with the Wizards, will wear number 12 this time. It was his high school number back in Baltimore.

On being back in DC: "I'm very excited. It's a good opportunity to come back close to home and continue my career with the Wizards. I'm very comfortable. I'm very familiar with the system. There are a couple of players on the team who were here when I was here so, I'm very comfortable."

On taking advantage of the opportunity: "Take advantage of it. I've learned so much over the last three years and didn't realize how good I had it here."

On playing for Eddie Jordan: "Coach just lets guys play. He has confidence in me so my job is to come out starting Saturday morning, work hard in practice and take advantage of this opportunity."

On being in Jordan's two-guard offense: "I spoke with Ernie about that a little bit (Tuesday). There are times I can be out there with DeShawn (Stevenson) or Nick (Young) and I won't have all of the ball handling duties but I capable of initiating the offense, getting guys the ball in the right spot and taking it from there."

Some notes:

-A few folks asked specifically about Etan Thomas, his health and his potential role. As I mentioned yesterday, Thomas has been going at it all summer and has been fully cleared to participate in camp. I saw him getting up and down in a pick up game yesterday and he looks good.

As far as Etan's role, it sounds as though he is solidly penciled in as Brendan Haywood's backup with Andray Blatche as the third guy and rookie JaVale McGee fitting in where he can. Coach Eddie Jordan talked about the center position yesterday.

"(Getting Etan back) improves our depth," Jordan said. "We know that Brendan had a career year last year and we're not changing our starting five today but that's what training camp is for. At the same time, our depth chart is solid with Etan being a backup center and if there are any injuries, we have a veteran guy who can step in."

-Jordan also talked about Haywood and it's pretty clear that the big man's play last season has changed Jordan's view of him.

"His approach, his intelligence is top notch," Jordan said. "He is one of the most intelligent guys on the team, in the league. He works on his body, he maintains his body to be big and strong. His defense has improved greatly. There are some subtle things (he can improve on) like screening and cutting - things you guys don't always notice. But overall, his improvement was huge for us. We continue to see him work on his body and his game."

-Eddie was asked directly about JaVale McGee and whether the coach envisioned the rookie having a spot in the rotation. His answer was direct: "No."

And then: "Not in the rotation but again, we'll see. I'm not putting a ceiling on him but being in the NBA long enough, we have a depth chart that we mentioned earlier that consists of Brendan as a starter, Andray is flexible as a backup center and if Etan can get his legs under him in the next month, month and a half, we see him being an established backup center. And Javale, he'll come along. We like a lot of things he brings. A lot. But just the youth part of it, that's just the natural order of the NBA."

-The documentary that was done on Nick Young "Second Chance Season" will air on ESPN2 Thursday night/Friday morning at 12:30 a.m. It should be interesting.

By Ivan Carter |  September 24, 2008; 11:22 AM ET
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Kudos to Ivan and Michael for running a first class, real-time blog on Wizards Insider and appreciate your hard work.

Dixon is a nice, low-risk, potential high reward pickup that gives us some depth at both PG and SG. He filled that role nicely during 2004-2005 playing behind Agent Zero and Larry Hughes. He's not going to give us the same production as Roger Mason did last year, but it's a lot better alternative than having Dee Brown as the only option to backup AD. I'm not so sure that Brown even makes the team if Dixon shows he can play some PG for 10-15 minutes a night.

Good pickup for EG and a nice, feel good player for the fans to root for now that Mason is in San Antonio. It's a one-year deal and a good opportunity for Dixon to re-establish himself after playing very little in Toronto's rotation last year.

Posted by: wizfan89 | September 24, 2008 12:40 PM

Hooray for the Juan and only!

Posted by: Terp/Wiz Lover | September 24, 2008 1:00 PM

Wow, you pay AB 16 mil and he becomes the 3rd option at the 5 behind a guy who had surgery on his ticker last year.

What a vote of confidence and a great opportunity for AB to gain valuable court experience and build on last season.

Then, you draft a guy (JaBust) who won't even be part of the rotation while Mario Chalmers was still on the board.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 1:15 PM

Blatche's minutes will not come exclusively at the 5 spot. He's versatile enough to play the 3 and 4, even though we have Songalia there. As long as he matures, Blatche will begin to take Songalia's minutes. Jordan relied on his vets in the past because the young guys were inconsistent, not because the vets were outperforming the younger guys...

Posted by: CN | September 24, 2008 1:28 PM

"Blatche's minutes will not come exclusively at the 5 spot. He's versatile enough to play the 3 and 4, even though we have Songalia there. As long as he matures, Blatche will begin to take Songalia's minutes. Jordan relied on his vets in the past because the young guys were inconsistent, not because the vets were outperforming the younger guys...

Posted by: CN | September 24, 2008 1:28 PM "

AB will not play the 3 as backup.

If he could, EG wouldn't have the need to bring in DerMarr Johnson, Taj McCullough, or Linton Johnson, nevermind DMac already being on the roster to compete as CB's backup.

He will get spot minutes at the 4 and 5, all behind AJ/DSong and BTH/ET, respectively, assuming OPech (Nowitzi Jr.) doesn't leap frog him too.


Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 1:35 PM

@DC Man88: Why should salary play a part? BTW, the plan according to Eddie is to have AB play as backup until Etan gets back into basketball shape. If at that time, AB outplays him I don't think EJ will automatically demote him.

Posted by: Bart | September 24, 2008 1:45 PM

@DC Man88: you really think DerMarr Johnson, Taj McCullough, and Linton Johnson have a shot at outplaying AB? Come on, those guys got invited because you need extra bodies for camp.

Posted by: Bart | September 24, 2008 1:47 PM

The fact that our #1 pick isn't expected to get major minutes speaks to the job Grunsfeld has done with the Wizards. For years we counted on our draft picks to immediately fill a hole in a starting postition, now we have the depth to allow them to develop for a couple of years.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 1:53 PM

"@DC Man88: you really think DerMarr Johnson, Taj McCullough, and Linton Johnson have a shot at outplaying AB? Come on, those guys got invited because you need extra bodies for camp.

Posted by: Bart | September 24, 2008 1:47 PM "

I think you missed the point.

The point was that AB is not a 3.

If EG thought AB was the backup solution to CB at the 3, he wouldn't need to bring in 3 guys to work out as options as the backup at the 3.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 2:04 PM

"The fact that our #1 pick isn't expected to get major minutes speaks to the job Grunsfeld has done with the Wizards. For years we counted on our draft picks to immediately fill a hole in a starting postition, now we have the depth to allow them to develop for a couple of years.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 1:53 PM "

Les BouleS have depth?

Of course players that have been drafted aren't inserted into the lineup immediately because those said drafted players are mediocre, and the guys already sitting on the bench behind the starters are mediocre also.

That's why EJ rides his starters until they go out with an injury or drop dead, whichever comes first.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 2:07 PM

Then, you draft a guy (JaBust) who won't even be part of the rotation while Mario Chalmers was still on the board.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 1:15 PM

Got to disagree with you DC on JaVale being a bust. If he can not give you any offense, he will definitely give you great help defense and follow-up's.

He just needs to work on his rebounding and picking up some weight. Now don't get me wrong Mario is a heck of a point guard, but as you know point guards like wide receivers in football come a dime a dozen.

JaVale on the the other hand is the "gamble" pick. Mario was the safe pick. I thought you mentioned on another post how you are tried of EG always taking the "safe" route in the draft? Well they took a gamble on JaVale and I think he will be a steal in two to three years?

The youngsta covers "much" ground in shot blocks and follow-ups. Don't let him get a little low block game and some muscle/weight with him. Then folks better look out. The boy is nice. I see a little Dikimbe in his game without the rebounding yet.

However is offensive upside is way better then Dikimbe's would have ever been and Dike was picked 4th in the draft. Give the young boy at least two years then lets see what he looks like....

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | September 24, 2008 2:08 PM

Then, you draft a guy (JaBust) who won't even be part of the rotation while Mario Chalmers was still on the board.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 1:15 PM

Got to disagree with you DC on JaVale being a bust. If he can not give you any offense, he will definitely give you great help defense and follow-up's.

He just needs to work on his rebounding and picking up some weight. Now don't get me wrong Mario is a heck of a point guard, but as you know point guards like wide receivers in football come a dime a dozen.

JaVale on the the other hand is the "gamble" pick. Mario was the safe pick. I thought you mentioned on another post how you are tried of EG always taking the "safe" route in the draft? Well they took a gamble on JaVale and I think he will be a steal in two to three years?

The youngsta covers "much" ground in shot blocks and follow-ups. Don't let him get a little low block game and some muscle/weight with him. Then folks better look out. The boy is nice. I see a little Dikimbe in his game without the rebounding yet.

However ihs offensive upside is way better then Dikimbe's would have ever been and Dikimbe was picked 4th in the draft. Give the young boy at least two years then lets see what he looks like....


Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 2:11 PM

that was me

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | September 24, 2008 2:13 PM

Ivan/Mike,

Great job guys. Until i hear the official word from you guys on news about our Wizards, then its not official. Holla!

Posted by: Mateo | September 24, 2008 2:13 PM

dcmann "the glass is ALWAYS half-empty"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 2:17 PM

"dcmann "the glass is ALWAYS half-empty"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 2:17 PM "

Talk to me when Les BouleS are a finals team.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 2:27 PM

"Got to disagree with you DC on JaVale being a bust. If he can not give you any offense, he will definitely give you great help defense and follow-up's.

He just needs to work on his rebounding and picking up some weight. Now don't get me wrong Mario is a heck of a point guard, but as you know point guards like wide receivers in football come a dime a dozen.

JaVale on the the other hand is the "gamble" pick. Mario was the safe pick. I thought you mentioned on another post how you are tried of EG always taking the "safe" route in the draft? Well they took a gamble on JaVale and I think he will be a steal in two to three years?

The youngsta covers "much" ground in shot blocks and follow-ups. Don't let him get a little low block game and some muscle/weight with him. Then folks better look out. The boy is nice. I see a little Dikimbe in his game without the rebounding yet.

However ihs offensive upside is way better then Dikimbe's would have ever been and Dikimbe was picked 4th in the draft. Give the young boy at least two years then lets see what he looks like....


Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 2:11 PM "

Defense and followups?

JaBust is the 4th option at 5 off the bench. Even EJ said he's not part of the rotation!

Are you talking about "defense and followups" in practice or a real game?

If PG's are a dime a dozen, then why is it that the best EG can do is Dee Brown and a retread in Juan Dixon?

IF PG's are a dime a dozen, then why did EG pay Gilby 111 mil and have been waiting for him to recover from 3 knee injuries almost 2 years now?

Is the immediate need for Les BouleS a 4th option Center or to groom a young PG to eventually take over for Gimpy Gilby and/or the old and often injured AD?

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 2:33 PM

How can McGee be a "bust" when he hasn't even played a single nanosecond of actual NBA ball? Training camp hasn't even opened yet. Grunfeld said when he drafted him that he was a pick for the future and that he'd take time to develop. I'm guessing by "time" he meant more than 3 months.

Posted by: kalorama | September 24, 2008 2:40 PM

No one gives MJ credit..He was the one that got grid of all of those high priced players. The (bullets) were a mess before he got here. The only bad decisions he made was to sign on as a player for Abe and to draft Mr. Brown. Ernie would not have been able to do anything without cap room.

Posted by: MJFan | September 24, 2008 2:45 PM

ESPN or SI chose Javelle as a Developmental League project for what it's worth.

Etan is an interesting human being and kudos for coming back from heart surgery but man he brings nothing to the table as far as basketball. He can't shoot, he's too short to be a center and too slow to guard power forwards...terrible free throw shooter...marginal defender but he can throw down some tomahawk jams when he's unguarded.

Posted by: nativedc | September 24, 2008 2:48 PM

"How can McGee be a "bust" when he hasn't even played a single nanosecond of actual NBA ball? Training camp hasn't even opened yet. Grunfeld said when he drafted him that he was a pick for the future and that he'd take time to develop. I'm guessing by "time" he meant more than 3 months.

Posted by: kalorama | September 24, 2008 2:40 PM "

Given that JaBust is the 4th option at center, he may never play a single nano second.

Maybe the name "bust" is harsh, but given EG's track record with drafts/signings of big men for Les BouleS and their level of production, it's not too far fetched that they're at least mediocre or worse (e.g. DSong, ET, DMac, Party John Ramos, OPech, Vermeenko, etc.).

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 2:48 PM

The Wiz have, what, 15 players on roster now (assuming Juan makes the team) to make a 12-man active? Gil will be on DL, so that leaves two extra bodies. With Etan healthy and AB able to handle duties at the 5 the Wiz don't need JaVale sitting on the bench for weeks on end. The kid needs to play. Send Pech down too.

Posted by: Prazak | September 24, 2008 2:51 PM

Sorry, dropped a line there. The point is that JaVale will be in D League anyway.

Posted by: Prazak | September 24, 2008 2:53 PM

Defense and followups?

JaBust is the 4th option at 5 off the bench. Even EJ said he's not part of the rotation!

Are you talking about "defense and followups" in practice or a real game?

If PG's are a dime a dozen, then why is it that the best EG can do is Dee Brown and a retread in Juan Dixon?

IF PG's are a dime a dozen, then why did EG pay Gilby 111 mil and have been waiting for him to recover from 3 knee injuries almost 2 years now?

Is the immediate need for Les BouleS a 4th option Center or to groom a young PG to eventually take over for Gimpy Gilby and/or the old and often injured AD?

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 2:33 PM

DC if that point guard is not a top 3 to 5 selection (which Mario was not), you then never pick short for tall at that 18th spot when you had a slew of 6 1 point guards you could get in the 2nd round ).

McGee has a crazy wing span, can jump out of the gym, does not have two left feet, and he can play with his back to the basket and feel comfortable.

As for the point guards, I wanted the Wiz to go after Pargo or Carlos Areuo (spelling??)but they could not afford them. Gil is 26 and AD still has at least 2 good years on him, so why past up a pick like McGee who would only be a junior in college this year?

After AD's next 2 years come to a close, then you draft a PG to be groomed after Gilbert. This draft was not the draft to blow an opportunity on someone like McGee on a guard who might not had seen any minutes anyway until it was found out Gilbert will be out.

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | September 24, 2008 3:00 PM

"Given that JaBust is the 4th option at center, he may never play a single nano second."

He may not play this season. But he wasn't drafted to play this season. The future, however, has yet to be written.

Posted by: kalorama | September 24, 2008 3:02 PM

"He was the one that got grid of all of those high priced players. "

He was also the one that used first round picks to draft second round talent like Dixon and Jeffries.

Posted by: kalorama | September 24, 2008 3:04 PM

"He may not play this season. But he wasn't drafted to play this season. The future, however, has yet to be written.

Posted by: kalorama | September 24, 2008 3:02 PM "

I don't dispute that, but based on EG's track record of evaluating, drafting, and signing big men, history is not on his side.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 3:04 PM

He was a good player
may need to increase his offensive game

Posted by: ZZ Boyy | September 24, 2008 3:07 PM

"No one gives MJ credit..He was the one that got grid of all of those high priced players. The (bullets) were a mess before he got here. The only bad decisions he made was to sign on as a player for Abe and to draft Mr. Brown. Ernie would not have been able to do anything without cap room.

Posted by: MJFan | September 24, 2008 2:45 PM "

Yup....don't forget to give MJ credit for getting rid of Rip Hamilton for the future HOF'er, Jerry "shut it down" Stackhouse.

Rip Hamilton, of course, turned out to be a sorry player.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/stats?playerId=294

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 3:08 PM

DC Man88
If the Wiz took Chalmers, you would still be complaining. If the Wiz acquired Kobe or LeBron, I bet you would still be complaining. You are a funny guy...
I don't think there is a thing the Wiz could do that would meet your satisfaction. If you are trying to be a funny satire and add some spice, I applaud you. If you are serious in these posts, I suggest you find a new team to follow. I'm a big Orioles fan and they are much worse run than the Wiz, but you support the team regardless.

Posted by: NobodyBeatsTheWiz | September 24, 2008 3:17 PM

I liked that "Hooray for the Juan and Only!"

Blatche will be a key rotation player this year. If Etan gets healthy enough to play backup minutes at center it frees Blatche to be what he is a, natural forward. He's going to get a lot of time in Eddie's rotation.

Ernie's brought in a couple of Johnsons to provide warm bodies. The only guy in real danger of getting out played in camp and cut is Dee Brown, just about every other roster spot is set.

First we read endless complaints that the Wiz don't have enough players, now they have too many?

Ernie was getting bombed on this site for not moving earlier on that 15th roster spot. It sure appears to me he's been waiting to see what Gil's time table was.

Looks like he picked up a guy that will be a valuable backup at guard til Gil's fully mended. Dixon's career numbers are almost identical to what Mason put up last year.

He's returning to a system he knows well and to an area where he's at home and has a fan base. I wouldn't be shocked to see him have a major "comeback year".

Lil' NO's scrimaging, Songalia's back seems healthy, and Gil's even texted in that he's feeling better after that "shocking" surgery. So now the complaint's that we have too many Johnson's in camp????

Posted by: GM | September 24, 2008 3:17 PM

"DC Man88
If the Wiz took Chalmers, you would still be complaining. If the Wiz acquired Kobe or LeBron, I bet you would still be complaining. You are a funny guy...
I don't think there is a thing the Wiz could do that would meet your satisfaction. If you are trying to be a funny satire and add some spice, I applaud you. If you are serious in these posts, I suggest you find a new team to follow. I'm a big Orioles fan and they are much worse run than the Wiz, but you support the team regardless.

Posted by: NobodyBeatsTheWiz | September 24, 2008 3:17 PM "

But they didn't make those moves, so your point is moot.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 3:20 PM

"So now the complaint's that we have too many Johnson's in camp????

Posted by: GM | September 24, 2008 3:17 PM "

Didn't know you liked to have a lot of johnsons in your camp....whatever tickles your pickle.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 3:23 PM

As long as Arenas is out, Brown probably has a better chance at making the team out of camp than anyone, because while he's not a true PG, he's closer to it (if only barely) than any of the other training camp vagabonds.

Posted by: kalorama | September 24, 2008 3:24 PM

PS. Still waiting for Opech, Vermeenko, Party John, ET, and DMac signings/picks to pan out.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 3:25 PM

No one gives MJ credit..He was the one that got grid of all of those high priced players. The (bullets) were a mess before he got here. The only bad decisions he made was to sign on as a player for Abe and to draft Mr. Brown. Ernie would not have been able to do anything without cap room.

Posted by: MJFan | September 24, 2008 2:45 PM

MJ did not give the Wizards cap room, he gave the Wiz larger number of bodies (Christian Laettner, Loy Vaught, Etan Thomas, Hubert Davis, Courtney Alexander) that ate up the same dollar amount. Juwan only had a couple of years left on his salary, and that would have expired before most of the other players we got back would have. Plus, the Wiz ended up eating huge salary of Loy Vaught, which never played for them.

That's why the Wizards never had that great big salary space that most teams have once they let a contract like Juwan's go. Remember, Gil was signed for just a few thousand over what was (at the time) the middle level exception. And that room came because Byron Russell opted out of the last year of his contract for the Wiz.


Posted by: 2cents | September 24, 2008 3:33 PM

sorry but Dee didn't impress in the rook league, let alone the real deal, hence Juan gets to come home. McGee is beyond raw, but obvious upside totally dependent on how hard he works. let Etan bang him and Juice embarass him and see if he sits or gets up for it.

Posted by: coooozey | September 24, 2008 3:34 PM

Note to DCMAN88: Are you a native washingtonian why so much criticism of the Wiz? I mean there are several teams in the NBA that are abysmal(Knicks,Clips,Hawks,Grizz, and Hornets)just to name a few, so why so much vitrol directed at my boyz they are basically a good group of guys nobody makes the police blotter on a regular basis(ok maybe AB) they play hard night in night out EJ's a good coach, i'm not a big fan of EG but overall i don't have a problem with them yes i want them to get out of the first round and this year i think they will.Just wondering why all the negative's?

Posted by: DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM | September 24, 2008 3:35 PM

DCMan88
And I'm still waiting for the Jamison trade, original Arenas signing, Daniels signing and Stevenson signings to pain out, Oh wait they did. you win some, you lose some... standard in sports. And what a great 2nd round pick Blatche was. You don't expect them to bat 1.000, do you?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 3:39 PM

"Note to DCMAN88: Are you a native washingtonian why so much criticism of the Wiz? I mean there are several teams in the NBA that are abysmal(Knicks,Clips,Hawks,Grizz, and Hornets)just to name a few, so why so much vitrol directed at my boyz they are basically a good group of guys nobody makes the police blotter on a regular basis(ok maybe AB) they play hard night in night out EJ's a good coach, i'm not a big fan of EG but overall i don't have a problem with them yes i want them to get out of the first round and this year i think they will.Just wondering why all the negative's?

Posted by: DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM | September 24, 2008 3:35 PM "

Sorry, but when a team makes a huge announcement that Gilby will be out until January, the day AFTER season ticket renewal was due, then something's rotten at the VC.

Then, Gilby throws it in our faces by saying he thought everyone knew he wasn't going to be back until January anyway?!?!

I just call it the way it is dude.

Don't put lipstick on a pig.

Don't spray perfume on poop.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 3:43 PM

"DCMan88
And I'm still waiting for the Jamison trade, original Arenas signing, Daniels signing and Stevenson signings to pain out, Oh wait they did. you win some, you lose some... standard in sports. And what a great 2nd round pick Blatche was. You don't expect them to bat 1.000, do you?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 3:39 PM "

Yeah, you're right.

They did "pan out" after all.

We've been enjoying championship glory ever since.

Yay!

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 3:44 PM

"Looks like he picked up a guy that will be a valuable backup at guard til Gil's fully mended. Dixon's career numbers are almost identical to what Mason put up last year."

I was thinking the same thing. Good pick -up for sure. Now I can leave EG alone for not picking anyone up. :P

For now...

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | September 24, 2008 4:12 PM

Yeah, you're right.

They did "pan out" after all.

We've been enjoying championship glory ever since.

Yay!

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 3:44 PM

You know, your thinly-veiled sarcasm is right. It never amounted to anything because we never won a championship. Just like that over-hyped Lebron signing. That hasn't panned out for Cleveland at all.

Posted by: babbtong | September 24, 2008 4:32 PM

considering the fact that san antonio, the lakers, detroit, and boston won the titles, with cleveland being a losing finals team, my guess is every other team is a bust.

even if mcgee goes to the D-league, he still takes up a roster spot. there's only one spot left, and juan will beat out dee brown for it. the other three won't make it. so it's pointless to ask "why did these guys get signed?"

and, the announcement wasn't made "the day after season tickets were due." if you have tickets, you would have known that the renewal deadline was MARCH 15 and final balances were due SEPTEMBER 2.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:41 PM

considering the fact that san antonio, the lakers, detroit, and boston won the titles, with cleveland being a losing finals team, my guess is every other team is a bust.

even if mcgee goes to the D-league, he still takes up a roster spot. there's only one spot left, and juan will beat out dee brown for it. the other three won't make it. so it's pointless to ask "why did these guys get signed?"

and, the announcement wasn't made "the day after season tickets were due." if you have tickets, you would have known that the renewal deadline was MARCH 15 and final balances were due SEPTEMBER 2.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:42 PM

DCMan88:
And I assume wha Utah had in the mid 1990's with Stockton and Malone was awful too - no championships. Ewing and the Knicks were terrible too. So are the Mavs with Dirk. You don't expect every team to be the 1960's Celtics, do you? And I guarantee if you were the GM, the Wiz wouldn't be an NBA dynasty anyways.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM

Sean Singletary was the guy I wanted them to draft and I think he will be a better player the gil in the long run.

Posted by: Bullets fan 78 | September 24, 2008 5:11 PM

I hope you aren't a lawyer dcman88, b/c you don't know how to make a good argument, I've been seeing as I read.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM

This guy is good. Juan Dixon. He will be a great 2-Guard for the Wizards. I am a Raptors fan, I hated him when he wanted to leave. He has such good talent. When he was on the Pistons, he really didn't have much time on the court. But I am now Happy to hear he is back with his former team. Since Gilbert Arenas is out with his recent Knee Surgery, Dixon will get alot of time on the court. Heck the Wizards can even make him a starter, and see what he's got. Antonio Daniels can be a reliever. With Juan Dixon at Guard he can be explosive. See the Wizards really don't need Jammal Tinsley. And when Gilbert returns in late December, Juan Dixon can easily slip into the Back Up Role behind Daniels. Or he can slip into the releiver role and Daniels can become a back-up.

Posted by: Hareeshan [Blog] | September 24, 2008 5:18 PM

I think Juan and Dee both make the team. That gives us 15. Especially considering Gil is out til January. We are deep at every other position. As far as backup to Caron we have Jamison and McGuire. If we had to go deeper for some reason we could probably use Pecherov and/or NY there. Both Eddie and Ernie seem to like Dee alot, and Juan's gotta make it.

Posted by: Darnell | September 24, 2008 5:19 PM

No, Juan doesn't have to make it.

Posted by: kalorama | September 24, 2008 5:25 PM

Jaun said, "The last three years taught him a lot, he didn't know how good he had it here." Look for Jaun to gain some of his old swagger now that he's back home.

This signing could look like a bargain by playoff time.

Jamison for the number 5 pick in the draft, and Grunfeld ridded himself of Laettner and Stackhouse. Considering the lockerroom cancers that Stack and Laettner were, that was a major stroke of genius. Resigning Jamison to a very team friendly contract for the next 4 years. Put the icing on the cake for that move.

Butler for Kwame Brown. All I have to do is type that again. Butler for Kwame Brown!!!

Stevenson as a FA, and then resigning him at a reasonable deal.

Songalia and Daniels, Songalia may be hobbled by a bad back. We may have given one year too many for Daniels. But those two moves along with the Butler trade surrounded Jamison with the group of no nonsense vets to establish the lockerroom enviroment to bring along the young guys.

Pecherov, I'd wait to see him play a season healthy before breaking out the bust word. That's been debated on here before, wait til the guy's rolling on two good wheels before declaring a verdict.

McGuire, for a second rounder I really liked what I saw going down the stretch last season. If you're knocking his rookie year for a second rounder, then you don't really watch the games.

Blatche, the Kid could be on the verge of a breakout year. I like the fact he worked and played with the summer team. The kid was a second round steal because he lacked maturity and a strong work effort. Bringing in to the right lockerroom was another stroke of genius. Resigning to a reasonable deal was another smart move.

McGee, the kid looked really good from Jan. on last year, he strikes me as one of those guys that needs a couple of years to catch up with that growth spurt. I'd agree that on this deeper team D League could be considered.

But bear in mind, there's not a lot of big men in D League most years. Big guys can get by without really improving a lot. I think the Wizards decided that Blatche needed to be on a shorter rope then when he was down in D league with Party John.

And Nick Young, the guy learns to play NBA defense and the Wizards scooped up a starting 2 that can create his own shot in the middle of the first round. How many guys come in the league without a clue about D? In a lot of ways he reminds me of a young Hamilton. He's maybe more talented then Hamilton but not the competitor that Hamilton was out of college.

All in all, I'd say ole Ernie's still doing ok when you consider what he inherited.

Ole and there was that FA deal for a three time Allstar. And then resigning for the next six years...

Posted by: GM | September 24, 2008 5:38 PM

I find it nuts that Wiz fans are suggesting that Juan is a "poor man's Roger Mason," or that bringing him back was a PR move. If Dixon has proven anything in his career in the NBA, it's that when he gets minutes, he puts up points to tune of about 1 point for every 2 minutes played (i.e. give him 20 minutes, you can bank on 10 points). Where is the love?

Posted by: BaltyWiz | September 24, 2008 5:42 PM

No mention of Pech anywhere. He's too slow for PF. I guess that means he's out. As long as EJ continues to play AB mostly at the 5, he's retarding his growth. The dude weighs 200 lbs. Play him at his best positions (PF, SF). He can create mismatches (in our favor)at both positions. Etan and Pech should be our backup centers, not AB.
javale should get some time in blowouts. This team is a vet team and there's not much room for a young guy to play except situationally. For example, you might want to put him on a guy like Rasheed just as a change of pace.

Posted by: mark | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM

Juan Dixon adds some nice depth at guard. The key thing about him is that he actually plays defense -- something that can't be said for Wizards guards other than Stephenson. He can fill it up in streaks and that combined with his D can really give them some energy if they go to a press.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM

DC Man88

There are about 30 different teams in the NBA that have not made it to the finals for years. Are they all bad teams until they do?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM

"DC Man88

There are about 30 different teams in the NBA that have not made it to the finals for years. Are they all bad teams until they do?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM "

Why would I give a crap if other teams haven't been to the finals?

Do you feel better if you're at a sausage party and there are 30 guys who can't get laid including yourself?

All I do know though, is that teams like Philly, Miami, Chicago, Charlotte, Indy, etc weren't content with status quo and got better while other teams like Cleveland and Boston will continue to be good.

Les BouleS are content with treading water.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 7:28 PM

kalorama I don't get it why you aren't happy about signing Juan Dixon. You would prefer us go into the season with an empty roster spot???

I thought we were done. Then out of nowhere we get news that we are able to get Dixon, then actually do it... I am very happy! What were you expecting us to do?

If nothing else, in my mind it makes up for letting Mason walk. And IMO it's an upgrade.

Overall this now to me was not a bad offseason. We kept Gil and Antawn, and we have the exact team we had last season except we've replaced Mason with Dixon, added the 3rd pg we lacked last year with Dee Brown, and added depth at center with a talented young prospect in McGee as well as the return of a healthy Etan Thomas.

Posted by: Darnell | September 24, 2008 7:30 PM

"I hope you aren't a lawyer dcman88, b/c you don't know how to make a good argument, I've been seeing as I read.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM "

And, I can see why you stay anonymous, because I'd be embarrassed if I were making posts like you.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 7:31 PM

"DCMan88:
And I assume wha Utah had in the mid 1990's with Stockton and Malone was awful too - no championships. Ewing and the Knicks were terrible too. So are the Mavs with Dirk. You don't expect every team to be the 1960's Celtics, do you? And I guarantee if you were the GM, the Wiz wouldn't be an NBA dynasty anyways.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM "

I guess you don't understand much, especially the term "contenders vs. pretenders."

Les BouleS would be the latter. Utah and Knicks would be the former.

duh...

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 7:35 PM

"You know, your thinly-veiled sarcasm is right. It never amounted to anything because we never won a championship. Just like that over-hyped Lebron signing. That hasn't panned out for Cleveland at all.

Posted by: babbtong | September 24, 2008 4:32 PM "

Baby thong.

Lebron carried the sorry Cavs to the NBA finals, and last season, lost to the eventual NBA champs in the eastern finals.

Where has Gilby taken Les BouleS when he's managed to stay healthy?

Take Lebron off the Cavs and they're probably a lottery team.

Take Gilby off the Les BouleS, and minus a 12.5 mil slot, and they went to the playoffs again.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 7:40 PM

"kalorama I don't get it why you aren't happy about signing Juan Dixon. "

I'm not happy about it because it's nothing to be happy about. That's not the same as saying I'm upset bout it, which I'm not. I really don't care either way because I don't think he'll make any difference.

I've said, multiple times, that it's a no-risk move and probably the best they could do for what they were willing to spend. I just think all of this giddy celebrating people are doing over it is just silly.

Posted by: kalorama | September 24, 2008 8:33 PM

Dixon always makes the play that needs to be made. He belongs here -- it broke my heart when he left. Welcome back, Juan!

Posted by: fmjk | September 24, 2008 9:26 PM

Kalorama,

We'll see. I think it will make a huge difference. In fact I would not be surprised to see Juan beat out Antonio for the starting spot. IMO a Dixon/Stevenson backcourt is a better combo than a Daniels/Stevenson backcourt.

Dixon would be an ideal fill in for Gil while he's out in a "Gil-kind" of role, and bring Antonio off the bench with Nick Young and the other reserves.

Posted by: Darnell | September 24, 2008 9:32 PM

To DC Man 88 -
I don't see why if the big 3 are healthy the Wiz wouldn't be legit contenders. If you aren't happy with your team, go root for Philly or Miami.

Posted by: NobodyBeatsTheWiz | September 24, 2008 10:05 PM

And, I can see why you stay anonymous, because I'd be embarrassed if I were making posts like you.
Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 7:31 PM

What you should be embarassed about is calling yourself a Wiz fan. If you don't like the Wiz, don't spend time posting about them - duh

Posted by: NobodyBeatsTheWiz | September 24, 2008 10:08 PM

All in all not a bad offseason... the difference between the 3rd seed and the 7th seed will be whether or not we can stay healthy. This team has enough talent to go to the Conference finals but obviously that depends on the big 3 being in top shape going into April and the playoffs. Regardless, this should be an exciting season of bball coming up. And thanks to Ivan and Mike for bringing us all of the latest news these last couple days!

Posted by: NobodyBeatsTheWiz | September 24, 2008 10:10 PM

"To DC Man 88 -
I don't see why if the big 3 are healthy the Wiz wouldn't be legit contenders. If you aren't happy with your team, go root for Philly or Miami.

Posted by: NobodyBeatsTheWiz | September 24, 2008 10:05 PM "

Oh, you mean like when the big 3 were together and lost to Cleveland in the 1st round?

Stop hedging your argument on health and the big 3 being together. It's just an excuse.

The Wiz have shown no ability to stay healthy, and even when healthy, haven't been able to get out of the 1st round.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 10:16 PM

"What you should be embarassed about is calling yourself a Wiz fan. If you don't like the Wiz, don't spend time posting about them - duh

Posted by: NobodyBeatsTheWiz | September 24, 2008 10:08 PM "

You seem content with mediocrity and false promises from management. Good for you.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 10:17 PM

Juan Dixon a PG? Never. Not at Maryland, not with the Wiz, not in Toronto, not in Detroit. He shoots, steals, and gives great energy. He does not distribute.

Posted by: joe c | September 24, 2008 11:16 PM

"In fact I would not be surprised to see Juan beat out Antonio for the starting spot."

Not a snowball's chance in Hell.

Posted by: kalorama | September 24, 2008 11:29 PM

The Knicks a contender??? At what??? I can buy Utah as a contender, but just wondering 88, what year was the big victory parade they held after their title?

And when were those last Knick titles? Oh, they were way back when that guy that sells gray hair products was their star!

I won't go quite as far as Darnell and say Juan will start. But he will get major minutes, and when he does he scores. Give him 20 to 25 minutes in his career and you get 10-12 points a game.

He also gives the Wiz a veteran alternative if Daniels would go down. I'm not one that was real comfortable with Dee Brown a step away from starting, and then looking for a backup on the waiver wire if Daniels get hurt.

Dixon's also a solid guy that can fill a role like Mason did last year until Gil gets back. The other day somebody brought up Eddie putting together a trapping unit like Wes Unseld did as coach years ago.

Dixon is a guy that could fill a role on a high octane bench unit that could be brought in to disrupt another team's tempo.

He provides veteran depth at a couple of positions, and he gives Eddie some different options of how to manage his rotation. Even if he wasn't a local favorite from his Maryland days and his first stint here, this is a smart basketball move.

Posted by: GM | September 25, 2008 8:16 AM

"The Knicks a contender??? At what??? I can buy Utah as a contender, but just wondering 88, what year was the big victory parade they held after their title?

And when were those last Knick titles? Oh, they were way back when that guy that sells gray hair products was their star!

Posted by: GM | September 25, 2008 8:16 AM
"

GM doesn't read.

The original poster, who I was responding to, basically asked whether I thought the runs by Utah (Stockton and Malone) and the Knicks (Ewing) were meaningless because they didn't win the championship.

I then replied that they were serious contenders for the championship, not pretenders like how Les BouleS always are.

I guess you weren't watching basketball when MJ killed the Knicks and then Utah.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 25, 2008 8:24 AM

"DCMan88:
And I assume wha Utah had in the mid 1990's with Stockton and Malone was awful too - no championships. Ewing and the Knicks were terrible too. So are the Mavs with Dirk. You don't expect every team to be the 1960's Celtics, do you? And I guarantee if you were the GM, the Wiz wouldn't be an NBA dynasty anyways.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM "

Nevermind me, I don't think even Jerry West or Red Auerbach could make Les BouleS an NBA dynasty with current BouleZ ownership.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 25, 2008 8:56 AM

I blasted EG on this blog about not having a Plan B if Arenas wasn't ready to start the season and for not re-signing Mason as an insurance policy. Let's give him some credit for signing a solid veteran backup guard who will give us points and energy of the bench plus another 3-pt. threat. Dixon is a better option than Dee Brown playing next to Stevenson when AD is resting. Bottom line is that Stevenson is really the team's backup PG until Arenas is back healthy and we needed a reliabile veteran off the bench who could handle some of the ballhandling duties even if he isn't a pure PG. Dixon is playing for his basketball future and knows EJ's system. I see him being a part of the rotation until Arenas is back healthy.

Posted by: wizfan89 | September 25, 2008 11:21 AM

"I see him being a part of the rotation until Arenas is back healthy.

Posted by: wizfan89 | September 25, 2008 11:21 AM "

I'm pretty sure Juan can contribute, but his contract is contingent upon him making the team first.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 25, 2008 12:17 PM

I suggest you find a new team to follow...

Posted by: NobodyBeatsTheWiz | September 24, 2008 3:17 PM

i dislike DC fag88 more than anyone, but i appreciate his opinions. i mean somebody has to be on counterpoint. all yall just say the same idealistic gonna-win-it-all-THIS-year bullplop all the time. and EG did clown out this offseason--the best move he made was signing JD, and its rotfl september

Posted by: prescrunk | September 25, 2008 1:49 PM

and to say DC fag88 isn't a fan is as inaccuarate as hibachi's timetable i mean dude spends all day everyday on here lol

Posted by: prescrunk | September 25, 2008 1:53 PM

the real enemy is kalorama. he's a complete idiot and a spy for the cavs

Posted by: prescrunk | September 25, 2008 1:56 PM

yawn.

Wake me when you have something clever to say.

I plan on sleeping late.

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