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Wizards Sign Three to Training Camp Roster

The Wizards announced a short while ago that the team has signed DerMarr Johnson, Linton Johnson and Taj MacCullough to training camp deals.

The team opens camp on Saturday on the campus of VCU in Richmond. A full training cam roster is expected to be relased in the next day or two.

Nothing new on the Juan Dixon front. As I reported yesterday, the Wizards indeed have interest but don't want to sign him to a guaranteed deal and want to remain under the luxury tax threshold. Dixon made $2.55 million last season when he split time with Detroit and Toronto.

Coach Eddie Jordan and Ernie Grunfeld will meet with the media tomorrow at the VC. Drop some questions that you want me to ask and I'll do my best to get the answers for you.


By Ivan Carter  |  September 22, 2008; 4:26 PM ET
 
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How many minutes per game are Jamison and Butler expected to play until Arenas returns?

When Arenas is cleared to play, how many minutes per game will he play?

Is there any one area of focus for improvement this year? If so, what is the objective and how will it be measured?

Posted by: Izman | September 22, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Can't see Dixon signing with the Wizards. They won't (and shouldn't) go over the luxury tax to sign him, and he can get more than a 1-year non-guaranteed vet minimum deal somewhere else (even if it's overseas).

Posted by: kalorama | September 22, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Is there any chance that Coach Jordan will allow Andray Blatche start to limit the minutes of Jamison?

How about on the second night of back-to-backs?

Posted by: Questions from Crabhands | September 22, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Coach Jordan-
Any strategies this season that will be noticible from your visit to Redskins training camp?

Posted by: Vincent | September 22, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Since Ernie Grunfeld seems to be omniscient, what will his contingency plan be for backcourt bench scoring/offense should Nick Young fail to adequately fill that role?

Dee Brown is not a scorer and Roger Mason is gone. Shouldn't a big concern be the ability for someone to keep defenses honest from three-point land?

Posted by: TruthAboutIt.net | September 22, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Ivan:
I'm tempted to give you some questions for Ernie, but it is very tough to question him. Only a really skilled attorney who is great at framing questions for slippery witnesses could do that. So instead, I would suggest you ask Eddie Jordan all GM-related questions, like:

- Are you comfortable with the point guard depth on the roster?
- Do you feel that the team has too many young players?
- What need did the team have last season that you think remains unfilled?
- How much do you miss Michael Ruffin? OK, just joking on that one.

A couple of coaching questions:
- Who will be Caron's backup this season, and how many minutes per game will he play?
- Will you consider playing Etan and Brendan together?
- With Etan back, will Songalia continue to see minutes at center? If so, WHY???????!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Ivan, please ask about Juan Dixon.

Ask Ernie and Eddie if they are comfortable with the depth at guard.

Ask if they intend to use Antawn more at SF this season to provide more rest for Caron and more pt for Blatche (at PF).


Thank you.

Posted by: Darnell | September 22, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

i would ask a question but it seems like the more we ask, the worser the answer becomes.

Posted by: c. bell | September 22, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Ask about the progress of Etan Thomas

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see the Wizards bring Bobby Jones to camp.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

In a similar vein as some of the above posts, I'd ask him if he is truly committed to limiting Caron's minutes, even if circumstances (losing) dictate Butler play more not less.

Posted by: Patrick | September 22, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

The whole point is to play the players who help you win. If sitting Butler results in losing more games, Butler will not sit.

Posted by: kalorama | September 22, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Given the lack of real size along the frontline interior, what are the chances MCGee actually gets regular PT during this season?

Posted by: kalorama | September 22, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Ivan

Ask Eddie/EG if they will consider having Javale McGee spend some time in the D-League. Seems like there have been a number of young players over the past couple of years who could have benefitted from D-League playing time, but the Wiz don't seem to take advantage of this.

Posted by: PK1 | September 22, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Ivan,

Thanks for all the updates. My top questions, at least in terms of these moves:

- With the loss of Mason, who steps in as the 3-point threat to keep the D's honest`

- If the Wiz are still looking for a backup to Butler, what does that say about McGuire?

- How many minutes per game do they see Nick Young playing? Dee Brown may be the backup PG at this point and even though the Wiz need one when Daniels is out, but is it reasonable to play Brown over Young and Stevenson ever?

- Maybe not a question to ask the Wiz brass, but what about bringing Jamison off the bench? Realistically, the Wiz need to cut his minutes some if he is going to last another 2-4 years....He could be the 3-point shooter off the bench and would give the offense a boost off the bench...maybe start Blatche to get him going early

Posted by: Ben | September 22, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Ivan,
Since it is pretty unanimous the Wizards organization was less than forthcoming about Gil, can you start pressing for status on some other potential issues?

1. What is Etan's current condition? Has he played any full contact basketball over the summer? Have you seen him play? Is he playing aggressively or conservatively? Even when healthy Etan always struggled with catching the basketball, horrible hands, is he aware of this and working to improve in this area?

2. Nick Young looked poor in summer league, have you seen him play at any other time over the off-season and if so how has he looked? Did he hit the gym this summer and if so has he gained any muscle on that slight frame? Does he verbally acknowledge his defensive weakness and has he focused on this over the summer?

3. Health updates on Butler and Daniels. Both were banged up at the end of last year, are they 100%?

4. Blatche's conditioning, is it improved? If yes, can this be validated with anything tangible?

5. OPEC had another foot/ankle injury, what is his current status?

6. Has DMAC worked on his shot this summer? Can he knock down an 18ft jumper with any consistency now? Any improvement with creating his own shot?

7. Darius Songaila was banged up again before the olympics I believe, what is his status?

Thanks

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | September 22, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Jamison has played SF in past years. I'm more curious whether we may see Caron at 2-guard.

Brendan Haywood played his best ever in the starting center spot with no challengers. How are his minutes likely to be affected by the potential/depth of Bigs.

With the understanding that Roanoke never worked out for PJ Ramos and Andray Blatche -- is the D-League pretty much ruled out for a guy like Javale McGee?

Would the team be more likely to use the D-League affiliate if they ran a Princeton-hybrid system?

In what role do you envision Andray Blatche this year. He played well as a back-up center and proved a mismatch in the middle for slower opposing centers. He also played fairly well as a starter at the 4 when Caron was injured. Do you prefer him at 4 or 5?

Given the breakdown in defensive efficiency in the second half of the year, what steps are necessary to prevent fatigue over the course of the year.

Do you regret playing the starters such heavy minutes last year?

Regarding rookies and young players, should they develop primarily on their own & in practice or does it serve any benefit to allow them to play gametime minutes to develop?

Posted by: doclinkin | September 22, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

1. Jamison was the oldest player in the league to average 38 or minutes per game last season. Will Eddie choose to cap his minutes like Popovich did for Parker (33.5) and Duncan (34)?

2. Since the bench players include young rangy guys has Eddie thought about developing a trap unit a la Wes Unseld back in 1986 (Michael Adams, Darwin Cook, Jay Vincent, John Williams & Manute Bol).

3. Most fans have serious doubts that the Princeton offense can win an NBA title. Has Eddie thought about creating some hybrid principles to work towards the roster's strengths (isolations, post ups etc.)?

Posted by: el freako | September 22, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

One Simple Question:
Who is the backup point guard to Daniels while Arenas is out?

I hope it isn't Dee Brown and I don't really like Young at the 1. That's why we need to sign Dixon. We haven't replaced Mason at all. I'd be interested to see what Ivan has to say about this.

Posted by: NobodyBeatsTheWiz | September 23, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3604025

The Knicks are going to waive Marbury. The line for the crazy talk about how the Wizards should sign him forms to the left.

Posted by: kalorama | September 23, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

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