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Pistons at Wizards (Trade Rumor Update)

(Read about the Javaris Crittenton rumor down below)

Information on tonight's game:

First meeting: Pistons 117, Wizards 109. Nov. 1 at Detroit.

Wizards starters: Dee Brown, DeShawn Stevenson, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, JaVale McGee.
Inactives: Oleksiy Pecherov, Brendan Haywood, Gilbert Arenas.

Detroit: Rodney Stuckey, Allen Iverson, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Rasheed Wallace.

Refs: Phil Robinson, Mike Callahan, Kevin Fehr.

Notables: The Pistons signed Antonio McDyess today and he will be in uniform...The Pistons are 7-8 since Allen Iverson made his debut after the trade from Denver....The Wizards are 0-8 games decided by seven points or less.

-If you haven't seen yet, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported a while ago that the Wizards and Grizzlies are in discussions regarding a possible deal for Grizz PG Javaris Crittenton. Here's what I can tell you: there is smoke there but I'm not yet sure how much fire. The Grizz seriously want to dump Crittenton and would like to re-coup the conditional first-rounder they gave to the Wizards for Juan Carlos Navarro before last season. The issue is roster space and salary.

The Wizards have the maximum 15 players under contract and are right up against the luxury tax and can't take on Crittenton's salary. They could release a player or try to put together a package involving a player on the curtent roster but I'm hearing that Memphis is set on getting that pick back, not a player. Dee Brown and Juan Dixon have partially guaranteed deals that would become official for the season if they are on the roster after January 10.

As of right now, (6:30) the Wizards are prepared to go with their current roster for tonight's game.


By Ivan Carter  |  December 9, 2008; 5:26 PM ET
 
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Well then. I sure hope that Javaris is on good terms with Jamison otherwise he won't play much anyway.

How does releasing a player help with the cap? Unless the player being released is Dee Brown, all other players are on fully guaranteed contracts, correct?

Posted by: kebzach | December 9, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

kebzack: Juan Dixon's contract is only partially guaranteed until January or so when it would become fully guaranteed, if I'm not mistaken...

Posted by: sargeantmofo | December 9, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

OP makes slightly more than Crittenton, so that trade would work and not affect the cap. Whether the draft choice too, perhaps it's worth it. Something like "trading OP for a yellow dog, then shooting the dog."
True there are others like the Poet, who may be worth a lower percent of their salary than OP, but both the Clippers and the Bucks have had front office changes and the new guys may not be as dumb.

Posted by: lrmc623 | December 9, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

You'd never know it from the reporters or the club, but McGee is only 1 PER point behind the highest performing rookie in the league.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/statistics?sort=per&qual=true&pos=rookies&seasonType=2&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnba%2fhollinger%2fstatistics%3fsort%3dper%26qual%3dtrue%26pos%3drookies%26seasonType%3d2

That means with MORE MINUTES, McGee could be in the running for Rookie of the Year.

Posted by: Izman | December 9, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

6 minutes into the game and both McGee and Brown have been taken out. Again. 3rd game in row that's the case.

Posted by: kebzach | December 9, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

29-14 wonderful :)

Posted by: rachel216 | December 9, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

GIVING up a 1st round for Javaris Crittenton. Its not even worth it. Im sure we can do better than that!! I would probably givin up 2nd round for him but no way in hell he will cost us 1st round

Posted by: forbid | December 9, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the stats, this Javaris cat is a 6-5 PG and a poor FT shooter. Spent 1 year in college.

Nothing else to know about him unless you followed him during his brief career or pored through scouting reports.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/stats?playerId=3197

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 9, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

"GIVING up a 1st round for Javaris Crittenton. Its not even worth it. Im sure we can do better than that!! I would probably givin up 2nd round for him but no way in hell he will cost us 1st round

Posted by: forbid | December 9, 2008 7:49 PM "

Don't forget that this 1st rounder from Memphis for JCN has many levels of protection.

What Les BouleS need is a franchise changing trade. Javaris ain't that guy, based on what he's done to date.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 9, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Juan Dixon needs to shoot more

Posted by: rachel216 | December 9, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Whoo Hoo! Strong finish to first half :)

Posted by: rachel216 | December 9, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

And now Taps has taken the 5 minute token appearances by Brown and McGee away to start the 2nd half. If you're at the game tonight, just keep an eye on how quickly those 2 tune out of the game.

Posted by: kebzach | December 9, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Dixon is putting on quite a show tonight. I really hope this trade rumor doesn't end up with us losing Juan.

Posted by: KShark28 | December 9, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Keep it up Wizards!! :D

Posted by: rachel216 | December 9, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is WOW!!!!!! Go Dominic and ANdray!!!

Posted by: rachel216 | December 9, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Man. the plays are coming out of the woodwork.
Blatche throws down a slam with authority for once
McGuire hits a jumper as the shot clock expires
i'm digging this.

Posted by: crs-one | December 9, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, 6-5 point guards don't grow on trees. This guy sounds tempting to me:

CAREER:
Selected by the Lakers with the 19th pick in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft.

COLLEGE:
Helped lead Georgia Tech to a 20-12 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2007 as a freshman ... Recognized three times as Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week (Feb. 12 after wins vs. NC State and UConn, Jan. 15 after Tech wins over Duke and FSU, Mar. 5 after wins vs. North Carolina and Boston College) ... Tied fellow-freshman teammate Thaddeus Young as Tech’s scoring leader (14.4 points) ... Led Yellow Jackets in assists (5.8), adding 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per contest ... Tallied double-figure scoring in 25 of 32 games while recording four games of 10 or more assists ... Posted three double-doubles, two in ACC games (13 points, career-high 11assists vs. North Carolina, 16 points, 10 assists vs. Boston College) ... No. 2 freshman scorer in the ACC in conference games (16.0 points, 8th among all players) ... Led all players in assists (5.4 per game) against the ACC, was first among frosh in steals (2.07 per game) and second in free throw percentage (84.3 pct.) ... Ranked 16th in the ACC in scoring average (14.6 ppg) in all games ... Six of his seven 20-point games came against ACC teams (Tech was 6-1 when he scored 20 or more) ... Shot 81.1 percent in the second half of ACC games, 80 percent in the last five minutes ... Scored a careerhigh 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting 2/13/07 @ Florida State ... Tallied 26 points, five rebounds, six assists and a career-high seven steals 2/3/07 vs. Clemson.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | December 9, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

The more I see of Dominic the more I love him, he plays with so much energy and enthusiasm and he's showin some great offensive skills! :D

Posted by: rachel216 | December 9, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Really impressed with McGuire tonight

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 9, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

A 6-5 point sounds good, but I can't see giving up a 1st round pick.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 9, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

It'd be nice if Jamison wasn't sabotaging our efforts tonight... I feel that Rasheed and him took each other out of their games and Jamison is overcompensating.

Nice win tonight, though. Playoff push!!

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 9, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Could've sworn that the pick from the Grizz was lottery protected until 2012, sooo I guess they are thinking they'll be some rough few years there.

Great defensive effort by the team after a terrible start. AFter Dixon & McGuire left, the 10 pt lead got cut back down to 4, but got built up again to 9 with under a minute to go. Hamilton's been playing Butler tight, but Butler's getting some tough points down the stretch...

Posted by: -CN- | December 9, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

This team is capable of playing great basketball! Now if only they could do with more consistency.

Posted by: rachel216 | December 9, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

"GIVING up a 1st round for Javaris Crittenton. Its not even worth it. Im sure we can do better than that!! I would probably givin up 2nd round for him but no way in hell he will cost us 1st round

Posted by: forbid | December 9, 2008 7:49 PM "

Don't forget that this 1st rounder from Memphis for JCN has many levels of protection.

What Les BouleS need is a franchise changing trade. Javaris ain't that guy, based on what he's done to date.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 9, 2008 7:54 PM

Yea, i totally forget bout that lol

Posted by: forbid | December 9, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Even though Detroit is struggling, the Wizards win prove that they have the players as I have been saying and they did not even Run and Gun. I guess I have to take DSon out of my Doghouse. McGuire was never in it and should have been getting minutes all along.

With JD a point, he controls the game much better than AD in a slow paced game.

I surely hope they know what they are doing with JM.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 9, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

I posted this at the same time Ivan did, but he didn't mention how ABE is too cheap and will not exceed the Luxury cap?

For that treade to happen the Wizards would have to match the 1.3 million that Javaris Crittenton makes. They would either need to trade both Juan and Dee or OP because he makes 1.4? There is no way cheap ABE is going to let this team go over the Luxury cap.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 9, 2008 5:23 PM

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 9, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Listening to ETaps postgame interview, he says that the Wizards are a better team than their record indicates. He believes it and I do too.

But, can he bank on it. I thought so when he was hired, but the verdict is still out. I am pulling for him and I hope he comes through, cause I am sick of Charles Barkley saying the Wizards are not a good team and don't have any players to win.

Did anybody hear his interview on the John Thompson show today?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 9, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

And another thing, to all of you that keep saying the Wizards just don't have the players, your bench cannot outscore the other teams bench 59 - 14 if you don't have any players.

ETaps, even though you are not Runnin and Gunnin like I would like to see I'm still pulling for you.

LarryInClintoMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 9, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

With JD a point, he controls the game much better than AD in a slow paced game.

I surely hope they know what they are doing with JM.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 9, 2008 9:21 PM


I agree with both of those points. At some point were gonna need JM to compete for a title. Also i know its too early to look, but the wizards are about 5 games out of a playoff spot in the east. so with one good run they are back in it.


I'd like to see a starting lineup of

PG- Juan Dixon
SG- Nick Young (With constant reminders
not to be afraid of passing)
SF- Caron butler
PF- Jamison (With reminders not to be afraid of driving and playing inside, or at least to take less threes)
C- Blatche (I'm a huge McGee fan, but he has been playing well)

That would provide scoring at every position on the floor and help make it easier for butler to do his thing. right now our starting guards provide no threat off the dribble or spot of shooting.

Songaila, McGuire, and Mcgee first off bench, Stevenson subs for the gaurds. D.Brown and Daniels spot work.

Posted by: T-ROB | December 9, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Rachel216, I like your style, you are truly pulling for this team. A wise man once said 'If you concentrate on what you have, you might find out that you have a lot more.'

Your words are emblematic of this wisdom.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 9, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I've said it for a couple games now, and I'll say it again: Eddie Tapscott, please reward Dominic McGuire for his play of late, give him some minutes. Not only is he making great plays on defense, but tonight he incorporated some surprisingly good offensive moves - hitting the outside jumper, driving to the hoop at the right time. He's a real talent.

This was the best defensive game of the season for Washington. Like any good defensive game, you saw it lead to points at the other end of the floor. Kudos to Butler and Jamison for picking up the defensive intensity and setting the tone for the other players. Songaila proved once again that he's the toughest guy on the floor, and a smart veteran. Juan Dixon shined. Excellent win.

Posted by: satchmore | December 9, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Dixon, Songalia, Young, Blatch are all playing good. I would sit down DS and not use AD. I would start Young at the 2, Dee Brown at the one, but not for many minutes. I would insert Juan. Juan is a defensive liability, but he makes up for it with a balanced game including assists, which we need. Young needs to look for the open man more. I do like his shot and DM hustle. I would use DM as a defensive stopper on the 2 guard. Daris is playing very consistently and has a good shooting percentage. I would keep his minutes.

Posted by: bailey5 | December 9, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

To all freaking out about the 1st rounder. It's not our 1st rounder but the conditional one we got from the Grizz last year. re-read the article.

If you dont remember it went like this - last year we traded Juan Carlos Navaro (who we had the rights to after drafting him in the second round 5 years ago) to the Grizz for a conditional 1st round pick. It was a ladder structure where depending on what place they finished they would keep the pick and we would get it the following year. The levels were pretty unattainable for the Grizz and we were most likely going to get the pick in 2012 (seriously, all experts predicted at least 3 years away).

I'll take on Criterion without giving up anything. Young PG with potential, why not?

Posted by: ThatGuy2 | December 9, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

ps - thank you carter and lee for at least giving me some smoke

Posted by: ThatGuy2 | December 9, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Talk about not bringing it.

Look at what the starters did, or didn't do (except Caron).

AD got beat all night with the give and go.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=281209027

DSong and Juan be the key. Who woulda thunk it?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 9, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I take that back, it wasn't their best defensive game. They played good d in the 2nd half, but Detroit shot 51.4% overall. The most glaring difference was free throws: Detroit hit 13 of 14, Washington 27 of 31. 14 of those were Caron, and he hit all of them. Other interesting stats include the fact that they were +33 with Juan in the game. Detroit was -9 with Iverson in.

Posted by: satchmore | December 9, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

good win, just hope we can build up some momentum for the Celtics!


http://www.wizardsextreme.com

Posted by: WizardsExtreme | December 9, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

What? No Kwame Brown?

But seriously Tapscott still did not use a twin towers approach tonight.

Posted by: rickgonz | December 9, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Michael Curry shot himself in the foot. I don't get why he didn't play Maxiell.

Nice win for the Wiz, but I would think twice about seeing at a signal of a renaissance. Over the last few years the Wiz tend to play well against Detroit, even when they're not playing well against anyone else. Also, this isn't the same Pistons team that's been dominating the East for the past few years. They've been struggling since the trade for iverson.

All that being said, the Wiz worked for this one and did the right things. Butler is playing crazy ball.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 9, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

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