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Trade Deadline Day

Ivan Carter and Michael Lee are monitoring potential deals. While they are tracking down leads, take a look at hoopshype.com for a roundup of the latest rumors.

On another topic, Ivan wrote in today's paper about Javaris Crittenton's progress. Please weigh in on what you think of his potential.

By Alexa Steele  |  February 19, 2009; 9:52 AM ET
 | Tags: Javaris Crittenton, Trades  
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Not anxious to see Jared Jeffries again. Your basic 6'11" guy who plays like he's about 6'4". No interest, here.

Posted by: ajedwardsjr | February 19, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I think Crittenton as already a win for us. We just traded Daniels for James and kinda JCN for Javaris. He looks like he should have great potential with us. If Arenas returns to form, I think its a valuable pair of PGs. I would still like to move Mike James contract before next season, but either way getting Crittenton in that deal was a great move for Washington.

Posted by: djnumb | February 19, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Interesting story in today's paper. Thanks Ivan.

Now, is Tony Massenburg even on the Wiz payroll? I remember reading that he was volunteering, which is great for him. But shouldn't we commit to having a full-time big man coach rather than relying on volunteers?

It would be interesting to see a story on who is who on the bench and what these people are responsible for. That could shed some light on whether or not we are developing these young guys properly.

Posted by: lameotron | February 19, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm a big fan of Crit. I can see him becoming a Rajon Rondo type of point guard. If Arenas wasn't on the roster, I would actually love to see Crit as the starting pg of the future (this might even happen if Arenas doesn't have the same mobility, and would be better served moving to the 2).

Say what you want about Grunfeld, but that trade was a steal for us. The entire group of youngsters, save for Pech, has real potential to become significant contributors in this league. I just hope they can progress enough to have everything come together for next season, when hopefully Arenas and Haywood are back at full strength.

Posted by: psps23 | February 19, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

In a nutshell: Unknown. That's why he needs to play a lot - now and for the rest of the season.

I'd say he's a stretch, but given his lack of playing experience in college and the pros, it's best to keep an open mind. The good news is that he's improving and he has the right attitude.

Crit, Young, Jamison, Butler, and McGee. Let'em play together for long stretches - and ditch the AJ right, left and up-the-middle game plan.

Posted by: Izman | February 19, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

When Crittenton first got here, he looked lost and out of sync. I first thought that was because he wasn't good. But it's become clear that he was just rusty since he wasn't getting enough PT in Memphis.

He's got very good ball handling skills, and he looks for his teammates before he looks to take his own shot. Having said that, he has shown a very solid ability to take it to the rack and get his J off.

The one thing that we lack that the very good teams have, especially in the West, is maturity. When I look at teams out West, I see veteran teams full of MEN. We have boys with talent, but you can see in their eyes that they still look a little bit lost. Once Crit, McGuire, and McGee get a little more seasoned and physically mature by putting on some muscle, each of them will be a very solid contributor in their own right.

The future is bright if the contracts of the Big Three work out. I have to say that I'm a little worried about Jamison's age in the last couple years of his contract, as well as about Arenas' knee (of course). If those things turn out fine, we'll have a huge turnaround from this season to next. Especially if we can get a top draft pick on our squad.

Posted by: VeCente115 | February 19, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

"Not anxious to see Jared Jeffries again."

Me too.

First Hughes, the Jeffries.

And if this rumor is true why would EG be trying to undo everything he did the last few years?

Both rumors make no sense for the Wiz.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | February 19, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I'll take Hughes over Etan and Mike James...Especially with their contracts. I know Hughes' is pretty bad too but it will expire after next season and its easier to move one expiring contract than two. Also saves the Wiz about $200K, which means $400 if they are over the cap next season.

Posted by: MDBaller1 | February 19, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Good article by Ivan.

As far as Crittenton goes, he's a fun player to watch.

He's a really good ball-handler -- someone who can change the tempo, and keep opponents a little off balance; he's a pretty good defender; a surprisingly good rebounder for a guy his size.

You can tell he's still hungry for playing time -- he makes use of his minutes.

On offense he needs to improve his shooting range and free throw shooting, but that should come with time.

He's been a good addition. I can see why the Wiz were interested in drafting him in '07.

Posted by: JPRS | February 19, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Malik Rose, Jared Jeffries for Mike James, Etan Thomas makes sense as far as the cap goes. (e.g. Rose has an expiring contract; James has a player option).

Jeffries isn't worth $6 mill. a year, but his $6+ is still worth more to a team than Thomas's $7 mill. next year.

Losing James hurts the team now, but this is a team that isn't going anywhere, so it comes down to Rose's expiring contract.

Posted by: JPRS | February 19, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Crittenton will be a nice pass first option to Gilberts shoot first mentality.His knowledge is growing every game,but it seems like he is finally understanding the speed & intensity of the nba game.I also feel more confident with him running the point instead of Mike James.With all the young guys finally getting playing time it will definitely improve our bench next year.With Crittenton bacing up Gilbert,Mcgee behind Haywood,Blatche behind Jamison,DMac in for defense & rebounding, & NY in there to score,plus our draft pick.This group should make the playoffs next year.How far we will go is the only question.

Posted by: dcpirate11 | February 19, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

"Losing James hurts the team now..."

I don't think so, he's a true "ball hog" and is taking shots that could go to some of the developing players.

The only way EG should make any trades is if it includes Etan Thomas and clearing cap space. Otherwise it's just a waste of time.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | February 19, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

"Wiz are projected to by $6 mill over the salary cap"

--- Thanks a lot Gil for squeezing the Wiz for every penny possible during the offseason; and for insisting the team re-sign a 32 year old big man who tries to play offense like a 2-guard and plays no defense. How do you plan on winning a championship that way? You, sir, are a selfish flakey moron.

Posted by: BulletsFan1 | February 19, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Health-wise I wish Etan Thomas all the best after what he has been through the past 12-15 months. However, from a playing perspective he has never come close to justifying the contract extension the team gave him.

He is undersized for a center at 6'10, has hands of stone and is not a consistent rebounder.

Perhaps the example of this contract will make Grunfeld and Pollin pause before extending any other role players to long-term deals.

Role players you can find.

No reason to tie up $7M a year for a player that gives you 6 points and 6 rebounds, that's just absurd.

And again, what's worse is that he never had that breakout season to point to WHY the team gave him the new deal to begin with!

Posted by: leopard09 | February 19, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah the deal with the Knicks involves us taking back Jeffries' bad contract and Rose's expiring bad contract for the two bad contracts of James and Etan.

We would be $6 million over the lux tax, and by acquiring Rose we would end up something like $1.6 million under. Still not quite enough to sign a top draft pick, though...

Posted by: uptownjive | February 19, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"Not anxious to see Jared Jeffries again. Your basic 6'11" guy who plays like he's about 6'4".

Yeah, esp. since the Wizards already have one of those.

Would that deal actually save the Wizards money in the long run? Yeah, they'd be under the tax ceiling next year, but they'd still be on the hook for an extra year of Jeffries salary at nearly $7 mill.

"I know Hughes' is pretty bad too but it will expire after next season and its easier to move one expiring contract than two."

No it's not. Having the salaries split between two contracts creates a lot more options.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 19, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

we could be so good next year if we keep Jamison/Butler...DO NOT trade to Cleveland.

Gil, N. Young, Butler, Jamison, Haywood, with McGee, Blake Griffin, and maybe Stevenson (if he's still here) coming off the bench. Crit backing up Gil. That's a #4 or 5 team in the East with good coaching.

Posted by: nmccray | February 19, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I'll take Hughes over Etan and Mike. I would take Malik Rose and Jeffries over Etan and Mike James too. I'm just really pissed right now at Gilbert Arenas. He singe handedly put his team in this situation.

Posted by: MOrgil | February 19, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

--- Thanks a lot Gil for squeezing the Wiz for every penny possible during the offseason; and for insisting the team re-sign a 32 year old big man who tries to play offense like a 2-guard and plays no defense. How do you plan on winning a championship that way? You, sir, are a selfish flakey moron.

Yeah because he definitely should've known that the lux tax would be $69m next year instead of $75m... Complete moron.

And for everyone who criticizes him for signing his contract, you would have signed it. And you wouldn't have given up $16m like he did. Doesn't sound like "squeeze every penny" to me.

And I've never seen a 2 guard with as great a variety of highly effective low post moves that almost always generate either points or freethrows as Jamison.

And another thing on Jamison. You would think that having several teams show a high level of interest in Jamison would maybe give you guys a clue as to how valuable he is to this franchise and how valuable he would be to any other. I can say this much: without him the past four years would've been lottery years too.

Posted by: jones-y | February 19, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Come on Ivan and Mike Lee, give us some update. Just 3 hours left until the trade deadline.

Posted by: MOrgil | February 19, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I think parting with either James or Thomas for any kind of cap relief is worthwhile regardless of the player who comes here. Saving money by trading garbage guy for another garbage guy is still a win. EG is money.

Posted by: unkonchus | February 19, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

psps nailed it...I have been thinking this whole time that Critt reminds me an awful lot of Rajon Rondo. He's a serious ballplayer who will only get better, a crucial building-block for a team. Plus, his size really helps him in the rebounding department...he is a triple double threat once he gets his jumper issues worked out. (same goes for Dominic McGuire)

Posted by: Crunkenstein | February 19, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

jones-y,

I agree with you about Jamison.

As far as Gil goes, he is a big part of the reason that this team has been making playoff runs. He was under-paid when he first came to DC, the past two years he's been way overpaid.

As far as the $16 million goes, the more cap space a player eats up, the higher the expectations.

Team leaders also sacrifice -- especially those that are hungry for championships.

If I was use to max. money, I would probably get complacent and lose sight of the championships too.

If I was hungry to win a championship, I might look at sacrificing some personal gain in the short-term for my own long-term good and for the good of the team. I don't think this is just on Arenas.

No NBA player or owner either is going to get a lot of sympathy from most fans these days.

Posted by: JPRS | February 19, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"And I've never seen a 2 guard with as great a variety of highly effective low post moves that almost always generate either points or freethrows as Jamison.

And another thing on Jamison. You would think that having several teams show a high level of interest in Jamison would maybe give you guys a clue as to how valuable he is to this franchise and how valuable he would be to any other. I can say this much: without him the past four years would've been lottery years too."

So what? They're a lottery team now, WITH him. Even when Gilbert was healthy and all of the (ahem) "Big 3" were playing their best, the Wizards were never a team who could contend for an NBA title, or even a conference title.

If Gilbert and Haywood both come back 100% healthy next year, the Wiz are looking at being MAYBE a 44-49 win team who makes the playoffs but won't possibly get past the 2d round.

If you want to get better in the NBA, you have to get good draft picks and expiring contracts, and then use the picks and free agents to get dynamic young players. Well, they have a chance to clear up a ton of cap space by trading Jamison. Why wouldn't they? Because he's part of Grunfeld's "core" ??? Core of what? A team that didn't make it out of the first round of the playoffs? oooOOOOooo

Posted by: philwfu | February 19, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Anyone forgetting that this team will probably get a top 5 pick which makes only better when everyone is healthy next year....Just never know

Posted by: obxneric | February 19, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to see that Javaris is improving. He could definitely be a valuable piece of our team once we get going in the right direction. I remember reading an article about him right after he came over in the trade and it talked about him staying after and working with players and coaches to learn the offense. He has the type of attitude you need to be successful. Hopefully he is in EGs plans for the future.

Posted by: tywill28 | February 19, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

"And for everyone who criticizes him for signing his contract, you would have signed it. And you wouldn't have given up $16m like he did. Doesn't sound like "squeeze every penny" to me."
- jones-y

Yeah maybe, but don't make him out to be some sacrificial lamb either. $16...even at the time a fair long term contract would probably have been in the $80 million range (2 knee surgeries - look at Elton Brand's contract as well) and an even fairer contract would have been a one year deal to prove himself again before getting that offer for a long term deal. Guess what? Good thing he didn't take that option, but he also fleeced the franchise although they made him the offer like a bunch of dopes they are.

The NBA is out of whack with their fully guaranteed contracts. GA should have had games played clauses or something to protect the franchise in the contract. It's going to be good to see all the spoiled overpayed athletes get a small dose of reality during these bad economic times.

As for Javaris, another good trade for EG. Maybe we should have EG make trades and draft picks, but have someone else do the "re-signings" on the team. Seems to me that is where he has made the most mistakes with the help of clueless Abe Pollin.

With an improved jumper and seasoning, the sky is the limit for Javaris. He's got things that can't be taught like size, instincts, athleticism, court vision, passing skills etc.... So with hard work, he could easily be an upper tier starting PG in the league in say 3 years and a damn good backup until then - situation dependent.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 19, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone forgetting that this team will probably get a top 5 pick which makes only better when everyone is healthy next year....Just never know"
-obxneric

A top 5 pick that we won't be able to afford as of now. So, yeah...you never know.

However, I would dump Jamison for Blake Griffin in a second!!!!

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 19, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I have to laugh at the fact we have Tony Massenburg teaching McGee post moves as a volunteer. I didn't even know Massenburg had post moves as a player.

By contrast, the Lakers have Kareem teaching Bynum how to play center and I'm pretty sure Kareem is a paid assistant. Ahhh, the differences between losing and winning franchises aren't always so mysterious!

lmao

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 19, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Crittenton vs Rondo? Isn't Rondo a smallish guy with long arms? (supposely 6'1 and 170 lbs). While Crittenton is four inches and thirty pounds bigger.

Both like to go to the basket, that's true. And neither has much of a jumper.

Size make that much of an advantage? In basketball, I'd say yes.

Should have spent another year in school, Javaris. You get a lot more practice time and coaching than you do in the pros. It really helped Rondo.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 19, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

rphilli721: "By contrast, the Lakers have Kareem teaching Bynum how to play center and I'm pretty sure Kareem is a paid assistant. Ahhh, the differences between losing and winning franchises aren't always so mysterious!lmao"

Didn't Kareen also coach the great Shawn Bradley?

Posted by: Samson151 | February 19, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

The best NBA basketball rumors page is on insidehoops.com

http://www.insidehoops.com/nba_rumors.shtml

Posted by: onetwo88b | February 20, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

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