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Wizards (11-40) at Hawks (29-21)

-Hawks lead season-series 2-0. They meet again March 2 in DC.

Wizards starters: Mike James, Caron Butler, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Darius Songaila.

Hawks: Mike Bibby, Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Josh Smith, Marvin Williams.

Refs: David Jones, Matt Boland, Jack Nies.

Line: Hawks by 9.

-Wizards go for only their second two-game win streak of the season.

-Second-year G Javaris Crittenton grew up in Atlanta and played a season at Georgia Tech so he should be jacked up in front of the home folks.

-Andray Blatche (left knee) and DeShawn Stevenson (lower back) remain out for the Wizards along with Gilbert Arenas, Brendan Haywood and Etan Thomas.

-The Hawks are having their best season in over a decade yet tonight's game is not being broadcast locally.

-It's the season for trade rumors but I'm pretty confident that you won't see a Mike James and Etan Thomas for Larry Hughes deal as rumored out of Chicago. The Wiz wanted Hughes in a swap for Thomas and Antonio Daniels earlier in the season and a deal almost happened but it fell apart when Hughes hurt his shoulder. Also, the Wiz were still hoping to salvage their season and be competitive. Different world now.

-An e-mail from a reader, Jason, suggests swapping Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Juan Dixon, Mike James and Etan Thomas for Amare Stoudemire and Jason Richardson. The deal works in the trade machine. Would you consider it? Would the Suns want to take on Jamison's deal when they are said to be seeking young players and/or expiring contracts? I'm not so sure.


By Ivan Carter  |  February 10, 2009; 5:13 PM ET
 
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"Would the Suns want to take on Jamison's deal when they are said to be seeking young players and/or expiring contracts?"

Two words: HELL and NO.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 10, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

An e-mail from a reader, Jason, suggests swapping Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Juan Dixon, Mike James and Etan Thomas for Amare Stoudemire and Jason Richardson. The deal works in the trade machine. Would you consider it? Would the Suns want to take on Jamison's deal when they are said to be seeking young players and/or expiring contracts? I'm not so sure.


By Ivan Carter | February 10, 2009; 5:13 PM ET

I would do it, u got Amare, a great PF since Chris webber. Y not?

Posted by: forbid | February 10, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

I would do it, u got Amare, a great PF since Chris webber. Y not?

Posted by: forbid | February 10, 2009 6:29 PM

Why not?!? Because you are giving up 2 of the cornerstones of this franchise in Butler and Jamison. Frankly, the only players that should not be tradable on this team are Butler and Arenas.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 10, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey Ivan, I didn't realize the Wizards were 11-4! Not that you correct mistakes. You're too cool for that.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 10, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Ivan,

I agree the Suns would never want to do that deal. But why not go after Chris Bosh?

Trade Jamison and our #1 draft pick for Bosh. The salaries would match up and it would help both teams. It would also help if we got the 1st overall pick so essentially it would be Bosh for Jamison and Blake Griffin.

Posted by: dominic10464 | February 10, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

That deal doesn't make the Wizards any better (not that it matters, because the Suns would never do it). Stoudemire is just as bad a defender as Jamison (worse, actually, since he can't use the excuse of being undersized), is an average rebounder for guy with his size and athleticism, and doesn't really have an effective low post game. Richardson is a no defense-playing gunner.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 10, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone make that trade? Lose AJ and Caron, no way. This team could be in GREAT condition next year if they could unload 2 from the following 3: Thomas, Songaila, James. It might also be worth trying to trade Pesh & Vermeenko who hold little value for us.

Posted by: djnumb | February 10, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I think I would do that Hughes for Thomas/James trade. All 3 contracts expire after next season, we could probably get more production from Larry than those 2 combined, and it opens a roster spot. No one has mentioned that even if Juan is not retained, we will still have 14 players under contract & 2 draft picks coming, not to mention possibly Veremeenko.

Posted by: djnumb | February 10, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Antawn and Caron are "cornerstones" of an 11-40 team? I think if you are 11-40 you are forbidden from using the word "cornerstone".

Posted by: twigmuffin | February 10, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't see any Wizzie trade this year.
No one is gonna help this current team.
Our only hope is for next year with CB,AJ,GA,BH&DS coming back healthy and ready to play every game.
Why trade for Larry H.?
He's been here done that.
If we are gonna try for an ex Wizzie let's get Rip H. for OP & AB.

Posted by: VBFan | February 10, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Whoever said that Butler and Jamison shouldn't be traded because they are "cornerstones" should be prohibited from ever posting on one of these threads again. Wayne Gretzky and Babe Ruth could be traded, but the trading of these foundation pieces is absolutely out of the question....

Posted by: randysbailin | February 10, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the Wizards suck! 71-52? what a joke this team is!

Posted by: rachel216 | February 10, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

It's almost as if karma is asking McGee to play major minutes.

And he's responded well tonight. Too bad the rest of the team failed to show up (again).

Posted by: psps23 | February 10, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Antawn and Caron still played 40 minutes! I don't even know if Kobe and LeBron James average as many minutes as these guys.

Posted by: twigmuffin | February 10, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

McGee's final stat line:

26:33 playing time, 18 points (7-10 FG/4-5 FT), 11 rebounds (2 offensive), 2 blocks, 4 TOs, 5 fouls.

I can live with it.

Play the kid.

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | February 10, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

That trade sucks. Amarie and Jason are not even equal value.

Remember, you have to trade for value added, or fleece the other team. That trade comes nowhere near the criteria for us.

That trade would be about as smart as firing Ernie and replacing him with Tapscott.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 10, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The scorer can't add. I saw at lesat 3 blocks by McGee.

One more time - why doesn't Tapscott want to play McGee? He'll lose his confidence? He's inconsistent? Wow, Taps is a loonie toonie. Imagine that this guy was Director of Player Development.

Posted by: Izman | February 10, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Javale and crit played well tonight, best news possible really, javale always seems to get shorted a block.
Lineup I hope we get to see when blatche returns
1. crit 2. cb 3. aj 4. ab 5. jm
crit is more valuable than james at this point and the same can be said for javale over song

Posted by: bford1kb | February 10, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

javale's reverse where he switched the ball to the left was a thing of beauty and crit in the open floor is what we need, give him the rock and never stop running

Posted by: bford1kb | February 10, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone make that trade? Lose AJ and Caron, no way. This team could be in GREAT condition next year if they could unload 2 from the following 3: Thomas, Songaila, James. It might also be worth trying to trade Pesh & Vermeenko who hold little value for us.

Posted by: djnumb | February 10, 2009 7:03 PM

yeah, this team could be better next year but defense gonna continue to suck as hell unless we make change to bring a guy who can defense the paint+ we might not even get blake griffin, if we didnt get him, i would take thabeet and move javale to PF

Posted by: forbid | February 10, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Blatche, Haywood & Stevenson healthy are good defenders. Not sure I would take Thabeet over Monroe, its a pretty close & worth keeping an eye on. I already started watching OK, UConn, GT & AZ St games to scout Top 5. Next season will look much different if we can dump Etan's contract, draft Griffin & have Gil & Brenden return

Posted by: djnumb | February 10, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

The more I think about it, the more i cannot support moving Javale to PF. He is really one of our only legit Centers w/ Brendan who only has next year left. Blatche seems to have solid potential as a PF, but not a 5. Songaila & Pesh should never be at the 5 & even Etan would be better suited to the 4. Hopefully we can move Etan & Darius to think out the 4 position, and make room for Griffin/Monroe.

Posted by: djnumb | February 10, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Blatche seems to have solid potential as a PF

Posted by: djnumb | February 10, 2009 10:33 PM

cmon now, blatche ran out of potential already, after 4 years in the league and in this season, where we need him the most, instead of coming out and have a career year, he fold back into a flash here and a flash there mode. we see enough of him already like this+ hes lazy too. Everything about him is bout potential potential potential, After 4 years, if he doesnt realize it now, he never will be a reliable nba player

Posted by: forbid | February 10, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Forbid,

Try adding the minutes that Blatche has played in four years. It's slightly more than one full year of playing time.

Check out his PER stats. They have improved each year, and he's already an above average player at the 4 or 5. He's still only 22.

With solid coaching (mental and physical), he'll be an all-star by 26.

His current salary is $2.6M (compared to D.Song's $4.0 e.g.).

Posted by: Izman | February 10, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Forbid,

You are right to worry about the defense for next year. But, no need to worry. Defense does not come from individual players.

Defense comes from a Team philosophy put together by a coach that knows the hell what he is doing.

So, don't think that defense is gonna come from stud we don't already have, it will only come from a coach that....

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 11, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

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