Wizards (10-40) vs. Pacers (20-31)

Note: Caron Butler is back for the Wizards after missing two games with the flu.

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

Pacers starters:T.J. Ford, Jarrett Jack, Danny Granger, Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy.

Refs: Tony Brothers, Haywoode Workman, Ed Malloy.

Line: Indiana by 5.

- The first time the teams met on Dec. 15, the Pacers rolled to a 124-103 win at Verizon Center. Indiana outscored the Wiz 31-15 in the fourth quarter and Granger led all scorers with 27 points. The Pacers finished with a 58-32 edge in points in the paint and a 55-41 rebounding edge.

- Folks have asked about trade rumors as we head towards the Feb. 19 trade deadline and here's what I can tell you: Ernie Grunfeld is taking and making calls but isn't actively shopping either Caron Butler or Antawn Jamison. Gilbert Arenas is untradable and it's safe to say that JaVale McGee, whom other teams are dying to pry away, is off limits. That leaves just about everybody else as at least a possibility. Stay tuned.

By Ivan Carter |  February 8, 2009; 5:23 PM ET
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I'm watching this Cavs-Lakers game, and LeTravel's histrionics are disgusting. Moreso than usual, it seems. Anyway, I had nothing Wizards related to add. Just have a major distaste for LeCrab.

Posted by: CDon | February 8, 2009 5:42 PM

Haywoode Workman! A blast from the past...


Seems like Jamison is the only logical plyaer to trade (older, long contract), but he is the glue for this team and Uncle Abe's favorite player since Wes Unseld.

Anyone watch the Spurs-Celts and see Mason nail another HUGE late 3. Dagger indeed.

Posted by: booka1 | February 8, 2009 5:49 PM

The ones we need to trade due to the large contracts, no one would want. The Etan contract is killing us and Mike James is getting paid alot for ask much production as Dixon is providing. That leaves the question of, does Darius Songaila have any trade value?

Posted by: djnumb | February 8, 2009 5:49 PM

Just finished watching the Cavs and Lakers and found it interesting how pedestrian LeBrons's game is when the refs play it straight, as they do when Kobe is in town.

Posted by: mugsybol | February 8, 2009 6:06 PM

In all deference to Red Auerbach, when you trade you almost always trade for more value than you give up and if possible, you flease the team you are trading too.

Any good knowledgeable NBA franchise understood how Auerbach had the uncanny wisdom to accomplish this.

That being said our best players are JM, AB, CB, AJ, JC, DM, NY, GA, BH, and possibly Pech with the right coaching style.

In order to get value above what we already have is going to take a better GM than Ernie Grunfield. And this is not a slap against Ernie, but who is going to give us greater value for what we have if they are dealing in their best interest.

And I think to trade the top pick if we get it would also be bad in the long run. Right now if we get the pick, Blake Griffin or whomever you guys have been saying, we should take him and sign him and take the salary/tax hit. Along with strong arming some of the dead weight I did not name in the nucleous above to accept a buyout.

Money spent now on a cap/tax hit to get this Team out the gate now, will only put us quicker and closer to a championship, than waiting on contracts to expire.

Trades will not solve our cap problem now.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 8, 2009 6:33 PM

It just warms my heart to hear Phil Chenier say that Crit has the attitude pass first mentality of a point guard.

That is a huge compliment. That alone will contribute immensely to good offensive flow of any Team.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 8, 2009 7:13 PM

Arenas is untradeable because of a clause in his contract or...uhhh...because no one wants a fragile guy who's making $160,000/game to sit at home and play Xbox360?

Posted by: superwilks | February 8, 2009 7:45 PM

Etan probably has more trade value than Antawn, just because he's an expiring contract and Antawn is owed 40mio over the next 3 years.

Posted by: twigmuffin | February 8, 2009 8:10 PM

CDon:

You mean MR. DRIVEL...er...DRIBBLE himself.?? Roll with the post(mugsybol) which insinuates LeBRON gets all the calls to hype his game until a big market team pads the ratings, and then the refs are straight up. Perfect example, the last WIZ-CAVS playoff series. Disgusting. Remind me to check on that from CURTIS BLAIR rookie whistle-toter.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 8, 2009 8:28 PM

ETAN THOMAS has trade value? Plueeze. I've had my chest cracked - twice, and in deference to ET, he's a hell of a man to even think of stepping on a court to be pounded on by some 7'2" 300 pound freak of nature. Really. My hats off to him, but another franchise needing or wanting his services? Well.... my GM better not even entertain the thought if he enjoys his work.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 8, 2009 8:34 PM

Caron, I'm an Allstar, Yeah he is, so is Jamison, so was Dennis Rodman all those years he did not get selected and many others.

So Caron, you're right, but not getting selected is not as big a deal as you might think. As long as you know, that is all that counts.

Grats on the Win.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 8, 2009 8:39 PM

forgot what a dag felt like...bless

Posted by: rfzonadc | February 8, 2009 8:40 PM

"HOW COME KOBE CAN PLAY WITH TORN LIGAMENTS AND CARON CAN'T PLAY WITH THE FLU" AN IDIOTIC POST BY A SUPPOSED FAN EARLIER THIS WEEK!! Still want to trade Caron? All you morons thats right morons because a lot of you want change for the sake of change just like our dumb azz GM fanning trade rumours concerning Butler no rhyme or reason just that Butler had the nerve to catch the flu this week and some people actually accused him of faking an illness so he wouldn't have to play, LUDICROUS!! So tonite he put's the team on his back and single-handidly defeats the Pacers with a virtuoso performance and all some of you can do is criticize Jamison and Butler, they are the only reason for watching this team they are professional and play hard every night but that's not good enough for some of you wannabe GM'S do us real fans a favor; SHUT THE HELL UP!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | February 8, 2009 8:57 PM

Take the Wiz +5 and thank me later.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 8, 2009 5:34 PM

Told you guys.

You're welcome.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 8, 2009 8:59 PM

Good, we increased Caron's trade value with this game, maybe now we can trade him straight up for Amare!

I'm not going to lecture you about the NBA salary cap, but expiring contracts have a ton of value cause they clear space to sign free agents. For example, Wally Sczerbiak's expiring contract is in demand this year, I guarantee you that no team trading for him wants him for his basketball ability.

Posted by: twigmuffin | February 8, 2009 9:01 PM

Great to see caron take over, the squad desperately needed this just to get some good vibes going no matter how short-lived they may be. the genuine excitement exploding off the bench when caron banged that j all over granger was nice to see. Caron has obviously taking it personally that he wasn't so much as even mentioned in all-star talk, for this I am thankful because he looked like a man possessed to steal the show from aj and granger.

Posted by: bford1kb | February 8, 2009 9:12 PM

In no way is trading caron the move, jamison is much better trade option, he's older with a bigger contract and he is a defensive liability at the four

Posted by: bford1kb | February 8, 2009 9:15 PM

"JaVale McGee, whom other teams are dying to pry away"

Wait, wait, wait a minute. Ivan, surely you meant Darius Songaila, Mike James, or Dominic McGuire? I mean those guys average way more minutes than Javale?

Is there any interest in Nick Young?

Posted by: emmet1 | February 8, 2009 9:31 PM

It was good to see a win for a change. Great finish by Caron tonight.

Posted by: JPRS | February 8, 2009 9:31 PM

Is it true that Stevenson might be traded to Cleveland?

Posted by: JPRS | February 8, 2009 9:40 PM

A note to twigmuffin or whatever your name is trade Caron for Amare? Oh Yeah that will be another award winning move by our GM Amare had micro-fracture surgery a few years back I wouldn't make that trade unless it was Jamison for Amare and even then i'm not sure i'd be willing to do that Caron is a player who gives one hundred percent night in night out while Amare has been complaining about not getting enough touch's in the Sun's offensive scheme what is it with some of you? trade this for that, trade for the sake of trading Why? Amare's not the answer and i'm sure the Sun's would love to have Caron;I wouldn't touch Amare with that knee under any circumstance's last off season people were talking about Elton Brand and i posted about his achilles his injury and how if i was a GM i 'd be scared to death and now he's gone for the year with a damaged shoulder what the Wizard's need is a GM and a coach they had an excellent coach(EJ) but our insecure GM screwed that up big time.

Posted by: dargregmag | February 8, 2009 9:55 PM

So tonite he put's the team on his back and single-handidly defeats the Pacers with a virtuoso performance and all some of you can do is criticize Jamison and Butler, they are the only reason for watching this team they are professional and play hard every night but that's not good enough for some of you wannabe GM'S do us real fans a favor; SHUT THE HELL UP!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | February 8, 2009 8:57 PM

AJ and CB are soooo great they have won 11 games? Wow they beat the Pacers!!!!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 8, 2009 9:56 PM

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