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Arenas on the Wiz, the Cavs, the East

TNT's David Aldridge recently spoke with Gilbert Arenas about his comeback and how much the Eastern Conference has changed since January 2007, the last time the Washington Wizards were completely healthy and sat atop the conference. Arenas didn't say anything outlandish in this Overtime segment, but it is worth a listen.

By Michael Lee  |  April 10, 2009; 2:13 PM ET
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The difference is that the Cavs had "moveable" pieces with out hurting their core (LeBron). The Wiz do not have moveable pieces. No body wants Etan, for example. The moveable pieces the Wiz have are our core (CB, GA, AJ). There in lies the problem. The Cavs have Lebron. He could instantly make ANY team better. We need 3 playeers to equate to the talent of one player (LeBron).

A new coach, new scheme, the draft, and a trade or two...this is gonna be one hell of an interesting offseason that will define the next 3 years.

signed Nervous Pervous

Posted by: BurgwithaU | April 10, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

You cannot look at the moves Cleveland made and say that the Wiz should do the same. The Cavs had Hughes and Gooden to move -- those guys may not have been top notch but they were serviceable parts that another team would take on because they may be able to help your team. Really the only player of significance that the Cavs got out of that trade was Delonte West (maybe Joe Smith) -- to a lesser extent Wally. But Wallace was a center piece of that trade and he has been far below average and is a principle reason the Cavs have a payroll of $91M -- which is $21M more than the Wizards.

In comparison, the Wizards don't really have moveable pieces -- Cleveland did not trade LeBron, Z, or Varreajoa to get better. They trade Larry (who was not fitting in) and Gooden. Players on the Wiz similar to Larry and Gooden would DeShawn and Songaila -- the difference being that combined, those two players do not earn as much as Gooden so finding a trading partner is quite difficult. There are not a lot of high quality $3-4M/year players that teams are looking to trade. The players the Wiz need to trade are Etan and Mike James and no team will take on Etan and Mike James was just swapped for AD and has almost no value other than his expiring contract. So you see Hughes and Gooden could contribute to a decent team -- ETan and Mike James will only play on bottom dwellers.

If the Wiz could combing one of those players with Jamison or Caron and get a star in return (like Bosh or Amare) then you make the move. The Wiz may be able to use their high draft pick and a player to get a solid veteran in return. Should be an interesting offseason.

Posted by: Chad32 | April 10, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

We have moveable pieces. The only players that I think HAVE to stay are Gil, Antawn (a leader and hard worker), and Brendan (runs the defense and is solid). Caron, tho great, can be replaced. I'm sure some teams would love to have Nick Young. DeShawn has some value, tho I'd like to keep his defense. McGuire and Javale have a lot of upside, so I'd keep them, but everyone else can go.

Posted by: mistaheffa | April 10, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Jamison (or Blache), Pecherov, and Etan, for Amare sounds good to me.

Goodbye Etan Thomas, Juan Dixon, Mike James and Pecherov, Hello Blake Griffin, Hasheem Thabeet, Ty Lawson, Eric Maynor, and/or Drew Gooden, Anderson Verajao, David Lee, Charlie V, Glen D, Jerryd Bayless.

Posted by: liveride | April 10, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Dumb interview. The relevant issue is how much will the knee recovery and by when. It looks like it's at 50% right now.

Posted by: Izman | April 10, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse


Dumb interview. The relevant issue is how much will the knee recovery and by when. It looks like it's at 50% right now.

Posted by: Izman | April 10, 2009 5:04 PM "

That's hilarious, because the more Gilby stays on the bench even though he's supposedly healthy, the more the truth becomes evident that he's still not there and probably won't ever be there.

If he's 100% heathly, there's absolutely no reason why he shouldn't be playing.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 10, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

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