Grunfeld Press Conference This Afternoon

Ernie Grunfeld will have a press conference this afternoon to discuss the upcoming NBA draft, but you can rest assured that he will also be asked about all of the rumors that have been floating around about the Wizards and the No. 5 pick. The league executives and agents that I've spoken with over the past week believe that the Wizards want to move this pick.

I reported today that at least half of the league has contacted the Wizards about making a deal in the past few weeks, but Chad Ford dropped this doozy this afternoon over at ESPN.com:

The Wizards have gotten at least 10 offers for the pick, but every team I spoke with still was in the dark about where it stood.
The Knicks have offered Larry Hughes for Thomas and James. The Wolves reportedly have offered Mike Miller. The Celtics would give them Ray Allen. The Rockets would give them Tracy McGrady and Carl Landry. The Bucks would send them Richard Jefferson. The Nets would entertain unloading Vince Carter. The Suns could do something with Shaquille O'Neal. The Blazers could part ways with Steve Blake, Jerryd Bayless or Travis Outlaw.

My eyes bugged out at some of those names being thrown out, especially Tracy McGrady and Shaq. Shaq to the Wizards? If you recall our weeklong discussion before the lottery, I mentioned that I liked the idea of adding Richard Jefferson to the mix. That name still looks like the best fit to me.

A team that Ford left out that I hear could be a dark horse is Dallas, which famously was the Wizards' trade partner in 2004, the last time this organization was in the lottery and possessed the No. 5. That year, the final result was Antawn Jamison. This year, it could be Josh Howard or Jason Terry.

Grunfeld has a huge decision to make in the next two days.

By Michael Lee |  June 23, 2009; 12:48 PM ET
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WOW!
Gonna be fun.

Posted by: VBFan | June 23, 2009 1:04 PM

Mike,

Can you ask him why he didn't tell ETaps to play the young guys (AB, JM, JC, NY)last year instead of playing AJ and CB 40 mins?

Maybe the organization would know if these guys can play in the NBA or not?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 23, 2009 1:17 PM

agreed on jefferson. and as I just posted on the last string, portland could have some interesting pieces (aldridge, outlaw, webster). No to shaq, and no way to Larry Hughes.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | June 23, 2009 1:17 PM

i wonder what houston wanted for Mcgrady?

Posted by: guinness4health | June 23, 2009 1:19 PM

looks like Jefferson is out of the picture (at least according to C. Ford):

"The Milwaukee Bucks agreed to trade Richard Jefferson to the San Antonio Spurs for Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas and Fabricio Oberto, a Bucks source told ESPN.com's Chad Ford."

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4281291

Posted by: guinness4health | June 23, 2009 1:21 PM

Posted by: CDon | June 23, 2009 1:21 PM

Good sign that there is interest in the 5 and willingness to trade quality players.

The team's biggest weakness is the starting 2, which should be the focus of a trade.

After that, the key bench players are McGee, Young and Blatche - none of which improved enough last year. Can the coaches work wonders with these guys, or do the Wiz need to add some above-average bench talent?

Posted by: Izman | June 23, 2009 1:22 PM

Personally, I like Tyshaun Prince better than Richard Jefferson. Prince is longer (cheaper too), better defense, and I think he can play some at PF spot if Wiz wants a quicker lineup. But neither of them is included in the trade rumors. I also like Maxiell or Millsep. But both are FA, and cannot be included in the trade talk right now.

As for Dallas, I just don't think Josh Howard or Jason Terry fits Wiz well.

Wonder what you guys think about Cal Landry from Houston. But #5 straight up seems too high a price for Landry. Maybe with some other arrangement.

Posted by: sagaliba | June 23, 2009 1:23 PM

For a weak draft, there sure is a lot of teams trying to trade up. That doesn't raise flags for anyone? Any explanation Mike?

Posted by: CBell29 | June 23, 2009 1:37 PM

Mike, question for Grunfeld: are all the workouts for guards an indication that you're unsure about the Wiz' backcourt (i.e. Arenas' health, Young's ability to take the next step), or were they just the players you think will be available?

Posted by: keithward64 | June 23, 2009 1:37 PM

Not sold on the T-Mac offer. But adding him and Landry does sound enticing.

Posted by: CBell29 | June 23, 2009 1:48 PM

i wonder what houston wanted for Mcgrady?

Posted by: guinness4health | June 23, 2009 1:19 PM


I'm sure they asked for Caron but Ernie has made him off limits. So I suspect that if they're still interested they would do it for cap space

Posted by: CBell29 | June 23, 2009 1:53 PM

I doubt Houston wanted Caron, since they already have Battier and Artest. They were probably looking for a center to back up Yao.

Posted by: yop32 | June 23, 2009 2:00 PM

RE: McGrady

He's only played more than 70 games once in the last four years and is making $23M+ in the last year of his deal, so I'd have to believe that Butler would be a must in this deal with Hou.

Doesn't make sense trading the 5th pick, Thomas, Butler and say Songalia for McGrady, who would be a one-year rental. And even in that one-year, he'd probably only play in 50 games, if we're lucky. Sure, TMac can score with the best of them, but he brings no intangibles (Butler is, at least, 'Tuff Juice'), has never led his team deep into the playoffs and is very streaky (think his career fg% is in the low 40s). Even if Hou were to throw in their pick, this deal makes no sense for this team...

Posted by: -CN- | June 23, 2009 2:01 PM

^disclaimer to my previous post:
Yes, I know nobody on this current team has led their team deep into the playoffs...

Posted by: -CN- | June 23, 2009 2:03 PM

@CDon,
Good pull, too bad James & E Thomas' contracts are both fully guaranteed. The benefit of the deal seemed to be that Bowen's & K Thomas' deal were only partially guaranteed, so they provide an immediate savings to the Bucks...

Posted by: -CN- | June 23, 2009 2:09 PM

And to add the the McGrady talk; where would he play? If he starts at the 2 then that most certainly means Stevenson is done. Which wouldn't be a bad thing. But I still don't like McGrady in a Wiz uni.

Posted by: CBell29 | June 23, 2009 2:10 PM

NY, NJ, and Houston are looking to trade?

Four team trade to get us Vince Carter, Brook Lopez, and Eddy Curry in exchange for the #5 pick, Brendan, and all of our dead wood:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/wizardsinsider/2009/06/thirty_years_and_counting.html

(First comment)

Posted by: yop32 | June 23, 2009 2:14 PM

the jefferson trade is good news for the wizards the trade market has now been set, the wizards are offering the number 5 pick and expiring contracts for a veteran the spurs got jefferson for just expiring contracts, i expect them to get someone better than jefferson.

Posted by: billy12 | June 23, 2009 2:17 PM

SA just got jefferson for basically nothing...makes it so we have to get an allstar now for us to be satisfied....i cant believe the bucks just got fleeced like that

Posted by: jasonma1 | June 23, 2009 2:18 PM

"He's only played more than 70 games once in the last four years..." - CN

So has Butler.

"he brings no intangibles (Butler is, at least, 'Tuff Juice')"

Butler has few intangibles, as well. 'Tuff Juice' is just a nickname, and not really very accurate, considering he's always missing 20 or so games a season. 'Tuff Juice' seems fairly brittle.

But I don't advocate the trade at all. McGrady is still more injury prone than Butler, and supposedly is already going to miss the first month of next season.

Butler and Mike James for Jefferson I would've considered. Or heck, if the San Antonio trade is accurate, Thomas and Mike James for Jefferson would have worked out. If we had done that, Grunfield could've felt better about including Butler in a trade along with the 5th pick. Butler and Jefferson are about even overall, with a ball-handling edge going to Butler (you won't hear that said about Butler much) but an outside shooting and defensive edge going to Jefferson. Jeffersan tends to suit up for entire seasons, too.

We could've had a roster with Arenas, Jefferson, Stoudemire, Jamison all in the mix. Or who knows what Butler and the 5 together could've gotten us. Oh well...

Posted by: segastyle | June 23, 2009 2:19 PM

I do have to say the nba/wizard converage since ivan left has been horrible. I feel michael is not doing anything at all. Ivan was all over trades & what know it seems like we have to go else to find out.

Step it up michael

Posted by: smartfan | June 23, 2009 2:23 PM

I agree with CBell29...Why are so many teams trying to move up to five when most people say this is a weak draft class?

Posted by: BT23 | June 23, 2009 2:26 PM

i wonder what houston wanted for Mcgrady?

Posted by: guinness4health | June 23, 2009 1:19 PM


My guess would be a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Posted by: crs-one | June 23, 2009 2:29 PM

"i wonder what houston wanted for Mcgrady?"

At this point the main thing Houston wants for Tracy McGrady is for Tracy MCGrady to not be in Houston anymore.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 23, 2009 2:34 PM

@Segastyle,
Yep, Butler isn't exactly the ironman, but his injuries (hip flexor, finger, etc.) are less serious than McGrady's recurring back injury, so we're on the same page in that regard.

My point was that Butler & the #5 pick (along with $10M more in contracts) was not worth McGrady, as Butler & McGrady can be considered a wash, in terms of return (+/-). Butler has the friendlier contract, though it does span an extra year, but at a more reasonable rate than McGrady's $23M expiring deal.

I'm thinking Hou wants to simply shed the contract, but they know that since it's an expiring deal for an insanely high amount, that alone is worth a lot for teams gearing to make a run at the summer '10 free agents. Soooo, McGrady makes perfect sense for the Knicks and other teams looking to rebuild...

Posted by: -CN- | June 23, 2009 2:43 PM

How about TMac for the pick and all of our garbage (Thomas, James, Pech, Songaila, Stevenson). That would save us about 2 mil plus the cost of the pick next year (keep us under the cap), a lot of money after that depending on what we do with McGrady, and clean up our rotation beautifully. We could make a run next year, get cap room for 2010 free agents, or resign McGrady for 3 more years (30 mil?) and have cap when he can Jamison come off in 2013.

Posted by: GshawnJohnson | June 23, 2009 2:46 PM

under the tax*

Posted by: GshawnJohnson | June 23, 2009 2:47 PM

McGrady would have to man one of the wing spots, right? He's not coming to this team, but a big contract (Butler or Jamison, since Hou wouldn't touch Arena's contract) would go along with it, so he would take the 2 or 3 spot in the lineup, but he'll probably be in NY next yr. The Knicks are really putting all their eggs in the '10 basket b/c of the contracts Isaiah Thomas stuck them with...

Posted by: -CN- | June 23, 2009 2:49 PM

How about TMac for the pick and all of our garbage (Thomas, James, Pech, Songaila, Stevenson).

? why the Tmac talk? how many surguries has he had? tmac isnt going to play untill after the allstar break, and plus he can opt out in 2010 summer. very illogical. unless houston wants to involve landry in the trade, we shouldnt have any discussions with houston, and trading butler for tmac just doesnt add up to me..neither does the trade for joe johnson or any of the bs that involves butler,jamison...landry and wafer is good enough for our pick and our horrible contracts

Posted by: jasperhneyaolcom | June 23, 2009 2:52 PM

McGrady is all but done. He flat out cannot be counted on to stay healthy, and given the ongoing, chronic nature of his injuries (particularly his back) and his age, even when he is "healthy" he's nowhere near 100%. His only real value is his expiring contract.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 23, 2009 2:57 PM

I prefer the rumored Vince Carter for MJ, ET, Darius, and #5 to any trade for McGrady. I think we would have an exciting team, and Carter would be around two years to make it work with the same core of Gil, Twan, Caron, and Vince. Exciting.

Posted by: ManuteBogues | June 23, 2009 2:57 PM

Teams are trying to move up because this has always been a deeper draft then many have touted it to be.

My quess is that if Rubio goes at the two, Sacramento is going to a pick point and it's going to be a guy not touted in the top 5. A couple of guys that have been touted as high as the 2nd pick maybe there at the 5.

Hill, Thabeet, and either Curry or Evans could be sitting there at the 5. I sure wouldn't trade that pick for some of the piles of garbage that have been supposedly offered. Ernie's probably biding his time and letting things play out in Memphis and OK City.

The other reason is there seems to be massive salary dumps going on. Some teams are lining up for the FA derby next summer, other teams just need to dump salary to survive.

For that reason, I still think the Wiz manage to dump Etan and James in a deal that's seperate from the pick. And Ernie will manage to strengthen the bench in the process.
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | June 23, 2009 2:58 PM

EG is definitely weighing his options with his brain trust. He knows what he wants and will pull the trigger when ready. He's right more times than wrong. If gil bounces back, I will forgive him for Pech and Veremenko (what the hell happened with that debacle of a draft???!!)

Posted by: BurgwithaU | June 23, 2009 3:11 PM

Our #5 pick and some garbage (James/Etan) for the Knicks #8 pick and LH.

They don't want LH, we want to dump some salaries. They want Curry or Rubio, we want a decent player without having to do too much thinking. DeRozan will still be there at 8. There should be some quality at that slot.

The #5 for LH straight up is a stupid deal for us. Every player projected in the top 12 is probably better than LH at this point....with the exception of Luke "Rubio" Ridnour.

Posted by: original_mark | June 23, 2009 3:11 PM

Yeah lets add McGrady, then we will be guaranteed to never win a playoff series as long as he is here.

Posted by: dcinmd1 | June 23, 2009 3:12 PM

Adding McGrady who had microfracture surgery and a chronic back problem is a poor move on all fronts. He's due $23M next year and has shown no ability to help good teams like Orlando or Houston win a playoff series. Seems like San Antonio beat us to the punch by offering Milwaukee a better package of expiring contracts. If EG had wanted to make the move, I'd have thought Milwaukee would have taken our No. 5 plus Etan and MJ's contracts.

I think the Jefferson move may play in our favor to give up less to get an established player. I'm hoping it isn't Vince Carter and his $20M salary for 2 years since he's not going to help get this team to another level. I'm still expecting a big move on draft night where we get a top veteran player and unload at least one of our bad contracts (maybe two).

Posted by: wizfan89 | June 23, 2009 3:24 PM

Carter would be around two years to make it work with the same core of Gil, Twan, Caron, and Vince. Exciting.

Posted by: ManuteBogues | June 23, 2009 2:57 PM

Is the NBA going to let the Wizards play with 4 basketballs when they are on offense?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 23, 2009 3:24 PM

houston sign and trade artest + landry for our 5th and crap contracts....

Posted by: the_shocker1 | June 23, 2009 3:35 PM

Ernie is holding a press conference to give non-answers and evade questions. I'll just wait until the draft.

Posted by: thecomedian1 | June 23, 2009 3:45 PM

If Rubio is there at 5, the Wizards are in some serious gold mine territory. First off, trades aside, Rubio's one heck of a player. Who cares if Fegan doesn't want his player coming to Washington -- 18 year olds don't run the NBA draft prior to being in it. Besides, how entertaining would it be to watch Rubio play for Joventut another two seasons until his deal runs out when he basically was at the point of a lawsuit regarding the buyout clause of his contract.

If the Wizards decide to trade Rubio -- they will be able to hold a team hostage for all they're worth. We're talking Bayless and co. from the Blazers, Robinson and Lee from the Knicks... and much much more. The Spurs traded away expiring contracts for a great talent in RJ, those three players in exchange for RJ are the same thing as James, Thomas and Songaila. Grunfield better turn this pick into something good, or his time should be running out if this big three doesn't work out.

Posted by: wizfan305 | June 23, 2009 3:57 PM

"Ernie is holding a press conference to give non-answers and evade questions."

Yeah, why hold a press conference unless there's something specific to announce?

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 23, 2009 3:58 PM

CN, I agree with you about being against any trade for McGrady. I wouldn't mind Carter, if we did not give up one of our big three. Carter and NJ 11th pick for our 5th, James' and Thomas' expiring contracts, and maybe Songaila? I'd even give serious thought to switching Nick Young with Songaila in that trade in order to make it happen.

With the 11th and 32nd picks, we could still grab the Henderson/Green combo I mentioned earlier to be good defense/shooter combos off the bench and maybe more in the future. Or heck, DeRozan could still be around at 11.

Posted by: segastyle | June 23, 2009 3:58 PM

I was just looking at our roster, and we have 14 players on board for next year. Does that mean we'd be sending our 2nd rounder to the D League?

14
+
2
=
16

One too many for the current roster limit of 15, right?

Posted by: VeCente115 | June 23, 2009 4:34 PM

VeCenter115 - I think it's more likely we'll be subtracting one or two players under contract when we deal the No. 5 pick to get a veteran. If not, they'll do what they did last year and trade our 2nd rounder for 'future considerations'.

Posted by: wizfan89 | June 23, 2009 4:40 PM

I would take ANY of those deals if it involves getting rid of Etan and Mike James' contracts. However, I really like the Larry Hughes deal the most.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 23, 2009 4:43 PM

For a team that hasn't been able to get all of it's horses on the court at the same time for two years, pinning your hopes to Tracy McGrady would seem rather daft.

I still think Ernie believes in the talent of the little three, last year Blatche, Young and McGuire still took some small steps forward. Flip's not getting the big bucks because he looks like a mobster in a suit. He's going to be expected to get more out of the talent that's already here.

Unless "a can't believe it's true fairytale deal" gets offered, I think Ernie hangs tight until draft night.

Milwaukee/San Antonio may have just set the bar for the value of expiring contracts. It appears teams will be paying for expiring deals, not asking for a 5th pick in the draft to take them off your hands...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | June 23, 2009 4:48 PM

wizfan89, I hear what you're saying and agree. I was just making the point that unless we make a move or trade the pick so that we can get to the limit of 15, someone is headed to the D-League. I just haven't heard the overloaded roster situation ever mentioned, but it's a consideration.

Posted by: VeCente115 | June 23, 2009 4:53 PM

"I would take ANY of those deals if it involves getting rid of Etan and Mike James' contracts. However, I really like the Larry Hughes deal the most." - Barno1

Both of their contracts will be gone after this season. Trading them for a contract of equal value doesn't help us in any way, financially. So unless that player can actually help us, there is no point in trading them.

Posted by: segastyle | June 23, 2009 4:57 PM

"Does that mean we'd be sending our 2nd rounder to the D League? "

Second round picks aren't entitled to guaranteed contracts (although they sometimes get them) so if they don't think the pick has the goods they could simply not offer him a regular season contract and cut him loose.

"Both of their contracts will be gone after this season. Trading them for a contract of equal value doesn't help us in any way, financially. So unless that player can actually help us, there is no point in trading them."
Exactly. And given that fact, the Knicks' willingness to trade Hughes for two guys who offer them no financial relief and will most likely not play any meaningful minutes for them should be a big red flag signaling (A) how much Hughes's game has fallen off the table and/or (B) how much of a headache the Knicks think he is to have around. (And remember, this is the same team that had Zach Randolph, Eddy Curry, and Stephon Marbury at the same time).

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 23, 2009 5:05 PM

I believe last years 2nd round pick was sent to the Celtics for cash, if I recall correctly.

Posted by: cannontl | June 23, 2009 5:18 PM

T mac will be marketable at around mid season, he could be a diamond for a play off run.He can play but can not lead a team.He could be considered for mid season trade or only for the pick and bad contracrt( pick 3.1 mill. thomas7.4 mil. mike 6.4mil , sangalia 4.3 mil perch.1.5) will be tmacs 2009-2010 salary.

Posted by: gtefferra | June 23, 2009 5:22 PM

"Does that mean we'd be sending our 2nd rounder to the D League? "

Second round picks aren't entitled to guaranteed contracts (although they sometimes get them) so if they don't think the pick has the goods they could simply not offer him a regular season contract and cut him loose.

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Exactly, but that's not good business, especially with a very early second rounder like ours.

Posted by: VeCente115 | June 23, 2009 5:25 PM

I think a possible good scenario for the Wiz would be to trade back in the first round and get a veteran that could help them now and still have a pick in the first round. (If they could drop back a little and still get Curry or Evans that would be a coup).

Also, echoing the Jefferson trade, if we could trade Thomas and/or James to get another veteran to help now that could be a fantastic night (or next couple of days).

EG really needs to earn his salary this year.

Posted by: cannontl | June 23, 2009 5:29 PM

Regarding the Hughes trade, I would be all for a Hughes for Thomas & James, straight up (no picks involved) b/c:
1) The team will be freeing up a roster spot. If this trade goes through, this team will have 13 spots taken, before the draft picks & subsequent trades.
2) This team actually would save about $200k due to the difference in salaries
3) Hughes contract may be easier to move around the trade deadline than two contracts (James & Thomas). Though the flip side would be 1 or 2 smaller deals can be done at the deadline with James & Thomas.

Note: I did not mention any pluses re: Hughes playing ability. Think that has come & gone and that he may be more a negative than a positive, especially if he doesn't start and/or get his shot ratio to his liking...

Posted by: -CN- | June 23, 2009 5:35 PM

Depends on what the picks NBA prospects are. If they run him through summer league, training camp, and preseason and decide they don't think he has what it takes (either to make it in the NBA or crack their rotation), cut him loose is a perfectly good business and basketball decision.

"He can play but can not lead a team."

Except that at this point it's not even a given that he can play.

He's played mot than 70 games only twice in 5 years in Houston (71 and 78) and has managed fewer than 50 games twice. And now he's coming off multiple surgeries, including microfracture which, under a best case scenario, takes about a year to fully recover from. He might not even be ready to suit up until after the All-star break, and the odds of him being at full strength (to say nothing of being on the same page with a new team) by the time he's needed for a playoff run aren't real good.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 23, 2009 5:36 PM

With all those guaranteed contracts, you gotta' be right CANNONTL.

Posted by: glawrence007 | June 23, 2009 5:37 PM

Should be noted that in addition to expiring contracts of Thomas, James, & Haywood (seems like he'll be kept), the team has an extra $1.5M in Pesh with a team option for the '10-'11 season ($2.4M, which definitely won't be picked up by 6/30/09, right???), so that can be perceived as an expiring deal also. This might add more ammo to a deal or allow the team to deal Peash AND James OR Thomas.

Can the draft happen already? Too many scenarios...

Posted by: -CN- | June 23, 2009 5:41 PM

"1) The team will be freeing up a roster spot. If this trade goes through, this team will have 13 spots taken, before the draft picks & subsequent trades.
2) This team actually would save about $200k due to the difference in salaries"

Except freeing up a roster spot does them no good unless they also shave off enough money to be able to spend money on a FA without going over the luxury tax. 200K won't get it done.

"3) Hughes contract may be easier to move around the trade deadline than two contracts (James & Thomas)."

Actually, the exact opposite is true. It's easier to move two contracts because they can be used in multiple deals. One big contract is harder to move because the bigger the salary is tied to one player, the more hoops the other team has to go through in order to get the salaries to match up. In other words, it's easier to find one person can change a $10 and two who can each break a $20 than it is to find one person who can break a $50.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 23, 2009 5:43 PM

@ Kalorama

I know the team operates under the lux tax threshold, but an extra roster spot gives the team flexibility if there is an injury. If the team is at 14 (plus a pick or two), then that limits what the team can do if there's an injury, especially if the oft-injured Thomas is already taking up a spot.

Secondly, I made the point that a counter-argument could be made in that 2 smaller deals can be done, 'twas the next sentence that was conveniently left off. However, I still stand by my original point, as the team trading for Hughes (for example) would be taking on only 1 additional player, as opposed to two and his single cap figure would be more a more enticing # ($13M) coming off the books than say a measly $6.5M or so...

Posted by: -CN- | June 23, 2009 5:59 PM

what happen at the press conference?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 23, 2009 6:35 PM

Let me jump into the fray. At this point I don't think Grunfield is going to go after the names that are being thrown around on this blog. Possibly, but unlikely. My hunch (no sources, sorry) is that Ernie has some key veteran players on his radar that haven't even been mentioned in this thread. I don't know the NBA rosters good enough across the board to give substantial backing to my hunch. Hence if a key player drops to the Wiz's 5th pick, Ernie better be ready to make a decision on the spot as teams come clamoring in a frenzied pace to trade up into the 5th. Possibly EG can do his magic at that moment. That being said, who are some "sleeper" veterans that would be worth pursuing now and whose upside hasn't already passed them by? Players like VC, TMcG, RHam, are on the downslope of their careers. Don't waste a 5 on such players unless we get another high-mid first rounder.

Posted by: humen8r | June 23, 2009 6:36 PM

"So unless that player can actually help us, there is no point in trading them."

Not unless it involves a future #1 or such.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 23, 2009 6:46 PM

Who is going to run the team if GA gets hurt or has limited playing time do to his knee? Crit will be a good point guard but who will back him up. I think you need to keep James as insurance until you can see what GA can do. Draft the best player available and wait for the offers to come in. I would go after Lee in a sign and trade.

Posted by: Drkitchen | June 23, 2009 6:48 PM

Funny.

EG is going to hold a press conference and say nothing more than "Hi, my name is suckee GM."

That's all this press conference will be worth. Everybody knows EG is notorious for not saying anything.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 23, 2009 6:56 PM

Trade: Wizards 1st pick with Etan Thomas, Pecherov and Songaila to Minnesota for Randy Foye and Mike Miller.

First blush: Like it alot.

Posted by: SteveMG | June 23, 2009 7:30 PM

This just in:

T-Wolves Randy Foye and Mike Miller are coming to the Wiz for the No. 5 pick Etan, Pech and Darius Songaila!!!!

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/basketball/nba/06/23/wizards.timberwolves.trade/index.html

Posted by: larry31 | June 23, 2009 7:30 PM

Lee, what's going on? No confirmation yet of the Foye/Miller trade?

BTW, if that's for real.... possibly one of the greatest rip offs pulled off in the NBA. 3 scrubs and a marginal #5 pick (given the talent available) for a blooming all-star guard.

Posted by: awb9h | June 23, 2009 7:44 PM

marginal #5 pick (given the talent available) for a blooming all-star guard.

And a guy who can shoot the three consistently.

Now, if they can find a big man somewhere than can do some dirty work inside. Nothing spectacular, just a nice 6-8 points, 6-8 rebounds, lay some muscle on people.

Posted by: SteveMG | June 23, 2009 7:47 PM

Disaster trade. Can't believe that's the best we could find...

Posted by: GshawnJohnson | June 23, 2009 7:57 PM

Yeah, Lee's got a new post up on it ... you can move the reaction there I suppose.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/wizardsinsider/2009/06/wolves-wizards_deal_in_the_wor.html

It'll definitely be interesting to see how the pieces fit ... it's not a couple of mind-blowing names, but it's two guys who can play for two or three who can't, plus the pick.

It might not be the last shoe to drop.

Posted by: KeithMcMillan | June 23, 2009 8:01 PM

I wouldnt call this a disaster trade but I wish we would have gotten there 18th pick atleast. We gave up a 5th overall and 3 players for just Foye and Miller. That was a waste of having that power of having the 5th overall pick.

Posted by: capsfan5252 | June 23, 2009 8:03 PM

boy ernie why why why??? we could have sat tight and made a deal on the clock all that losing last year and we net foye and miller plus the privelige of dumping salaries boy as if wizards fans don't suffer enough

Posted by: anacostia85 | June 23, 2009 8:21 PM

,i>'I know the team operates under the lux tax threshold, but an extra roster spot gives the team flexibility if there is an injury. If the team is at 14 (plus a pick or two), then that limits what the team can do if there's an injury, especially if the oft-injured Thomas is already taking up a spot."

None of which matters if they don't have the money to sign a player without vaulting over the tax ceiling, which they don't (and wouldn't under your scenario). All it does is leave them with one fewer healthy body to fill in if someone gets hurt and no money to go out and replace him.

"However, I still stand by my original point, as the team trading for Hughes (for example) would be taking on only 1 additional player, as opposed to two and his single cap figure would be more a more enticing # ($13M) coming off the books than say a measly $6.5M or so..."

And I stand by my original point that your point is wrong, a fact bolstered by the Thoms/Songaila/Pech for Miller/Foye deal. A deal that would have been made much harder if all of the Wiz's expiring contracts were tied up in one player.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 23, 2009 11:08 PM

"I know the team operates under the lux tax threshold, but an extra roster spot gives the team flexibility if there is an injury. If the team is at 14 (plus a pick or two), then that limits what the team can do if there's an injury, especially if the oft-injured Thomas is already taking up a spot."

None of which matters if they don't have the money to sign a player without vaulting over the tax ceiling, which they don't (and wouldn't under your scenario). All it does is leave them with one fewer healthy body to fill in if someone gets hurt and no money to go out and replace him.


"However, I still stand by my original point, as the team trading for Hughes (for example) would be taking on only 1 additional player, as opposed to two and his single cap figure would be more a more enticing # ($13M) coming off the books than say a measly $6.5M or so..."

And I stand by my original point that your point is wrong, a fact bolstered by the Thoms/Songaila/Pech for Miller/Foye deal. A deal that would have been made much harder if all of the Wiz's expiring contracts were tied up in one player.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 23, 2009 11:10 PM

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