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Standing on the Sideline

Michael Lee reports on the Wizards' view from the free agency sideline in today's newspaper. He also appeared on "Washington Post Live With Ivan Carter" yesterday:

By Alexa Steele  |  July 9, 2009; 12:19 PM ET
 
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Posted by: MeviousMan | July 9, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

If Wiz can trade away Mike James' contract, then they would be able to afford someone with higher price tag.

Posted by: sagaliba | July 9, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Which one of you whiners would put your money where your mouth and guarantee that if Abe had not signed Gil and Antawn and were targeting 2010 free agency, LeBron, Wade, or Bosh?

No you wouldn't guarantee that. Y'all would be complaining that Abe messed up and we only got money to spend and the only asset is Caron. You know some people can't be pleased.

Y'all would have said the same song, Abe was too cheap to sign Gil just like y'all still fault Abe for not signing Juwan Howard originally. And in hindsight, Juwan was NOT worth it just like Etan was not worth his re-signing. And Juwan or Etan were not worth even a 1-legged Gilbert.

Posted by: G-Man11 | July 9, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

G-Man 11 is right on. People would have said how cheap Abe was and brought up back in 1988 how the Wiz/Bullets let Moses Malone leave as a FA to try and rebuild!! Not all of Abe's signings have been smart basketball moves, but it seems ridiculous to say he's cheap when he shelled out $160M of contracts last summer to give the team a chance at being competitive.

Posted by: wizfan89 | July 9, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

and...He HAD to sign Gil. It would be hard to attract a free agent if we'd just let him go when he was injured like that.
As far as AJ goes, he was our only proven rebounder and among the league leaders in double doubles. Wasn't he coming off an allstar berth, too? I don't see how Abe had any choices here. I can't knock him for his recent stuff. Old stuff, heck yeah.

Posted by: original_mark | July 9, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I agree that gil had tremendous success with aj and there was an obvious chemistry. but the idea that the wiz HAD to sign up AJ is all smoke and mirrors. gil made that call and we won't know how it woulda turned out b/c eg and abe paid up. but it woulda been interesting if eg and abe woulda just offered gil and not aj. i said i wouldn't have minded not having aj. i know a lot of people (all star voters) like aj. it's just my personal view on how he plays the position.

but i've got a real rub here with folks saying that signing aj was done b/c the wiz HAD to do it. The front office does what it wants and then they spin it. We HAD to get frontcourt help after last year but for some reason (lux tax) we didn't draft one and haven't offered any FAs. They do what they HAVE to do when they WANT to do it.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 9, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

You already have a ready-made sidekick for them in Caron Butler

I don't know, man. It's probably easier to get a sidekick when you have a star than a star when you have a sidekick. I'd prefer to start with Gil and work from there.

Posted by: original_mark | July 9, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

just to reiterate; i just don't like AJ. it's not b/c of stats, or college or being married to a white woman( i don't think he is) or anything like that. i just don't like the way he plays. as i watch the games it really blows me how he's throwing up these garbage, flukey, playground shots and getting at least 3 off rebs from his own missed layups. he gets the numbers and gets it done for the wiz ( whatever getting it done is on a 19 win, never been past the 2nd rd team). I.m not saying he's bad, i just don't like watching him play.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 9, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

You already have a ready-made sidekick for them in Caron Butler

I don't know, man. It's probably easier to get a sidekick when you have a star than a star when you have a sidekick. I'd prefer to start with Gil and work from there.

Posted by: original_mark | July 9, 2009 1:32 PM

NY really wants to be gil's sidekick. Maybe it was injuries last season but CB looked a step slower and reluctant to attack off the dribble. i feel like his time here is coming to a close. he'll become a good vet in the Finley mold, but he's not the player he was a coupla years back IMHO.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 9, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

CB3 is a strong sidekick but he doesn't have the ballhandling skills to be the "go to guy" on a good team. You'll notice he has his best year in 2007-2008 playing with a true PG(Daniels) and an effective SG. His play last year was a direct reflection of the lack of talent around him and not having any semblance of a true PG. Butler is not a point-forward in the Pippen mold and will be more effective with a healthy Arenas or Foye at the point.

Posted by: wizfan89 | July 9, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

oh yeah and aj got the green light last year to put up his requisite dub dub, but we still don't know what we've got with our youngins. it'd been nice to see crittenton and ny run offensive sets vs. tawn and caron isos.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 9, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I think is a sidekick or Robin. He has to play over his head to be Batman. He played the Batman role and it drained him to play over his head that season when Gil was out and Brendan was healthy. The next year he didn't have it in him to play over his head for a year again.

Gil playing over his head is going for 60 against the Lakers or 40-45 against the spurs like he did. You know those games where everything he throws up goes in.

The good thing about this team is that it won't live or die needing Gil to go for 60 to compete with the Lakers or 40-45 to compete with the Spurs. Gil will be a weapon, but not that kind of weapon. He will be a decoy a lot too.

Posted by: G-Man11 | July 9, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I think Caron is a sidekick or Robin. (fixing my previous post)

Posted by: G-Man11 | July 9, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

?? I'm still confused about the being married to a white woman comment.

Maybe I'm getting old.

Posted by: original_mark | July 9, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

lilhollywood

do you think Critt will get anytime? I hope they don't forget about him or McGuire but....

Posted by: G-Man11 | July 9, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Nick Young doesn't know how to run sets. If you hadn't noticed.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | July 9, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Pls think back to when Gil was going his thing...especially at the ends of games. Everyone in the league was gearing up to stop him and they couldn't for the most part.
Now fast forward to now with Gil having MM spot up, an improved CB, AJ still doing his thing and a low post C who tries to dunk everything he can inside of 5 feet.
We don't NEED Gil to score 40 anymore. He can conserve energy and save up for the 4th quarter like all of the superstars like MJ and Kobe do.

Posted by: original_mark | July 9, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

is Comcast showing summer league games this year?

Posted by: Dwe316 | July 9, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

That's the best part of the trade IMO...Foye and Miller take minutes from the big 3 to keep them fresh. We need a healthy team for the whole season.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | July 9, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

allowing them to expend energy on the defensive end too.

There are other rim-rattling finishers too. McGuire, McGee, Blatche, Nick. Remember Ruffin, Jeffries, and Kwame blowing layup after layup?

Posted by: G-Man11 | July 9, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

?? I'm still confused about the being married to a white woman comment.

Maybe I'm getting old.

Posted by: original_mark | July 9, 2009 1:49 PM

some older black folks i know hate on some black atheletes like Kobe or even Tiger for marrying outside their race. but not I.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 9, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Love Tough Juice CB, but, I have yet to see him play one full season. He is out with injuries in the first half of the seaon and then usually have to sit out a few games the second half of the season as well. I don't understand why there is so much hate agains AJ. He was the only player going after it last season and he had double,doubles every game pretty much. He carried the load for this team which consisted of a bunch of hurt athletes and the "Romper Room" bench last season and played pretty much every game. What more does a brother have to do to get respect around here? He has been the most consistent player the Wiz has and yes, he is a little defensively challenged but it is not for lack of effort. Hell, without him last year, carrying the load, the win/loss percentages would have been far worse if you can imagine that.

Am I happy that we didn't get a solid player during free agency, HELL YES! But, it is what it is and I am going to roll with what we have and pray that EG can pull a big body out of the hat to fill that need the Wiz has. I pray also that they can unload James. Now that dude to me is worthless. He sucked last year and I understand why NO wanted to get his arse off their payroll.

Posted by: ivyleague | July 9, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

i know he wasn't well coached last season when the former pres. of player development decided to stunt the develpoment his young players. NY definitely had his shortcomings (to be nice) last year, but i can see him improving and becoming a complete player ( he has all the tools) with the right motivation. is there such motivation to make jamison or butler pick it up?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 9, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I can just see it. Gil coming out of the tunnel to Soulja Boy come October...

"Hop up out the bed, turn my swag on, took a look in the mirror said what's up..."

Every naysayer (except 88) on this blog is gonna forget all about the knee surgeries and take a big giant sip of this Wiz Koolaid.

Posted by: original_mark | July 9, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

it's easy to get credit for carrying the load when you play the most mins and take the most shots. AJ CARRIED THE LOAD TO 19 WINS. he got his # as the lone "superstar" on the 3rd worst team in the league. as i said before, i may be the only voice against aj, and i'm cool with it.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 9, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't think you're alone, lilhollywood10.

Posted by: original_mark | July 9, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I find it funny that people want Jamison out with his consistency but want to phase in Blatche. Like that makes any sense.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | July 9, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

is mike miller a huge question mark for anyone else?
I can see him contributing if his head is right, but he has been a classic underachiever minus the sixth man award.

Orig_Mark- i think the aformentioned c would have to be able to consistently get within 5 feet of the basket to do all this dunking. McGee is my man gut until he puts on the muscle to get position, his lack of upper and lower body strength will keep him below the rim most of the time. think back to all those awkward layup attempts and shots he missed b/c he got contact and couldn't get to the rim, or was pushed off the block. he'll be a dog once he bulks up a bit but right now he's more scattered showers than severe thunderstorm .

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 9, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

consistently METAWN. cosistently BEAT ON DEFENSE. cosistently KILLING TEAM MORALE.
AJ doesn't make his teamates better. who has he taken under his wing since gil in GS? IS he helping the youngins or constantly ripping them in the media after games? we evaluate AJ as a team leader b/c we can put #s to some of the things he does well (ppg. rpg. 81 GS etc.) there are a lot of things this team's "veteran leadership" isn't doing that contribute to the wiz losing , the same way the youngins do.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 9, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Jamison is not a superstar, neither is Caron. Not many people would have led last years team to more than 19 wins. Most teams run a 8-10 man rotation. NY, Critt, McGuire, Blatche and McGee were major parts of the rotation and I doubt any of them is older than 22. Correction: NY is 24 going on 19. Geez. I didn't know he was that old. Due to injuries 1/2 of the rotation was players who should've been spot players. One bright spot is McGuire got a chance to shine and if he's willing to put in the work he could be a steal.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | July 9, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

if neither is a superstar then why so much opposition to not having one of them. good role players are hard to come by but AJ gets what 60 mil, just so fans can defend him by saying he's NOT a superstar. He sure gets paid like one.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 9, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I've heard quotes from a few of the young guns talking about how Jamison has tried to instill that work ethic in them. You can't MAKE someone want to hit the weights on their own. Until it clicks for the kids, nobody is going to get through to them. Hopefully after last year they wake up and see that talent isn't enough anymore.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | July 9, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

If Jamison was traded, trust me, there would be someone else on the team that some of the posters here would want traded. Most times I don't post but just read but it boggles my mind how some people feel NO ONE on this team is worth being here. Pretty much EVERYone on the Wiz team has been put on the trading block by some of the posters here. I don't care what anyone says, even when this team played like horse dung, Jamison came out EVERY night. He never gave less than 100%, even when it would have been easy to just let it go. It mattered to him that they were losing and I can appreciate that and would rather have someone like that on my team.

Posted by: ivyleague | July 9, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Abe was listened to John Lennon too much.....

I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
no longer riding on the merry go round
i just had to let it go

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | July 9, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

hollywood you are not alone, I'm not saying he's a bum or anything, he's a good player for what he is, it's just that what he is includes zero defense and zero interior presence as a pf who plays all but 10 mins a game, this in my opinion would only be acceptable if dwight howard was our center. And on offense where he is of value he's simply a gunner pf who jacks it up, bad shots, good shots, any shots, now he does make more garbage shots than anyone in the league but he is where possessions go to die, if he's covered he's still gonna hoist it, I blame tapscott for letting caron and aj feel like they were out there alone and encouraging the squad to simply watch them go one on one. AJ should be the sixth man, this a role he would fit into perfectly if only he wasn't such a curmudgeon when he was forced to the lowly ranks of sixth man of the year in dallas. Last season with all the losing we did I thought jamison's comments relayed through the post were laughably bad leadership and made me dislike the man even with all that consistency people like so much.

Posted by: bford1kb | July 9, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Jamison is an NBA superstar whether you like it or not. Average players don't put the numbers he put up night in and night out for a sorry team. Hell he almost averaged a double-double! He's a great player. Give him his due.

Posted by: NothingButTheTruth | July 9, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards should just stand pat til the trade deadline and then decide whether to load up for a playoff run or re-position for the off-season. There is no need to pay someone for a full year when you could just get someone for half a season or so.

Posted by: jpt1002 | July 9, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

"Jamison is an NBA superstar whether you like it or not. Average players don't put the numbers he put up night in and night out for a sorry team. Hell he almost averaged a double-double! He's a great player. Give him his due.

Posted by: NothingButTheTruth | July 9, 2009 5:21 PM "

There are no superstars that take their team to the lottery.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 9, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Jamison is an all-star, but he doesn't come close to superstar status. Being a superstar isn't just about numbers, or even basketball. It's about image, fan recognition, marketing, and public profile. Jamison doesn't hold a candle in those areas to most of the guys who are considered real supertars in today's NBA.

That's not a knock on him as a player, but he's just not the kind of public profile personality that Kobe, Lebron, Wade and others are.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 9, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Are we crowded at the gaurd/small foward position or what... its nice to have depth (quality depth at that) but how do you find minutes for everyone... I read about the wizards looking for a PF/C free agents for the vet. min. wage, but no talks about trading some of our players like a DeShawn and/or M. James for a PF/C... no talks at all whats-so-ever... that seems like the most logical move... with no money to spend why not swap out a player at position of depth for a player where we need depth... yeah I know, the question is who do you trade for whom... but to not hear a peep regarding the possibility as if its not even an option... just seems odd...

Posted by: DaGuru | July 9, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

"but no talks about trading some of our players like a DeShawn and/or M. James for a PF/C... no talks at all whats-so-ever... that seems like the most logical move..."

It's a great move if you ignore the likelihood that the type of player they're likely to beck in such a trade is a guy with a big guaranteed contract whose downside far outweighs his upside. They're not going to get a high level contributor for a moderated-sized expiring contract and an average (at best) role player coming off an injury lost season whose future playing status is uncertain with 2 more years left on his deal.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 9, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Yeah your right... I was just throwing names out there... but we have options... M. James is a moderate expiring contract, DeShawn Stevens though coming off an injury has some what of a low risk contract (2yrs - 3.8mil & 4.1mil) not sure what you get for that.... Maybe a Marcus Camby (1yr - 7.8mil)... cant see getting all that much... thats why I mention those two (my 1st two choices of expendable assets) but we have other assets... Young and Critton, rather keep em but ofcourse its all about who ya can get for what... but really my point was we have options and yet I hear no rumors not a peep. Odd... I hear runmors on vet. min wage free agents like Maglore, Collins, etc. I am sure we can trade any of our gaurds/SF for the same qaulity of players if not better with out spending more money and maybe possibly saving some money... I don't see why not...

Posted by: DaGuru | July 10, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

There are no superstars that take their team to the lottery.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 9, 2009 7:47 PM

Umm...i see u dont watch around league much...cause I quiet clearly recall Wade taking his team to lottery a year ago...yes he was injuried but isnt he a superstar as well??? i believe ur answer should be "yes" cause he is superstar last time i checked

Posted by: dontecurtis | July 13, 2009 2:59 AM | Report abuse

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