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Wizards Cut Down SL Roster

The Wizards will take no more than 14 players with them to Las Vegas for summer league after releasing four players on Sunday night. After the first two days of mini-camp, the Wizards decided to cut former Wizard James Lang, Notre Dame swingman and son of former assistant Randy Ayers, Ryan Ayers, Villanova's Dwayne Anderson and St. Mary's forward Diamon Simpson. The Wizards might settle for just 12 players, since I heard that two more players could get cut after practice on Monday.

Lang spoke at length yesterday about his desire to remain the NBA after the Wizards cut him in March 2007. Now he will have to take another route back to the big leagues.

Nick Young recovered from his illness to participate in both practices today. The practice sessions were off limits to the media. After practice on Monday, the Wizards will head off to Las Vegas, where they will open against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. They will face Maryland native Ty Lawson and the Nuggets on Wednesday, former Wizard Oleksiy Pecherov and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, No. 1 overall pick Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday and the New York Knicks on Sunday.

The remaining roster includes four Wizards veterans in Young, Dominic McGuire, JaVale McGee and Javaris Crittenton, Gonzaga big man Josh Heytvelt, Georgia Tech center Alade Aminu, Rhode Island guard Jimmy Barron, Coppin State guard Tywain McKee, Boston College guard Tyrese Rice, Florida State guard Jason Rich, West Virginia guard Alex Ruoff, San Diego State forward Kyle Spain and South Carolina forward Brandon Wallace.

By Michael Lee  |  July 12, 2009; 7:41 PM ET
 
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Posted by: Vicc | July 12, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

So much for the return of James"Jangalang"Lang.The Wizards got alot of guys to shoot the 3ball at Summer League.

Posted by: jeremydvid | July 12, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Will Comcast SportsNet carry the games?

Posted by: Izman | July 12, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Two words: Summer. League.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 12, 2009 6:17 PM

Kal,

You finally got something right on your own. Good Job!

Who cares about guys who couldn't find playing time on a team that won 19 games?

Does anyone really think any of these guys will see any real playing time with Gil, AJ, CB, BTH, MM. logging 36 mins or more a game?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | July 12, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz should be good enough to make the playoffs this upcoming season, but history suggests the NBA lacks parody...

In the last 30 years, only 8 different teams have won the NBA Championship, so Ima go out on a limb here and predict the L.A. Lakers win next years title! No wonder NBA ratings have fallen recently!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Vicc | July 12, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

anyone know if summer league games this year will be broadcast like previous years on tv?

Posted by: jasonma1 | July 12, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

anyone know if summer league games this year will be broadcast like previous years on tv?

Posted by: jasonma1

I imagine a few of the games (if not all) will be televised on NBA TV.

Posted by: Lisa_R | July 12, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

It should be interesting to see what Aminu does, but it would of been nice to see a D League big on this squad.

Posted by: djnnnou | July 12, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Looking at Wizards' Summer League roster...

Hmmm...

Would be nice to find a diamond in the rough..

Stay tuned.

Posted by: RedCherokee | July 12, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

"The Wiz should be good enough to make the playoffs this upcoming season, but history suggests the NBA lacks parody...

Posted by: Vicc | July 12, 2009 8:24 PM "

Don't worry, there's plenty of "parody" oozing out of Les BouleS.

see def. #2

http://www.answers.com/topic/parody

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 12, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

"Would be nice to find a diamond in the rough..

Stay tuned.

Posted by: RedCherokee | July 12, 2009 9:03 PM "

You'll be lucky if you find cubic zirconia or diamonique.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 12, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

DCman,

I saw your comments on athletes having a chip on their shoulder and I'm in exact agreement with you!

Posted by: Vicc | July 12, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Four or five of these guys could have key roles for the Wizards, depending on how the team shakes out. Young could have a break-out year, or a flame out, but I'm betting on the former.

There will be opportunities, maybe even for Heytvelt and Aminu, or Tyrese Rice if EG can move a couple of guards named James and Stevenson, or Young if he doesn't produce. Anybody think DeShawn will come back strong and erase those memories of his total impotence last season?

The Wizards are talented, and that carries into the Summer League. It will be fun to see how our guys measure up.

Posted by: zinger1 | July 12, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Correction:

The NBA lacks parity. I have to fire my editor lol.

Posted by: Vicc | July 12, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

A couple years ago at this time we were surprised by Mcquire. He will continue to improve. I wish stevenson were here. Can he play at his previous level? Can he still Shoot.Chicago has a big {GRAY} we could afford. Watch out for Aminu he will be the biggest surprise of the summer.

Posted by: kcandlc | July 12, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Mike. Do you know if Arenas came back from Chicago, as expected? Was he practicing? Are the vets at this camp or is it only for the summer league squad? Thanks

Posted by: GshawnJohnson | July 12, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

so who's the fifth starter on this summer league squad: Josh Heytvelt, Alade Aminu, Kyle Spain or Brandon Wallace? Would've been nice to see Blatche running with Critt, NY, McGuire, and JaVale McGee...

Posted by: oddjob2 | July 12, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Any particular reason Heytvelt didn't get drafted? Last I heard he was projected to go late in the 1st round.

Posted by: amalg | July 12, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Any particular reason Heytvelt didn't get drafted? Last I heard he was projected to go late in the 1st round.

Posted by: amalg | July 12, 2009 10:56 PM

Yeah, because he sucks, but that won't stop the Wizards from signing him for 750,000 a year to save some money

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | July 12, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

the roster is guard heavy

Posted by: dcjazzman | July 13, 2009 1:36 AM | Report abuse

I don't think it's fair to say Heytvelt 'sucks', but there are definitely some holes in his game. He was clearly a different player before he horked up his foot. Back then he was quick enough to move out on the wing sometimes. Now he's a power forward. Some facts: he's the third tallest player in this draft class, after Thabeet and BJ Mullens; he has some good moves around the basket and can move out and shoot from the perimeter; he's heavier and probably stronger than Pecherov. Reasons he didn't get drafted: injury history in his junior year; felony drug possession as a soph (shrooms). Most observers were surprised some team didn't overlook this -- draftexpress had him going at 50.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 13, 2009 5:28 AM | Report abuse

More two word combo's:

Power forward
Low risk
Second rounder
Non Guaranteed
All American

Posted by: original_mark | July 13, 2009 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Stunningly, I found myself agreeing with DCMan's earlier comments about "it's all talk." Doesn't Blatche talk about "getting serious" and "being a professional" every year?

Of course, then I remember that Blatche is STILL only 21 or 22. In other words, young. I'm frustrated with his lack of playing up to his potential on a consistent basis, but maybe age and maturity will help. Finding someone of his size with his skills is tough. Finding that in the second round is tougher still--we should not look at him and expect another KG. We SHOULD however be able to expect intensity from him. But we have him locked into a reasonable contract, even if he never becomes a starter.

Re: Heytvelt, I'm fired up to see what he can do in Vegas. He would have been a lottery pick if he had come out as a sophomore. Yes, between shrooms and the foot injury (in his Jr. year), his stock slipped, but I will say this: If you had told me, pre-draft, that we'd make the trade we did with Minnesota, and that we'd end up with Heytvelt, I'd have thought EG did incredibly well. I was hoping we'd draft him in the slot we sold to Houston.

And FWIW, I'm higher on Heytvelt's potential than I am on Blair's.

Posted by: psdfx | July 13, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

My fingers are crossed that Heytfelt does well in the summer league and that the Wizards can then sign him for the rookie minimum. Unlike Blair, Josh is a legit big man, a bulky center who could be a long-term investment backing up Haywood and McGee.

If that pans out, the Wizards could then offer a veteran's minimum contract to Joe Smith, who would be a good clubhouse presence and could step in as the back-up 4 is Blatche falters.

No question, though, the Wizards are counting on Blatche and Mcgee as the primary big guys off the bench, and if the trust is well-placed all will be well.

In this scenario, the next phase of dealing would then occur in February if the team is playing well enough to look like a potential contender to go deep in Eastern Conference playoffs. Then management could choose to turn Mike James' expiring deal plus whichever wing player is both expendable and attractive to a potential trading partner into a relatively serious veteran talent from a weaker team, the 21st century Bobby Dandridge.

Not a bad place for the team to be in after last year's forgettable outcome.

Posted by: khrabb | July 13, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

The Wiz are shopping the bargain basement for a big man. 2 million doesn't get you much. They may as well save their money if they plan to get any of the players that have been mentioned. For a million more than that and a million more in luxury tax, Drew Gooden may be available. If the Wiz are unwilling to spend an extra 2 million dollars, they really don't want to win. We will take that into consideration when injuries and fouls occur and they are trying to explain their bad luck. Injuries occur and the preparation to counteract that is to have good players in reserve. Those players are not in the bargain basement.

Posted by: JoeC2 | July 13, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

More two word combos:

Sean May
Oliver Miller
Michael Sweetney

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 13, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

"Stunningly, I found myself agreeing with DCMan's earlier comments about "it's all talk.""

Of course it's all talk until it's put into action. But the fact that both McGee and Saunders are talking about the same things is a sign that the coach and player are on the same page, which is a good place to start.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 13, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

How about bringing in Adonal Foyle as our spare big man? He's got the size and strength to bang with the league's really big centers, and by all accounts, he's a good guy to have in your locker room. Plus, after two years with Orlando, he probably knows exactly how to defend both of Dwight Howard's offensive moves.

Posted by: yop32 | July 13, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

"Stunningly, I found myself agreeing with DCMan's earlier comments about "it's all talk.""

Of course it's all talk until it's put into action. But the fact that both McGee and Saunders are talking about the same things is a sign that the coach and player are on the same page, which is a good place to start.""""

It's all talk is a nice line, but essentially, it is not really accurate.

It would be more appropriate to say:

The Wizards right now are an immensely better Team.

To say that it is just talk, does not really recognize, the coaching change/changes, the attitudes and off season preparation by the players and the return of health.

Oh no, it is quite a bit more than just all talk.

There is quite a bit of substance and positiveness realized with this Team.

Its All Talk, HUMMM', I see a lot going on than just Talk.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | July 13, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

psd: "Re: Heytvelt, I'm fired up to see what he can do in Vegas"

Also keep an eye out on this Aminu from Georgia Tech. No chance of making the NBA club at this point, but physically as interesting as McGee.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 13, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Adonal Foyle - ?

If there is anyone that has been ripping off the NBA, getting paid for "no performance", it is this guy. This guy has been all hype and no game since high school. the Wizards would be better off resurrecting Calvin Booth than signing this guy. Please name me a game since the guys rookie year, as a former 1st round pick, that the guy has played more than 20-minutes and scored 10-pts or grabbed 10 rebounds. tell me when he's played more than 10-minutes in the past 3 years or so.

Lastly, he and Etan Thomas are cool (and similar bright guys), so he might clash with Brendan Haywood all over again.

Posted by: oknow1 | July 13, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Heytvelt or Aminu have a chance of making the roster if the Wiz don't sign a veteran bigman. Both are projects but may have some long-term potential off the bench. My biggest concern is whether McGee can really take the step forward to provide 10-15 minutes of high-energy, quality minutes off the bench ala Birdman. We don't need him to be a scorer but to be a defensive presence, block shots, and rebound. He's saying all the right things and appears to have a better work ethic than Blatche.

If Blatche doesn't get with the program this summer, he'll be part of the same trade to unload Mike James during the year. He's going into his 5th year and has shown little progress or work ethic since he's been here. If he can't play hard for Flip, the Wiz need to move him as soon as possible. I don't see him being a guy who will provide us 15-20 minutes a night of quality play at the 4 and 5.

Posted by: wizfan89 | July 13, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

wizfan: "If [Blatche] can't play hard for Flip, the Wiz need to move him as soon as possible. I don't see him being a guy who will provide us 15-20 minutes a night of quality play at the 4 and 5."

In some respects, he already is. At least the numbers suggest it. For a part-time starter, he shows up pretty well in blocks per game (26th) and offensive rebounds (41st). Those aren't bad averages for a young guy. He does appear to drift out for the occasional 3 pointer, which doesn't help his FG percentage. He's not much of a scorer, and his turnovers are a little high, but overall, he's in a category with better known players like Ronny Turiaf and Jason Thompson. If he develops his inside game -- and he's big enough to do that -- he could turn into a regular. Maybe never at the 5, but definitely as a forward.

As has been pointed out here before, McGee can play center, but not the way Haywood plays it. He's a shotblocker but not yet a strong interior defender. IMO they need somebody experienced who does some of the same things Brendan does. Could be an older guy looking to stick around another season or two. Not their only need by any means, but one of them.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 13, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

"Of course it's all talk until it's put into action. But the fact that both McGee and Saunders are talking about the same things is a sign that the coach and player are on the same page, which is a good place to start.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 13, 2009 9:38 AM "

I agree...talk is good, but it's also cheap.

How good was the talking between Gilby and EJ with regard to EJ taking Gilby to JKidd games and Gilby saying he wanted to learn the Princeton Offense?

It's all talk.

People here need to see them walk the walk before they get overly excited. We're at a stage now where Les BouleS need to prove to the fans that they deserve our love and cheers.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 13, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

"Adonal Foyle - ?

If there is anyone that has been ripping off the NBA, getting paid for "no performance", it is this guy. This guy has been all hype and no game since high school. the Wizards would be better off resurrecting Calvin Booth than signing this guy."

Foyle played for the minimum last year, less than $800k. He has the size and quickness to give Brendan a quick breather against Shaq, Dwight Howard, etc.- guys that Blatche and Javale (and Calvin Booth) don't match up well against.


Posted by: yop32 | July 13, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I found there are so many people want to be the first ~
haha

http://www.nowgoal.com/30.shtml

Posted by: fetrew | July 14, 2009 7:22 AM | Report abuse

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