Wizards cut Vincent Grier, roster down to 15
The Washington Wizards waived Vincent Grier on Thursday and the roster now stands at 15 as the team prepares to face the Chicago Bulls tomorrow. Grier only played 6 minutes, 38 seconds this preseason, recording one assist.
Although Grier wasn't able to latch on, he was able to establish himself as the best half court shooter on the team, as he won the competition during training camp, collecting a few hundred dollars, and also winning two tickets for a fan during an open scrimmage earlier this month.
Paul Davis lives to see another day, holding on desperately to that 15th spot, and there is a minuscule chance that he might see a few more. The Wizards have until Monday to submit their final roster to the league and earlier this week, Coach Flip Saunders said the team will take a good look at Davis "in case there is a situation where we don't have Antawn [Jamison] at the beginning of the year. Is he ready to step in and give help?"
Davis won't get much time either way, but he hasn't hurt himself too much with his play this preseason. After Davis had eight points and three rebounds in just seven minutes against Atlanta, Saunders said Davis was "one of our most effective power forwards" in the game -- although that may have said more about the Wizards' overall performance in that 18-point loss than anything else. In the locker room afterward, Mike James was joking with Davis, "You looked alright out there, P-Diddy. Looking good, P-Diddy."
Davis decided to play along and joked, "Yeah, I'm probably averaging 80 points per 48 minutes this preseason."
"I'm not going to say all that," James said.
But in 19 total minutes this preseason, Davis has scored 13 points with six rebounds and one assist. He looks sort of like a less physical Darius Songaila. I talked to him for a brief minute and realized that the reason Davis is here is because of his summer workouts with Gilbert Arenas at Tim Grover's Attack Athletics gym in Chicago.
"He talked about coming here. I had other offers, but I wanted to come here to play with him," Davis said. "He looked great in Chicago. He's still looking great. My main decision was to come here and play with him. With a healthy team, we can really make a push and surprise a lot of people."
Davis said that while he remains a longshot to make the team, he is embracing his opportunity. "I think it's one spot and you know, Flip said come and play your game, don't do anything out of the ordinary. Just defense, rebound and hit open shots. Sounds easy, but it's sort of what I've been focused on," Davis said. "My job is to be ready, whether it's first quarter or fourth quarter. That's what it is and when the opportunity comes, I'm got to make sure I'm ready to take advantage of it."
"I don't want to look ahead," Davis said. "I want to take it day by day and do what I can and let the cards fall where they may."
October 22, 2009; 1:32 PM ET
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