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Report: Wizards to sign Boykins [Updated]

Marc Stein of ESPN.com is reporting that the guard-depleted Wizards plan to sign veteran Earl Boykins.

Wizards guard Randy Foye sprained his right ankle during Tuesday's game against the Miami Heat. And guards Javaris Crittenton, Mike James and Mike Miller were already out with injuries.

Boykins, 33, spent last season in Europe playing for Virtus Bologna in Italy's top division.

Michael Lee is flying back from Miami and will have more information soon.

From Miami, Lee tweets:
A league source just informed me that Earl Boykins is DC bound. Wiz waived Paul Davis and EB has non-g deal [Updated 4:38 pm]

By Alexa Steele  |  November 11, 2009; 3:51 PM ET
 
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Ok?

Funny we are supposed to have all this depth, especially at G and we're making a move like this. I guess we're dropping Davis?

Posted by: Darnell1 | November 11, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I think Allen Iverson would be a nice pick up.
That's what Dan Snyder would do.

Posted by: VBFan | November 11, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

the only thing this team needs to do is run the freakin offense and stop playing so much 1-on-1 ball. gilbert and caron are taking too many contested outside shots. gil needs to penetrate, draw the defense in and then move the ball.

not enough passing. not enough looking for the open man.

they've gotta turn this thing around soon, because the eastern conference is a lot tougher this year. its gonna be a hard climb back up the standings. and if this team lands the 7 or 8 seed, its gonna be another 1st round out in the playoffs.

it wouldnt hurt to pray to the injury gods either.

Posted by: jesc126 | November 11, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Not a bad move. Earl used to tear up the Wizards every time he played them.

Posted by: tigerquoll | November 11, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

YESSSSS!!!! I love Earl Boykins!!!!

Posted by: Matte | November 11, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

They've already got a full roster, so I'm guessing this means that Paul Davis is outta here.

Boykins is just this year's version of last year's version of Juan Dixon. Big whoop. The only upside is that since he didn't go to college locally, people are less likely to make gushing, wildly unrealistic proclamations of how great he could be.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 11, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Then again . . .

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 11, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

What don't people in here not complain about?

Posted by: rphilli721 | November 11, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

The curse of Wes Unseld (GM).....has doomed the BUZzards ...FOREVER.....alrerady Boring and UNwatchable

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | November 11, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

how funny is it that we of all teams have to add another guard. We were supposed to have more guards than any team in the leauge and already 8 games in we have to add someone.

Boykins is Gil's boy from GS though so I know he signed on to this move

Posted by: dlts20 | November 11, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

AD unavailable?

Posted by: joe2chase | November 11, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

we definatly dont need AD. I would take Boykins over him any day

Posted by: dlts20 | November 11, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Boykins will help. Gil needs to get his head on straight. Poor shooting including free throws. 12 giveaways which were like high school.

Posted by: Bailey51 | November 11, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Funny how people are riding Arenas into the ground for not being a "TRUE PG" but they're getting all excited over the acquisition of a 5' 5" scoring guard.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 11, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I know they are desperate, but Earl Boykins can jack up his fare share too.

Posted by: millineumman | November 11, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Is the Ray Felton thing still iffy. Wonder if a trade can be worked. NY and etc... perhaps.

Posted by: millineumman | November 11, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Well, Boykins is a stop gap measure.

I'd give all of the banged up players, including Arenas, a week to recover (meaning let them skip the Detroit game).

Maybe we'll be fully staffed for Cleveland.

Posted by: Izman | November 11, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Smart move. Boykins maybe be 5'4", but can really play, and he's a fierce competitor. I still remember when he was playing against the Wiz for GS and he beat Larry Hughes in an iso to score the game winner.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | November 11, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping that none of the injured feel compelled to come back and try to help out too soon and end up out for a longer period.
Boydkins always seemed to me to play at a high energy level and that just might prove to be contagious to the other Wizzies.
I don't see him being a game changer but maybe he can help out for a few games.
Something's gotta change for this team.
Karma's gotta kick in soon.

Posted by: VBFan | November 11, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

DAVIS out, BOYKINS in - for the moment. Will he last the entire season? Depends on who's well and who's not.

Posted by: glawrence007 | November 11, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness EG didn't panic and sign Stephon Marbury.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 11, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

NBATV reporting Jamison & Miller playing saturday.

Posted by: Darnell1 | November 11, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Everybody is a bunch of complainers if they don't go get someone Abe is cheap if they do get someone they aren't good enouph I applaud them for making moves that are smart not desperate. It was obvious gils calf was too hurt for him too drive last night once the heat realized it they applied the pressure, I applaud Gil for giving it a go. Stay the course and get healthy if we continue to lose when healthy then make drastic moves, I don't see that happening though, everybody relax it's a long season and the schedule gets alot easier about game 15

Posted by: billy12 | November 11, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Jamison is on schedule, but I don't think there's any holding Miller back, not after watching such patently "offensive" basketball from this team. I remember a game at MCI Arena (remember) when Gil and Boykins absolutely killed the Wizards, when they were both playing at Golden State. He's a novelty but he's no Randy Foye. Get better, Randy!

Posted by: zinger1 | November 11, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

"Karma's gotta kick in soon."

I've been saying that for 15 years.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 11, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Was OPaul Davis contract guaranteed?

Posted by: sagaliba | November 11, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

DS + GA = Disfunction. Thank goodness they're signing Boykins.

Posted by: richs91 | November 11, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

I think EG is in panic mode, already, after such lofty expectations for this year. In past years, he has never signed a player another player becuase of injuries. Technically, we have 3 healthy guards ...
GA, NY, DS (plus reports that MM is back next) and we sign another guard. Last year we had Crit, James, NY ( DS and Juan hurt) .. no signings, but it was OK for DMac to play 2 guard. Year before, we had AD, DS, Mason, NY (NY really useless at that time), a ton of other injuries, and, on top of that, not enough people to practice with ... BUT NO SIGNINGS.

8 games in and Boykins will be our saviour. Lord help us.

Posted by: original2cents | November 11, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I still can't believe they let Mason go. EG has made some good moves but some terrible ones as well.

Posted by: richs91 | November 11, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Time to trade Nick Young and someone else or pick for Stephen Jackson


come off the bench or put him at sf or sg with butler at one of them

miller foye blatche oberto stevenson boykins off the bench

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | November 11, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Time to trade Nick Young and someone else or pick for Stephen Jackson


come off the bench or put him at sf or sg with butler at one of them

miller foye blatche oberto stevenson boykins off the bench

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | November 11, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I say bring Mugsy back. Then we can go get Manute. Murasan still showup to games. Lets suit him up. Ok back to reality. Until Flipper use the 2 strangers he has sitting at the end of his bench this team will continue to struggle. There are fans sitting closer to the court than McGee and Young. Way to develop young talent Wiz. Wiz are aging and there is nothing behind them. This team is slow and there is no excitement, nothing for the fans to cheer, putting us to sleep. Did I mention Oberto can't jump over a sheet of paper laying on the floor. Stevenson couldn't make a shot 1ft from the rim. Haywood cant' catch a cold. Metwan and Butler didn't learn passing in school. Boykin could be fun to watch though.

Posted by: rnbrown4 | November 11, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't recall Earl's career, so I looked him up. Seems like he's good for coming into the game and sparking the offense. He's not a particularly accurate outside shooter, and at 139 pounds, is probably not going to defend LeBron. But he's a vet, is probably happy for a job, and will go quietly when his time is up.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 11, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

"Please don't use injuries as an excuse.

Can someone here name a season where the team battled through injuries and came out on top at the end?

History is not on Les BouleS's side.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 10, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

"Do you realize your first sentence completely negates your conclusion?

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 10, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse "

Actually, it doesn't.

Posted by: DC_MAN88

Do injuries have an effect on winning and losing or not?

Posted by: ArmChairQB | November 10, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse "

Let me explain myself...

Injuries were no excuse for last night's loss. Les BouleS were up and they lost the game due to poor decision making, poor shooting, and poor team effort.

Given that, most teams that suffer injuries on their team don't usually turn the season around and go deep into the playoffs.

Based on Les BouleS history, they haven't been able to do much in a season when someone his hurt except for the season when Gilby was out, but MeTawn, Caron, and BTH were able to take the team to the first round of the playoffs before they were eliminated.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 11, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

When the Earl and Eastern Michigan beat Duke in the NCAA tournament, that alone earned him a spot on the great very small players list. Hopefully he can help Arenas focus.

Posted by: jake177 | November 11, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

"On a different note . . . saw Wade's post game interview. The entire time all he talked about was how bothered he was by Nick Young's length.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 10, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse "

Just to note, NY, who has never been known as a defensive wiz, was in the game all of 3 minutes.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=291110014

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 11, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 11, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

i'm curious as to what happened to marbury. he's not signed anywhere, right?

Posted by: crs-one | November 11, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

other speculation. since we have several days before the next game.

do you think they'll be able to hook flip saunders for a couple of those bad low budget mercedes commercials? how do you think he'd fare?

ej was just bad. boudreau is so bad he's endearing. i'm curious about saunders

Posted by: crs-one | November 11, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

"other speculation. since we have several days before the next game.

do you think they'll be able to hook flip saunders for a couple of those bad low budget mercedes commercials? how do you think he'd fare?

ej was just bad. boudreau is so bad he's endearing. i'm curious about saunders

Posted by: crs-one | November 11, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse "

MB commercials at least aren't as ghetto as those dumb "Eastern Motors....your job's your credit...."

The poor economy has pretty much taken care of that dealership though.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 11, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Earl Boykins has been a pain in the a$$ every time he has played against the Wizards. So, now we get a chance to inflict his pain on other teams. Earl can penetrate defenses. He is fearless. He plays "in your face" defense, and he's not a bad shooter.

Definitely a nice pickup for the Wiz.

Posted by: musicmanjr | November 11, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Boykins is so good he played for what NBA team last year and we traded what to which team for him?

He's a stop gap and an entertainer. happy to have him. Hope we don't need him long, but at least he has a shot of playing once in a while as opposed to Davis.

Posted by: Blurred | November 11, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

"But he's a vet, is probably happy for a job, and will go quietly when his time is up. "

That scraping noise you hear is the sound of the bar being lowered.


"He plays "in your face" defense"

No, he plays in your bellybutton defense, because he's 5 feet tall.

"he's not a bad shooter."

Yeah, actually, he is. Career 41% overall, 34% from 3 pt range.


Just like with Dixon, I have no problem with signing Boykins. But, just like Dixon, Boykins (A) is not a PG and (B) won't make a damn bit of difference.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 11, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

"Earl Boykins has been a pain in the a$$ every time he has played against the Wizards. So, now we get a chance to inflict his pain on other teams. Earl can penetrate defenses. He is fearless. He plays "in your face" defense, and he's not a bad shooter.

Definitely a nice pickup for the Wiz.

Posted by: musicmanjr | November 11, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse "

LOL!

Everybody is a pain to Les BouleS defense.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 11, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

DC MAN I don't see how you you can say injuries aren't playing a part in how the Wizard's have been playing. You think they'd still be struggling this much with Jamison, Miller, Foye all healthy?

Gilbert and Caron are trying to do to much and clearly Gilbert is still rusty (12 horrible turn overs). If they had a little more help from talented starter quality players they would be playing a bit more with in the offense and not trying to take over the game.

The problem is with the snake-bit Wizards we've been saying "if" for way too long.

The talent is there when they are healthy to compete against anyone... we saw a flash of the with game one. But like any team with three players coming back from injury, and two new players and a new coach, even a fully healthy team would have had a bad night or two early on.

The problem with most fans of DC sports teams is they get too excited with wins and too down on the teams with losses. There's no in between. We are 8 games into a 82 game season and there's still lots of basketball to play.

Boykins is an interesting pick up... not a savior. But should help.

Posted by: mjshabba | November 11, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Boy..I'll be at the game next week when Cleveland comes to town. Wonder how Gil is going to be able to handle playing in that game with The Big Caught in the Act Adulterer.

Posted by: ptp23 | November 11, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

I think there is some tension going on between Caron and Gil. I noticed when Gil went to the basket in the 4th quarter and was fouled and knocked to the floor, Caron didn't even start towards him to see if he was ok or attempt to help him up. He just looked at him. Blatche went over to assist him up. Jamison and Miller coming back will at least take the pressure off of both of them to score and that may ease the tension.

Posted by: ptp23 | November 11, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

"I think there is some tension going on between Caron and Gil. I noticed when Gil went to the basket in the 4th quarter and was fouled and knocked to the floor, Caron didn't even start towards him to see if he was ok or attempt to help him up. He just looked at him. Blatche went over to assist him up. Jamison and Miller coming back will at least take the pressure off of both of them to score and that may ease the tension.

Posted by: ptp23 | November 11, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse "

Maybe b/c Gilby said earlier this week that Caron needs to adjust to catching and shooting, which is what Flip's offense is based on.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 11, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

"DC MAN I don't see how you you can say injuries aren't playing a part in how the Wizard's have been playing. You think they'd still be struggling this much with Jamison, Miller, Foye all healthy?

Gilbert and Caron are trying to do to much and clearly Gilbert is still rusty (12 horrible turn overs). If they had a little more help from talented starter quality players they would be playing a bit more with in the offense and not trying to take over the game.

The problem is with the snake-bit Wizards we've been saying "if" for way too long.

The talent is there when they are healthy to compete against anyone... we saw a flash of the with game one. But like any team with three players coming back from injury, and two new players and a new coach, even a fully healthy team would have had a bad night or two early on.

Posted by: mjshabba | November 11, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse "

Yeah, and injuries caused Les BouleS to take a big lead against the Heat early on and then caused the debacle in the second half as the evil MeTawn/Eminem/Critter/MikeJames poltergeist forced Gilby to take 25+ ft. bombs, throw passes to Heat players, throw passes out of bounds, and force one on one plays.

Sure.

Let's not forget that there are currently 2 healthy all stars in the starting lineup, a healthy center, and a healthy PF off the bench.

If those bench warmers aren't ready to step up and play/contribute, then EG drafted/acquired the wrong people.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 11, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Don't want to be one of those complainers, but couldn't they have signed a pg taller than 5-5?

Posted by: PostSubscriber | November 11, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Where are DerMarr Johnson and DJ Strawberry when you need them?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 11, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

I am surprised by what is developing with the roster but it is becoming obvious that Nick Young is not needed in Washington. He will be traded. I said before the season started that if Stevenson was getting significant playing time then the Wizards were in trouble. Saunders is going to be under increasing pressure to win with this core group as the season goes on because of the preseason hype and if he doesn't well then maybe Jordan could use an assistant in Philly. The problem is his core group are playground basketball players unable to function for 48 minutes in any kind of an offensive set.

Posted by: dandyhuffman | November 11, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

If he can still push the ball, I certainly hope they use him in the second half of games when the Wiz need a lift from all the turnovers.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 11, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Aren't there any good young point guards in the D-League? Maybe Blake Ahearn, for instance. There must be somebody.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | November 11, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Why BOYKINS? Low budget, low profile, high expertise. BOYKINS is a veteran. FLIP likes veterans.

Posted by: glawrence007 | November 11, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see Steve Blake and DJ Strawberry on the team. Blake is a pure PG and DJ is a good on the ball defender I would say better than Stevenson. By the way whoever thinks DS is a good defender doesn't know b-ball.

Posted by: I_can_fly | November 11, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

We need to trade Nick Young he's the weakest defender of all. Just watch him while he's in the game. He doesn't beat his man to the spot and he doesn't move his feet fast enough, and because of that he picks up stupid fouls. Also he gives up AND 1's alot.

Posted by: I_can_fly | November 11, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

This is a direct indictment of DS and Young. They are wasting space and injury has exposed it.

This is Mugsy II...

Posted by: kahlua87 | November 12, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

"Boykins is so good he played for what NBA team last year and we traded what to which team for him?"

He played in Europe last year, and is an unrestricted FA, so no trade is needed.

Posted by: sagaliba | November 12, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Flip's a bum and has no clue who to play. Go ahead and trade Nick. He'll comeback and get 40. Trade McGee while at and he'll get 40 on his return. Let's continue to play Oberto and Stevenson that's been a winning combo so far.

Posted by: rnbrown4 | November 12, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

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