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Mike James rumors and Arenas's all-star quest

I wanted to address the Mike James to Miami rumor that's Marc Stein circulated on Wednesday afternoon. I mentioned it on my Twitter account last night, but there is nothing moving right now with regards to any James trade, based on conversations that I've had with a few people who would know.

James would surely love a reunion with the Heat, but Michael Wallace of the Miami Herald confirmed that talks with Miami have been dead for awhile in his chat this afternoon. I reported earlier that the Wizards have been open to trading James for some time and would like to deal him before the February deadline. They have talked to at least three teams about getting something done. Problem is, the Wizards haven't found a deal to their liking. And, they might not.

I recently discovered that James quietly asked to be moved during the preseason, when he realized that there weren't many minutes available in the backcourt. The Wizards weren't upset with the request, from what I understand, and are doing what they can to make James happy -- but not at the expense of their financial flexibility.

James has an expiring contract, which should be attractive to teams looking to clear salary, but Wizards also have no interest in taking back any salary beyond this season. They have eight free agents on the roster, including unrestricted free agents Haywood and Mike Miller and restricted free agent Randy Foye. So, James is staying put for now.

All-star voting
The NBA just released the first returns from the 2010 NBA All-Star balloting, and Gilbert Arenas's return as a full-time basketball player has placed him in a familiar place -- among the leading vote-getters in the Eastern Conference.

Arenas, who is averaging 20.4 points and a career-high 6.5 assists, has already unleashed his all-star campaign on the Web, "Voteforgilbertordie," with the assistance of his alter ego, "Agent Zero." He received 212,526 votes, which places him at third behind Miami's Dwyane Wade (the leading vote-getter in the East with 672,227) and Orlando's Vince Carter (292,002).

Arenas is the only member of the Wizards among the top 10 players at their respective positions, with Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler finding themselves on the outside looking in. Brendan Haywood is not on the ballot, but he would've had no shot at catching Dwight Howard or Shaquille O'Neal, the only East centers to garner more than 70,000 votes. Remember when I questioned Sam Dalembert being on the ballot in favor of Haywood? He's bringing up the rear among East centers. Oh, well.

By Michael Lee  |  December 10, 2009; 3:30 PM ET
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McGee in the rookie soph game????????????

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 10, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Arenas does not deserve to be anywhere close to 3 with the way he has been playing. I hope we have not seen the last of Hibachi.

Posted by: Dellis2 | December 10, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

i agree..not even close............

Posted by: stevie2 | December 10, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert Arenas? An All-Star? The only thing he's an All-Star at is letting his fiancee get plowed by Shaq.

Posted by: awb9h | December 10, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I'd vote for Jamison before I'd throw a vote Gil's way.

Posted by: anw821 | December 10, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

All-Star fan voting has nothing to do with merit and everything to do with popularity and name recognition.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 10, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

The numbers on Gil are in fact all-star numbers... That is a fact and so is the power of name recognition.

Neither of the above wins games of course.

Posted by: khrabb | December 10, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

nice to see Gil's still got some fans out there

Posted by: divi3 | December 10, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

indeed shaq would be a plowman.

i think the wizards will pull it together this season and land the 5 or 6 spot. but they are not going to win in the playoffs unless they get another bruiser, rebounding type to come off the bench. blatche & mcgee arent strong enough. oberto is okay.

the team is far too dependent on the health of haywood.

Posted by: jesc126 | December 10, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"unless they get another bruiser, rebounding type to come off the bench"

Dom was averaging 5.5 rebs (and 1block) in 26mins last season. Cant on the floor for some reason tho

Posted by: divi3 | December 10, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz need to simply pull it together at this point. The losses to Toronto and Detroit over the weekend were consistent with a team that turns over the ball way too much, takes too many 3's when they aren't a good 3-point shoot team, and poor foul shooting. Jamision did not play well in either game and that is surprising considering he's usually a double-double machine. Arenas looked completely disinterested in the game against Detroit, like he just wanted to observe rather than play in the game.

If the Big 3 plays well, the team will generally win against most teams. If 2 of the 3 play well, they will win about half the time. If only one plays well, it is a recipe for losing. Most of the games they've played together have had one or more of them playing poorly. They need to get a one or two before swing out West or they could go into a major tail spin.

Posted by: wizfan89 | December 10, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

If the Wizards get really healthy and really lucky, they may slither into the # 7 or 8 spot, but that looks like best case scenario right now. Several of the teams ahead of them are also missing key players (in some cases more key than the ones the Wizards are missing) and they're already better than Washington. So it's logical ta assume that those teams will be even better when they get their guys back, keeping them ahead of the Wiz.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 10, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Zero getting any all star mentions is a shamocracy and an affront to common decency

NOW...Brendan, okay. Earl, why not

But ZERO???

First DipSet and the ROC break up, now this??

Next you'll be saying that DS should get 'Defensive Player of the Year'

This team needs an enema...

Posted by: kahlua87 | December 10, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

this team will not make the postseason if CB and Gil continue their current play all season.

Posted by: divi3 | December 10, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

and while Gil has a long leash on gettin right, ya gotta think there is much talk about caron upstairs and not much of it is good.

Posted by: divi3 | December 10, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

while BTH's play this season has been commendable and possibly ( i didn't check) the best of his career. That being said, they didn't even put the guy on the ballot. I doubt there are enough BTH fans out there to vote him in maybe the coaches will put him in, but honestly 10 pts a game is an all star.C'mon Kahlua put that drink down.

Don't get me started on earl.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 10, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Butler could be on the block accoding to Holinger.

GM Kevin Pritchard hinted they might seek out some personnel help to soften the blow of these losses.

In his chat today, ESPN's John Hollinger throws out the Wizards' Caron Butler.

"The Blazers will look really hard at any deal for a stretch 4 who can replace what Outlaw was giving them," he writes. "That's the big priority right now. I also think they wouldn't mind dealing for a true 3, and it's my sneaking suspicion that if Caron Butler came available they'd say yes in a nanosecond."

Considering the Wizards have slumped out to a 7-12 record, and Butler's scoring is down a bit, it might be an amicable deal for both sides if the Trail Blazers can give them some value in return.

Posted by: ptp23 | December 10, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Can horsecrap be any stinkier?

Didn't Gilby say earlier in the season that he does not care about being in the all star game?

Now, he's campaigning for himself, yet again?

Will there be another sorry "coming out of the stink" party at Love?

Will there be another hiring of PDiddy Combs?

Pure and utter stupidity.

Focus on the f#cking season, not the all star

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 10, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

if wes was still running the show we'd trade caron for steve blake and juwan.

seriously though, there are enough guards on the roster already and no point in trading caron for a 4 with jamison and AB already taking all the minutes.

the roster we see right now is the roster we gots, for better or worse.

Posted by: divi3 | December 10, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Well as far as dealing James to Miami the move that makes the most sense for us would be swapping James for Haslem. Haslem's contract expires after this season as well as James' so it doesn't affect our ability to re-sign Haywood and Miller, both of whom I definately want to keep, as well as Foye.

Maybe include a 2nd round pick. We can also include Veremeenko if that's worth anything... maybe Crittenton if he's not in the plans.

Posted by: Darnell1 | December 10, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

The article though actually makes it sound like James to NY for Jared Jeffries is the more likely scenario.

Posted by: Darnell1 | December 10, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Mike, you're welcome for me pointing out the espn article for you yesterday.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 10, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

"Considering the Wizards have slumped out to a 7-12 record, and Butler's scoring is down a bit, it might be an amicable deal for both sides if the Trail Blazers can give them some value in return."

Only if that value doesn't come in the form of a long-term deal.

The reason the Blazers may be looking for SF help is because Travis Outlaw and Nicolas Batum are both hurt. Outlaw's deal expires this summer, so I could see an Outlaw for Butler swap. The Wiz could use Miller primarily at the 3 (assuming Miller comes back healthy) until Outlaw recovers, and then plug Outlaw into the rotation. Of course, Outlaw makes less than half of what Butler does, so there'd need to be some add ins.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 10, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Butler, Critt and James for Outlaw, Blake and Bayless

Posted by: khrabb | December 10, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

GA is not an all-star.

BH could be an all-star. He certainly deserves it over Shaq.

Close game tonight. Boston on a 9 game win streak but I got a feeling we pull it out. Call me crazy. This team will always tease being really good and tonight will prove it.

I also like the fact that they have had some time to have "back to the basics" practices. Hopefully, we see an improvement bc of it.

Posted by: rphilli721 | December 10, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Part of the reason for BH's seemingly better play this year is that he is probabaly playing about 10 minutes more per game under FS than he ever did with EJ, so his numbers appear better (probably not his scoring, though), especially rebounding.

Posted by: cannontl | December 10, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

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