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Wizards' morning brew: Arenas, Crittenton suspended

NBA Commissioner David Stern yesterday suspended Wizards Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton for the rest of the season for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room, and Michael Lee was at NBA headquarters in New York to give you timely updates. As if that wasn't enough news, Thomas Heath reported that Capitals owner Ted Leonsis might not have exclusive rights to buy the Wizards and Verizon Center.

Michael Lee will answer questions about the Wizards and the Arenas situation today at 10 a.m. during a live Q&A.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!Sports said the Arenas suspension reflected poorly upon the NBA -- and he let the Wizards have it:

Washington played the "Oh-if-Abe-Pollin-was-alive-to-see-this" card on Wednesday and that's a tired, exploitive farce that needs to end.

Henry Abbott of ESPN.com's True Hoops says Arenas and the Wizards are stuck with each other.

Chis Mannix of SI.com points out that Arenas and Crittenton can come back next season ... but for whom?

Meanwhile, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler talked to Michael Lee and Gene Wang about how it feels to play under the cloud of so many trade rumors.

And Truth About It recounted Chris Webber's sharp criticism of Jamison and Butler after Tuesday's loss to the Lakers.

Around the League ...

All Star reserves are named tonight! Aren't you excited?

Anyway ... there were 11 games last night. Highlights are below, courtesy of NBA.com's Daily Zap:

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Comments

Chris Webber should never criticize anyone. That is an axiomatic certainty.

Posted by: MeviousMan | January 28, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

we got some clarity in Mike Lee's article today. Gil asked Stern if the Wizards had the ability to void his contract. In yesterday's insider, Lee made implied that Gil wanted to void his contract.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | January 28, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

HENRY ABBOTT's article is exactly what I have been saying here for weeks now. GIL will be playing in D.C. for a long time. Frankly there's just no other way, even if he gets jail-time.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 28, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

HENRY ABBOTT's article is exactly what I have been saying here for weeks now. GIL will be playing in D.C. for a long time. Frankly there's just no other way, even if he gets jail-time.

Posted by: glawrence007

That's how I see it too. With him suspended the rest of the year, going to jail for a month doesnt make him unavailable to play when called upon which would have asissted in voiding his deal.

It seems to be the two parties are stuck together for at least a portion of next season, and EG is going to have to be dismissed in the process.

Posted by: divi3 | January 28, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

oh, and as icing on the cake we'll actually win the lottery this time and get john wall with arenas stuck on the roster

Posted by: divi3 | January 28, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

"Chris Webber's sharp criticism of Jamison and Butler"

It is true that this team don't pass, but I think it goes deeper beyond they "don't" pass, the fact is, they "can't" pass. Nobody in this team is a good passer, that is why when they tried they resulted in turnovers.

Other reasons for low assists:
a) As I said it before, other than Arenas, nobody can penetrate and dish. So all they can do is just pass around perimeters, and then shoot jump shots, which has a lower % than a close range shots.

b) Scorer such as Butler and Young refuse to score assisted. They would prefer doing their one-on-one move even when they are open.

c) Haywood has bad hands to catch the ball down low; he is very good at put backs after offensive rebound. However that does not count as "assist."

Posted by: sagaliba | January 28, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Wojnarowski pretty much nailed it on the head. This is a classic case of bombarding the symptom while doing nothing to treat the actual ailment.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 28, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

It is true that this team don't pass, but I think it goes deeper beyond they "don't" pass, the fact is, they "can't" pass. Nobody in this team is a good passer, that is why when they tried they resulted in turnovers.

Other reasons for low assists:
a) As I said it before, other than Arenas, nobody can penetrate and dish. So all they can do is just pass around perimeters, and then shoot jump shots, which has a lower % than a close range shots.

b) Scorer such as Butler and Young refuse to score assisted. They would prefer doing their one-on-one move even when they are open.
Posted by: sagaliba
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I agree with much of this although I would add that they can't pass because they are not that good. Some who post here even point out the players don't have good b-ball IQ. I think one can become shooting the ball and one on one moves, but some just don't see the floor. Those are the better players.

That's how all the charges and horrible shots happen. That tunnel vision. AJ and CB (others also) decide they are shooting and do not care how they play unfolds.

Then nobody cuts to the basket with the intentions of attacking the rim. (lay up or dunk). They pick and pop. I don't think the Wizards believe in attacking the rim is a good strategy.

Posted by: millineumman | January 28, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

The other factor contributing to low assist numbers is the near complete absence of movement off the ball. Whenever one guy has the ball the other four tend to just stand around and watch rather than moving to open spots or cutting to the hoop. Of course, if you were to ask them they'd probably say "why bother, no will pass it to me anyway." But it's really a chicken-and-egg situation.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 28, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

it takes cwebb to say these guys don't pass for folks to recognize this. i think this black hole arguement came up about a month and a half ago.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 28, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

From Mike Lee's chat:

Bad Days are Ahead: Michael,

I know people want to trade Caron, Haywood, Jamison, and Miller for draft picks and young players, but I don't think they realize how bad we will be without those players. Young, Blatche, Foye, and McGee have no idea how to win in this league. I don't think a fire sale is the answer. Move Caron or Jamison, but not both players. What are the chances of at least one of those two players being back for next season?

Michael Lee: This team is bad WITH those players. You can be concerned about rebuilding, but from what are you building? A 19-win team last season? A team that might win 26 games this season?


If you look at what's happening right now in Memphis, Oklahoma City and Portland - where they have built through the draft with quality young talents - you have an idea of what the Wizards should try to do. The results will be gruesome, but so have the past 30 or so years.

It really makes no sense to have a $78 million roster that's producing 78 cent results.


Exactly. And that's why the broom comes out before the beginning of next season and as much of this mess as possible is swept away.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 28, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

yeah, I see that too. They stand around the arc and watch. Although they might think "why bother", the sad part is "have you ever heard of offensive rebounds and putbacks?"

Posted by: millineumman | January 28, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

having deshawn and haywood on the floor together is 3 vs 5 on offense, just a bad lineup

Posted by: divi3 | January 28, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I still find it amazing that the biggest sports story in Washington's history was broken by a NY paper and not The Washington Post. What other things are going on that these WAPO reporters aren't either finding out or know about and aren't telling us. This is really amazing. A NY Paper??!! You guys should be ashamed.

Posted by: dovelevine | January 28, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

As M. Lee said in his chat: The Post was more concerned with being right than being first, which is how journalism is supposed to work. In his zeal to be first to the finish line, Vescey got pretty much all of the significant details of the story wrong.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 28, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

We should re-sign Randy Foye and draft Ed Davis or Favors or Demarcus Cousins maybe....somehow move Arenas during the season next year and then target Carmelo as an FA in 2011, he's the only real-deal FA who would actually consider playing in DC.

Posted by: divi3 | January 28, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

yeah, people think we want to rebuild just to spite the current players. Why do people think that? Those who don't think we should rebuild, are you thinking 25 wins is a lot better than 19? If you're already horrible, why have a high payroll as Kalo_rama said. We may not be the most desired free agent destination, but it's better to be available when opportunity knocks. Anyway, a fortunate draft or two and some cap space could change that.

Posted by: millineumman | January 28, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

The saddest part is now the Wizards will have another excuse about why the big 3 didn’t work together, instead of realizing the problem is the organization; from the owner, gm, coach, medical staff, trainers and the players.

Hopefully the new owner is watching all of this and understands this organization is like a three ring circus and everyone needs to be fired!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 28, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

............which may have led to the situation being handled the way it was from the beginning. That story true or false put a spotlight on a situation that;as reported by the wapo, was a minor issue. The NYpo's story got Stern and the public fired up.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 28, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

>>As M. Lee said in his chat: The Post was more concerned with being right than being first, which is how journalism is supposed to work. In his zeal to be first to the finish line, Vescey got pretty much all of the significant details of the story wrong.
Posted by: kalo_

That's easy to say after you've been scooped and spanked. FYI The NY Post didn't run this story the day after it happened. It wasn't run for weeks. You telling me the Wash Post was sitting on it the whole time trying to get it right? Gimmie a break. If the NY Post doesn't report it right or wrong, it never comes out. Period.

Posted by: dovelevine | January 28, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

^ uh I'd pass on Ed Davis. He doesn't bring the fire the Wiz would need from a frontcourt starter.

I like Favors for sure.

The big prize is Wall. He would instantly bring the fastbreak back to their offense and make the product watchable once more.

Posted by: elfreako | January 28, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

"target Carmelo as an FA in 2011, he's the only real-deal FA who would actually consider playing in DC."

Why would he do that? Because he's from Baltimore? Not likely. This team will most likely still be entrenched in the lottery in 2011 and he could be a possible MVP candidate. There's no way he leaves a very good Denver team or spurns any of the numerous offers he'll get from other contenders to sign on with a rebuilding project.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 28, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

From Henry Abbott's article linked above

There has been talk about the Wizards finding a trade partner willing to take on
Arenas. Front office sources say they can't imagine any team would take on his contract. Among the things working against Arenas:

He is one of the NBA's worst defenders. Synergy Sports tracks every NBA play. At the time of Arenas' original suspension, he was rated the worst defender among the 107 players with at least 300 plays as an on-ball defender.

I knew he was an awful defender, but the worst??? That's tuurrible!!

Posted by: tgif11 | January 28, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"Why would he do that?"

Eastern Motors gig?

Posted by: divi3 | January 28, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"That's easy to say after you've been scooped and spanked. FYI The NY Post didn't run this story the day after it happened. It wasn't run for weeks."

Which is not in the least bit uncommon.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 28, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

ok, target Durantula whenever he comes up, maybe we can be halfway respectable by then

Posted by: divi3 | January 28, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

ed davis needs to get meaner and better before he's nba ready. he's jamison w/out the flippy, and tre ball

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 28, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

seriously though, money talks. We could be in position to offer him max money )over 5yrs) in 2011, there may be only a few other organizations in the same boat.

Posted by: divi3 | January 28, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

>>FYI The NY Post didn't run this story the day after it happened. It wasn't run for weeks."
Which is not in the least bit uncommon.
Posted by: kalo_rama

Point being the WAPO had plenty of time to get this right and get it out. But they simply missed out. Like I said, I wonder what else they or we have been missing out on.

Posted by: dovelevine | January 28, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

ed davis needs to get meaner and better before he's nba ready. he's jamison w/out the flippy, and tre ball

Posted by: lilhollywood10

nix that then, i havent seen much of these guys in action only the draft previews.

Demarcus Cousins looks like he'll pound fools though, gotta like that

Posted by: divi3 | January 28, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

"Point being the WAPO had plenty of time to get this right and get it out. "

That's not the point, because there's no set period of time it takes to get the facts of a story right. It takes as long as it takes If the editors weren't comfortable with the viability of their sources and the level of factual detail in the reporting they have both a right and a journalistic obligation not to rush a bunch of half-assed guesses to the street, which is exactly what Vescey did.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 28, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

mike lee just said TODAY something to the effect of "who knows, maybe the guns were loaded?"

so after all this, wapo doesnt seem to have a better read on it than dbag vescey's initial story

Posted by: divi3 | January 28, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"seriously though, money talks. We could be in position to offer him max money )over 5yrs) in 2011, there may be only a few other organizations in the same boat."

(A) And why, exactly, would he choose the Wizards over those "few other organizations"? (B) The Nuggets--because they hold his Bird rights--will be in position to offer him more than the Wizards can no matter how much cap space they have, so if he's only after money, why would he take less to leave the Nuggets and go to D.C.? (C) Money only talks louder than winning for players who aren't in a position to chase both. Anthony's not on that list. He can get both and most likely will. But he can't get both from the Wizards, which is why the odds of him signing here are pretty much nil.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 28, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised that Leonsis is having trouble getting what was promised to him. The Polins, always painted as such wonderful folks, are obviously shady business dealers.

And it's our loss, as fans. I'll be glad when the Polins have nothing to do with our franchise. Get them out, I say.

Posted by: Matte | January 28, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

blow it up and, with the Free agents looking at the Arenas situation, like wizard tickets, you won't be able to give the money away.

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 28, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Webber is one of my all time faves but I dont like hearing him rip other teams & players because alot of times its the same exact thing people use to rip him for so it makes it look dumb.

In this case though, I loved what he & McChale said because Ive been saying it. People keep talking about the pro that AJ is but he's just a flat out solo player. You never ever see him trying to make a pass or make a teammate better. He thinks because he puts up numbers, it makes him great but in reality it makes no difference in the game because its just about him and now Caron plays that same exact way.

Im just glad they cant blame it on the young guys again which is another thing that sucks about AJ. Never says anything positive about them, just always downing them but he's supposed to be a leader. Then I loved what Kevin said about the team passing. I see it every game and scream at it. Alot of times we may be swinging the ball around the perimiter and if we make one more quick pass then it would be an open shot but instead Boykins or someone gets it at the top, takes one dribble, looks, and then pass. By that time the guy isnt open anymore and now its a bad shot.

It happeneds all the time. All of the passes are so late or we just dont make the extra pass. Again, alot of that has to do with guys being selfish and not even realizing it. Make your teammates better

Posted by: dlts20 | January 28, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised that Leonsis is having trouble getting what was promised to him. The Polins, always painted as such wonderful folks, are obviously shady business dealers.

There are potentially four stages to selling the team to Leonsis. Two stages have been completed. One could argue the first two stages have concluded in a predictable manner since a) nobody would sell/buy based on an initial proposal unless you were clearly fleecing the other party and b) each hired their own arbitrator who has an inherent conflict of interest since he/she is representing one of the parties.
The third stage is where the numbers get a little closer to reality for both parties since the third arbitrator must be agreed upon by Leonsis and the Pollins.
My personal view is that it won't get beyond this third stage.

Posted by: tgif11 | January 28, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

LeBron might as well stay home in Cleveland. Wade might as well go home to Chicago. Bosh would go anywhere but Toronto and Washington.

We could throw huge $$$ at Shaq, Rasheed, but they ain't coming here. The last significant free agent to sign here is being run out of town and the quirkiest thing he ever did was sign here originally.

What you really need is an under-the-radar, not yet reached his apex, and up-and-coming player on the opposite coast who knows little about the Wizards history. Is there another Gilbert out there?

As for the lottery picks? From all these one-and-doners, like Rose, Durant, Beasley, Oden, Mayo, Evans, DeRozan, Jennings, Gordon, Love, Westbrook, Tyrus Thomas, etc., most have flashed inconsistently with the exception on Rose and Durant. The upperclassmen have probably done worse. And the foreign big men flash sometimes. In other words, the lottery and the lottery picks are big-assed crapshots. Yes, they can be good, but when will they be ready. Wall may be another impact player, but don't expect Favors or anyone else to do much for years. Golden State, the Clippers, Kings, Memphis, Minny, are full of them. We are still waiting for these teams to produce to the talent level.

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 28, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I suppose we'll have to wait and see how quickly the Wiz' situation stabilizes. Soon enough Gil will be incarcerated, and the NBA will be doing its level best to forget the incident ever happened. All that's in the grand tradition of the sports biz (emphasis on biz). The Wiz' future behavior will be determined by the status of the upcoming sale, assuming there is one.

Meanwhile, this is mostly just fodder for people like Chris Webber and Kevin McHale. I get the feeling nobody in the media is quite sure why the Wiz are as bad as they are, given their roster and the quality of their coach. Individuals like Jamison, Butler, and Haywood continue to have value, but nobody seems willing to part with much in hopes there'll eventually be a fire sale.

My agenda's always the same: I'd like to see some good basketball. Looks like I could be disappointed, huh?

Posted by: Samson151 | January 28, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

there's no passing because there is no post or paint presence. Passing the ball 10x around the perimeter does nothing but maybe open up a jumper, which is no more effective than AJs patented moves.

Nobody cuts to the basket, and nobody is in the paint to begin with. In 9 years no one has taught Haywood how to catch a pass or make one, much less stand in the post with the ball above his head looking for cutters.

AB wont do it either. AJ's not big enough for it.

Time to coach up javale...

Posted by: divi3 | January 28, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

divi3

Agreed 100%. And want post presence the wizards have (Haywood), does NOT command a double team. The opponent invites you to throw it into him. Unless you have Stevenson on the court...then the defense would rather have him DeShawn shoot. So your options without Gil is a jumpshot, or pass to Haywood and pray.

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 28, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

but don't get me wrong. Haywood has improved. At least know he shoots with his eyes open. It may be tunnel vision at the hoop but at least they are open.

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 28, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

EG's presser was interesting in that he appeared to leave open the possibility that Arenas could eventually return to the Wiz...not because he wants to ever see him in a Wizards uniform, but because he knows that it will be difficult to void his contract. If the Wiz end up in the situation the Sixers had with Iverson V1 a few years ago, they will have their highest paid player sitting at home taking up cap space.

The fact that the Pollin family and Leonsis are $100M a part on the value of the team and the Verizon Center may well have to do with Arenas' contract status. I'm sure that Leonsis is using the contract as a reason for discounting what the team is worth while the Pollin's consider it something that will go away.

Arenas will never play for the Wizards again until the team is sold and EG is no longer GM. Flip would also need to step down as coach since he clearly had soured on Arenas after the incident. It's time to blow things up and start from scratch. Sadly the Wiz may have to deal with the Arenas' albatross around their neck for a long time.

Posted by: wizfan89 | January 28, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Cap room is great!
Especially when you can't GIVE it away!

Just like Detroit this year...

All that cap room turns into Gordon and Charlie V.???

No thanks.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 28, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Arenas
NY
Jamison
top5 draft pick
Mcgee

would fans pay to see that lineup? 'cause we could be forced into it to start next season

Posted by: divi3 | January 28, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"Just like Detroit this year...All that cap room turns into Gordon and Charlie V.??? No thanks.Posted by: SDMDTSU"

That was a puzzle, indeed. Charlie Villanueva seems to play well only against the Wizards. Ben Gordon is playing the point?

I don't know what they were thinking.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 28, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

"The big prize is Wall. He would instantly bring the fastbreak back to their offense and make the product watchable once more.
Posted by: elfreako"

Much as I hate to admit it, looks like you're correct. Wall may not be able to shoot consistently from outside, but he's such a demon otherwise that I don't know how you could favor Favors or any of the other candidates.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 28, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

That was a puzzle, indeed. Charlie Villanueva seems to play well only against the Wizards. Ben Gordon is playing the point?

I don't know what they were thinking.


Posted by: Samson151 | January 28, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

It means just because you have money doesnt mean someone is going to take it or that youre going to be able to do anything. Almost like you have to sign someone....so you overpay for junk.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 28, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Cap room is great!
Especially when you can't GIVE it away!

Just like Detroit this year...

All that cap room turns into Gordon and Charlie V.???

No thanks.


Paying luxury taxes out the a s s for much of the foreseeable future is a MUCH better strategy!

Expecially when your likely to be a perennial lottery team!

Like the Wizards this year...

Arenas, Jamison and Butler??

No thanks.

I'd have much rather have the cap flexibility until I'm done being an irrelevant lottery-bound cellar dweller.

Posted by: tgif11 | January 28, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

scares me to use the #1 pick overall on a 6'3" 170pound player, but i suppose the league has changed and look where Kwame got us anyhow

Posted by: divi3 | January 28, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

There is no way the problems with the Wizards can be fixed quickly.

If Ernie is the guy making the trades and god forbid next year’s draft pick it will take 10 years to clean up his mess.

Hopefully the Pollin family will sell the team and a new owner will come in clean house and start all over.

If you look at the teams in the NBA that are winning organizations; they all had a little luck, above average draft picks, smart free agent signings and good trades.

Ernie has done none of the above so he must be the first to go!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 28, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I'd have much rather have the cap flexibility until I'm done being an irrelevant lottery-bound cellar dweller.

I could care less about all that. I'm talking about people talking about signing FA's this season and all that.

It's not going to happen. Even IF they void the contract.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 28, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

john wall's game is a lot better than he plays for kentucky, where he's being molded into a true pg (probably to better his draft stock). Look at old youtube videos of him; i know it was HS, but his game was different. He has Rose-like ability, he's just not allowed to play the Rose-like college game. Cal had Rose dominating the ball and making plays. Wall has players on his team that are older (jrs/srs) that were already standouts before he got there and Cal isn't stepping on their toes. We won't get to see a john wall play without Patterson in college, so he may not play up to his potential this year because of the system. That being said he's powerballin' now, i just mean that we don't get to see his "whole game" in Kentucky's system.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 28, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

bulletsfan78

we rarely agree but we agree on that pretty much. However, I think the luck is "a lot" not "a lil". The wizards have had "none". Like the song says: "if it weren't for bad luck, we'd have no luck at all."

The other thing they had was someone being unethical or conspiracy related. Cases in point:

Boston getting KG from former Celtic Mchale
Lakers getting PG from former Laker West

I think both teams could have done better tradewise even though Minny got Jefferson.

Then Cleveland getting Shaq after Shaq tongue-kissed LeBron's ass before the trade was even discussed, let alone made. Phoenix could have gotten more. If a gm would have talked about getting someone's player and then getting him, there would have been screems of tampering. I wonder if Gilbert can tongue-kiss Kobe's ass like that and get traded to L.A. for a bag a magic beans, cause that is all cap-space is. L.A. needs to upgrade over Fisher.

These situations to me at least, don't pass the smell test.

Posted by: G-Man11 | January 28, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

If you look at the teams in the NBA that are winning organizations; they all had a little luck, above average draft picks, smart free agent signings and good trades.

Just curious...which teams are we talking about?

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 28, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

what team is going to take on Arenas' $80mill salary?

GSW when Mully was back on the sauce, but he's gone and Arenas is now a felon.

Knicks after not getting Lebron or Dwade?

or is it more likely the Wiz are stuck with him?

I say the latter, see ya next season Gilbert.

Posted by: divi3 | January 28, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

what team is going to take on Arenas' $80mill salary?

GSW when Mully was back on the sauce, but he's gone and Arenas is now a felon.

Knicks after not getting Lebron or Dwade?

or is it more likely the Wiz are stuck with him?

I say the latter, see ya next season Gilbert.

Posted by: divi3 | January 28, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I say Orlando. Vince Carter comes off the books this year with an almost identical salary...I think it would be a great fit.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 28, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The ball definitely does not move enough on this team obviously and it somehow revolves around Caron. I don't know if it's CB hisself, the new offense, the lack of movement by other players, or all of the above. CB's assist numbers are half of what they normally are. For the past three seasons (so with Gil and without) he hovered around 4 dimes a game. This year, he's down around 2. And we've all seen the patented CB move this season. Jab-step, ball-fake, jab-step, ball-fake, jab-step....jumper. Plus, as a team 'leader' if everyone else sees you holding the ball and jacking up jumpers, what are they going to do?

The only remedy I see (and it's not a good one) is for Flip to consistently only play the guys who move the ball. Even though he is not an assist guy, I think you have to play AJ. And you probably keep the Haywood / Blatche minutes split about the same. Despite his many shortcomings, Blatche will make passes. Frequently ill-advised passes following a bad behind-the-back move, but passes nonetheless.

Foye should play until he gets into the mode of dribbling down the court, making a move, then jacking up a 20 ft'er. At that point bring Boykins in for a spell. And then I think you have to play Miller and McGuire. Yes, I said McGuire. He's significantly limited as a scorer, but aside from his willingness to do the dirty work, he proved last year he was willing to move the ball. CB can play backup minutes until his ball movement improves.

Is it a recipe for disaster? More than likely. But what hasn't been this year? When you've tried everything else, why not try something wacky?

Posted by: ts35 | January 28, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I say Orlando. Vince Carter comes off the books this year with an almost identical salary...I think it would be a great fit.

Posted by: SDMDTSU

true, and DHoward isnt an FA until 2012 at which point Arenas' deal will be much more palatable to move assuming he's healthy and hasnt shot anyone

Posted by: divi3 | January 28, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

true, and DHoward isnt an FA until 2012 at which point Arenas' deal will be much more palatable to move assuming he's healthy and hasnt shot anyone

I think it'll be a nice mix. Gil never had a real big man. I know he hated getting in the paint and dropping it to Haywood for nothing. Howard would love that. Then Lewis and Gil to kick out to off of double teams? Not bad.

Did some research the other day...in December Gil's numbers were just about identical to D. Wade's averages this season. He wasn't Wade by far...by to have those kinda numbers is nice.

Besides we know how this movie ends. You get successful AFTER you leave Washington. We're like the minor leagues for success.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 28, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"Besides we know how this movie ends. You get successful AFTER you leave Washington."

don't forget the scene where arenas gets a standing O after droping 60 on us at VC

Posted by: divi3 | January 28, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

don't forget the scene where arenas gets a standing O after droping 60 on us at VC

Posted by: divi3 | January 28, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

a lonely tear rolled down my face at the thought.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 28, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

BTW concerning the WAPOs coverage of this, last night on Wash Post Live, Mike Lee was asked what is the latest develpments from NY in the Arenas case. Lee responded that he had just arrived in New York so he hadn't talked to anyone or heard anything yet. Even though everyone knew a meeting was taking place earlier in the day, The Wash Post wasnt there when it happened to get any info or quotes. He arrived in the evening after everyone had left. Are you freakin serious??!!
It was a complete joke. And then Mike Wise actually says seriously, Great work Mike.
Unreal.

Posted by: dovelevine | January 28, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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