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Bobcats edge Wizards

Morning brew

Another day, another close loss for the Washington Wizards. Michael Lee was on hand to see Raymond Felton make a turnaround jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining to give the Wizards a 94-92 loss in Charlotte last night. Lee wonders if it would make much difference if the Wizards had won more of the close games they have lost this season.

Here is Bullets Forever's briefing on last night's game. And Truth About It's Kyle Weidie indulges in a little self-reflection.

Washington's all-star break has begun, and once again the team was unable to return to the D.C. area -- this time because of blizzard warnings.

On the rumor front, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports says: "The Houston Rockets are in the discussion stages of a complicated, three-team trade that would send Tracy McGrady to the New York Knicks. ... The centerpieces of the trade would include the Washington Wizards shipping forward Caron Butler and center Brendan Haywood to the Rockets."

Around the League ...

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

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That deal supposedly has Al Harrington coming to the Wiz from the Knicks (expiring) and some other player and draft pick (unknown).

Posted by: thinker11 | February 10, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

So, I gather, the Wizards would be once again tossing in the towel for the season with this trade. I don't see what value this would have to this team right now because with Brendan gone, who would play center. Javale is still wet behind the ears and light in the seat of the pants. They would push him all over the place. I am just trying to figure out what the hell Ernie Grunfeld is doing with this team. Yes, I am a season ticket holder and a diehard fan, but I am tired of broken promises and playing a good price for a broken down team. What gives? Is it the players, the coach, the GM or a combination of all of the them. This ship be a sinking real fast!

Posted by: ivyleague | February 10, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

To the Wizards' Faithful:

Grunfeld will work his much-anticipated miracles over the next several days. Be prepared to be amazed at the transformation of our beloved Wizards!

Posted by: melodious_thunk | February 10, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"So, with the Wizards, who is at fault?

The players? The coaches? Is it an indictment of the entire United States basketball system that lacks core fundamentals? It’s a complicated answer that probably covers all of the above.

But if the Wizards, especially those such as JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche, who have been called out on their screening fundamentals before, are ever to run Flip Saunders’ offense as close to perfection as possible, they need to get their act together and make the simple things a habit instead of something that the trying-to-think player forgets."

Weidie nailed it.

McGee had his feelings hurt because of a few legitimate comments?

All the self-congratulation when a player makes a play that he should be expected to make--and the feeling "dissed" or "hated" when he is legitimately criticized in any way whatsoever--pretty much explains why many talented youngsters in the league (including McGee) will probably waste their talents unless they catch a clue.

Posted by: fansincebullets | February 10, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Hoops World says the Wiz want to get Jared Jeffries back in the deal too. Uggh.

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=15249

Posted by: thinker11 | February 10, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

this is a bad move unless EG is demanding the 2009-2010 lotery pick from Ny with the expiring contract of Al-harlington.Getting two lotery picks would speed up our rebuilding process,if it is just a 1st round pick, it is just giving up Cb contract for noting.It is better to send AJ for 1st round pick and expiring contract than Cb for expiring contract and 1st round pick.CB will still have the same value next season at this time.

Posted by: gtefferra | February 10, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

If the Wiz are able to add Danilo Gallinari and/or Jordan Hill in addition to Al Harrington it would be well worth it. It also shows Portland we have other options and it might cause them to upgrade their offer. If Ernie pulls this off I say bravo.

Posted by: anacostia85 | February 10, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Ernie Grunfeld has clearly lost his marbles.

There's no good reason to ever go out of your way to have Jared Jeffies included in a deal.

Ted Leonsis better consumate his purchase of the team soon and install his own guy as GM before Grunfeld sets the team back even farther.

Posted by: artiesliver | February 10, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

where are Mike Lee's tweets dogging AJ, CB, and BTH over the course of the season? For whatever reasons, the team is completely fractured between the younger players and the established vets. You read/hear/see this in all the media coverage with the guys logging the lion's share of mins taking the least amount of flak for the team's dismal performance.

Thankfully, this dynamic will be gone very soon and the team is blown up.

JM, AB, and NY better get their sh!t ready, cause opportunity is about to knock in the biggest way.

Posted by: divi3 | February 10, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

@divi3

The vets have "do as I say, not as I do" philosophy that the coaching staff perpetuates.

This team is flawed from top to bottom and it's too late to right the ship with the current management (Flip-Flop, Ernie) and present veteran core (Arenas, Butler and Jamison). Something's gotta give.

Posted by: artiesliver | February 10, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm trying to figure out what possibly could be the incentive for Ernie to make that trade. Haywood is off the books after this season anyway, unless they resign him (which I would try to do, actually). Harrington at the 3 would be a total downgrade--he's bigger than Butler, but doesn't rebound any better and only averages 14 ppg career. Jeffries is a $6 million a year journeyman who doesn't do anything particularly well. Also, he's got a few years left on his contract, doesn't he? So we'd be stuck with him, just like we're stuck with Mike James. That's just Stoopid.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | February 10, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

this is make or break for ernie. so far his strength seems to be in trades and not free agent signings (or lack there of) so lets see what he does

Posted by: jefferu | February 10, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

"The Wizards have expressed interest in reacquiring Jared Jeffries"

That should be the nail in EG's coffin.

Posted by: divi3 | February 10, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Why in the world would the Wizards want Jared Jeffries back???!!! Don't the Knicks wanted him. Why in the world are we getting everbody elses cast offs??!!

Posted by: ivyleague | February 10, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I meant to say the Knicks don't want him!! I am just at a loss as to what the hell this team is trying to do. What is going on with ownership of this debacle of an organization?

Posted by: ivyleague | February 10, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, Polin/Leonsis need a sense of urgency called Trading Deadline to move the deal along. A sense of responsibility to the ticket buying community would also help in this murky mix. Wait past deadline and next year looks like this year again.

Posted by: kidvid | February 10, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Al Harrington - what the heck would we want him for? Blatche is already better than that, costs less, and is younger.

Posted by: h20law2000 | February 10, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

If there is one fan who believes Ernie can turn this mess around than Ernie’s a better Illusionist than David Copperfield.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 10, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Carron Butler Deal with Houston and NY is not all bad, if do get Houston’s #1 pick , A Harrington and Jared Jefferies (NY don’t have a first this year). I would like to have C. Duhon over Jefferies though.

Posted by: dsquare | February 10, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Larry Hughes and Al Harrington fine. Jared Jefferies...NO NO NO.

Posted by: lemekdivine | February 10, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Just watched the Wiards lowlights on Sports Center.

1. What kind of Power Forward throws up a shot like AJ did at the end of the game.

2. It was great to see MJ at the end of the game knowing his team is far better than the Abe/Ernie team.

I love karma.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 10, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

"It was great to see MJ at the end of the game knowing his team is far better than the Abe/Ernie team."

MJ is a lousy GM and one of the biggest ahole's in all of sports. But congrats on his .500 Bobcat team, what a great success.

Posted by: divi3 | February 10, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

"MJ is a lousy GM and one of the biggest ahole's in all of sports. But congrats on his .500 Bobcat team, what a great success."


Larry Bird's a pretty big ahole too.

Give credit where credit is due. MJ's doing more with less.

Posted by: artiesliver | February 10, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't say the Bobcats are far better. This is a down year and they are fighting for a playoff seed, but yet we were still able to compete. If it was a best of 7 series, we woudl probably beat them with this same lineup. Back on topic though, if we can get a Knick lottery pick I say we take it. BTW is there any hope that Grunfield will not be here next year???

Posted by: ATLredskin | February 10, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Sorry had to go back and read the whole article. If the Wiz do this trade they are extremely dumb.

Posted by: lemekdivine | February 10, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Give credit where credit is due. MJ's doing more with less.

Posted by: artiesliver


Well, he's certainly doing better in Charlotte than he did in Washington.

Posted by: fansincebullets | February 10, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Sorry had to go back and read the whole article. If the Wiz do this trade they are extremely dumb.

Posted by: lemekdivine | February 10, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

This is just a shockingly bad trade idea. if any of us proposed it we'd be laughed at. seriously, this is ben wallace for ike austin bad.

dear god:
if as a wizards fans i have any favors left (and not that im complaining but its been a bit job like), may i please ask that somehow you direct this storm to knock out all the phone lines and cell phone towers around EG's home.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | February 10, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't see anything on the Knicks' roster (other than expiring contracts) that they'd be willing to give up that's worth having. A nonlottery protected pick would be a decent asset (esp. if they don't land Lebron) but other than dumping the 1-year remaining on Butler's contract, what's the point?

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 10, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Its all "psy ops" right now, disinformation and counter-rumor. To the extent that any of it can be believed, I am slightly comforted by the fact that there seem to be at least two teams competing with one another to get Caron and Haywood, and hopefully Jamison too. Hopefully EG can play them and others off against one another right up to the deadline. This is the one time when a weak team like us has the upper hand as all these mid-level "contenders" try to pull a rabbit out of the hat.

Another question. Why aren't we trying to shop Mike Miller? Since he's an FA and guarenteed to run from this mess at year's end, shouldn't we be trying to get something for him? I thought a lot of teams would be interested in him. I'm assuming maybe we can't deal him?

Posted by: ArchieTambo | February 10, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

"If it was a best of 7 series, we woudl probably beat them with this same lineup."


Hilarious!

The Wiz played have played Charlotte two times this season and have lost - two times.

Maybe in a seven game series against them the Wiz would go on a 4-0 or 4-1 run??

Posted by: artiesliver | February 10, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

"McGee had his feelings hurt because of a few legitimate comments?

All the self-congratulation when a player makes a play that he should be expected to make--and the feeling "dissed" or "hated" when he is legitimately criticized in any way whatsoever--pretty much explains why many talented youngsters in the league (including McGee) will probably waste their talents unless they catch a clue."

Amen.

I just hope that McGee (and Blatche and Young) wake up before it's too late.

Posted by: nmik | February 10, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

There probably is interest in Miller, but because he (A) is a FA and (B) plays the position with the deepest talent pool in the NBA, it's unlikely anyone is offering anything of great value in order to rent him for a couple of months before he walks as a FA. Look at the thin offers they're getting for Haywood, Butler and Jamison; they sure aren't going to get better ones for Miller.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 10, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"Al Harrington - what the heck would we want him for? Blatche is already better than that, costs less, and is younger."

Well, two out of three ain't bad.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 10, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

The comments about the Wiz bigs poor screen setting is spot on, but it's not something that applies to them alone. It's pretty much endemic to NBA bigs these days. I think it's a by product of more and more NBA big men being (or wanting to be) jump shooters. Rather than holding the screen long enough to make solid contact and giving the ballhandler some air space to get the shot off, they're more concerned with rolling to a spot, looking for a dump off pass so they can get their own shot off.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 10, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

@Kal,

Spot on. I mentioned at the beginning of the year that Flip's offense relies on a lot of screening at which BH is average at best and the rest of the team is horrible. Blatche wants no contact ever. McGee forget about it - probably one of the main reasons he sees no court time.

@Ivyleague,

I feel your frustration, but don't follow your logic. This team is already sunk. It was sinking to start the season and then GA shot a hole in the hull. Jamison, Butler, and BH should be traded if only for cap space, a couple non-lottery picks, and/or maybe a mid-range prospect or two - i.e. Hickson. Not dealing with Cleveland would be stupid. We are not locking up with them in a playoff series anytime soon anyway. I like AJ as a class act/good player, but not moving him is not fair to him or the future of the franchise.

@WhomeversaidEGwasonlygoodattrades,

Ummmm....yeah, the original GA signing was horrible I know. Only set the foundation for 4 straight playoff years. He is great making trades, finding some talent late in drafts, and FA signings. His biggest mistakes have been re-signings which were hampered by the wishes of his boss. Abe Pollin mismanaged the team once again. RIP Abe, but a good sports owner as far as on court product was never a strong suit for you.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 10, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

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