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Jamison "ecstatic" about move to Cleveland

When he left his Bethesda home on Wednesday afternoon, Antawn Jamison sensed that it might be the last time he would take that familiar drive to Verizon Center. He felt some finality as he went through his game-day routine -- getting treatment and tape in the training room, listening to some Lil' Wayne on his iPod and lifting weights.

And after he put on his uniform, Jamison was mentally preparing for the Minnesota Timberwolves when Coach Flip Saunders informed him that team President Ernie Grunfeld needed to speak with him. Jamison's 5½-year run in Washington -- which included two all-star selections and leading the Wizards to four postseason appearances -- had come to an end a little sooner than expected.

"I thought I would at least have a chance to play my last game here playing in a Wizards uniform, but it didn't happen," Jamison said in a telephone interview late Wednesday night, after he learned that he was headed to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team trade that involved the Los Angeles Clippers. It was a bittersweet moment for Jamison, who felt the regret of unfulfilled promise but the hope of something greater ahead.

"Ernie, he didn't want to do it. But said he thought so highly of me and thought I had an opportunity to win one. I'm ecstatic," Jamison said. "That's what it's all about, getting a chance to put myself in a position to win a championship. It's sad it didn't happen here in D.C. We had the vision of doing some special things there."

But the Wizards repeatedly failed to launch, either through some unfortunate injuries -- most notably to Gilbert Arenas -- and mishaps or running into the Cavaliers in the first round. And this season, the team grossly underachieved despite some high expectations, foundering to a 17-33 start and forcing Grunfeld to break up a team that had grown "stale."

Jamison had heard speculation that he could be headed to Cleveland, which led to some anxious and uneasy nights the past few days. Not because Jamison didn't want to leave; he was unsure if he would ever have an opportunity to play for a championship. He had come to accept that he wasn't going to win a championship in Washington this season.

After Grunfeld dealt Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson to Dallas, expediting the rebuilding process, Jamison knew that definitely wasn't going to happen before his contract ended in two years. So, the consummate professional finally did what he hoped he wouldn't have to: He made an impassioned plea for a trade.

"That's one thing I respect about Ernie. I told him, 'It'll be tough for me to be part of a rebuilding stage.' My window of opportunity is not a wide-open window. I wanted to take advantage of it," said Jamison, who has $28 million left on his contract after this season. "I appreciate them for putting me in a winning situation because they could not have done that."

Jamison said this season has been the most stressful of his career, with the Wizards dealing with the loss of owner Abe Pollin and Arenas suspended for the remainder of the season for bringing guns to the locker room in a dispute with Javaris Crittenton in late December. After playing what turned out to be his final game for the organization in Charlotte, Jamison said he needed a break and didn't want to see a basketball until he came back for practice after the all-star break.

"I've never felt that way about the game," he said. "I was just tired, like, 'What is going on?' "

When asked how he would've dealt with having to finish the season in Washington, Jamison said, "That would've been tough if I would've stayed here. Not being able to do the things I set out to do before the season. The distractions that happened the last month or two. Brendan and them getting traded. I still would've gone out there and been a professional in those situations, but it would've been tough to have fun and go out there and compete at a high level."

But he is thrilled about joining Cleveland, where he will team up with reigning league's most valuable player LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal. "This is one of the most successful franchises in the NBA. You know they got all-world on the team and they can do so much," Jamison said. "For them to think so highly of me to think that I can help them out as far as accomplishing that overall goal makes me happy."

Jamison understood the oddity of the move, since he spent so much time attempting to beat the Cavaliers, with whom the Wizards had a heated rivalry in recent years. During the 2007 playoffs, the Wizards were without both Arenas and Butler and Jamison famously carried the team on his back, averaging 32 points and nearly 10 rebounds in a competitive four-game sweep.

"It's not weird now. Knowing those guys and knowing how much we didn't like them and the battles that we had and the most important thing, coming up on the short end of the stick. But to be a part of it now, it speaks volumes," he said. "This is a team we didn't like and we just had a rivalry, but that's behind us. It's a business, we know that. Just happy that I'm getting my opportunity to fulfill my dream, which is to go deep in the playoffs and win a championship."

By Michael Lee  |  February 18, 2010; 9:23 AM ET
 
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Comments

It's time for new beginnings. New owner and a new direction.

Posted by: thecomedian1 | February 18, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

It hurts to say it, but good luck to you and the Cavs AJ.

Posted by: tgerbracht | February 18, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Alas, welcome to the CBA.

Posted by: larryrob | February 18, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Dampier just had a season-ending finger surgery yesterday. Had Wizards held out on the trade a bit longer, maybe they could have gotten a better deal for Haywood.

BTW, who is Wizards captain now?

Posted by: sagaliba | February 18, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

After reading between the lines of JAMISON's statement, I'm glad he's gone. How can you be earning over 11 million a year, and not put your best effort on the court when that is your life's work. "That would have been tough.........?" Give me a break, you just ain't tough enough AJ. I like you as a person generally, but your priorities are definitely skewed in the wrong direction. Hope you get a ring. Good-bye.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 18, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

gil is still the captain

Posted by: billy12 | February 18, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Anybody know how long Thornton is signed for, and for how much? And Skinner--some writeups say we got him as well. True? Only for a few months, I hope.

Posted by: BPupp | February 18, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

AJ's parting comments give insight to his character. His tone betrays him. He really sounds like MEtawn in this one. all about his window of opportunity, his shot at a ring, his ability to deal with rebuilding. Jeez wasn't it Two Gun Arenas who said too many guys had their own agendas?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 18, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

gil is still the captain

Posted by: billy12 | February 18, 2010 9:50 AM


That's right. Cap'n Gil is the OG!

Posted by: and_1 | February 18, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Glad to have you in a Cavs' uni, AJ. However, one thing should be clarified: the Wiz are not, nor have they ever been, a rival to the Cavaliers. They were a nice first-round warm-up a few times, but never a rival. "Rival" implies "threat", and that's just wasn't ever the case when it came to the Wiz.

Posted by: B-bo | February 18, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Anybody know how long Thornton is signed for, and for how much?

Posted by: BPupp | February 18, 2010 9:53 AM

Bookmark this site...
http://hoopshype.com/salaries.htm

Al Thornton
2009/10
$1,900,200

2010/11
$2,814,196

2011/12
$3,914,546 (Player Option)

Posted by: Kev29 | February 18, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Well now we can REALLY start playing defense and not just talk about it. Our defense challenged forwards are both gone.

Posted by: original_mark | February 18, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Kev29--great site.

Posted by: BPupp | February 18, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

So far so good - now we can really put it to Cleveland by trading Ilgauakis for some young promising point guard rather than buying him out and letting him go back to Cleveland

Posted by: junkmail0153 | February 18, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

This is a poll that was in the
CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

Which of these best describes your feelings on the Cavaliers' trade for Antawn Jamison?

This is good: The Cavs needed this piece to make a run at the title. 37% (6,366 votes)

This is bad: They gave up too much and ruined the team chemistry 3% (494 votes)

I'm worried: How are Shaq, LeBron and Jamison going to find enough shots? 2% (296 votes)

It doesn't matter: This team was going to win the Finals regardless 6% (986 votes)

I'm sad: I'm going to miss Z 22% (3,766 votes)

Antawn Jamison? Sweet!!! 31% (5,421 votes)

Total Votes: 17,329

That means that 68% of these Cleveland fans LOVE THIS TRADE!

Wizards get SHAFTED AGAIN!

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | February 18, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Eh, cant blame a guy for wanting to win and we all know he brought it 100% of the time. Do you really think there's a player who wants to be here right now? How about Mike Miller's "no comment" on wishing he was gone?

Guarantee BTH and Caron are thrilled to be gone. These vets had to watch the org allow Gil to burn the whole thing down with his immaturity, make no mistake they all resent that in a big way

Posted by: divi3 | February 18, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Use hoops hype all the time. That's my source for numbers. Say did BRYAN SKINNER stay in L.A.? If so, IRENE gets another boost in the product value department.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 18, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Wizards get SHAFTED AGAIN!

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | February 18, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

You mean you the fan gets shafted again. IRENE's smiling. She's out from under the luxury tax according to my figures. That means the selling price just went up. LEONSIS probably isn't pulling the strings yet.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 18, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Good ridance. Jameson was overrated. He let in as many points as he scored. Absolutely horrible on defense. The Wiz looked better defensively last night than the have in years. If Blatche continues what he did last night, AJ won't be missed at all. Even McGee looked good last night. Now maybe he'll get minutes instead of wasting away on the bench. They are not going anywhere for a couple of years. What does it hurt to play the young guys.

Posted by: lp_lodestar | February 18, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

how could a fan of this team be upset with these moves? EG has saved his arse, he'll be the GM next season for sure

Posted by: divi3 | February 18, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Glad to have you in a Cavs' uni, AJ. However, one thing should be clarified: the Wiz are not, nor have they ever been, a rival to the Cavaliers. They were a nice first-round warm-up a few times, but never a rival. "Rival" implies "threat", and that's just wasn't ever the case when it came to the Wiz.

Glad to have you in a Cavs' uni, AJ. However, one thing should be clarified: the Wiz are not, nor have they ever been, a rival to the Cavaliers. They were a nice first-round warm-up a few times, but never a rival. "Rival" implies "threat", and that's just wasn't ever the case when it came to the Wiz.

Posted by: B-bo | February 18, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

get out of the wiz blog you front runner. and if you are from clevelend go back there.

Posted by: jnicol2 | February 18, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Leonsis continues to lose money with the Caps (and privately is ready to sell them) and clearly the purchase of the Wizards and the Verizon Center is not a done deal. He continues to lowball the Polins (as he should), but in the interim the Wizards are in total limbo. Anyone want my seats for the rest of the year?

Posted by: larryrob | February 18, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Eh, cant blame a guy for wanting to win and we all know he brought it 100% of the time. Do you really think there's a player who wants to be here right now? How about Mike Miller's "no comment" on wishing he was gone?

Guarantee BTH and Caron are thrilled to be gone. These vets had to watch the org allow Gil to burn the whole thing down with his immaturity, make no mistake they all resent that in a big way

Posted by: divi3 | February 18, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Not sure JAMISON brought it 100% of the time, but I like the rest of your comments. If I were MM would I want to be part of something new on an expansion team, which is what the WIZ now are until they can sort things out.

Great to get a win first time out of the box. I wonder if the players were listening to FLIP or free-lancing on their own.

BTH and DeBRICK sure looked thrilled to be in DALLAS in those pictures yesterday, don't you agree?

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 18, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Good ridance. Jameson was overrated. He let in as many points as he scored. Absolutely horrible on defense. The Wiz looked better defensively last night than the have in years. If Blatche continues what he did last night, AJ won't be missed at all. Even McGee looked good last night. Now maybe he'll get minutes instead of wasting away on the bench. They are not going anywhere for a couple of years. What does it hurt to play the young guys.

Posted by: lp_lodestar | February 18, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Now that I'm behind 100%.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 18, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I would prefer to see Clev end up like the Lakers when Malone went to play there.

It would be great if the Cav's got beat by Orlando again and then Shaq and LaBron would leave while AJ gets stuck there on another losing team.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 18, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

It's funny that Mike Miller hits a few 3s and fans think he's God, meanwhile AJ produces here for years and the same fans cant stand him for some reason.

Posted by: divi3 | February 18, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

It would be nice if the Wiz traded one last time today to get Eric Maynor to run the point guard spot. We could use a true #1

Posted by: psock1 | February 18, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Seriously how can anyone not like this trade? What do the Wizards have to play with in the off-season this summer, if they do not keep Foye or Miller?

And if they can get from underneath Gil's contract?

Posted by: JSchon | February 18, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Happy for Antawn. He deserves this more than anyone.

I'm sure we can find a basketball player that can duplicate his numbers but I'm truly worried we will never find a guy as decent, as professional, as humble as Antawn. This is the guy you want your kids to look up to.

I love the Wizards and it will be difficult for me not to see Antawn around. I'm seriously saddend by this but wish Antawn nothing but the best..

Thanks Antawn. Your efforts, regardless of the Wizards record this and last season, made my season tickets purchase at least salvagable. You never cheated us not a single night..

Posted by: kevenjones | February 18, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

AJ's parting comments give insight to his character. His tone betrays him. He really sounds like MEtawn in this one. all about his window of opportunity, his shot at a ring, his ability to deal with rebuilding. Jeez wasn't it Two Gun Arenas who said too many guys had their own agendas?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 18, 2010 9:54 AM

What the hell are you talking about? Metawn, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. You guys are so clever. What a lame name some of you posters have given him. WAKE UP CALL, if it wasn't for Antawn Jamison the Wiz never would've made the playoffs 4 years in a row! I had season tickets during the 4 year playoff stretch and those were the best times this organization has had in 20 years.

Please don't bring up Gil and his own agenda rant. Jamison's agenda was to win a title, Gil's agenda was to act like a rookie/goofy clown, but he's our franchise player? I'm happy Jamison will get a chance to win a title, I'm not happy it'll be with the Cavs. Thanks Antawn for HELPING/TURNING the Wiz into a decent team. Thanks for showing leadership when the supposed franchise player didn't show any. To bad we couldn't make it out of the 2nd round and it's sad that we celebrate that as if we made the NBA Finals.

After all the years of bad teams, bad drafts, bad trades and bad contracts we finally had more wins than losses in the standings. With Jamison now gone, we're now back to those rough years of rebuilding. I just hope it doesn't take this team 20 years to make the playoffs 4 years in a row again.

Posted by: wizfan81 | February 18, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: wizfan81 | February 18, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Well JAMISON's gone and ARENAS isn't. Deal with it.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 18, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

"The Wiz looked better defensively last night than the have in years. "

They gave up almost 100 points, 48% FG and 46% 3 pt shooting and coughed up a double-digit lead before rallying late to eke out a win. Yeah, they were defensive juggernaut.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 18, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Now we have a team. Jamison, Butler, Arenas, Brenda, Deshawn? We were never going anywhere with that team. We tried it and that team was never going to be good enough to beat Cleveland, Orlando, Boston, Atlanta, or even Charlotte in a playoff series.

Over the last few months I could care less about the Wizards. Now I am very excited to be a Wizards fan! And I throughly enjoyed the game last night. We may win but at least we have young players that are hungry to make a name for themselves in the NBA. This is a great opportunity for Blanche, McGee, Young, etc. Go Wizards!

Posted by: digger76 | February 18, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

It's funny that Mike Miller hits a few 3s and fans think he's God, meanwhile AJ produces here for years and the same fans cant stand him for some reason.

Posted by: divi3
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Not so sure the fans "can't stand him" around here. At times it seemed like one couldn't offer honest critisizm about AJ's game without being attacked on this blog.

Posted by: millineumman | February 18, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

how could a fan of this team be upset with these moves? EG has saved his arse, he'll be the GM next season for sure

Posted by: divi3 | February 18, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

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Well when you've paid to see the big three for a season and you get the all scrub squad for the last two months...i think you would be pissed too. The season ticket holders should get upgraded seats for this garbage.

Posted by: ParkerLewis | February 18, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

You mean you the fan gets shafted again. IRENE's smiling. She's out from under the luxury tax according to my figures. That means the selling price just went up. LEONSIS probably isn't pulling the strings yet.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 18, 2010 10:12 AM

Finally, someoneelse besides BF78 and myself not to look at all of this as not just moves by Ernie to win.

There is clearly some purse string pulling going on underlying these decisions so that the Wizards will appraise for more money than Ted has offered.

Surely, revamping and shredding contracts now might truly help the team become a contender again, but you have to ask yourself if the Team wasn't being sold as we speak, would not all this be being done differently?

The person that gets to pay for all this right now is Ted Leonsis.

Surely, he still is going to buy, I can't see him walking away and selling the Caps just because the Wizards appraisal price is going up because of the current bottom line measures being played out.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 18, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and I forgot to add: Against one of the worst teams in the NBA.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 18, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Good ridance. Jameson was overrated. He let in as many points as he scored. Absolutely horrible on defense. The Wiz looked better defensively last night than the have in years. If Blatche continues what he did last night, AJ won't be missed at all. Even McGee looked good last night. Now maybe he'll get minutes instead of wasting away on the bench. They are not going anywhere for a couple of years. What does it hurt to play the young guys.

Posted by: lp_lodestar | February 18, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Now that I'm behind 100%.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 18, 2010 10:22 AM

1st off you can't even spell the man's name correctly. JAMISON. I quote "The Wiz looked better defensively last night than the have in years". Of course they did, they played the Minnesota Timberwolves!!! They have the 2nd worst record in the league! Even the Nets defense would look great playing against them. My god some of you are really delusional. Don't worry, reality will come back very quickly Friday night against the Nuggets. How many of you are picking the Wiz to beat the Nuggets? Hopefully Melo will go easy on us and only score 10 points in the 1st qtr.

Posted by: wizfan81 | February 18, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

It's funny that Mike Miller hits a few 3s and fans think he's God, meanwhile AJ produces here for years and the same fans cant stand him for some reason.

Posted by: divi3 | February 18, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

i think people had an issue with AJ not playing the position like a traditional PF, especially on the defensive end. Since MM has come to town he has given maximum effort,playing through pain. He also has an above average shooting touch, when he lets it go, and works hard to find good shots on offense for himself and others. MM hasn't been here long enough for the deficiencies in his game to wear on fans yet. Not to mention the things he does well, shooting,passing, playing the complete game ; make up for his lack of pure athleticism and lockdown d. He's looked like one of the best people the wiz had this year at playing the game of basketball. i don't know about him being a class act, or a community fixture, or a hearthrob or character guy or any of that stuff. But it'd be hard to find someone who doesn't like the way MM has been playing the game.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 18, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

It's a great day to be in Cleveland, from Cleveland, and a Cleveland fan. We obtained AJ for a draft pick and a mandatory 30 day vacation for Z. But seriously. I'm from cleveland. We know what it's like to have the worst of the worst seasons from the Cavs, Browns, and Indians. I think the Cavs won 14 games the year before we picked up Lebron. I don't wish horrible seasons on any city. I really do hope that the Wizards owner and GM move the team in a good direction over the next couple of years. I probably visit the Washington DC area once a year on business and I know it's a city that deserves a great team.

Posted by: wisdom327 | February 18, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

"It's funny that Mike Miller hits a few 3s and fans think he's God, meanwhile AJ produces here for years and the same fans cant stand him for some reason."
really, there's a reason for this, miller is a sg, jamison an imposter of a pf, miller is also one of the best shooters in the league, this year leading the league in three point percentage, oh and miller also handles the ball and facilitates offense for others

Posted by: bford1kb | February 18, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

You people have more conspiracy theories that who shot JFK.

Yeah...let's sign add more salary..to lose on purpose to trade away talent for expiring contracts, draft picks and youth to fool people into getting season tickets then go over the salary cap to get back under it. All to make $4 million in luxury tax payments and make Ted Leonsis pay more for the team! No Ted won't save any money with all that extra salary he won't be paying!

What would you have them do Larry? Keep Caron, Brendan and Jamison when it's obvious it's not working and they have the 7th highest payroll in the league? Keep them? For what?

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 18, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Anyone want my seats for the rest of the year?

Posted by: larryrob | February 18, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse


Do I have to pay for them?

Posted by: p1funk | February 18, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Seriously how can anyone not like this trade? What do the Wizards have to play with in the off-season this summer, if they do not keep Foye or Miller?

And if they can get from underneath Gil's contract?

Posted by: JSchon

I don't "dislike" this trade (and that of Butler and Haywood) I absolutely ABHOR this trade! It's the epitomy of insanity.

I do wonder who is making these inane decisions. Is it Ernie or the Pollins? Neither makes sense. Ernie has left the Wiz with a shell of itself and for what? To save on cap space for next season when NO ONE will want to sign here? Plus, he will probably be fired.

And the Pollin’s make even less sense since they are selling the team – why would they care if the Wiz are under the luxury tax?

Posted by: Lisa_R | February 18, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

It's a great day to be in Cleveland, from Cleveland, and a Cleveland fan.

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Wow, that's a first...

Posted by: ParkerLewis | February 18, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I couldn't be happier that aj is gone, blatche is already a better player overall meaning he could actually get a few key stops and has offensive skill and potential, he prob wont ever average twenty but with his passing and d and he more than makes up for the point differential between him and aj, he's finally going to be able to play his true position at pf and I'm excited to see the results, aj would catch, the ball would stick and he would take a shot, be it bad or good he was gonna chuck it up and the same can be said for caron this year, glad to have a clean slate

Posted by: bford1kb | February 18, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

It's funny that Mike Miller hits a few 3s and fans think he's God, meanwhile AJ produces here for years and the same fans cant stand him for some reason."
really, there's a reason for this, miller is a sg, jamison an imposter of a pf, miller is also one of the best shooters in the league, this year leading the league in three point percentage, oh and miller also handles the ball and facilitates offense for others

Posted by: bford1kb | February 18, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Hello. The lights are on at bfords1kb. Thank you.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 18, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I think the AJ/MM comment was more for someone saying AJ showed his character because he was saying he was ecstatic to leave....while when Mike Miller laughed off basically wanting to leave too...it got ignored.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 18, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Why would anyone think saying something as blatantly obvious as the "the Pollins are trying to increase the value of the team pursuant to selling it" is some kind of revelatory insight?

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 18, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

That means that 68% of these Cleveland fans LOVE THIS TRADE!
Wizards get SHAFTED AGAIN!

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | February 18, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

You make a good point. If the Wiz had just forgotten about building for the future, and kept Antawn, the Wiz could have made their own run at the NBA title this season. The Wiz are thinking ahead--not what they usually do!

Posted by: EdDC | February 18, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

It's a great day to be in Cleveland, from Cleveland, and a Cleveland fan.

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Wow, that's a first...

Posted by: ParkerLewis | February 18, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

And that's funny. In your face CLEVELAND pukes.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 18, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Anyone want my seats for the rest of the year?

Posted by: larryrob | February 18, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse


Do I have to pay for them?

Posted by: p1funk | February 18, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

can i get in on that?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 18, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

There is clearly some purse string pulling going on underlying these decisions

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 18, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse


Bro, purse-string decisions are ALL that is underlying these moves.

Negotiations are at a stalemate, I'm sure that Leonsis refuses to meet the Pollin's asking price b/c he is buying a 17 win team that he's going to have to cut a luxury tax check for AND has an $80mill contract that is in total limbo.

The Pollins want to sell and get this deal done.

Ernie has been commanded by the Pollins to dump dump dump.

Any talk about player/fan goodwill, laying a foundation for the future, etc. etc. is 100% beef baloney.

It's a cold hard numbers game.

Pollin's want Teddy's check.

Ernie is going to get canned.

Everyone is just going through the motions.

Posted by: p1funk | February 18, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I don't "dislike" this trade (and that of Butler and Haywood) I absolutely ABHOR this trade! It's the epitomy of insanity.

I do wonder who is making these inane decisions. Is it Ernie or the Pollins? Neither makes sense. Ernie has left the Wiz with a shell of itself and for what? To save on cap space for next season when NO ONE will want to sign here? Plus, he will probably be fired.

And the Pollin’s make even less sense since they are selling the team – why would they care if the Wiz are under the luxury tax?

Posted by: Lisa_R | February 18, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

fans should cheer for the names on the front of the jersey not the back. 19 wins last year 20 something this year who cares about a "class act" gimme a scumbag like Kobe and 4 rings. fans would commit ritual suicide if Kobe got traded cuz they would know their team might never win another title. you're upset cuz you can't watch AJ jack us into the lottery again. jeez

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 18, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

"And the Pollin’s make even less sense since they are selling the team – why would they care if the Wiz are under the luxury tax?"

Until the team is sold, they still have to pay the bills.

Expensive assets that fail to generate revenue (i.e., high-salaried players on a bad team that people aren't coming to see) increases the team's overhead and lowers its profit margin. Shedding those underperforming assets increases the team's future profitability (in terms of spending versus revenue), raises its value and (in theory) adds to the profit to be made off the sale.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 18, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I would love to see this Team upset the Nuggets tomorrow. Reality, yes you cannot ignore it, but don't be throwing cold water cause folks want to feel good about beating the Wolves.

The reality is though, that Wizards and fans should feel good about beating anyone this year.

So, enough with the cold water comments. Yeah, I smiled tremendously when they came back in the Money Quarter and won the game.

How many times have you cold water throwers seen that this year against ANYBODY!

So for you commentors to act like us that want to bask in the glow a bit and say some good things about this small victory are not aware of whats going on, put A SOCK IN IT JOE.

Talking about, wait till the Nuggets come on Friday. WTF. Give me a break.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 18, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

This trade really comes down to this:

Wizards lose Jamison and payroll

Wizards gain Thorton, Preldzic and at best next to last pick in 1st round.

This was another trade about $$$$. We gave up alot of talent and didn't get alot in return.

Posted by: Boogadiggy | February 18, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

And the Pollin’s make even less sense since they are selling the team – why would they care if the Wiz are under the luxury tax?

Posted by: Lisa_R | February 18, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse


Because as long as they are over the luxury tax, Teddy can use that as leverage in the negotiations to drive down the purchase price.

Posted by: p1funk | February 18, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Dampier just had a season-ending finger surgery yesterday. Had Wizards held out on the trade a bit longer, maybe they could have gotten a better deal for Haywood.

BTW, who is Wizards captain now?
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If I was Ted Leonsis I think I'd ask Mrs. Polin if the price of the team can come down by like 25 million. I mean Caron and Antwan are both gone. And Gilbert is somewhere praying that he doesn't get hard time.

Oh yeah I heard Alex Ovechkin will be the new Wizards captain. LOL!

Posted by: ENJOYA | February 18, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it time we make mike miller the captain? it might make him more interested in being here next year

Posted by: bford1kb | February 18, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

....and some of us are ecstatic that you're gone, AJ.

Nice guy, good scorer, good rebounder, solid bball citizen, horrendous defender.

AB is now gonna finally be able to get some low post minutes and shots. Overall, it's an upgrade. Short term, advantage AJ. By next year, the overwhelming advantage in having AB over AJ will be clear.

It sure would be nice if we had a legit C, though.

Posted by: original_mark | February 18, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

If I was Ted Leonsis I think I'd ask Mrs. Polin if the price of the team can come down by like 25 million. I mean Caron and Antwan are both gone. And Gilbert is somewhere praying that he doesn't get hard time.


Posted by: ENJOYA | February 18, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse


You've got it backwards. With Caron/Antwan gone that eliminates tens of millions of dollars in contract $$ that Teddy would be on the hook for. Getting rid of those guys does not drive the value of the franchsie down, but up.

Basically, instead of buying an 18-win teams with a ton of contract $$ attached to it; he's buying an 18-win team with alot less contract $$ attached to it, which makes the purchase more attractive.

THe kicker, however, is Gil's contract.

I wouldn't be surprised if Teddy is purposefully going to wait out negotiations until March to see what kind of sentence Gil gets and then determine what the liability on his contract is.

In the meantime the Pollins have instructed Ernie to get under the luxury tax and dump contracts.

Posted by: p1funk | February 18, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse


I'm just glad Pech didn't take over the game in the second half. Dude was starting to get buckets and Rambis sat him on the pine.

Posted by: Firuz1 | February 18, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

It's a cold hard numbers game.

Pollin's want Teddy's check.

Ernie is going to get canned.

Everyone is just going through the motions.

Posted by: p1funk | February 18, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Perfuntory and accurate IMHO. I like it!!!!!

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 18, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Lisa R--

It truly does seem like the best move at the time. Give it a year before freaking out. The Pollins want to reduce the team's debt (ie, future salaries) to increase its value according to the formula worked out by their appraisers. If the team is just giving away $7M on the luxury tax, that is $7M of debt without an associated asset, which lowers the value. It is what they need to do - and what all similarly situated teams do at this point. As for Ernie, he's just doing what he's told to do as best he can hoping he'll survive the cut - and be able to explain that he was simply doing what he was told as best he could. Again, that is reasonable. Lastly, free agents who need jobs and have no other options will come here. I guarantee it. LeBron and Wade? No, probably not. But when the top dogs are signed and there's less money going around, and a guy's choice is DC or no job (or Europe), I think they'll choose to play in the NBA, even in DC. There is really no reason to hate these trades. Everyone knew we were desperate (and money is really tight nowadays), so we had no leverage. We floated as many fake rumors as possible, and still the offers didn't change. I mean, Phoenix couldn't even get JJ Hickson for Stoudimire!! So, this was the best we could do and it made sense. See OKC/Seattle 3 years ago.

Posted by: Urnesto | February 18, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

wouldn't be surprised if Teddy is purposefully going to wait out negotiations until March to see what kind of sentence Gil gets and then determine what the liability on his contract is.

In the meantime the Pollins have instructed Ernie to get under the luxury tax and dump contracts.

Posted by: p1funk | February 18, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Couldn't have said it better myself. In fact, I have but not with pfunk's verve and style. It's not prose, it's poetry.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 18, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

There are too many cynics and pessimists here...why don't we just take the time right now to reflect on what a truly remarkable leader, professional, and basketball player Jamison was. And what he meant to the community, and what he brought to the Wizards in his first couple years with the Wizards. He helped breathe new air into the Wizards and took us out of the rut of the NBA for 2-3 years, we were no longer laughed at and made fun of, instead we were cheered on and feared for our offensive arsenal.

Thank you Mr. Jamison for all you've done for the city and for the Washington Wizards. You'll be greatly missed and I hope the Wizards will honor you somehow after you retire with hopefully at least 1 NBA ring.

Posted by: Havemercyplz | February 18, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

It's a great day to be in Cleveland, from Cleveland, and a Cleveland fan. We obtained AJ for a draft pick and a mandatory 30 day vacation for Z. But seriously. I'm from cleveland. We know what it's like to have the worst of the worst seasons from the Cavs, Browns, and Indians. I think the Cavs won 14 games the year before we picked up Lebron. I don't wish horrible seasons on any city. I really do hope that the Wizards owner and GM move the team in a good direction over the next couple of years. I probably visit the Washington DC area once a year on business and I know it's a city that deserves a great team.

thanks :(

Posted by: thecomedian1 | February 18, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

"(Jamison) was unsure if he would ever have an opportunity to play for a championship. He had come to accept that he wasn't going to win a championship in Washington this season.

LOL. I hope he didn't just recently realize this.

Posted by: nittanybruin | February 18, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Wonder if his Bentley had DC tags and if Gooden gave him gas money :)

Posted by: fearturtle44 | February 18, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

That's OK, let Cleveland laugh now. We'll get the last laugh when we pilfer LeBron (and one of Bosh/Johnson/Amar'e) this summer. Gotta believe.

Posted by: nittanybruin | February 18, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. Jamison for all you've done for the city and for the Washington Wizards..........
Posted by: Havemercyplz | February 18, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, all that. Congrats. Later.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 18, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

What talent did we give up?? Really people what did we give up?? Nothing but old or overrated players!

Jamison - undersized 4 a slow 3 who jacked up too many 3's and couldnt defend. He was overrated vastly. Thanks Cleveland for taking an 33 yr old tweener and that silly contract that Abe Pollin gave him due to "loyality". Loyality? Jamison couldn't wait to get out of here! Good riddens!

Butler - a good player but once he got the ball the ball stoped. The offense didnt flow when he got the ball. He was a ball hog (for the Wizards) and very overrated. He will fit in perfectly with Dallas as a solid role player.

Haywood - a solid center but we know his ceiling. He wasn't getting any better. Mcgee has much more potential. (Plus, we werent gonna pay him this summer anyway)

Stevenson - Do I really have to comment on this clown?

Good job Grunfeld. Even though you might not have a job for long. You had an excellent week!

Now I am an excited Wizards fan again. A potential new owner, cap room, picks.

Posted by: digger76 | February 18, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

You mean you the fan gets shafted again. IRENE's smiling. She's out from under the luxury tax according to my figures. That means the selling price just went up. LEONSIS probably isn't pulling the strings yet.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 18, 2010 10:12 AM


If anything, the selling price just went down. The team just went from bad to horrible with no hope of being good for at least 3 years (and that's if they hit home runs in the draft all 3 years) but more realistically 5 years. An arena that's 1/2 empty and a CBA roster do not a valuable NBA franchise make.

Posted by: largetony86 | February 18, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I think the AJ/MM comment was more for someone saying AJ showed his character because he was saying he was ecstatic to leave....while when Mike Miller laughed off basically wanting to leave too...it got ignored.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 18, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse
i was the one talking about AJ's character, and i don't liken his outward display of excitement for leaving the team to mike miller "laughing off" a QUESTION he was ASKED about leaving. He didn't even answer the question he laughed it off and said " i'll holla at yall" doesn't sound like he's disappointed to stay or yearning to go.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 18, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Couldn't have said it better myself. In fact, I have but not with pfunk's verve and style. It's not prose, it's poetry.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 18, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse


Clarity and solidarity.

1) billionaire owners whining about operating costs

2) millionaire ballers whining about securing financial future for their families

3) Ernie is a retard.

4) Pollin's want Teddy's check and don't give 2 hoots about goodwill/laying foundation for future.

5) Teddy is crossing fingers that Gil gets 5 years so he can void the contract.

Posted by: p1funk | February 18, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

If Dampier is out for the season, does Dallas get salary space? If so, lets trade Big-Z for Beaubois. The Mavs purpose for getting Haywood was to have two big bodies for the playoffs.

Posted by: tischmid | February 18, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

If anything, the selling price just went down. The team just went from bad to horrible with no hope of being good for at least 3 years (and that's if they hit home runs in the draft all 3 years) but more realistically 5 years. An arena that's 1/2 empty and a CBA roster do not a valuable NBA franchise make.

Posted by: largetony86 | February 18, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse


What happens in 3 years is irrelevant to the current negotiations.

The haggling is about the current value of the franchise today.

By shedding all the contracts the Wizards just went from an 18-win team with tens of millions of dollars of contract liability to an 18-win team with alot less contract liability.

That means the value of the franchise is going to be bargained up because they cut loose the financial liabilities associated with the contracts.

Posted by: p1funk | February 18, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Tony "Hot Air" Kornheiser said this morning that the Wizards will not win even 15 games next season.

Posted by: Lisa_R | February 18, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Dude at my job is so excited. Talkin about they can sign Bosh/Amare and then Durant in 2011. I'm like relax man...LMAO

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 18, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Please. This was a great trade for the DC Jam.
Yes, they traded a good player to Cleveland, but one who has two good years left at the most. And during that time we will never meet them in the playoffs.
Jamison would be wasted on this team; by the time we got any semblance of quality around him he would be retiring. We get better draft picks now to build for the long hall. We will have a lottery pick (c'mon, John Wall!) and a total of 3 in the first 33 picks, assuming Golden State passes us in wins.
Remember: with Gil, Jamison and Caron we were headed to a 35 win season -- that's what we broke up.And they had all the chemistry they were going to get...
I'm going to wish Jamison well, but root for Cleveland to flameout in the playoffs. Lebron bolts for NYC, Cavs are a sub-500 team again with Jamison playing maybe another year max.
And this trade totally enhances the team's selling value. What new owner would not want to start with a clean canvas instead the f*ed up shell of a team that peaked three years ago? You don't think Leonsis wants to create the culture of this team from scratch?

Posted by: minorthread | February 18, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Tony "Hot Air" Kornheiser said this morning that the Wizards will not win even 15 games next season.

Posted by: Lisa_R | February 18, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

and tony's always right.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 18, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

If you can't beat them, join them. AJ only has a few good years life, why waste them in a rebuilding situation. He has baby sat the current crop of youngsters and Gilbert for at least 3 years. He's not a coach, he's a player. So let him go somewhere where he can be a player and not have the added responsibility of being the voice of reason in the locker room.

For all of those who think he is wrong for wanting to get traded ask yourself how you would like to do your job and your supervisor's job for three years and whether you would welcome the opportunity to go to another department or company where all you had to do was be an employee. He has given us a pound of his flesh and he deserves the opportunity to be released from his burdens.

And as he said, he loved us more than we loved him. That comment was directed at the haters that are mad that he got to go to a contender. Who cares if it's the Cavaliers? Even as they were beating us, they were still admiring what we had. It's not the end of the world. New talent will emerge, things will change and there is still hope that we will be better next year. Appreciate his contribution and wish him well on his journey...he deserves that.

Posted by: Carole5520 | February 18, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't aware that Washington DC still had a basketball team.

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 18, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Right on P1funk.

I am glad to see discussion now on the whole picture on what is goins' ons' here. The one-sided blow it up to get better was just half of the equation.

It was like some here did not realize that the selling of the Team was not playing a prominent role in all that was going on here.

One fellow up top thinks I am not for trades being made because I kept bringing up the appraisal process.

The apprasisal process impacts the way you are structuring your trades to the benefit of the owners and not the buyers.

Hopefully now with your explanation, cause many did not want to hear it from BF78 and me, and even Kalo_rama chimed in, folks are looking at the whole picture now.

These trades may very well be the start of competiveness for the Wizards.

Good stuff, but Kalo, still had throw a dig at me for stating an obvious thing so-to-speak, according to him.

However, by most of the comments being on here for days, it was clear that a lot of bloggers here did not understand that these trades as structured were being done also to impact the value of the appraisal process for the benefit of the Pollins.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 18, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I would have loved to see what was on the table before they made that trade with Cleveland. I personally would not have traded him to a rival team. They're the enemy. Cleveland has gladly put Washington out of the playoffs on a few ocassions. A team from the West would've given AJ the same oppurtunity to win a championship.

Posted by: htnba2003 | February 18, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

One thing for sure, AJ won't put up 25 shots per game in a Cavs uniform.

Posted by: Dave381 | February 18, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

htnba2003,

I don't think you'll need to worry about Cleveland eliminating the Wizards from the playoffs anytime soon.

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 18, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Best of all worlds really, our team gets started on a new era and our young talent is going to play

meanwhile the crew of vets that brought us some good times get to play for contenders

win-win

Posted by: divi3 | February 18, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I bet Z doesn't report. I bet he is ticked off going from a powerhouse to one of the worst teams in the NBA.

Posted by: chopin224 | February 18, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

and AB should be captain of the team

Posted by: divi3 | February 18, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

"However, by most of the comments being on here for days, it was clear that a lot of bloggers here did not understand that these trades as structured were being done also to impact the value of the appraisal process for the benefit of the Pollins."

It was also clear that a lot of people did and that your assertion that the only people smart enough to figure it out were you and ol' numb nuts ("Finally, someoneelse besides BF78 and myself not to look at all of this as not just moves by Ernie to win. ") was a flatly ludicrous piece of masturbatory self-congratulation. (Although, when you're doing it to yourself and someone else at the same time, I think you may have to use another word for it.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 18, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Circumstances finally forced this franchise to do what it should have done last year. The Blatche/McGee/Young contingent should have been explored last year this time, instead we had to watch Jamison,Butler and Tapscott complete a 19-63 season.

The lack of development of the Wizards young players has been a byproduct of the terrible way the organization was run with a double standard towards veterans. Young guys need playing time to develop game skills and confidence (See Portland, Atlanta, Memphis, OK City). As weak as the Eastern Conference is, this squad with a solid point guard could compete for the 7th or 8th spot next year.

After an appropriate mea culpa, bring back Gilbert Arenas and the fortunes of this team improves dramatically (voiding his contract ain't going to happen). Arenas's short stint this year indicated a consistent improvement in his game and health after a two year layoff. Clearly, he was rounding into form and his numbers rival any point guard in the league. Hell he even had a 19 point/14 assist game after he was declared unfit to play. HE HAS BEEN PUNISHED BY THE LEAGUE AND WILL BE PUNISHED BY THE COURTS.
GET OVER IT AND BRING HIM BACK.

Posted by: NewManagement | February 18, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

bet Z doesn't report. I bet he is ticked off going from a powerhouse to one of the worst teams in the NBA.

Posted by: chopin224 | February 18, 2010 12:18 P

When the direct deposit entries to his bank account cease he'll change his tune.

Posted by: Firuz1 | February 18, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

If Gil does 30days in jail, will he emerge as a serious professional no longer prone to crapping in people's shoes?

If the answer is "yes" then maybe you keep him.

Posted by: divi3 | February 18, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Kalo_rama, check the blogs ole' chum, check the blogs.

Oh, I forget, you like reading into peoples blogs, so that can cause you to miss the obvious.

My bag.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 18, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

(Although, when you're doing it to yourself and someone else at the same time, I think you may have to use another word for it.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 18, 2010 12:26 PM

As Mark Jackson would say, "Mama, there goes that man!".

Posted by: Firuz1 | February 18, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

well said new management, not sure about the whole gilbert thing but i do believe our best chances still come with him being back with the wiz

Posted by: bford1kb | February 18, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Although I love Jamison, the fact is he is a horrible defender. Too small or too slow no matter who he faced. Other teams PFs have consistently killed us since Jamison has been here. I'll miss those floaters, but perhaps we'll see some D now.

Posted by: lelmusa05 | February 18, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"My bag.

LarryInClintonMD."

Given the way that you and bullethead have been stroking each other off lately, I'm guessing that would be a "tea bag."

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 18, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey! The Wiz had 24 assists last night. what's up with that? On a side note: go CAVS!

Posted by: richs91 | February 18, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

He's ecstatic because he won't have a teammate that's a thug wannabe!

Posted by: hessone | February 18, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

& fans that have fat mouths going with fat @sses like hessone.

Posted by: Rocc00 | February 18, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

NBA player's asking to be traded and it gets done. Who runs the show? No wonder there's so many problems, low attendance, and revenue is down. We just acquired a pot smoker. I was hoping the Wizards would straighten up the roster with law abiding players. Wrong again. Hopeless team.

Posted by: hessone | February 18, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Ernie may be getting rid of big contracts for the Pollins but he may be accidentally creating a better team in the process. Better to be lucky than good!

Posted by: richs91 | February 18, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse


@Rocc00 = Moron

Do you carry an unloaded gun for protection? Are you a thug wannabe. HA HA HA!!!!!!

Posted by: hessone | February 18, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Tony "Hot Air" Kornheiser said this morning that the Wizards will not win even 15 games next season.

Posted by: Lisa_R | February 18, 2010 11:47 AM

Oh PLEASE, gimme a break! Tony has to be one of the least knowledgable sportswriters out there. Now Michael Wilbon, there's someone who actually knows what's going on and he looks even smarter when he is on PTI with the rediculous Tony Kornheiser.

Posted by: HokiePost | February 18, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Tony "Hot Air" Kornheiser said this morning that the Wizards will not win even 15 games next season.

That means the Wiz won't even make Tony's woeful annual prediction (from years of yore) of a "9-20" record.

Posted by: richs91 | February 18, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"It's time for new beginnings. New owner and a new direction."

Yup.

Thanks for everything AJ. I will be rooting for you personally, but I can't root for Cleveland in the playoffs.

"Now I am an excited Wizards fan again. A potential new owner, cap room, picks."

You should be and I am as well. It might hurt a little bit at first but if Ted can do what he did with the Caps you'll be loving life when that does go down. :)

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | February 18, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Very happy to see AJ get a chance to play for a ring even though it will bother me a little to see him playing for the LeBrons. Both Butler and Haywood looked great playing for Dallas against Phoenix last night. Haywood is now the starting center for the rest of the season with Dampier out indefinitely. He looked very good last night on the boards and in an offense with a true, pass first PG. I think Dallas has a good chance of making a long run in the playoffs but still don't have enought to beat the Lakers.

Posted by: wizfan89 | February 18, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised at how harshly some people are looking at this trade. The way I look at it is what is/was the "value" of AJ to this team? (Not necessary who got the better players.) Given this team's current makeup, its prospects for success (or lack thereof) and his enormous salary, AJ was a horrible value to the team going into next year and the need to rebuild. He was an obstruction. Had we had a stronger, bigger set of defensive centers and power forwards he could play with, we could have better hid his defensive deficiencies. AJ is a great guy, very talented offensively, best of luck, etc. Our team is better off in the long run, and not much worse off in the short run, to have him gone.

Posted by: jweber1 | February 18, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Am very happy for AJ and understand if he wanted to be traded after Caron and Brendan were dealt. He did well for this club and I hope he gets a ring because I just HATE the Lakers. I'm really excited of the prospect of McGee getting more minutes, I could never understand him sitting the bench for whiole games - how's he supposed to learn?
I think Miller has a great game and hope that they can manage to keep him, he's just the sort of role player a team needs to have around.
When I heard about the trade the thing I was most happy about was the fact that we got a first round draft pick, but I was really hoping it was the Clipper's pick and not Cleveland's. I'm still happy about it though!
I'm pretty excited to know that we will be seeing a lot of our young players getting more minutes - even if they do loose, they need the experience and we will finally get to know it some of them are going to improve or if they should be sent packing (listen up N. Young).

Posted by: HokiePost | February 18, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Not that I condone this type of repartee but the 'tea bag' comment WAS kinda funny.

As far as the team is concerned, we need to shoot our entire load on Durant in 2011. I think he'd like to come back home and be the star winning one for his home team kinda like Lebron is trying to do.

Posted by: original_mark | February 18, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

What the Lakers or Spurs would have realized but that the Wizards never did is that Washington had acquired some valuable PIECES that could have been traded to put together a better TEAM long-term.

But instead of recognizing that the Wizards management kept hoping that keeping the core together would ultimately produce results even though the defensive shortcomings, turnovers from the PG position and lack of rebounding continued to hold them back.

Posted by: leopard09 | February 18, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

As far as the team is concerned, we need to shoot our entire load on Durant in 2011. I think he'd like to come back home and be the star winning one for his home team kinda like Lebron is trying to do.

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Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | February 18, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Thank the Lord that the Wiz at least got a draft pick out of the deal. I know it's a late 1st but it's better than nothing. They really should have held out for a pick from Dallas too. Ya can't rebuild with no picks. By the way, if they don't keep Foye and Miller, then they've completely blown their first round pick from last year, right?

Posted by: BenThere | February 18, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

people,people, people...c'mon, the deeds are done, like it or not. the question of Antawn's happiness about being somewhere else has nothing to do with his character. if someone offered you a job that was better than the one you had, wouldn't you be happy? the next thing of concern should be what next. doomsayers of friday's game with denver are on point, unless denver comes in thinking there won't be a team in front of them and mail it in. what ever ted needs to do to buy the team is what has happened and if looking at his history is any indication of what to expect, then i'll drink the koolaid. of course he lucked up in the draft to get OV. cle lucked up in the draft to get lebron, SA really lucked up to get duncan. it takes luck with the ping-pong balls. so maybe ted is the lucky one the wizards need.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | February 18, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little surprised that AJ asked for a trade, but understand how he felt without Caron and Brendan. He's one of the most professional and classy players I've seen in sports and am glad he'll have a chance to get a championship because he definitely deserves it. I wish him the best and will always root for him . . . even in a Cav's uniform.

Posted by: JB44 | February 18, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

good moves, gives you sorry fans some new guys to trash. Fans get their wish, the big 3 for the wiz are gone and so is haywood. Maybe we can blow it up again same time next year.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 18, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

No disrespect to Foye and Miller but I wish they would have picked Evans, Jennings or the Player from Arizona St that way the rebuilding process would be one draft ahead of schedule. But maybe these guys can lead the young players in the process. Foye is not that old himself.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 18, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

lilhollywood10:

it would have been selfish for the wizards to keep jamison. the nba (or most pro sports for that matter) is different in that these guys retire 30 years before the real working world typically does. not only that, but most 9-5'ers have a chance to leave a bad company and move onto greener pastures; athletes don't usually have that kind of control. the whole point is to play for a championship. sure, jamison could have helped the wizards get there, i suppose, but i can't blame him for wanting a chance to win immediately. i actually think it would be more selfish of him to think he can do it all on his own which he would have to with the way the wizards rosters is currently set up. now, the wizards save a ton of money by cutting out jamison's contract. this is a win-win for both teams.


Posted by: swishjobs | February 18, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

objectives:

w/ first pick, if we're lucky, draft wall, or that pf from kentucky, if not draft monroe

w/ second pick, draft a real point guard (since we will likely not get wall)

sign a bosh/amare this summer with the promise of being really good in 2011

sign durant in 2011!

2011 projected starting lineup:
arenas
durant
monroe
thornton
bosh

hey we can dream cant we?

Posted by: bbachrac | February 18, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

You know, there is a reoccurring theme to all of this that is making me quite sick. I hear the word "want" a ton. What the players want. Who blames AJ for not wanting to be here. Players wouldn't want to go through a rebuilding season. Last time I checked, being a professional at a working establishment has nothing to do with what you want. These athletes are getting paid more money than they deserve. I know that might be up to debate for some, but in my opinion, it's a sport/job and nothing else. And these athletes think they have a choice? The only choice they have is to either play the game, or not. The rest is up to the employer on what they WANT the employee to do. Because it's a job and they're getting paid plenty. So who cares what you want? Play the damn game, be a professional, and STFU!

Posted by: CYA_Coach | February 18, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

During the 2007 playoffs, the Wizards were without both Arenas and Butler and Jamison famously carried the team on his back, averaging 32 points and nearly 10 rebounds in a competitive four-game sweep.

haha.

Posted by: nford2 | February 18, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Do you really think he could piggy-back a team to a Super Bowl if he played thru the constant changes Snyder has inflicted on the Redskins? Or the sh*tshow in Oakland? Do you think he'd make the Jaguars a Super Bowl winner? He's definitely the centerpiece of that Colts offense, but for him to play at that level you have to have a damn good coaching staff and a truckload of talent.

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 18, 2010 8:30 AM


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No, I actually don't think he or any one person could lead a team to the Superbowl. And I don't think you believe any one player could do that as well.

I will stay in character, though, and reiterate that the building blocks of a great franchise begin with the QB position.

If I were to post a list of all the QB's who've made the playoffs in the past 5 years. With the exception of a few teams with avg QB's getting hot at the right time, the list would still include the better QB's in the league who allow their team a chance at the post-season year in and year out.

Teams with terrible O-lines but good QB's still make the playoffs regularly. But teams with good O-lines and terrible QB's not so much.

Next years QB crop seems much better than this years and the possibility of scooping one in the first round next year seems likely, no matter where we are picking!

Just give the people what they want and select O-linemen! O-line O-line O-line. Caveat: don't be surprised if we build a decent O-line but see similar results with Campbell at QB!

Posted by: Vicc | February 18, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Ooops. Wrong Blog. Just report me and have that comment removed. Sorry!

Posted by: Vicc | February 18, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Well, I will begin by saying I am a Clevelander so no one gets the wrong impression. I don't know much about them personally, but I always felt that AJ played the game with a lot of class and moxie, whilst Gunnin in Arenas was vastly overrated as a guy who couldn't jack junk up quickly enough and rarely kept his team mates involved in the game.

Therefore, as a Cavs fan I am obviously hyped about getting IMO the best player from a WW team that up until recently was a legitimate contending team. His intelligent style of play will probably fit us better then Amar'e would have, being that while AS is extremely explosive, his game is also rather limited- in addition to the fact that we now keep J.J.- the future AS style allstar PF to anyone who has been paying attention. So I say thanks to the WW for helping us out; you guys gotta admit the fans of Cleveland NEED IT and deserve a title already.

I do feel bad about what the WW fans will have to endure the rest of the season, but it won't be all bad, just for now. remember, this was a lost season for the WW anyhow. now u can play the young guys more and see if guys like MM are legitimate building blocks to a contender. Then come the off-season you can add much to the talent level with all your savings. On top of that, you get a shot at the next Lebron!

remember it was just a few years back it looked hopeless for the CC, then we got the lottery ball to bounce our way and the rest is history. as long as u got one of them balls u got a shot, and it looks like by seasons end you will have a lot more.
So keep saying it over and over and maybe you will get your wish like we did here-
John Wall!!!

I will be pullin' for you guys! good luck.

Posted by: darncat | February 18, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

and if u don't get wall, u can always have our dude ET. he is looking for real also.
Either way you got your PG of the future. This will be a great great draft to have a high pick in it! So don't despair, the only reason the cavs got good was by having the 3rd seed in the lottery! (and getting that lucky bounce helped)

Posted by: darncat | February 18, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

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