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New Wizards practice, Gooden seeks buyout

Morning brew

For this morning's newspaper, Michael Lee reported that three of the four new Wizards practiced at Verizon Center yesterday -- Drew Gooden is trying to negotiate a buyout and didn't arrive in Washington until late in the evening. Gooden, Josh Howard, Quinton Ross and James Singleton are expected to be in uniform when the Wizards kick off the unofficial second half of the season against the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at home.

Meanwhile, rumors are still swirling about the possibility of Antawn Jamison being traded. Michael Lee will keep us updated on any developments.

Lee also introduced us to all of the new Wizards. And on his D.C. Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg poins out that Verizon Center needs a new banner and lists his 10 favorite Butler, Haywood and Stevenson moments.

On Bullets Forever, bwoodsxyz analyzes the big trade from a pure basketball angle. Truth About It still wonders who is running the Wizards and and offers an inside perspective on Josh Howard's on-court performance.

Around the League ...

Here are the latest trade rumors, via's Ken Berger and Yahoo!Sports' By Marc J. Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski.

Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson suited up for the Mavs last night -- as Dallas lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 99-86.

For highlights of this game and more, check out's Daily Zap.

By Alexa Steele  |  February 17, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
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Butler went 4-16 (25%) last night. I guess Verizon Center isn't the only place with stale air.

Posted by: and_1 | February 17, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Even Drew Gooden doesn't want to play for the Wizards. Does Jack Kevorkian do team visits?

Posted by: awb9h | February 17, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

"There are factions within the organization that prefer acquiring Jamison -- who is 33 and has two seasons and $27 million left on his contract -- over Stoudemire. While the Cavs have been willing to part with Hickson, their prized developing forward, for Stoudemire, sources said they do not feel that way about trading for Jamison."

Posted by: and_1 | February 17, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

this will never happen but a great move by ernie would be to offer being the 3rd team in the miami-phoenix deal. haslem is a solid defensive player who will not hurt the wizards. taking on his salary would not be bad considering he's not a crappy player to have.

but the real reason to do this would be to force the cavs to go to their 2nd choice, jamison, as amare would no longer be available to them.

we gotta get rid of jamison's contract to officially start the rebuild and the cavs seem to be the only serious buyer

i know this wouldn't happen, but i hate that cleveland is the team with the power, this would force their hand

Posted by: hb_321 | February 17, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

that does make sense.

Posted by: millineumman | February 17, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

In order to position themselves as the third team in a Miami-Phoenix deal, wouldn't Washington have to have something to offer that Phoenix would want? That can't be Jamison (even is Phoenix wanted him, which I doubt) if the goal is to force Cleveland to trade for him. And the hang up so far on a Stoudemire deal is that Phoenix wants some assets in addition to cap space for Amare. Washington really doesn't have any (at least not any that it would make sense to part with.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 17, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

As I pointed out earlier (before Mike Lee did), this trade reminds me of the Ray Allen for Gary Payton trade EG did in Milwaukee.

In the end, Milwaukee got nothing back for trading away a good player with years of mileage left, no young talent, no future prospect. As for dumping salary and go into rebuilding, Milwaukee is still rebuilding 8 yrs from then!

I have been a long time Wizards/Bullets fan (more than 30 yrs), but from now on, I will not buy any ticket until Wizards finish "rebuilding." By that time, I will probably retire and move to Florida and become Orlando/Miami fan. LOL

Posted by: sagaliba | February 17, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

"I" would love to see Antawn "I got a feeling" Jamison traded to Cleveland Cavaliers.

It would be great if they didn't get past Orlando again. Then after Shaq and LaBron leave town Antawn "I" Jamison would be stuck there on that losing team.

I was all for trading him last year for Wally and his expiring contract and a pick so the Wizards could start the rebuilding process a year ago. But since Ernie believed he built a winning team with the big 3 (and wanted to prove it to Abe and the fans) the fans get to suffer from his lack of foresight.

Yes, if they made the trade during the 19 win season we could have Jennings and Blair and a good pick this year as a good foundation instead we have Foye, NY, JM and AB. Have no fear we still have Gil as their mentor?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 17, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

According to multiple sources, the Celtics [team stats] and Knicks are close to a deal that would bring guard Nate Robinson to the Celts, possibly in exchange for Eddie House.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 17, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

get rid of aj already it would be seriously depressing if we do not and also i'm very happy that drew gooden doesn't want to be on this squad because quite frankly there is no way in hell I want his ass on the floor eating either blathce, javale or dom's hopefully soon to be found minutes, good riddance

Posted by: bford1kb | February 17, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Over under on Grunfeld keeping his job after Leonis takes over??? LOL

Posted by: BruinSteve | February 17, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

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