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Wizards' morning brew: Miller's impact, Crittenton's decision

Tonight the Wizards face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Gene Wang says guard Mike Miller is back on track after missing many games due to injuries. And Javaris Crittenton decides not to appeal his suspension without pay for the remainder of the NBA season.

Meanwhile, Michael Lee reports on a rumor about David Falk possibly running the Wizards. Plus Dan Steinberg recounts the history of the franchise's name change from Bullets to Wizards on his DC Sports Bog. It's a fascinating tale.

Truth About It analyzes the loss to the Celtics on Monday, calling it "another moral victory on the penitentiary walls of your Washington Wizards basketball fandom."

Around the League ...

Apparently, Paul Pierce did not break his foot when he collided with Caron Butler on Monday. Pierce is day to day with a mid-foot strain.

There were seven games last night. LeBron James tied a career high with 15 assists to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 105-89. And Kevin Durant scored 33 points -- with Jeff Green adding 19 points and two key baskets down the stretch -- as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Atlanta Hawks 106-99.

Highlights of that and more are below, courtesy of NBA.com's Daily Zap:

By Alexa Steele  |  February 3, 2010; 10:12 AM ET
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we SHOULD have kept Steve Blake.

Posted by: millineumman | February 3, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Now THERE's the beginning of a litany I've heard before. To reiterate we should of kept......

ROGER MASON, LARRY HUGHES, BEN WALLACE, RASHEED WALLACE, RIP HAMILTON, and as the years roll on, the list grows longer.

MORONIC seems apropos. BRAIN-DEAD comes to mind also. Well, change is at hand with the POLLIN's bailing on the franchise only a select few seem to want.

BTW, ARENAS, the gift that keeps on giving, will be back.

I think ERNIE's "patience" is only limited by his options at this point. He's going to lose all his expiring contracts for nothing with the possible exception of WOOD's contract which he's been selling for weeks now with no takers. We should resign McGUIRE, and let the others walk. I don't think MIKE MILLER will get anywhere near the contract he has now, and maybe he'll be back at the end of FA. We'd do well to re-sign him, IF that's possible once he's tested FA.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 3, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

In a text message to the Post, Crittenton denied the allegations, saying: “I have done nothing wrong. Let the investigation process take its course and you will see that. My name is dying in this situation.”

I guess bringing a gun across state lines and into an NBA locker room isn't wrong right?

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Now THERE's the beginning of a litany I've heard before. To reiterate we should of kept......

ROGER MASON, LARRY HUGHES, BEN WALLACE, RASHEED WALLACE, RIP HAMILTON, and as the years roll on, the list grows longer.

Why do people act like it's strictly the teams decision to keep players? Like they have no say? Especially with Hughes. I remember him saying he went to Cleveland partially because of his brother...and after saying he wish he would've stayed.

It's not like they didn't meet his contract demands or match Cleveland's decision. People have personal choices/reasons too.

And Roger Mason? Seriously? Come on. We're talking about ROGER MASON.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Mike Miller has definitely replaced Butler as the guy who is comfortable as the 3rd option and does the little things. (Don't we all miss THAT version of CB3)

The bonus is that MM is more versatile than Butler. If you look at how he impacts the team, I think he is a real glue guy. I hope they can re-sign him for a reasonable price.

In the NBA... PG and C are the crucial positions and the rarest player to find. PFs are more readily available, but have to match-up team needs (just ask Cleveland). Wing players (SFs and SGs) are everywhere for a dime a dozen, you just have to find the right mix to have your needs met. I think Miller is a round peg in a round hole, but the Wiz have to be fiscally smart with Butler and him.

Posted by: SportzWiz | February 3, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Mike Miller, SHOULD- be signed for a reasonable price. I love what he brings to the team but his inability to stay healthy has to be factored into negotiations.

Posted by: millineumman | February 3, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Mike Miller is the perfect glue guy who does a little a bit of everything and actually makes the players around him better. It'll be hard to convince him to stick around for the blood-letting almost certain to occur around the trade deadline and this summer when BTH walks.

Posted by: and_1 | February 3, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

There won't be any negotiations. Miller's not going to re-sign here. When he came here he was very upfront about how sick he was of losing and how much he was looking forward to contributing to a playoff team. Given that, why the hell would he re-sign here?

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 3, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Roger Mason left because the Spurs offered him a bigger role than he would have had on the Wiz (had Arenas come back healthy on a much better team. Short of massively overpaying him, he wasn't going to stay here to be 4th on the depth chart at guard when he had a shot at starting for a contender.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 3, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Given that, why the hell would he re-sign here?

Posted by: kalo_rama

Because wizards fans are so enamored of him (easily the crowd favorite) that perhaps the organization will offer him just a little more than he's actually worth in an effort to generate some goodwill?

Posted by: divi3 | February 3, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

"I don't think MIKE MILLER will get anywhere near the contract he has now, and maybe he'll be back at the end of FA. "

Of course he won't He's making something like $9 mill this season. No one is going to pay him that kind of money. But that hardly means re-signing with the Wizards will be his only option. or even an attractive one.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 3, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: and_1 | February 3, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"Because wizards fans are so enamored of him (easily the crowd favorite) that perhaps the organization will offer him just a little more than he's actually worth in an effort to generate some goodwill?"

Yeah, because overpaying for 30-year-old role players is such a great team-building strategy. Hell, why not give Haywood a max ccontract while we're at it?

I like Miller, but overpaying to keep him makes no sense at all. And it's also highly unlikely that the Wiz would be willing to overpay him enough to make re-signing here a better option than signing with one of the good teams that'll likely be interested in him. (Esp. if Leonsis ends up owning the team. If he wasn't willing to open the purse for Kolzig or Bondra, he's sure not going to back the truck up for Miller.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 3, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

More AJ and BTH trade rumors...

http://ken-berger.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/11838893/19891570

An interesting tidbit form that piece:

The Blazers’ interest in Wizards center Brendan Haywood is understandable, considering the catastrophic injuries to Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla. But an expiring contract – such as the one belonging to Travis Outlaw – won’t be enough to pique Washington’s interest. As with Jamison, the Wizards want useful assets in return. In this case, sources say, Washington has asked for Rudy Fernandez and has been strongly rebuffed. Consider those talks stalled for now, but don’t discount a revival before Feb. 18 for these reasons: 1) The Blazers’ desperate need for a big man, and 2) Their ability to get ownership approval to take on money in the right deal.

So much for being "in the ballpark."

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 3, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"I like Miller, but overpaying to keep him makes no sense at all. And it's also highly unlikely that the Wiz would be willing to overpay him enough to make re-signing here a better option than signing with one of the good teams that'll likely be interested in him."

I dont think he's actually worth that much money, and isnt going to get great offers elsewhere. Sure he says he's sick of losing, but being paid a slight premium to be an integral part of the offense in a place where the fans adore you may be desirable for him.

Nobody said anything about backing the truck up for him.

Posted by: divi3 | February 3, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

"I dont think he's actually worth that much money, and isnt going to get great offers elsewhere. "

If you don't think he's "worth that much money" then what sense does it make to overpay to keep him? And he will get offers from other teams, comparable to any reasonable offer he'd get from the Wizards.

"Sure he says he's sick of losing, but being paid a slight premium to be an integral part of the offense in a place where the fans adore you may be desirable for him."

He said, in no uncertain terms, that he was tired of losing and that his only goal at this point in his career was winning and competing for a title. Signing on for a second tour here doesn't even come close to jibing with that.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 3, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I think one problem is patients though. I always said get rid of the vets. The ones who have proven what they and not the young players who sometimes has to develop (Young, McGee, McGuire & maybe Blatche). Example I think it was when we had Calbert Cheaney who was ahead of Rip, I think we traded Calbert and did not see enough of him Rip so we traded him also (Mike Jordan) to Piston for Stackhouse. If you remember people thought Rip was kind of like Nick Young at this point in his career, lack confidence, jumper not consistent and no defense. But with the right manage and coaching he won a championship. Questions also surrounded Rasheed, and Ben Wallace. Trading Webber was correct, (but not for what we got) (we all knew he was a all-star) he would have never committing to the game if he was in DC and the Carron Butler trade was good for us also. Probably the only pre-mature trade that actually works out for us, or maybe management already knew what they had in KB. By the way Mike Jordan did make some bad deals when he was here in DC, probably lack a little focus ness

Posted by: dsquare | February 3, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

you are right about Mason, and i think Larry woulda left anyways because of his brother, but cleveland offered more money and the wiz didn't match or come with a better offer. i think larry's remorse at leaving came from his bro ending up dying within a year of him leaving for clev., and being in a situation that wasn't as advantageous to him as washington was. even shaq palys by lebron's rules, larry was a much bigger fish here.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 3, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

@divi3,

I think Miller will be adored wherever he goes because he plays the right way and appears to put the team first (not to mention that great tangible asset - he's a lights-out shooter). I think Miller is fully aware of what he brings to the table and how fans respond to him.

He's as good as gone, IMO.

Posted by: 2020doc | February 3, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Shaq on JJ Hickson:

"I told J.J. when I first got here, ‘J.J., you could be Cedric Ceballos.' Of course, he doesn't know who that was. I played with Cedric Ceballos, who never got any plays called for him, but he averaged 20 (points) and 10 (rebounds), and I think J.J. can do the same thing."

Sending AJ to the Cavs for Hickson and Z seems like a smart move, but having to buy Z out so the Cavs can resign him for the playoffs feels salting our wounds.

of course, that's what every team is looking to do to the Wiz now so it may be the cost of doing business

Posted by: divi3 | February 3, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

"@divi3,

I think Miller will be adored wherever he goes because he plays the right way and appears to put the team first"

how would you explain him being on his 5th team in 10yrs assuming he's elsewhere next?

Posted by: divi3 | February 3, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

in hindsight it looks like maybe Larry was never THAT good, and has Gil's talent to thank for the huge deal he got from the Cavs

Posted by: divi3 | February 3, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

you are right about Mason, and i think Larry woulda left anyways because of his brother, but cleveland offered more money and the wiz didn't match or come with a better offer. i think larry's remorse at leaving came from his bro ending up dying within a year of him leaving for clev., and being in a situation that wasn't as advantageous to him as washington was. even shaq palys by lebron's rules, larry was a much bigger fish here.

I feel you. Looking back not re-signing him may not have been a bad idea. What teams has $120 million tied up in two guard anyway?

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

how would you explain him being on his 5th team in 10yrs assuming he's elsewhere next?

Posted by: divi3 | February 3, 2010 11:38 AM

Fans don't determine who stays and who goes. That's a management decision. This year since he'll be an unrestricted FA, he gets to decide. That's how I would explain it.

Posted by: 2020doc | February 3, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

looking back i could go either way on that one. on the one hand Larry is the ONLY other guard who's been able to play alongside Gil. On the other hand Larry got like 70 mil from Cle, add that to Gil's 65 and then 111 mil and yeah you've got a lot of $money tied up in your backcourt. That being said Gil and Larry woulda both made all star teams if it weren't for larry's broken finger that year. All star status woulda made letting him go even less popular than it was.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 3, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

"Fans don't determine who stays and who goes. That's a management decision. This year since he'll be an unrestricted FA, he gets to decide. That's how I would explain it."

right, my question is why management would trade a player like him so often- given it's thought he plays the game the right way and makes his teammates better. The fact he is a journeyman makes me think there is at least some chance we could keep him.

Posted by: divi3 | February 3, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

DeShawn actually played really well with him for the first 2 years...for A LOT cheaper. Caron stepped p and replaced the scoring and DeShawn brought the defense and still knocked down shots.

Larry always had those injury problems and his contract means no way that Caron gets extended. PG, SG, and SF arent the positions you should have your money tied into.

SG's come a damn a dozen now anyway...but he played great when he was here.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

right, my question is why management would trade a player like him so often- given it's thought he plays the game the right way and makes his teammates better. The fact he is a journeyman makes me think there is at least some chance we could keep him.

Posted by: divi3 | February 3, 2010 11:54 AM


Even if we have to overpay (for a journeyman, no less)? No thanks.
Besides, the man wants to win and that ain't happening here for a long time.

Posted by: 2020doc | February 3, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Mike Miller hasn't even moved his wife and kids to the DC area. That is pretty telling to me that he has no intention of resigning with the Wizards.

Posted by: MeviousMan | February 3, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

look at mike's shoes. he's followin Tha Kang this summer. I'll hate to see him go. he's definitely my fave wizard right now (I don't like Dumbledoor's post defense, and Gandalf is the black hole).

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 3, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

y'all confusing me. On one hand Miller is this great guy who makes everyone better and is the "glue" but in the same breath he's just a journeyman we shouldnt really try and keep.

Posted by: divi3 | February 3, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

When Miller walks this summer that means the Wizards gave up a 5th round draft pick (which didn't have to be Rubio) for Foye who can't out play a 5'5" guy who didn't even play in the NBA last year.

Come out Come out where ever you are...

You know who you are...

Yes, all of you who gave me grief about trading the pick last year.

It was all about saving money and had nothing to do with building a good team!

Do I even have to mention Blair?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 3, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

y'all confusing me. On one hand Miller is this great guy who makes everyone better and is the "glue" but in the same breath he's just a journeyman we shouldnt really try and keep.


Posted by: divi3 | February 3, 2010 12:15 PM

I was just using your term for him. :)

If this team were a contender, then maybe you make the extra effort to keep him, but this team is going nowhere and he wants a winning situation. It's pretty cut and dried.

Posted by: 2020doc | February 3, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"It was all about saving money and had nothing to do with building a good team!"

How does paying Miller/Foye $12.5 million in 1yr save money over paying the 5th pick $9mill over 3 seasons?

Posted by: divi3 | February 3, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

"It was all about saving money and had nothing to do with building a good team!"

So...trading for Mike Miller isn't a good move to build a good team? And getting back a young player with him? You're delusional.

Yeah drafting Stephen Curry or ANYBODY AVAILABLE AFTER #4 would've been a great move for this team.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

How does paying Miller/Foye $12.5 million in 1yr save money over paying the 5th pick $9mill over 3 seasons?

Posted by: divi3 | February 3, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

If you remember they traded away 3 players who salaries were a little less then Miller/Foye were and the Wizards didn't have to sign a 5th pick which would have cost them 3 million.

The moved saved them 3 million plus change...

I said the day they made the deal it was all about the money and the players they got in return weren't going to turn the Wizards into a championship team.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 3, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I said the day they made the deal it was all about the money and the players they got in return weren't going to turn the Wizards into a championship team.

Neither would anyone they could draft. Neither would Songalia, Thomas, or Pecherov. They got rid of bad contracts and picked up players who would better than what they were giving up.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

So...trading for Mike Miller isn't a good move to build a good team? And getting back a young player with him? You're delusional.

Yeah drafting Stephen Curry or ANYBODY AVAILABLE AFTER #4 would've been a great move for this team.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

SDMDTSU,

How did the trade work out?

16 wins and the bottom of the Southeast conference?

I would have liked to see Ty Lawson here and the Wizards would have had a true point guard.

Who knows if Lawson would have been better but the facts are the facts and anyone who knows anything about basketball understands the draft day move hasn't worked out.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 3, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I said the day they made the deal it was all about the money and the players they got in return weren't going to turn the Wizards into a championship team.

Neither would anyone they could draft.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Very true...I knew this team (built the way they are) couldn't win a championship, so, yes I wanted them to start the rebuilding process by drafting a guy like Lawson and Blair instead the Wizards (after this season) are going to have Foye, another 2 guard in a point guards body.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 3, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I would have liked to see Ty Lawson here and the Wizards would have had a true point guard.

Who knows if Lawson would have been better but the facts are the facts and anyone who knows anything about basketball understands the draft day move hasn't worked out.

Yeah Ty Lawson makes this a championship team. Right along with Roger Mason, and DeJuan Blair.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Ty Lawson makes this a championship team. Right along with Roger Mason, and DeJuan Blair.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 1:01 PM

And Randy Foye.

Posted by: 2020doc | February 3, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

And Randy Foye.

Posted by: 2020doc | February 3, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Throw Larry Hughes, Songalia, Pech, Jared Jeffries and Etan on there too.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

SDMDTSU

I never said Lawson would make this a championship team...

Unless you are kal (who never reads a person whole post) I said the Wizards weren't a championship team and I wished they would have started the rebuilding process last season through the draft.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 3, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I guess bringing a gun across state lines and into an NBA locker room isn't wrong right?


Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

As I 've said before...bringing legal guns across state lines is not wrong or a federal offence or whatever. Having a gun in DC is however a crime.

Many would argue whether or not it is wrong, as wrong is a moral jusgement. A crime is a legal judgement.

Posted by: Blurred | February 3, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I never said Lawson would make this a championship team...

You said Foye and Miller wouldn't. I'm puttng Lawson in the same category.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

OK and now for all of you who think trading Jamison for the Cavs 1st rounder is a good move, let's look at the past 12 29th picks:
Toney Douglass
DJ White
Alando Tucker
Mardy Collins
Wayne Simien
David harrison
Josh Howard
Steve Logan
Trenton Hassell
Mark Madsen
Leon Smith
Nazr Muhamed

Only one is comparable to jamison in even a close form - Josh Howard.

at least one never played NBA ball and several I've never heard of.

Please friends...don't encourage our management to be even more irresponsible than it already is.

Posted by: Blurred | February 3, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

SDMDTSU,

You forget to throw in AJ, CB, Gil, BTH, and Stevenson?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 3, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

The draft day trade didn't work out for many reasons, but none being the players themselves nor would other players they could have drafted made a damn bit of difference for this season. Peddling garbage per usual.

As I said a few posts ago, there are possibilities of rebuilding on the fly and being a decent team next season especially in the East. That scernario includes turning Butler, Jamison, and Haywood into a couple of decent younger players i.e. Fernandez, Hickson and, perhaps, a couple of late first rounders. Arenas returns more fully healed and completely remorseful - may not have a better option with him. Add a lottery pick from the draft and retain MM and Foye. So then you have MM, Foye, Arenas, Fernandez, Hickson, lottery pick, Blatche and NY along with later first round picks hypothetically. This roster is good enough to compete for a low seed in the playoffs next year in the East. If the team is adamant about letting Arenas go, then it will get ugly, but there are some options to rebuilding on the fly. By the way, I'm not saying he will be back, but that he very well could be back.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 3, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Rebuilding or not. They were expecting to be a winning team. They're not winning. Miller would be a better piece for a winning team than Lawson or Blair.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

SDMDTSU,

You forget to throw in AJ, CB, Gil, BTH, and Stevenson?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 3, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Throw in 90% of the NBA.
LeBron doesn't make this a championship team.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, this throws McGee into the fire at center, which could be a disaster, but the potential is there especially on defense.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 3, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I never said Lawson would make this a championship team...

You said Foye and Miller wouldn't. I'm puttng Lawson in the same category.


Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I would prefer Lawson over a guy who sits out the 4th quarter while he watches a 5'5" player who didn't even play in the NBA last year.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 3, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Blurred | February 3, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Understandable. However, Critt saying "he didn't do anything wrong" is a lie. Guns aren't allowed in NBA arenas.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I would prefer Lawson over a guy who sits out the 4th quarter while he watches a 5'5" player who didn't even play in the NBA last year.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 3, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

That's 1 game.
It's not like he's had a game where Flip drew up a final play for him or anything.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

The elephant in the room has always been that POLLIN though this core was his best/last chance to win a championship. So, "management"/EG had his marching orders and he tried to make it work the best he could. It blew it! Go figure as did most of Pollin's teams. There was talk that EG was not behind the contracts of AJ or GA and was considering making changes then, but was told to do otherwise.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 3, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Throw in 90% of the NBA.
LeBron doesn't make this a championship team.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

That's what I was saying last year so why would a team want to trade the 5th pick in the draft?

Last year was the time to start rebuilding...

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 3, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

And, if you read between the lines, Arenas' comments about not wanting to ever play for EG again run deeper than just this incident. He knows that Pollin was his backer for his resigning and not EG.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 3, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

rphilli721

I've been saying since day 1 on here I wanted Abe to sell the team and there was no chance the Wizards would ever win a championship with him as the owner.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 3, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

bulletsfan78,

Hindsight is a nice tool. Unfortunately, most people thought this was the most talented team 1-10 this team has had in, perhaps, decades. Of course, whatever can go wrong will go wrong with this organization. Looking at the East now, it's really sad bc the roster we had to start the season should have absolutely contended for the 4th seed. I wasn't expecting a championship, but nobody expected this either including yourself. To claim otherwise is a lie.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 3, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Who expected dissension, guns, and the injury bug again (well maybe that)? And, then a losing mentality sets in. Given the roster if you were told that BH would have his best season, that Blatche in the beginning would have his best games in the NBA, and were told GA's stats, this record would be unfathomable up until the gun incident at least.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 3, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

And Roger Mason? Seriously? Come on. We're talking about ROGER MASON.


Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 3, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Well at least I have a take fool. All you do is be snarky and criticize.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 3, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't think MIKE MILLER will get anywhere near the contract he has now, and maybe he'll be back at the end of FA. We'd do well to re-sign him, IF that's possible once he's tested FA.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 3, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 3, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I don't think MIKE MILLER will get anywhere near the contract he has now, and maybe he'll be back at the end of FA.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 3, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I agree, but if he's sincere about wanting to play for a contender, he isn't coming back, because that isn't going to be happening here for a while. He's playing well enough that some team that is capable of making a deep playoff run next year will make him an offer. The only way he'll come back is if the Wizards massively overpay him, which they shouldn't do.

Posted by: rbpalmer | February 3, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

And will the people saying the Wiz should trade everyone away for draft picks please get off it.

Stockpiling low first round picks will not make for a good team. Do you want a team full of Nick Youngs? Plus the Cap makes it complicated to do so.

Portland has spent years collecting/buying mid-to-low first round picks, but the players that make them winners (Roy and Aldridge) are both top five picks.

The Wiz should try to make some trades, but keep playing hardball. If playoff teams keep acting like buzzards flying over a corpse, (like Cavs not even willing to give-up Hickson for Jamison) don't make the deal.

It's usually said that you can't get something for nothing, but the problem in the NBA is that the salary cap makes trades that are far from fair happen all the time. I don't want the Wizards to be victims. Being seen as automatic Ws is bad enough.

Posted by: SportzWiz | February 3, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

The strange thing about this year's trade deadline is that the Wiz have to make some kind of trade, even if it is small.

The reason being that the team is in a lose-lose situation. They are over the Lux Tax with a bunch of players who can leave thru free agency. And yet, they will still be OVER the Salary Cap, even if they all leave.

Posted by: SportzWiz | February 3, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"Portland has spent years collecting/buying mid-to-low first round picks, but the players that make them winners (Roy and Aldridge) are both top five picks."

And the reason they were able to acquire both players was because they took the plunge into the deep end of the lottery pool, which you can't do if you're content to chug along in the bottom rung of the middle of the pack. Also, many of the good young players they have surrounding those two top-5 picks were acquired through the use of those mid-to-low first rounders (either by drafting directly or using picks as trade assets).

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 3, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

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