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Wizards statement on multiplayer trade with Dallas

Wizards Acquire Howard, Gooden, Singleton, and Ross From Mavericks

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has acquired Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, James Singleton and Quinton Ross from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson.

"This trade gave us a good opportunity to change our short-term future and improve our long-term future," said Grunfeld. "It accomplished two goals by giving us financial flexibility and bringing a new look and energy to the roster."

Howard has averaged 12.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in 31 games for the Mavericks this season. He missed 19 games due to a left ankle injury and left wrist surgery and also missed two games due to a left thigh contusion and stomach illness. The seventh-year swingman holds career averages of 15.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in 431 games (all with Dallas) and was named to the 2007 All-Star Team. He was originally acquired by the Mavericks in the first round (29th pick) of the 2003 Draft.

Gooden, in his eighth season, has averaged 8.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 46 games with Dallas this season. The 6-10 forward/center has career averages of 11.8 points and 7.8 rebounds over 556 games in stints with Orlando (twice), Memphis, Cleveland (twice), Chicago (twice), San Antonio, Sacramento and Dallas. He was signed as a free agent by Dallas prior to this season and was originally a first round draft pick (fourth overall) by Memphis in 2002.

Ross, a 6-6 swingman, has averaged 2.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in 27 games with the Mavericks this season. He is in his sixth season overall and holds career averages of 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 397 career games with the L.A. Clippers, Memphis and Dallas. Ross, who was undrafted out of SMU, was signed as a free agent by Dallas prior to this season.

Singleton, a 6-8 forward, has averaged 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 25 games this season. He holds career averages of 3.3 points and 3.1 rebounds over four NBA seasons (two each with the Clippers and Mavericks). Singleton, who was undrafted out of Murray State, has played overseas in Spain and Italy and was originally acquired by Dallas as a free agent prior to the 2008-09 season.

"Our four new players bring versatility and the experience of playing in a winning situation," said Grunfeld. "Josh and Quinton can each play both the shooting guard and small forward positions while providing athleticism and outside shooting. Drew can play both the power forward and center positions and he and James give us an inside presence that combines skill and toughness."

Butler departs after spending four-and-a-half seasons with the Wizards, during which he compiled averages of 19.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 310 games. He was originally acquired by the team along with Chucky Atkins from the L.A. Lakers in exchange for Kwame Brown and LaRon Profit prior to the 2005-06 season.

Haywood was the longest-tenured player on the Wizards roster prior to the trade, spending eight-and-a-half seasons with the team, and leaves with averages of 7.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 579 games while ranking third all-time in franchise history in field goal percentage (.561), fourth all-time in blocked shots and sixth all-time in rebounds and games played. He was originally acquired from the Orlando Magic in exchange for LaRon Profit and a first-round pick prior to the 2001-02 season.

Stevenson spent three-and-a-half seasons with the Wizards, compiling averages of 9.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 236 games. He was originally signed by the Wizards as a free agent prior to the 2006-07 season.

"Caron, Brendan and DeShawn all made significant contributions to this franchise and this community, but we felt this opportunity was too good to pass up," said Grunfeld. "We wish all three players the best and thank them for what they helped us accomplish during their tenures with the Wizards."

By CJ Holley  |  February 13, 2010; 7:41 PM ET
 
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This makes me wanna puke...doesn't Ernie know that Howard has his own troubles? EG is incompetent enough to try to re-sign him too, once he realizes none of the big name guys want anything to do with the Wiz in the pending FA sweepstakes.

Alas, Stevenson is gone. Who knew it would take losing CB3 to lose I can't feel my hands.

Posted by: KellRawLive | February 13, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

The deal would also provide nearly $2.6 million in luxury tax relief this season for the Wizards,
I wonder what the real motivation was behind Cheap Irene letting Ernie make this deal?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 13, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

This was inevitable. Let's just hope the team goes to Leonsis and the rebuilding process can begin. It may take 3-5 years but look what his money and patience has done to rebuild the caps!

Posted by: happydad3 | February 13, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

"Our four new players bring versatility and the experience of playing in a winning situation," said Grunfeld.

That's what the team needs more versatility?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 13, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

"This trade gave us a good opportunity to change our short-term future and improve our long-term future," said Grunfeld. "It accomplished two goals by giving us financial flexibility and bringing a new look and energy to the roster."

How does this trade improve the Wizards long term future when you didn't get a draft pick?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 13, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

OKC could use a guy like Jamison... don't even waste time sending him to a team that believes Defense wins championships

Posted by: SkinzNWiz | February 13, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Starting lineup...

Foye pg
Miller sg
Howard sf
Jamison pf
Gooden c

said Grunfeld. "It accomplished ... a new look and energy to the roster."

Yea, it will only take about 32 games before this squad starts playing like a team?

Wait then the season will be over?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 13, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

This is just BS!!! Especially since Ernie will be gone soon. What's the flippin' point?

Posted by: Lisa_R | February 13, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

and the experience of playing in a winning situation," said Grunfeld.

That will end on February 17th @ 7:00 pm.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 13, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Ok - Jamison has to go as well - let's really blow this thing up - send him to the Cavs even if you can a number one for next year.

Posted by: h20law2000 | February 13, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Barkley LOVES this trade for the Mavs....stupid Grunfield!!!

Posted by: Lisa_R | February 13, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Barkley also loves taco bell, Lisa...

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Now this whole clearing up the cap trade is only successful if we can bring in a top free-agent right?

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Now this whole clearing up the cap trade is only successful if we can bring in a top free-agent right?

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Vicc

No top free agent will want to play as long as Gil is the PG.

Everybody in the NBA other than Ernie knows Gil is a ball hog.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 13, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Mark Cuban treats Ernie like Michael Vick treats his dogs.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 13, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Salary dump? What a joke! Ernie needs to be dumped!

Ted, help!

Posted by: carmbert | February 13, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

"Vicc

No top free agent will want to play as long as Gil is the PG..."


That is precisely my fear bulletsfan78

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I expect Blatche to start and have Gooden come off the bench to replace Blatche/Jamison. Blatche is in the long term plans, Gooden isn't so hopefully EG has the sense to give Blatche the minutes/experience.

People keep saying we're in the John Wall sweepstakes. We're not. The Nets have it on lock. The worst record by a longshot, and they're moving to Brooklyn-which means some of the ping pong balls will be heavier than others this year.

Howard is still dealing with bum ankle issues. Gooden is a solid low post defender-but not as good as Hollywood was/is. The team is less watchable now than it has been in a long time. 19-63 was more fun than this.

On a side note, Steve Buckhantz was found dead earlier today as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Posted by: KellRawLive | February 13, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Whatever people may think of Grunfeld--and I have my issues with some of his decisions--he's a very smart guy. He knows this move doesn't significantly upgrade the team. The future of this team is not Josh Howard and Drew Gooden. He knows that. He's under direction to clean house and get what he can ASAP to rebuild the team (whether he does it or someone else does) over the next three-five years. If they stick with Flip, the key is getting a point guard he likes and trusts. This is just the first of several forthcoming moves. Business issues--and management digust over a dysfunctional team--are driving all of this.

Posted by: jweber1 | February 13, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

terrible trade for the Wiz. I've been an EG defender, but its time for him to go..

Posted by: restonhoops | February 13, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

What do we want? are we just complaining? we have been requesting for a change and the GM did what he could.Do you think he does not know or believe in 1st round pick? He just could not get one, he is despirate to cut as much cost as possible.Getting rid of Ds contract is the good , no one will take him.
If he is smart he need to find a taker for Aj, if boston's interest is true EG need to pair MM and AJ for RA's contract.

Posted by: gtefferra | February 13, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Alright, let's get this thang goin b4 the dunk contest!

So Josh Howard is going to be playing in our nations capital, and God forbid Hell freezes over and the Wiz win the Title...Josh in the White House meeting the President of the U.S?

Josh Howard's career started tumbling the second he started bumbling about being black and not celebrating America.

The media has been against him ever since. And the media can turn productive players into villians if they want to...just look at Clinton Portis.

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Charles Barkley and Kevin McHale both called this a "great trade" for Dallas.

Posted by: fansincebullets | February 13, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

M Lee tweeted that he believes Jamison could be traded also. It will be interesting to see where he ends up.

Posted by: anacostia85 | February 13, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Jamison will wind up in Cleveland when all is said and done. Book it.

Posted by: and_1 | February 13, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

We might as well unload Jamison now!

Any contender should want him

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Salary dump? What a joke! Ernie needs to be dumped!

Ted, help!

Posted by: carmbert | February 13, 2010 8:24 PM

You don't think Leonsis had his okay on this?

Posted by: bobilly2 | February 13, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Free agents Bosh and Boozer should be our targets now.

I'd bet my mortgage Bosh won't play for us, but Boozer is clearly about the money...always has been!

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I'd bet my mortgage Bosh won't play for us, but Boozer is clearly about the money...always has been!

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 8:46 PM


Boozer's another 'tweener and he's injury-prone. Hope the Wizards pass on that one.

Posted by: and_1 | February 13, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

and the experience of playing in a winning situation," said Grunfeld.

That will end on February 17th @ 7:00 pm.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 13
That is the dumbest comment Grunfield made. That is what was said about Oberto Fabrizio

Posted by: bobilly2 | February 13, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Exactly. This is house-cleaning time. Stay tuned. This is a team with an uncertain ownership situation, pressures to cut overhead/player salaries, and additional pressures to clear out players associated with what management regards as a deadend, loser culture. Caron was the most tradeable asset so he went first. Brendan would have wanted a lot more money in '01-'11 so it makes sense trading him. If they can move AJ and get value, he'll be out the door, too. Grunfeld is motivated to trade, so he can position himself to the new owndership as the team-builder going forward.

Posted by: jweber1 | February 13, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: and_1 | February 13, 2010 8:49 PM


Yeah. The Wiz need to figure how to put fans back in the arena. Every1 with a basketball sense knows the next 5 championships will be won by the same 2 or 3 teams.

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to believe for what we gave up--especially Butler--that Grunfeld couldn't wrest a first round draft choice from the Mavericks.
We got a bunch of role players and bench warmers.
Haywood always just occupied the center position because of no alternatives, so I won't be crying about his departure.
But Butler? Nothing really in return?
Hope Leonsis buys the teams soon so the rebuilding can begin in earnest.
Say goodbye probably to Grunfeld. He collected a group of players like Arenas and Jamison who could entertain fans with their scoring skills, but they couldn't play defense if their lives depended on it.
This was a team poorly constructed to compete with other Eastern Conf. teams--no defense means a sure dead end.
Time to start over.

Posted by: dzukijason | February 13, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

To those that are similarly disappointed, I'm sure Irene and Ernie would love to hear from you.
http://www.nba.com/wizards/contact/feedback.html

Posted by: jdb6 | February 13, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Whatever! This season is over and if you all think Blatche is going to string together a bunch of consistent games, you had better think again.

GO CAPS!!

Posted by: ivyleague | February 13, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Most teams know we are desperate now, and I know hindsight is 20/20, but I was hoping we were gonna trade Jamison last season.

There is always some 4th or 5th seeded sucker thinking they are one good role player away from winning the Title.

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

As long as Jamison's logging 40 min/game at PF, Blatche isn't going string together any consistent anything. Blatche's not a center, but I bet Flip will continue to give him backup center minutes (behind Oberto now, no less). I don't trust Flip!

Posted by: and_1 | February 13, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Free agents Bosh and Boozer should be our targets now.

I'd bet my mortgage Bosh won't play for us, but Boozer is clearly about the money...always has been!

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 8:46 PM

Boozer is always injured no way man

Posted by: anacostia85 | February 13, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

we werent goin to resign haywood next yr, butlers overpaid and not helping us win, and WE GET RID OF STEVENSON!!!We should be celebrating people!

Posted by: bbachrac

This is it in a nutshell. Did the Mavs get the better end of the deal in the short term? Sure. CB is better than Howard, period. And, Haywood gives them size to contend with the Lakers and the Nuggets. But, the Wiz also got some players in return with the key phrase being that Ross is the only player signed past this season. How else do you propose we blow up the roster? You think teams were going to give us prospects and draft picks and cap space? Your kidding right? Next, we ship AJ to Cleveland for Hickson. The rebuild is incomplete if AJ is still on the roster at the end of the season. That's a lot of money tied up in a undersized finesse power forward for the next two years.

By the way, the Mavs don't have a first round pick this year. We have two second rounders and a lottery pick already coming our way with cap space to boot. Dump AJ and we are really looking good as far as the salary cap is concerned.

Also, I don't believe you can turn around and trade a player you just acquired. Have to wait 2 months or something like that.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Boozer? No.

You hate the jump shooting finesse PF that we have no...but you want another one that's going to make MORE money than this one in Bosh?

No.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 13, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Our Wiz Starting Lineup:

Too Short pg
Horrible Haircut sg
Always Injured sf
Trade Me Now pf
Was I really Good in College? c

Posted by: maxer18 | February 13, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

i'd like to be decorus.

I hereby withdrawal my approval of Carlos!

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

You think teams were going to give us prospects and draft picks and cap space? Your kidding right?


Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

rphilli721

Ernie is the only GM in the NBA who either trades or sells his draft picks.

With a little luck the nets will sign Ernie and the Wizards new GM can trade the Nets Jamison for the 1st pick in the draft?

A person can have hope can't he?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 13, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

*correction*

withdraw

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I want Bosh

But I also want one night with Halle Berry.

None of my wishes are realistic.

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

@rphilli721,

I'm hoping all this chatter about Cleveland being interested in Stoudemire is just a smokescreen to get Washington to retract its demand for Hickson. I agree with you about the rebuild process not being fully under way until Jamison's traded. I personally think it will happen and we'll get Ilgauskas (and release him, wink-wink) and Hickson.

We'll see...

Posted by: and_1 | February 13, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Bosh is no where near as finesse as AJ if he is finesse at all.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable.


I can't believe we dealt Butler AND Haywood and didn't even get a draft pick?! A young rookie, or up and coming player? We got cap space. You gotta be kidding me.

This is just sad. Wow, this really has to be the worst season in franchise history. Who woulda thought it could get worse than last season. This is downright pathetic.

And that team statement is a joke.


As a fan I will miss Caron, and Brendan. I wish them the best of luck. Antawn will be missed too.

Posted by: Darnell1 | February 13, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I want to know what DCMANN88 thinks about the trade.

Posted by: docooke | February 13, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Charles Barkley and Kevin McHale both called this a "great trade" for Dallas.

Posted by: fansincebullets | February 13, 2010 8:37 PM


Who cares, neither is considered to have exceptional personell credentials. McHale was a failure with the Timberwolves and Barkley, well.., he's just "Barkley".

Posted by: Raef | February 13, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse


I can't believe we dealt Butler AND Haywood and didn't even get a draft pick?! A young rookie, or up and coming player? We got cap space. You gotta be kidding me.

Posted by: Darnell1 | February 13, 2010 9:16 PM


They're not as good as you think, Darnell.
Same for Jamison. They'll be lucky if they can even get cap space for him. Ernie has made extremely bad decisions in the last couple years and it's time to pay the piper.

Posted by: 2020doc | February 13, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Take it easy Darnell1,

The Lakers are so stacked they could make it outta the West without Kobe.

The Cavs(or wherever Lebron is playing) and Magic are the only teams with a prayer of beating the Lakers. Notice I said prayer.

So ya see, Only 3 teams have a chance of winning the next 5 championships.

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

compared to aj bosh is bill russell on d

Posted by: bford1kb | February 13, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

docooke,

Here..I'll do my best impression.


Blah Blah Les Boulez Yip Yappin n Kit Kat the Wiz suck mumbling jumbling any1 who challenges my BB knowledge is dumb!

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Ernie is the only GM in the NBA who either trades or sells his draft picks.

With a little luck the nets will sign Ernie and the Wizards new GM can trade the Nets Jamison for the 1st pick in the draft?

A person can have hope can't he?

Posted by: bulletsfan78

C'mon dude. Your negativity is annoying. And, what a dumb statement. The move with our pick last season was absolutely the right move. Every GM in the league would have taken that deal with the roster that was in place or 95% would have. With hindsight, we all would be a lot better with whatever it is we do. It didn't work out, but don't gloat as if you knew it. Many analysts who do get paid to analyze the league had the Wiz as the most improved/possible surprise contender in the East. It didn't work out so it is time to blow it up and move on. Step one, complete.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

On a side note, Steve Buckhantz was found dead earlier today as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Posted by: KellRawLive | February 13, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse


You've got it slightly wrong, KellRawLive. It was self-inflicted stab wounds from a DAGGER!

Posted by: kmg27 | February 13, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Halle Berry has six toes.

Okay, she'll have to wear some socks.

I still want to know how EG considered the Arenas situation in the deal. Is he assuming that GA will be with this team? Or what?

He has to know something before pulling the trigger on a deal or deals.

Or maybe not.

Posted by: SteveMG | February 13, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

"I can't believe we dealt Butler AND Haywood and didn't even get a draft pick?! A young rookie, or up and coming player? We got cap space. You gotta be kidding me."

Last I checked we were losers while paying these players a nice salary. So, let's lose without the salary. We got a lottery pick on the way in what is considered a deep draft with two second rounders. We also have some cap space with a lot of cap space possible if AJ is dealt in the summer of the best FA class ever. I have no problem with step one of the rebuild.

By the way, BH was gone for nothing at the end of the season. So we got a few players with one almost as good as CB for the rest of this season for CB essentially. I think this trade is as close to a win-win as we were going to get. EG is the master at trades even with no leverage whatsoever.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Who goes next? Good luck to Caron and BTH. The team is now filled with one class act and a bunch of knuckleheads.

Posted by: tgerbracht | February 13, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Halle Berry has six toes.

Okay, she'll have to wear some socks.

Posted by: SteveMG


*chuckle*

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping all this chatter about Cleveland being interested in Stoudemire is just a smokescreen to get Washington to retract its demand for Hickson.

Posted by: and_1 | February 13, 2010 9:13 PM

The Stoudemire to Cleveland rumors smell a little fishy. He and Shaq were not on good terms in Phoenix and LeBron reportedly wants Jamison. The King's wish is Cleveland's command!!

Posted by: 2020doc | February 13, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

SELL THE TEAM... SELL THE TEAM... SELL THE TEAM!!!!

wasn't that the slogan in october against another guy... oh well...

SELL THE TEAM... SELL THE TEAM... SELL THE TEAM!!!!


Posted by: tony325 | February 13, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

the minute Leonsis becomes the owner of the Wizards I hope he Hires Chris Mullin as president of basketball operations he made the Warriors a better team when he was there before that ownership let him go the only question is that what's he's availability once ownership is completed and here is what i don't get why in the world are the Cavs giving up Ilgauskas hickson and first round pick for stoudamire when jamison was gonna cost them Hickson and first round pick only i don't get that.

Posted by: rmnkevorkian | February 13, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Cleveland won't give up Hickson b/c they know Lebron is leaving.

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Cleveland won't give up Hickson b/c they know Lebron is leaving.

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 9:40 PM


LeBron ain't going nowhere if they win the title this year. He couldn't justify it.

Posted by: 2020doc | February 13, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

"Who goes next? Good luck to Caron and BTH. The team is now filled with one class act and a bunch of knuckleheads."

This team is a one year rental. The only players likely to be around next year are Foye, Ross, whatever young guys are still on a contract like AB and McGee and our draft picks and free agent pick ups. This team will look completely different next year, which is what a rebuild is.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The move with our pick last season was absolutely the right move. Every GM in the league would have taken that deal with the roster that was in place or 95% would have. With hindsight, we all would be a lot better with whatever it is we do. It didn't work out, but don't gloat as if you knew it.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

You are wrong!

When the deal went down I was on here complaining about the deal before the draft. Some of you gave me grief because you said Rubio wouldn’t play in the NBA. I clearly stated I would have kept the 5th pick and drafted someone other than Rubio.

You’re right,

Every GM in the league would have taken the 5th pick for MM and Foye.


Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 13, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

the minute Leonsis becomes the owner of the Wizards I hope he Hires Chris Mullin as president of basketball operations he made the Warriors a better team when he was there before that ownership let him go the only question is that what's he's availability once ownership is completed and here is what i don't get why in the world are the Cavs giving up Ilgauskas hickson and first round pick for stoudamire when jamison was gonna cost them Hickson and first round pick only i don't get that.

Posted by: rmnkevorkian


Nice try, dargregmag.

Posted by: and_1 | February 13, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

horrible trade. Can't build for the future without getting some type of future considerations. Cap room isn't enough.
It's not the like the Bullets/Wiz have done anything for 30 years, so why did I expect anything. The team could (and maybe should) just go away.

Posted by: thinjon | February 13, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

EG is the master at trades even with no leverage whatsoever.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

The master got you 19 wins last year and another trip to the lottery this year.

I heard Mark Cuban is going to vote for Ernie for GM of the year?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 13, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I know. Just hard to watch the reality of the rebuild. With CB, AJ, and BH one could at least suggest this was a professional team. It's a circus now. Let's hope for a productive year (or more) of moves. Maybe they'll void Gil's contract and get Wade and Bosh.

Posted by: tgerbracht | February 13, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Drafting someone other than Rubio or anyone was not going to help a veteran laden team this season. So what's your point. You are negative on everything and when it comes true you gloat. Nice life you have!

And, I am wrong, but I am right. That move with our roster was absolutely the right move to make. Hell, if MM hadn't been injury prone to start the season, perhaps, it would not have come to this. Anyway, everything in context.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

"The master got you 19 wins last year and another trip to the lottery this year."

The master got this franchise to 4 straight playoff appearances which your pessimistic self seems to have forgotten. Good lord!

Remember:

AJ for the 5th pick and ridding of horrible contracts.
Caron for Kwame.
Signing GA originally.
etc etc etc

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh Snap,

There is a new thread!

Caron has something to say.

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

The only other GM in the history of this losing franchise more successful than EG was the one in the 70's. I was not quite old enough then to know his name, but other than that you better be careful what you wish for in replacing him.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

The only other GM in the history of this losing franchise more successful than EG was the one in the 70's. I was not quite old enough then to know his name, but other than that you better be careful what you wish for in replacing him.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

So Ernie's great because Abe was clueless when it came to hring GM's?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 13, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Drafting someone other than Rubio or anyone was not going to help a veteran laden team this season. So what's your point.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

My point is I knew the Wizards had no chance of winning this year so I wanted to start the rebuilding process by drafting a player with the 1st and 2nd round picks.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 13, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Or bc he has done more with less than most GM's can. Washington is not exactly a prime landing spot for most players bc of that same history. Yet, he somehow managed 4 straight playoff appearances and assembled a roster on paper this year that was the most talented I've ever seen since I've been watching this team. Instead of taking off, it imploded, which, again, is more about not defeating franchise demons than it is about his GM skills. I say again, be careful what you wish for bc the last 6 years he has been one of the biggest assets of the franchise.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

No Roger Mason Jr, no Dejuan Blair...no one from the Wiz in the rookie sophmore game, too many bad decisions by Ernie!

F U Ernie,you stink!!!

Posted by: Gooddad | February 13, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

With a losing franchise/culture, you have to start somewhere. 4 straight playoff appearances was a great start with players still in their prime. Of course, GA had to blow out his knee and then it all crumbled from there.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Roger Mason, Dejuan Blair.....hilarious. Crawl back in your hole now.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

We didn't have Roger Mason for a 19 win season last year, which he would have not made a damn bit of difference and this year we had a player that is much better than him at what he does well in MM. So blah blah blah. Dejuan Blair is another player that would not make a damn bit of difference. 36 teams passed on him bc he is playing basketball without ACL's. Good luck on a long fruitful career there.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I should add an overweight basketball player playing with no ACL's. Now that's a sound investment.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

We didn't have Roger Mason for a 19 win season last year, which he would have not made a damn bit of difference and this year we had a player that is much better than him at what he does well in MM. So blah blah blah. Dejuan Blair is another player that would not make a damn bit of difference. 36 teams passed on him bc he is playing basketball without ACL's. Good luck on a long fruitful career there.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 10:28 PM
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Im sorry, But Roger Mason would have made a bog difference on last years team and this year to. If we still had RMJ then Dbrick would have never gotten into the game. We should remember that Roger was let go because the Wizards figured they had Dbrick coming off one of his best years and Nick a young prized first rounder needing playing time. (We should have kept mason).

Posted by: specialg7master | February 13, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Can someone PLEASE tell me who the center is now?

Excuse while I go call "earl"...

Posted by: onemikeclark | February 13, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

did we really also send cash to dallas in this abomination of a deal?

Posted by: PindarPushkin | February 13, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Dallas has to take on 14 million dollars in Salary from Caron and Dbrick, So sending them a little change shouldn't hurt.

Posted by: specialg7master | February 13, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

The trade is not even a headliner for ESPN news.

Posted by: specialg7master | February 13, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

You have have said it all so here is a recap of things i agree with and some personal suggestions...

---when was the last time we had a rookie/sophmore in that game
---Grunfeld is the WORST, but if Leonsis buys the history says he will keep Grunfeld and if thats the case then NO to Leonsis, because even though he may fire Ernie 2-3 years later I can't live another years with him being here
---Singlton and Ross??? CMON SON...I would rather have a 2nd round pick and with the players we gave up, we could have got a 2011 1st round pick from them (they dont have a 2010)

Posted by: ATLredskin | February 13, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh and I forgot to say Charles Barkley knows his basketball and I believe him when he said he can do a better job than most of the current GM's. Bringing in Barkley would be a great move.

Posted by: ATLredskin | February 13, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

ernie lies and the fanbase dies.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | February 13, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

ernie wernie needs to get the hel- out of town,NOW!HE has effed this team up from day one!what in the hel- do we need with 2 forwards?he let a 7 footer go for two forwards and a six six swing man!this is some unbelievable shi-.

Posted by: billydee123 | February 14, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse

The wiz statement about the trade was pure drivel and disrespectful to the thousands of season ticket holders and ALL wiz fans wherever they may be. I also almost pucked when I read that self serving screed which is insulting to all who pay for tickets. IF Ernie believes all this crap he wrote (or was written for him) any fan with half a brain will see it for what it is GARBAGE!!!! How in the world could he write this upbeat stuff about the players HE accepted. The stats on Ross/Singleton are AAU stats. Those stats for those players speak volumes about their production and abilities. The only on left after the season is over will be Ross because he has a contract for next year. Ernie thinks Howard is an answer-- he brings big time baggage as much as Arenas did. Then there is the misconception that by dumping all these contracts the wiz would have us belie thar the Wades etc. etc will sign up with the wiz. I ask you to imagine how much money will be left for free agent signing when, for example, you go after Wade or Bosh OR ANY OTHER BIG NAME FA--NOT MUCH. The wiz won't win 25/30 games this year. As far as Leonses is concerned this deal HAS NOT YET BEEN DONE. I wonder why??? The media has not ever updated the proceeding in a few week. I would not count on Mike Miller --a FA after this season. I venture to say ONLY lower priced low talent free agent will be singed. The deck is stacked against the wiz and what GOOD FA player would want to sign with an Ernie G management. How sad is this???? It smacks as a 'skins nitemare.
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Posted by: vergens2 | February 14, 2010 4:55 AM | Report abuse

I forgot I hope the local media demands that Ernie hold a press conference and ask him tough question as to his thinking in acepting this trade--why did he not TRY to get a draft pick--and why did he sent out such a self serving statement? I would say that he knows wht he did and I don't believe he has the gut to hol a presser. The media should be after him until he come clean to the fans who pay for ticket that pays his salary. The wiz fans are entitled to it.

Posted by: vergens2 | February 14, 2010 5:05 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Leonsis,

When you finally buy the team make sure that your first 2 actions are to fire Grunfield and Saunders. Grunfield created the mess and Saunders as a coach has not delivered considering the players that he had versus the players that Tapscott/Jordan had.

Posted by: oakiedokie | February 14, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

At this point , Wizards might as well get rid of Jamison for the cap space. Who cares what you get in return? Les Wiz will be losers, with or without Jameson. They've set a precedent now they have to go all the way with it.

Posted by: bobilly2 | February 14, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

If you look at the numbers...Ernie gave up players that had far superior numbers (well, not Stevenson). It frees up money..to do what? No self-respecting star would come to this team..for all the money in the world (well, you all know what I mean).
Not getting a draft choice was a grave error.

There will be a lot more empty seats at the V center that is for sure.
If a kid like Wall from Kentucky..knows that the Wiz have the first pick..he would elect to stay in school another year.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | February 14, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Not sure I really understand the whole point in bringing in guys with expiring contracts and the relationship to saving money. If the guys brought in are any good and you actually want to build a team around them, won't you have to give them them big money and long term deals to keep them?

Posted by: Pete23 | February 14, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Well it's over now. Let the rebuilding begin.


@Pete23; Those guys are no good. Their only positives are their expiring contracts. But the GM has to spin it that way to placate the ticket buyers.

Posted by: tundey | February 14, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Fire sale... at least if they're gonna suck as bad as they do they can have legitimate suckface players now... Quintin Ross, Singlewho?? I like how he tried to hype Ross as being a versatile player who can shoot and play the 2.. lol... ooook ;)

I didn't even know Howard had played at all this season. I thought he and Ricky Williams were kickin it at the dispensary. This had to happen but he might as well cut these 4 chumps right now. Who you gonna get for Gooden and Howard??? oh, Butler and Haywood. Not bad... Pretty lameazz deal for the Wiz bball wise. Where is the promising young player in this deal??? you got 4 chumps??? This is the best you can do? wow.

Posted by: unkonchus | February 15, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

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