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Blatche is "50-50" for Portland, Gee signs second 10-day contract

Andray Blatche was unable to practice on Thursday, two days after he sprained his left ankle late in the fourth-quarter of the Wizards' 97-87 loss to the Denver Nuggets. Blatche received treatment, iced his ankle, and was limited to shooting stand-still jumpers with assistant Gene Banks. But he said he expects to play on Friday night in Portland.

"It's a little tender. I'm going to try to play - no, I'm not going to try, I'm going to play," Blatche said. "I'm just going to work through it."

Coach Flip Saunders wasn't as optimistic about Blatche's availability, which might be a game-time decision. "It's 50-50," he said. "He was still pretty sore, pretty ginger."

Blatche hurt himself stepping on Nuggets big man Nene's foot and despite efforts to keep playing, he was forced to sit out the conclusion. "I couldn't jump. I couldn't run on it, but it feels a little better now," he said. "I got treatment on it. The pain, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being worst, it's probably a five."

Alonzo Gee signed his second 10-day contract on Thursday after impressing the team with his athleticism and aggression while averaging 7.6 points and 4.2 rebounds the past five games.

Saunders said that the Wizards will also sign point guard Shaun Livingston for the remainder of the season on Friday. Livingston recently bumped Randy Foye from the starting lineup, scoring 10 points with eight rebounds and six assists the past two games against Utah and Denver.

"They've come in played well. I think that they are guys that intrigue us," Saunders said. "Zo plays hard, has great athletic ability, is not intimidated by the situation or who he's playing against. He competes. From Shaun's standpoint, he has really good knowledge, can we keep working with him to see if he can get through this physically, the rest of the year."

By Michael Lee  |  March 18, 2010; 9:04 PM ET
 
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Good for these two guys. Sad that we're discussing it at this point in an NBA season, but hey, it's all we've got.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 18, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, bargains are great, and if either or both SL and Gee work out, it will be the silver lining.

Posted by: 7snider7 | March 18, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

How much does Gee earn for a 10-day contract?

Posted by: dovelevine | March 18, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know for sure whether the Wizards are entitled under the rules to sign a third player on a 10 day contract? This would be based on the fact that they have three players on the inactive list. If the rules allow it, why not do it?

Playing Blatche when he is hurt shows something, I guess, but it would be smarter to let him sit for a couple games. If the Wizards can do a third 10 day, bring in the best of the D League F/C's.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | March 18, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!

http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/03/17/much-improved-blatche-could-head-nba-all-underpaid-team/

WHERE'S IVAN CARTER TO BUST OUT WITH THIS KIND OF SCOOP?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 18, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

"They've come in played well. I think that they are guys that intrigue us," Saunders said.

At the beginning of the year Flip told us Oberto intrigued them?

How did that turn out?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 19, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Oberto was supposed to be EG's missing piece to this championship team.

Oooops.

What does EG get a do over?

He probably only hung on due to the ownership situation.

Speaking of which....no reports yet on the arbitrator's decision.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 19, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of which....no reports yet on the arbitrator's decision.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 19, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Robert Pollin will follow in his father's footsteps and keep the team with Ernie in charge?

Dreams can sometimes come true ;)

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 19, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

"Maybe Robert Pollin will follow in his father's footsteps and keep the team with Ernie in charge?

Dreams can sometimes come true ;)

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 19, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse "

I'm sure Leonsis will sue if the sons try to change their minds.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 19, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

...the ping pong ball watch begins. If they were to pick today, the Wiz would have the 4th best chance at getting #1. Keep the slide alive!

Posted by: oddjob1 | March 19, 2010 1:22 AM | Report abuse

So AB feels like he made a mistake when he signed his contract? Really! No one put a gun to his head.
Here is a life lesson: leave the ho's alone and you might have financial success.

Posted by: zxhoya | March 19, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

So AB feels like he made a mistake when he signed his contract? Really! No one put a gun to his head.
Here is a life lesson: leave the ho's alone and you might have financial success.

Posted by: zxhoya | March 19, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

"Definitely next year, if I'm going out and I'm doing the same thing and I become an All-Star player, it's definitely going to bother me a lot because I'm definitely going to feel underpaid and like I'm not being appreciated,'' Blatche said. "But there's nothing I can do about that.''

That actually works in our favor as he may be more likely to sign a lucrative extension next season (assuming current level of play is the norm), rather then have to wait thru the 2012 season to get to free agency.

Nice work EG!

Posted by: divi3 | March 19, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

About Derrick Favors: I hadn't seen him in a while til the ACC tournament, and he's definitely bigger than he used to be. They list him at 6'10" and 245 in the program; he doesn't look that big, either up or sideways. Guess we won't know til they measure him. But the extra muscle makes him more likely to have early success in the NBA. Like Aminu, he would do best with a running team, where he could excel in the open court.

Based on what I saw in the tournament, he looked clearly superior to any of the big men who came out last year, except Gibson. And Gibson has those little gator arms that could cause him some problems against bigger players.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 19, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

It's my understanding that under NBA contract rules, Blatche can be given a raise and extended after this season. I think the Wizards would be smart to reward him and lock him up for an extended period.
He qualifies because he's had his current contract for three full years and with all their "salary dumping" the Wiz are well under the league cap.

Posted by: phil27 | March 19, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

too bad Mcgee probably wont fall for the same type of deal that AB did, not with Dray whispering in his ear.

and i use "fall" loosely considering AB was made a millionaire for averaging 3pts/night whil cruising Logan Circle for hookers

Posted by: divi3 | March 19, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Either via some luck with the ping pong balls or by trading to move up, the Wiz have to get to #3 in the draft. If so, Wesley Johnson, Syracuse SG/SF is the guy to take. He's the third most desirable behind John Wall and Evan Turner who will undoubtedly be the top two picks.

Posted by: phil27 | March 19, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Boy, I was impressed with SAMHAN from ST. MARYS yesterday. 6'11' 260, smooth, great passer. He made mince-meat of the SPIDERS inside.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 19, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, five 'winnable' games left on the schedule: two against IN, one GS, one vs. Nets, and one vs. Knicks. Figures the schedule would get soft just as they're battling for lottery balls...

Posted by: reispace | March 19, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Anything new with Leonis??? Anyone???

Posted by: BruinSteve | March 19, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

So AB feels like he made a mistake when he signed his contract? Really! No one put a gun to his head.
Here is a life lesson: leave the ho's alone and you might have financial success.

Posted by: zxhoya | March 19, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

It is common to have a final year player option but as he said,there is no need to regreat.The 2011-2012 season will be his best contract extension for a big money, i do not think he will get much if extension is planned next season.He has to show it all for big contract like paul Gasol.

Posted by: gtefferra | March 19, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Samson, Favors is still just 18 and still growing. Unlike McGee who has seemed to lose body mass during season, he seems to be getting stronger as it goes on.

He's a bear on the boards and can get out and run on the break. Not a true center but he's big enough to not get man handled. He's quick enough to give some big guys fits trying to guard him. And he looks to be a good pick and roll guy as well.
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | March 19, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

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