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Wizards looking ahead but stuck in the present

Morning brew

With 10 games remaining this season, the Wizards are currently mired in a franchise-record 15-game losing streak, while the front office is looking beyond, toward the future.

On Saturday, the Wizards lost to the Jazz and Ernie Grunfeld announced that the team would not attempt to void Gilbert Arenas's contract.

Of course, last week was very eventful, with Ted Leonsis agreeing on a price for the Wizards and the Verizon Center, and Arenas avoiding jail time for his gun crime.

In Saturday's newspaper, columnist Michael Wilbon said the Wizards should smile and take Arenas back.


On Sunday, Mike Wise offered a beautifully written take on the life and death of Arenas's mother.

Also in yesterday's newspaper, Post Metro columnist Robert McCartney said Arenas's gun drama revealed the nation's contradictions on that issue.

Bullets Forever's Mike Prada sums up a tumultuous week for Arenas and the Wizards.

Meanwhile, Ridiculous Upside reports (and Michael Lee confirms) that the Spurs have offered Wizards forward Alonzo Gee a contract for the rest of the season.

Around the League ...

There were 10 games yesterday. Highlights are below, courtesy of NBA.com:

By Alexa Steele  |  March 29, 2010; 10:24 AM ET
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Gee signed under Ernie nose after Flip said the Wizards would sign him, what will take for this clown Ernie Grunfeld to be fired?

Posted by: closg | March 29, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Alonzo Gee will sign with the San Antonio Spurs for the rest of the season along with an unguaranteed deal for next season to secure the rookie's rights over the Summer as well as for vet camp next year, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations.

The rights to Tolliver and Gaines are also owned by their current teams, but Livingstone is an unrestricted free agent next year. I'd like to know why.

Posted by: djnnnou | March 29, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Wow, don't get this one from EG. If Alonzo Gee was signed by the Spurs, I don't get it. The kid showed me a lot of potential. His first start he scores 19. He was always around loose balls. He rebounded well for his size and he seemed to have a good outside shot even from the 3 point line. He also played damn good defense. How he is not a useful low cost bench player at the very least on a rebuilding team is beyond me.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 29, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Are we missing something on Gee going to the Spurs???
How'd he not get picked up by the Wizzies???

What happened???

Posted by: VBFan | March 29, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

This is typical of Ernie Grunfeld. I hope the first order of business with Leonsis is to let this clown go. Damn, how the heck did that happen. Last I read, the Wizards were going to offer him another deal. All, I can do is shake my head. We find one jewel out of the D-league and another team scoops them up. I am trying to stay true to this team but things like this gets my blood boiling. WTF!!???!!

Posted by: ivyleague | March 29, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

signed for the rest of the year and non-guaranteed for next yr so they can bring him in the summer. LMAO good job ernie, we mighta just missed out on the next Gerald Wallace.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 29, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Gee signed under Ernie nose after Flip said the Wizards would sign him, what will take for this clown Ernie Grunfeld to be fired? Posted by: closg

The easy out is to "fire EG" for every personnel move or lack thereof. As to losing Mr. Gee, I can assure you that an undersized SF without an outside game (have you observed his FT shooting technique) is not critical to next season's success.

Posted by: phil27 | March 29, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

It really shouldn't be much of a surprise since the Pollins still call the shots. Their charitableness has always been wonderful, but building a winner it not something they either permit or have any interest in now that they got their price.

Posted by: DoubleEagle1 | March 29, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

You just don't get it. WIZARDS have become the official d-league NBA affiliate.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 29, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Maybe this was a cap issue, but my guess is that any new contracts will slow down the selling of the team, and both parties want to finalize the deal.

Posted by: djnnnou | March 29, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Is the assumption that Gee was not offered the same deal by the Wizards? If the Wizards and Spurs offered you identical contracts, which team would you choose?

Posted by: G-Man11 | March 29, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Lol at the people calling for Grunfeld to be fired. He isn't going anywhere folks. He is considered one of the best GMs in all of basketball, whether the dimwits on here realize it or not.

Disappointed we didn't sign Gee, but 2 starts is simply not an adequate sample size to know that this was a good or bad move.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 29, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Gee is OK and maybe a nice piece down the road, but I'm not mad at EG for letting him go.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | March 29, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

speaks volumes the Spurs signed him. But hey, at least QRoss has a player option we can count on.

Posted by: divi3 | March 29, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

So the Toros are the Spurs D-League affiliate, and we are apparently the equivalent of the Spurs AAA affiliate....Mason, blair and now Gee. At least with Blair, they brought him up immediately and saved him a trip in the minors.

Posted by: ts35 | March 29, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

"So the Toros are the Spurs D-League affiliate, and we are apparently the equivalent of the Spurs AAA affiliate....Mason, blair and now Gee. At least with Blair, they brought him up immediately and saved him a trip in the minors."

What does Blair have to do with the Wizards? He was never part of the Wizards organization and his going to the Spurs had nothing to do with the Wizards.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 29, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

"Mason, blair and now Gee."

Have you noticed Roger isn't starting? He averaged 30 minutes last season, 18 this year, with 4 starts in 69 games. Scoring average down to 6.5, FG % 40%, 3 pointers 34%. He was actually more productive in Washington. Last year was Roger's chance to shine, now he's back on the bench.

Roger's a much better all-around player than Alonzo Gee.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 29, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"Mason, blair and now Gee."

Have you noticed Roger isn't starting? He averaged 30 minutes last season, 18 this year, with 4 starts in 69 games. Scoring average down to 6.5, FG % 40%, 3 pointers 34%. He was actually more productive in Washington. Last year was Roger's chance to shine, now he's back on the bench.

Roger's a much better all-around player than Alonzo Gee.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 29, 2010 1:20 ___________________________________________

The Spurs had different needs when Mason was averaging more minutes, Manu was injured etc. Mason delivered several game-winning shots for the Spurs. How many game-winners has DeShawn Stevens hit? Ernie chose to re-sign DeShawn for more $$ even-though no other team wanted him, only to turn-around and package him with Haywood in desparation to get rid of him.

Posted by: closg | March 29, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I suspect that Mason will get moved over the summer. I recall reading he requested a trade prior to the deadline and the Spurs tried to accommodate but nothing could be worked out.

The acquisition of Jefferson, the development of Hill, and the return to health of Ginobili have left Mason on the outside looking in.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 29, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

If Gee is gone which the reports say that he is. Then Yes, Ernie needs to be fired. Yes sign Gee for the rest of the season and a min. contract for next. What he should have done with Livingston too. What we cant give Gee a million dollars for next year. The Wiz saved 15 million on Gil contract. Gee, Sigleton and Livingston was the only bright spots for this team.

Posted by: dsquare | March 29, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

why am i not surprised. this is the same team who traded Ben Wallace for Ike Austin (I remember seeing a young Wallace and thinking this guy is hungry and nasty. Same thoughts I had about Gee). Oh and the one that killed me. Richmond for Webber (but we did get Thorpe too).

Please get the new owner in here and dismiss everybody associated with the Pollin regime. (RIP Abe!)

Posted by: digger76 | March 29, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Ted taking over is the #1 story of this season and the past 25 for this morbid franchise. Toodles Ernie and Flip!!

Posted by: BruinSteve | March 30, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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