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Wizards buy out Mike James then waive him

Mike James wasn't a part of the Wizards' present, and certainly not it's future, so it was only right that the two sides were able to make an amicable split on Monday. James left the team by a mutual agreement immediately after the Feb. 18 trade deadline and needed to be waived by March 1 in order to have an opportunity to make the postseason roster of another team.

James, 34, only played four games with the Wizards this season, averaging 4.5 points and 1.3 assists. He made his last appearance in New York on Feb. 3.

"He's excited to go out there and have a job and continue having an NBA career," James's agent, Bernie Lee, said in a telephone interview on Monday. "Mike is able to focus on what's next, even though we don't know what's next. He's just been in a holding pattern the last three or four months."

James started 50 games last season after arriving from New Orleans in a three-team trade that also involved Javaris Crittenton. But he faced an uphill battle for minutes, with the return of Gilbert Arenas and the addition of Randy Foye. He lost nearly 25 pounds over the summer and arrived in training camp in impeccable shape. James proclaimed that no one should count him out, but he asked for a trade the day after Coach Flip Saunders didn't play him in the first preseason game against Memphis, believing that he wouldn't get a chance to play for the Wizards.

The Wizards were unable to move James and his expiring $6.5 million contract at the deadline and James went home to Houston to be with his family. After asking for the Wizards to release him outright, James was able to negotiate a buyout on Monday. According to league sources, James was able to reach his separation for $150,000 - almost one-tenth of the amount Zydrunas Ilgauskas was forced to pay after arriving from Cleveland.

Lee wouldn't confirm the amount when asked. He said simply, "The Wizards were extremely fair and we're thankful for the opportunity to move on."

Miami and Charlotte have expressed interest in James, although Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins to the Charlotte Observer that signing James was unlikely.

By Michael Lee  |  March 1, 2010; 8:57 PM ET
 
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Mike James....another stupid acquisition by EG.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 1, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

This will be fascinating to see where James ends up and whether he actually gets any PT. I think the guy is completely delusional about his abilities and marketability. Maybe someone signs him as an insurance plan, but he continues to ride pine.

Posted by: jweber1 | March 1, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Clearly MJ can't set aside his ego and realize that this technique just doesn't work (eg. Kwame Brown).

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4956419

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 1, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, one of my pet peeves is gone. No more MIKE JAMES to kick around. What a drag.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 1, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

"Well, one of my pet peeves is gone. No more MIKE JAMES to kick around. What a drag.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 1, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse "

There's still Nick Young...a guy whose PT is getting taken away from the new kids on the block.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 1, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

O.K. NICK YOUNG, what a loser, a bust, fire ERNIE. What a stupido coach we have. How are we going to know if NY can play or not if he isn't given serious burn. FLIP's an idiot. Fire the POLLINS. How's that?

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 1, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

OK, so the Wizards now have 15 on the roster, three inactive, two on 10-day contracts. If they are going to bring in another big man to help out Blatche and McGee, hope they do it soon, before the best of them sign with overseas teams.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | March 1, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

"O.K. NICK YOUNG, what a loser, a bust, fire ERNIE. What a stupido coach we have. How are we going to know if NY can play or not if he isn't given serious burn. FLIP's an idiot. Fire the POLLINS. How's that?

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 1, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse "

That's a start at the bare minimum.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 1, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

"OK, so the Wizards now have 15 on the roster, three inactive, two on 10-day contracts. If they are going to bring in another big man to help out Blatche and McGee, hope they do it soon, before the best of them sign with overseas teams.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | March 1, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse "

Again, wasn't that supposed to be Oberto?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 1, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

It'd be nice to have another big on the roster, but they're doing pretty well lately playing the guys they've got.

Better yet, Flip has no choice but but to leave McGee stay out there, even when he makes dumb mistakes, and that's what he needs to learn how to play. It's frustrating sometimes watching him screw up, but he usually follows that by knocking somebody's shot into the seats or making an unbelievable dunk in traffic. Everybody forgets that Dwight Howard and Amare were super raw in their first year or two. I'm not saying he's going to turn into either of those guys, but he's got the potential to turn into a pretty good center.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | March 1, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

I can't remember what Oberto was supposed to be. Now, I wonder why the Wizards didn't buy Oberto out? But they didn't, so I assume he's here for the rest of the season, like Boykins. That's ok with me. Ernie and Flip, just bring in some players who can give us some hope in the future. And when you do, give them some PT.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | March 1, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

DC_MAN88

Wasn't there a self proclaimed expert on here who tried to tell you players never agree to buyouts?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 2, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

No, but there was a self-proclaimed expert here who tried to tell me (as an argument that the Wizards should have swallowed the several years and several mill left on Stevenson's contract) that teams regularly bought out players with multiple years and multiple millions left on their deals in order to clear the locker room of bad influences and underachievers in order to change team culture, when the simple fact (as proven again in this case) is that buyouts generally only happen (A) in the last year of a player's contract and (B) as a cost cutting measure for the team. The issue was never if buyouts happen. Of course they happen (although not very many of them). The issue was why.

Now that we have our facts straight, please feel free to continue talking out of your ass.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 2, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Now that we have our facts straight, please feel free to continue talking out of your ass.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 2, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

So who's the expert?

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 2, 2010 5:30 AM | Report abuse

I say we have our OLDBERTO replacement in SINGLETON. Except he's not under contract after this season. Let's give the man a three year contract and double his salary. He'll still be $40,000 under FAB OBERTO.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 2, 2010 5:35 AM | Report abuse

Mike James....another stupid acquisition by EG.Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 1, 2010 9:19 PM |

dc@sshole88 - another fat white bald guy who will die of a heart attack.

Posted by: Rocc00 | March 2, 2010 5:46 AM | Report abuse

I resemble that remark, except I've got most of my hair.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 2, 2010 6:09 AM | Report abuse

How do NBA buyouts work? Did Mike James more or less just roll the dice and pay $150K to the Wizards for the right to not get a paycheck for the rest of the season (unless someone else picks him up)? Do the Wizards owe him anything on his remaining salary?

Sorry if these seem like obvious questions, but it occurred to me that in all the years I've been watching the NBA, until 5 minutes ago, I had never thought for a single second about how NBA buyouts work, or why anyone in Mike James' situation would want to do it.

Posted by: bucky_katt | March 2, 2010 6:12 AM | Report abuse

If you were riding into the sunset as far as your career was concerned, you would not want a buy-out.

But JAMES wants to prove he can still play. I guess his retirement is not yet set and he wants that last big check in the form of a three or four year deal for more money.

I'll enjoy seeing how that goes for him.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 2, 2010 6:27 AM | Report abuse

If any here were thinking JOE JOHNSON would be a good FA get for the WIZ, I would point out that the ATLANTA HAWKS blogs refer to him as ISO-JOE. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 2, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

As I understand it, the $150,000 for James' buy-out means that he accepted 150k less than owed under his contract for the remainder of the season in order to have his contract terminated by March 1. This made sense to him because he hopes to be picked up by another NBA team which is filling out its roster for the playoffs.

The Wizards get another 150 k under the salary cap. So with the savings they made with Big Z's buyout, they should be able to sign another player for the remainder of the season without going over the cap, if they want.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | March 2, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Enough about James. The more interesting issue is the Wizards' next move.

They need to make a move; I don't think they are playing well right now. They are getting killed in the paint. They barely beat the Nets, a team with 6 wins all year. I think it is clear they need another big man, but I guess that will have to wait until the current 10 day contracts are up. In the meantime, they should play Mike Harris and Shaun Livingston significant minutes, to see what they have to offer.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | March 2, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

I don't think we need to sign any more players unless there is a "reclaimation" project a la Livingston available.

Play the guys we have and let them get their asses handed to them once in a while. When they leave the game tired and burned out, they will then know what kind of conditioning starting pro ballers need.

When they get posterized 8 plays in a row, they can review the game film and see that they were out of position.

When someone has the hot hand and they play selfishly and take a bad shot, then they can learn what it feels like to get booed at home and get dagger stares.

When they stand up to the best teams in the league and either win or come within a couple points, they can get the confidence that with a little more effort and a couple more skills, they can play with the best of them.

No reason to sign someone that will take our core's minutes and help us win 2 more games. I'd love to see us sneak into the playoffs, but I doubt it's going to happen regardless of who we sign.

Play the boys and make them men.

Posted by: Blurred | March 2, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

"Mike James....another stupid acquisition by EG."

Actually, he was a "throw-in" on a trade for Javaris Crittenton (we all know what happend there) to the Wizards for Antonio Daniels and EG was hoping that he would not use his player option for 6 mil and re-up with the Wiz, but he did.

I think they should have let him rot as an inactive the rest of the year. He basically stole 6 mil from the Wiz and complained he wasn't playing. He could have easily signed elswhere this past summer but opted to go for the money.

EG really had no choice but to let him go because if you let him rot, then other players see that and it makes players not want to come here. Lame.

He basically stole the money and ran. Again, lame.

"But JAMES wants to prove he can still play."

He can't, that's the thing. If he could he'd be playing with the Wizards.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 2, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

As for Oberto, he has one skill this team needs - positioning.

He may be slow but he is nearly always in the right position defensively. Maybe Flip can get him to work with Mcgee until we get Popeye or someone to start working with him.

Posted by: Blurred | March 2, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

"But JAMES wants to prove he can still play."

He can't, that's the thing. If he could he'd be playing with the Wizards.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 2, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Not disagreeing about MJ per se, but we know that with the Wiz and this coach, just because you aren't playing doesn't mean you can't play.

AB is the case in point here.
Or Singleton in Dallas.

Posted by: Blurred | March 2, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Agree with not going for Johnson. Seems like he would destroy what decent chemistry the Wizards have now in addition to seeing a significant decrease in his production if he gets paid. He appears to be the most overrated supposed underated player around. Don't think we need Bosh(too injury prone) or Wade(Has his ring already and may be ready for a decline after a fat contract). James? Looks like Cleveland makes it too comfortable for him to want to go elsewhere. Rudy Gay would be a nice choice, if not, just save the money, work with the current players and future draft picks, and wait for Durant. Bottom line, if the Wizards are going to spend money on a free agent, find a young hungry player.

Posted by: Theone9 | March 2, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Mike James was a stupid acquisition, but really, it was bad contract for bad contract (Antonio Daniels for James).

Daniels was the original bad contract. The plan with Daniels was to get a little respectability for a while, although sacrificing larger championship-type dreams in the process. Daniels was way too old to be signed to a long term deal. It is a great example of the Wizards' short term thinking. You don't build a team with signings like that.

Hopefully that changes now.

Posted by: EdDC | March 2, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Cant really blame MJames for exercising his player option, then reporting to camp in the best shape of his life. Everything you hear is that he was a consummate professional all season. If anything, it looks to me that EG resented him so much for exercising the option that he instructed Flip to not play him under any circumstances. That's a poor reflection on Ernie imho, but whatever, just play AB/JM big minutes and re-up Singelton

Posted by: divi3 | March 2, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

speaking of Daniels, isnt he a FA right now? He can have some of Boykins minutes as far as Im concerned

Posted by: divi3 | March 2, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Mike James, the second most overpaid underworked human being in the United States behind Andy Rooney.

Now he gets a great buyout deal, yet even now he's undoubtedly still moaning to anyone dumb enough to listen about how badly he's been screwed and disrespected here.

Is there anything this guy did while he was here (on the court that is) that anyone can actually remember? I know I can't.

Posted by: ArchieTambo | March 2, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

@blurred: excellent points.

Let's look at the positives: The Wizards have adequate guards [Foye, Young and Boykins]. They have a decent front line [Blatche, Thornton and McGee]. They have a supersub [Singleton]. Just go ahead and play the guys and find out where each guys skill level is.

It's pointless to pick on individual players when Flip Saunders is rotating them in and out of the game so randomly. You would think that we were contending for the Eastern Conference title.

Posted by: musicmanjr | March 2, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

"We need to make a move; I don't think they are playing well right now. They are getting killed in the paint. They barely beat the Nets, a team with 6 wins all year. I think it is clear they need another big man, but I guess that will have to wait until the current 10 day contracts are up. In the meantime, they should play Mike Harris and Shaun Livingston significant minutes, to see what they have to offer.Posted by: PostSubscriber"

I'm trying to figure out why you want the Wiz to win a lot of games. I get for the entertainment value, but isn't it in the team's self-interest at this point to lose quite a few more?

Posted by: Samson151 | March 2, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

"...they should play Mike Harris and Shaun Livingston significant minutes, to see what they have to offer.Posted by: PostSubscriber"

Now that might coincide with the goal of losing a bunch of games & getting more shots in the lottery...

Seriously though, I'm pretty sure we'll get plenty of chances to see both players before the season is over.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 2, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Mike James, don't let the door hit ya, where the good Lord split cha......

Posted by: ENJOYA | March 2, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

"And even if his level of play continues, I really don't see Blatche as being the go-to #1 player on a team that goes deep into the playoffs. I just don't think he has the toughness to carry that kind of load."

I can see why you'd say that based on his play but 2 things come to mind:

1)he's still maturing and is only just now in the go-to role. Maybe he has more fire than we've seen in the past. He's shown flashes of anger this season that bode well imo. Last time we played Boston he was ready to punch Perkins in the mouth, gotta love that.

2)Even if you're right and he continues to produce but just doesnt have the toughness, that would make him a Pau Gasul clone and I doubt anybody here would have a problem with that.

Posted by: divi3 | March 2, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm all for making the playoffs. The team would have to go something ridiculous like 20-5 to do it, and if that happens it would mean they're a legit team so who cares about the 10th pick rather then the 18th or whatever

Posted by: divi3 | March 2, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Looks to me like there are three or four guys in the coming draft class who could step in and help the team as rookies. It's akin to last year, when the class as a whole looks to have been underrated by the experts. I'm thinking of Wesley Johnson and Evan Turner, who IMO compare favorably to James Harden and Demar DeRozan, and Derrick Favors and Greg Monroe, who seem more advanced than Jordan Hill. Maybe there's not a dominant big man in the group, but still, there are some guys who can step in and help a club.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 2, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

"I'm all for making the playoffs. The team would have to go something ridiculous like 20-5 to do it, and if that happens it would mean they're a legit team so who cares about the 10th pick rather then the 18th or whatever.Posted by: divi3"

It's a good question: what's the practical difference between a 10 and an 18 pick? After all, neither is high enough to be called a sure thing. Last two years, the ten pick has been Brook Lopez and Brandon Jennings, and 18 yielded Javale McGee and Ty Lawson. 2007 had Spencer Hawes going at 10 and Marco Bellinelli at 18. 2006 was Saer Sene and Oly Pecherov, which I guess is something of a wash. In '05, it was Andrew Bynum (tenth) vs Gerald Green.

So there's boom and bust at both slots. Still, a pretty clear edge to Pick 10. What's obvious is that you're likely to be getting a developmental player rather than a finished diamond at either position.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 2, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Uh...yeah, playoffs might still be a pipe dream considering the Wizards have had a pretty light scheduling since the trades (The only legit team they beat during the last 7 games was Denver at home). The next stretch of the scheduling will really determine if this is a legit team, starting with the home-home series with Milwaukee. Then the Wiz will play Boston, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, Orlando, Utah, Denver, Portland, Laker and Charlotte. I will give them due credit if they go .500 during stretch, otherwise it is better to just continue with player development and load up for the best draft position.

Posted by: JohnWWW | March 2, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

If anything, it looks to me that EG resented him so much for exercising the option that he instructed Flip to not play him under any circumstances. That's a poor reflection on Ernie...
Posted by: divi3 | March 2, 2010 8:45 AM

I said this a couple months ago, but got shot down. I still haven't heard one report of this guy being disruptive, unprofessional or a major head case. That leads me to believe his lack of playing time is due to his nice, fat, last-year paycheck. Who among us wouldn't have similarly exercised that option?

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 2, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Mike James was a stupid acquisition, but really, it was bad contract for bad contract (Antonio Daniels for James).

Daniels was the original bad contract. The plan with Daniels was to get a little respectability for a while, although sacrificing larger championship-type dreams in the process. Daniels was way too old to be signed to a long term deal. It is a great example of the Wizards' short term thinking. You don't build a team with signings like that.

Hopefully that changes now.

Posted by: EdDC | March 2, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Except you conveniently forgot that EG gave up a 1st round draft pick in this very deal.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | March 2, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Anyone here talking playoffs gotta check their reality meter.

Enjoy this team playing hard. We haven't seen that in a long time. When the wins come they will be few and far between. But the loses won't feel as bad as they did with the ex Wizzies.

Let's hope this season doesn't get wasted like Eddie Taps. We gotta use the games left to find out what we have in Javale & Nick. Throw them on the floor and let them sink or swim.
What's the worse that can happen????

Posted by: VBFan | March 2, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Except you conveniently forgot that EG gave up a 1st round draft pick in this very deal.

Posted by: Utilityman1 | March 2, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I didn't conveniently forget. That was a trade of the Griz conditional #1 (non-lottery) for Crittendon, as part of the James deal.

Over a couple of drafts, the Wiz had trouble cashing in on that #1 they got earlier from Memphis, so they went ahead and spent it on Javaris. I would have preferred to keep the pick (since Javaris was an incomplete PG who never could shoot), but you could see the EG reasoning. Why wait around forever for the Griz to go non-lottery? And when the pick does go non-lottery, it is not going to be all that high anyway, so just get some value now.

Not sure what you think I was trying to avoid by not mentioning that. The point remains that Daniels was a short-sighted signing--and old guy who was just going to get older and older over the life of his very long contract. The signing led to other bad deals down the road. That reasoning doesn't change when considering the side trade for Javaris.

Posted by: EdDC | March 2, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

"But JAMES wants to prove he can still play."

He can't, that's the thing. If he could he'd be playing with the Wizards.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 2, 2010 7:59 AM | Report

Amazing how people pick apart quotes out of context to suit their own aggrandizement.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 2, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

The way we're going, the WIZ will pick somewhere between 8-12.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 2, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

"Amazing how people pick apart quotes out of context to suit their own aggrandizement.Posted by: glawre"

Happens all the time to Charles Barkley.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 2, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I'm trying to figure out why you want the Wiz to win a lot of games. I get for the entertainment value, but isn't it in the team's self-interest at this point to lose quite a few more?


Posted by: Samson151 | March 2, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I know SAMMY, it's sounds great, but I wouldn't like to see these young guys and newbies encouraged to slack off. I think that's the culture we're trying to distance the organization and club from.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 2, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"Chuckles" is a joke.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 2, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm trying to figure out why you want the Wiz to win a lot of games. I get for the entertainment value, but isn't it in the team's self-interest at this point to lose quite a few more?

Posted by: Samson151 | March 2, 2010 9:17 AM

Samson151, I know where you are coming from, but contrare to what makes sense of getting a good draft spot, it would be in the absolute best interest of this Team to win games.

This Team is not comprised of the players that already know how to win and that have been there and done that.

They thought that they had that with the big three but they were wrong.

So instead of building last year and installing winning ways and attitudes they chose to waist a whole season for a draft pick and a new coach to compliment the return of the Big three and we see how that worked out.

You have to always play to win and install those practices and winning attitudes of a winning organization. You have to play and evaluate all your players so when the time comes you know what you have.

You can't just settle for a good draft at the end of the season and glide through the season thinking that a good draft pick is going to make a winner out of your Team.

You must already be a winner. Making this Team a winner dosen't always mean you get the Ring or make the playoffs.

Winning starts with knowing you can and for this Team to play hard and develop as a group with each other to win as many games as possible will make this organization more of a success than any draft pick.

It won't matter if you get the Number One Pick, if the organization and team are not winners.

And Samson151, this isn't against what you said, it fits in some cases, but this organization needs to learn what winning is.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 2, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

And also Samson151, that philosophy never has worked for the Clippers, has it?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 2, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Someone mentioned that James might be picked up as an insurance plan. More than likely next season at this time he will be selling insurance.

Posted by: dandyhuffman | March 2, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Mike James made approximately $6 million for 4 games. Not bad, $1.5 mill per game. Unreal.

Posted by: dovelevine | March 2, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"Actually, he was a "throw-in" on a trade for Javaris Crittenton (we all know what happend there) to the Wizards for Antonio Daniels and EG was hoping that he would not use his player option for 6 mil and re-up with the Wiz, but he did.

I think they should have let him rot as an inactive the rest of the year. He basically stole 6 mil from the Wiz and complained he wasn't playing. He could have easily signed elswhere this past summer but opted to go for the money.

EG really had no choice but to let him go because if you let him rot, then other players see that and it makes players not want to come here. Lame.

He basically stole the money and ran. Again, lame.

"But JAMES wants to prove he can still play."

He can't, that's the thing. If he could he'd be playing with the Wizards.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 2, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse "

Who wouldn't want a throw in player that's making multi millions?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | March 2, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Although it's not much to go by, my impression of Robert Pollin from his tv interviews is that he is not interested in tanking. He wants to win. Winning also will put people in the seats, and sells season tickets for next year.

Nor do Flip and Ernie want to tank; their jobs are on the line.

I think they are trying to pull off a quick turnaround for this team.

So why wait to start until summer? There are guys in the D League who are available now, but might not be available later. The Wizards are in a good position now to give the best of them an extended tryout, and see what they can do under real game conditions. They would be fools not to try it.

The Wizards need another big man, not to take away minutes from Blatche and McGee, but to take away minutes from Oberto. The fear for McGee's minutes is puzzling to me. If it would be so easy to bring in a big man from the D League who could take McGee's minutes away from him, what does that say about McGee?

Anyway, there are enough minutes at center and pf for McGee and Blatche to get their minutes, and to have a quality backup who can get more than 1.5/1.5.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | March 2, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible that the Wizards could add a player at this point of the season who would make such a difference on the court that it significantly alters their draft position? That's very speculative to say. If they can find that kind of player, I say sign him up before he is snapped up by somebody else.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | March 3, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

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