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An offseason of uncertainty

Morning brew

The playoffs are set to begin on Saturday, and for the second year in a row, the Wizards will not be participants. The organization faces a summer of uncertainty, with several players entering free agency and the franchise still in the process of being sold.

Coach Flip Saunders, Andray Blatche and Josh Howard discussed this season and the summer in a series of videos posted on the blog on Thursday. More videos from Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller, Fabricio Oberto, Nick Young, Cartier Martin and Al Thornton will run throughout the day.

Over at CSN Washington, Mike Jones offers a rundown of this "nightmare season" while Chris Miller compares the drama of the 2009-10 season to a soap opera.

Foxsports.com calls the Wizards the biggest disappointment of the season. Associated Press writer Joseph White writes that questions about Gilbert Arenas still dominated the end of season interviews.

At Truth About It, Kyle Weidie offers end of season profiles of Fabricio Oberto and Mike Miller. At Fanhouse, Michael Katz talks with Cartier Martin about the experience he gained in his final few weeks in Washington.

The Philadelphia Inquirer explains why the 76ers fired former Wizards coach Eddie Jordan on Thursday.

And, finally, On ESPN2's SportsNation, Ms. Cleo predicts where LeBron James will play basketball next season. And she selected .... New York? Um, no. Chicago? Nope. Cleveland? No way. You guess it - the Wizards!?! Who would get the No. 6 in that situation?

By Michael Lee  |  April 16, 2010; 8:57 AM ET
 | Tags: Associated Press, Chris Miller, Fabricio Oberto, Flip Saunders, Gilbert Arenas, Mike Jones, Mike Miller, Soap opera  
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Comments

arenas, turner or johnson, gay, blatche, Camby
livingston, young, thorton, Singleton, Mcgee, our other 1st rounder (Gordon Hayward?), and a big banger for our 2nd rounder
Posted by: bbachrac

Camby thats not a bad pick-up at all, I think, and McGee backing up. But if we get Johnson why get Gay??? Livingston will probablly be better suited to start and move Gil to the 2 guard with Blatche, Thorton and maybe Camby.

I think if we resign livington the only player that could start for us, in the entire draft is Turner. Even Wall would come off the bench.

Posted by: dsquare | April 16, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Camby thats not a bad pick-up at all, I think, and McGee backing up. But if we get Johnson why get Gay??? Livingston will probablly be better suited to start and move Gil to the 2 guard with Blatche, Thorton and maybe Camby.

I think if we resign livington the only player that could start for us, in the entire draft is Turner. Even Wall would come off the bench.

Posted by: dsquare

Still can't get with the moving Gil to the 2 stuff. When have you ever known gil to be a catch and shoot guy. He's a break you down off the dribble guy. He may not be a traditional point but better at making plays off of his scoring prowess.Besides you want him guarding the better 2 guards in the league as little as possible.

And Wall, it would be hard for me to imagine him coming off the pine for long. Gotta have that guy on the floor. If we were in position to draft him while still having Gil, that's just a problem I would have to deal with.

Posted by: millineumman | April 16, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Does Livingston have to say "I will not sign here" before people realize he isnt coming back?

Posted by: divi3 | April 16, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Does anybody else wince a little when Livingston goes to the basket? I'd like to see him re-sign at a good price but, my heart won't break if he's somewhere else on a big guaranteed contract. He's still dragging that leg around and I'm not convinced he can make through an entire season.

Posted by: artiesliver | April 16, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Does Livingston have to say "I will not sign here" before people realize he isnt coming back?

Posted by: divi3

He has not implied that. What he has put out there is essentially "I will look around for a better situation, but if the Wiz offer me a healthy bit more money than anyone else, I am not opposed to coming back."

Posted by: ts35 | April 16, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

And, finally, On ESPN2's SportsNation, Ms. Cleo predicts where LeBron James will play basketball next season. And she selected .... New York? Um, no. Chicago? Nope. Cleveland? No way. You guess it - the Wizards!?! Who would get the No. 6 in that situation


have'em shoot free throws for it

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | April 16, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

@divi,

lol...yep, he's all but outright said it. The dude obviously wants no part of this team, which is somewhat a slap in the face considering nobody else gave him the same chance to get back in the league. But, as they say, it's a business.

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 16, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Here is a trivia, if Wiz sign Livingston and Howard, and retain Gilbert to man the 1, 2, 3 positions, how many good knees do they have?

Posted by: sagaliba | April 16, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

@divi,

lol...yep, he's all but outright said it. The dude obviously wants no part of this team, which is somewhat a slap in the face considering nobody else gave him the same chance to get back in the league. But, as they say, it's a business.

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 16, 2010 10:36 AM

This is why it is so important the get Leonsis in the door as quick as possible. Now that the season over there isn't any reason for the NBA not to do this transfer right away.

Leonsis has to come in give these players and this Team a reason to want to play here.

Right now more than anything there isn't any Organizational forethought that these players are looking too and seeing as a reason to want to play here.

Anyone think that Ernie, Flip, or the Pollins is giving this Team, these players, the necessary hopes and beliefs, directions of the organization, and how they fit in.

No I don't think so. It's why Gee signed away, it's why SL is non-committal. What are they committing too?

The longer it takes to get Leonsis in the door and to show this Organization his "business plan" sotospeak' for lack of a better term, the easier it will be for Livingston to walk away or limp as some like to keep bringing up.

Lets face it Livingston doesn't know for sure if Flip or Ernie will be around next year or not and if so, who will the coach/GM be?

So yeah, SL you would think would naturally be non-committal in this type of situation.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 16, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

@divi,

lol...yep, he's all but outright said it. The dude obviously wants no part of this team, which is somewhat a slap in the face considering nobody else gave him the same chance to get back in the league. But, as they say, it's a business.

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 16, 2010 10:36 AM

This is why it is so important the get Leonsis in the door as quick as possible. Now that the season over there isn't any reason for the NBA not to do this transfer right away.

Leonsis has to come in give these players and this Team a reason to want to play here.

Right now more than anything there isn't any Organizational forethought that these players are looking too and seeing as a reason to want to play here.

Anyone think that Ernie, Flip, or the Pollins is giving this Team, these players, the necessary hopes and beliefs, directions of the organization, and how they fit in.

No I don't think so. It's why Gee signed away, it's why SL is non-committal. What are they committing too?

The longer it takes to get Leonsis in the door and to show this Organization his "business plan" sotospeak' for lack of a better term, the easier it will be for Livingston to walk away or limp as some like to keep bringing up.

Lets face it Livingston doesn't know for sure if Flip or Ernie will be around next year or not and if so, who will the coach/GM be?

So yeah, SL you would think would naturally be non-committal in this type of situation.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 16, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Now that the season is over the clock starts to tick loudly on changing the direction of this franchise.

Ted Leonsis ought to be doing everything in his power to start making changes tomorrow.

The longer it takes for him to be in control it will make his job harder going forward.

What if Ted said to Livingston, you are the point guard for this Team going forward. We are planning to use you with Gilbert at the two.

We may get lucky in the draft and get the number one ping pong ball, but we rather have you than John Wall with Gilbert going forward.

We rather sign you now and concentrate on big frontline help in the draft.

Here is a contract offer to prove it.

Ya' think Livingston might be a bit more committal then? Ya' think?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 16, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Larry, you are on a roll!

Ted needs to get in charge of the whole thing yesterday, and then take the lead in key player negotiations once the targets are agreed on.

But let's be realistic about Livingston. If the Lakers offered him a decent contract to replace Fisher running the triangle, he would be crazy not to take it. There is a question as to whether the Lakers would do this, though, since the 1 guard in the triangle has, since the beginning in Chcago, almost always been a man who could stick the three. That said, the exception was Ron Harper, who like Livingston was a tall guard with great court vision who also had blown out a knee.

Posted by: khrabb | April 16, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Larry, you are on a roll!

Ted needs to get in charge of the whole thing yesterday, and then take the lead in key player negotiations once the targets are agreed on.

But let's be realistic about Livingston. If the Lakers offered him a decent contract to replace Fisher running the triangle, he would be crazy not to take it. There is a question as to whether the Lakers would do this, though, since the 1 guard in the triangle has, since the beginning in Chcago, almost always been a man who could stick the three. That said, the exception was Ron Harper, who like Livingston was a tall guard with great court vision who also had blown out a knee.

Posted by: khrabb | April 16, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps more importantly, Harper was a strong defender who could cover both backcourt positions (and some SFs). Phil seems to like that in his pseudo PGs. In fact, when he first took over the Lakers there was speculation that Fisher might be the odd man out because of his size. Livingston is long, but not esp. strong or quick on defense.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 16, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards better be careful that they don't just waste a bunch of money on several average players that won't make the Wizards ACTUALLY better

That can REALLY KILL the team.

Just ask the Pistons who spent millions on making their team terrible

Posted by: Bious | April 16, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

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