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As Wizards' season winds down, opportunities open up

Morning brew

Tonight marks the end of the regular season, and Michael Lee is looking foward to what the Wizards might do in the offseason with lots of money to spend on free agents. Also, here's a rundown of the top available free agents.

Yesterday Dan Steinberg's D.C. Sports Bog linked to a CSN video that chronicles the Wizards' season in four minutes.


The Examiner's Craig Stouffer reflects on this long bizarre season. Also in the Examiner, James Irwin gave this Wizards' season a big "jeer."

Truth About It's Kyle Weidie looks at this season in words and ... hats.

And Wizard Cartier Martin -- a former Kansas State sharpshooter -- talked to the Kansas City Star about his bumpy path to the NBA.

Tonight the Wizards end the season at home against the Indiana Pacers at 8 p.m. Join Gene Wang for an in-game chat shortly before tipoff.

Around the League ...

Today is the last day of the regular season. Here is a handy guide to playoff scenarios from Fanhouse's Tom Ziller. There were four games last night. Highlights are below courtesy of NBA.com.

By Alexa Steele  |  April 14, 2010; 9:56 AM ET
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Interesting... I'm finally 1st

Posted by: rcarter51 | April 14, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Lets hope we get Evan Turner or Cousins with our 1st pick and pick up David Lee or Joe Johnson. That would definitely be an upgrade. I only wished NY and JM made bigger strides this year. Its a real shame they are so gifted.

Posted by: rcarter51 | April 14, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Sure, sign Josh Howard, since he needs many more millions to enjoy his downhill slide to the bench. Welcome Gil back, so you have a 40 percent shooter who hates defense. Mike Miller is getting old, so sign him too. Maybe Foye will learn to play PG before too many decades pass, so sign him. If or when Gil gets hurt again, you need a halfway-decent backup--that's Foye.

As to other free agents, the Wiz will look for guys on their SECOND big contracts (Joe Johnson?). That way players like Johnson can wind down their carers in luxury, and who knows, maybe even contribute a little in the first year or two of their second big contract. Those kinds of players will not be hungry, of course. But if a team is shortsighted (like the Wiz), these second-big-contract guys will be attractive, because you know what you are getting. They are low-risk.

The Wiz could be the most boring team in NBA history, with no future at all.

Or the Wiz could start fresh and build with young future stars. You win some and you lose some on the upside guys, but at least you do get an upside on most of them. Wisdom and scouting help. That's the winning approach--maybe not now, but a few years from now. But you have to build to get there.

Posted by: EdDC | April 14, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Well put, EdDC. This team needs an Oklahoma City/Portland approach to young talent and to NOT nor EVER trade away the chance to get a young stud in the upper part of the lottery in exchange for a couple mediocre veteran role players.

Posted by: SammyT1 | April 14, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"Or the Wiz could start fresh and build with young future stars. You win some and you lose some on the upside guys, but at least you do get an upside on most of them. Wisdom and scouting help. That's the winning approach--maybe not now, but a few years from now. But you have to build to get there.Posted by: EdDC"

I think Okla City was particularly wise in deciding to use that Number Two overall choice on Kevin Durant. I mean, who knew he would be any good? There was more risk when they drafted Westbrook with the number 4 selection. Harden at number 3 -- he's playing quite a bit, if not starting.
Drafting Jeff Green with that 5th pick they got for Ray Allen was smart, too. He's a solid if unspectacular performer.
I mean, they could have traded that pick for Randy Foye and Mike Miller.

So I have to agree, they really take advantage of their number 2,3,4,and 5 selections.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 14, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The downside being, of course, that you have to lose so darn much in order to get all those low-round picks.

But heck, the fans don't mind, right?

Posted by: Samson151 | April 14, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Sampson,

The Wiz are going to lose anyway. Do you want to construct a team with no hope of a championship, but has some players you are familiar with? Or try to build with a chance to win it all? Either way, you take your lumps for awhile. Take your choice.

Posted by: EdDC | April 14, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"Sampson, The Wiz are going to lose anyway. Do you want to construct a team with no hope of a championship, but has some players you are familiar with? Or try to build with a chance to win it all? Either way, you take your lumps for awhile. Take your choice. Posted by: EdDC"

Now that's what they mean by a 'straw man' argument.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 14, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me the real options are:

1. Lose a lot of games and get high picks that turn into Kevin Durant or Tyreke Evans.
2. Lose a lot of games and get lower lottery picks that yield unspectacular players.
3. Lose a lot of games and get lower lottery picks that inexplicably turn into legit NBA stars.
4. Lose a lot of games and get high lottery picks that we blow on players like Hasheem Thabeet.
5. Lose a lot of games and get middling lottery picks that we trade away for moderately good veterans that other teams don't want.
6. Lose a lot of games but throw gobs of cash at big-name free agents whose careers are suddenly rejuvenated, making our GM look smart.
7. Lose a lot of games but throw gobs of cash at big-name free agents whose careers continue to sink into the muck, making our GM look stupid.
8. Any combination of the above.

Now, which do you prefer?

Posted by: Samson151 | April 14, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Samson,


I've been watching the Wiz a long time. They always go for this respectability thing, but fall far short. I say build the right way. Go for young talent. High draft picks, trading age for youth. collecting other teams' picks. signing free agents if they are young. In a few years, the winning starts--and the winning is for real this time.

Posted by: EdDC | April 14, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

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