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Dwight Howard, Magic dismantle Wizards

Morning brew

The Wizards were done in by 13 three-pointers and a barrage of dunks last night against Orlando. The Magic won, 121-94, in a game that quickly got out of control in the second half.

After the contest, Mike Miller told Michael Lee that he would love to go back to Orlando, although he hasn't ruled out a return to Washington. And former D-Leaguer Cedric Jackson talked about losing for the first time in 11 NBA games.

Yesterday on Truth About It, several Wizards answered the question: Losing: Does it build character or does it suck?


And at CSNWashington.com, Mike Jones looks at some lower lottery and mid- to later first-round and players who might be available for the Wizards in the draft.

Around the league ...

How serious is Chris Bosh's injury? Yahoo!Sports' Marc Spears wonders: With only four games remaining and his team tenuously clinging to the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff seed, has Bosh already played his final game for the Toronto Raptors?

There were 13 games last night. Highlights are below, courtesy of NBA.com:


By Alexa Steele  |  April 8, 2010; 11:23 AM ET
 
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Sorry Mike Jones, I don't know about this John Scheyer buisiness starting to build. He can shoot the open J. no doubt but that's about the only thing I see from his game. I suppose he would be just like Reddick. Take about 3-4 years to even contribute as a shooter. Duke players are always being overrated.

Posted by: millineumman | April 8, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

That's because he's unlucky and deserves better.

But in point of fact, some folks on this board have been blaming Miller for the team's performance since the trades with Dallas and Cleveland. I suspect that's because they need a scapegoat and he's a convenient option. They do the same thing with Foye. Both are limited players who haven't flagged in terms of effort and will probably be gone next year.

Overall I'd say the main theme of this board is scapegoating various Wiz for the team's losses, while making excuses for others.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 8, 2010 1:34 PM

he's not unlucky, he's just not very good and shouldnt be playing heavy minutes because when he does, he is part and parcel to the reason the teams he plays for are terrible.

Nobody is blaming Miller for the Wizards being terrible, I'm just over the pretense that he's unlucky to be in this situation.

Posted by: divi3 | April 8, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Every player on the team (other than Blatche, who got just what he wanted when the Mig three went bye-bye and he became the pseudo-"Man" by default) is unlucky to be here.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 8, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Interesting list of the top 50 FAs this summer:

http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/04/06/top-50-2010-nba-free-agents/

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 8, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Big 3, that is.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 8, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

i'd like to see travis outlaw in a wiz uni.

Posted by: divi3 | April 8, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Outlaw would be okay as a sixth man/spot up shooter/defender at a moderate price. But a starting wing player with length who can attack the basket is a much much bigger need. Outlaw is a guy you pick up after the primary holes are filled.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 8, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"He's not unlucky..."

LOL if you'd spent ten years in the NBA and played for Memphis until 2008, Minnesota last year, and the Wiz this season, I'd say you qualify as cursed.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 8, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

maybe the Wiz will trade Miller to NJ...

Posted by: Samson151 | April 8, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, the Wiz desperately need scoring. They need everything else, too, but scoring leaps out at you. Not just inconsistent Wiz-type scoring, either, but the sort of guy who comfortably puts up 20 shots a game and makes a lot of them, including when the opponent is actually playing defense.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 8, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

name names kal.

Posted by: divi3 | April 8, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Re: Miller

The only two ways I see him staying are if a) he gets no offers from winning teams or b) if the Wiz offer him more than they should to stay.

I like MM and his skill set, but he's not the kind of player the Wiz should spend cap space on in their current situation.

Posted by: ts35 | April 8, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Agreed 100%. They need a franchise center that can be built around like DWIGHT HOWARD or a superstar player like KOBE BRYANT or LeBRON JAMES. And please, no "GILBERT ARENAS is a franchise player." Those days are behind us for numerous reasons, not the least of which are his injuries.

How many of you want to see a #3 or backcourt first pick this year?

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 8, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Miller was asked about a possible return to Orlando...

"I would love to," Miller said. "Look at what they have. For a shooter, it is a dream come true. It would be exciting to go in there. Not only do they have a big guy who they have a chance to double, but they have shooters around the horn. It would be a fun experience for sure."


Mike,

They have a younger version of you his name is JJ Redick?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 8, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

LOL if you'd spent ten years in the NBA and played for Memphis until 2008, Minnesota last year, and the Wiz this season, I'd say you qualify as cursed.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 8, 2010 2:22 PM

Or you qualify as not that good, so the teams that see you as starter tend to be bad. But at least you can make $10mill/yr playing out the string.

Posted by: divi3 | April 8, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"Well, the Wiz desperately need scoring. "

True, but a guy like Outlaw is almost purely a reactive scorer, a guy who plays off defenses collapsing inside by spotting up for jumpers or exploiting open lanes on the week side. As we've seen pretty conclusively this season, the current version of the Wiz severely lacks the kind of players who draw that kind of attention. So getting a guy (not unlike Miller) who needs that kind of attention to thrive when you don't have anyone who can draw that kind of attention (and the jury is still out on whether Arenas will ever get back to that level) is kind of putting the cart before the horse.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 8, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

The issue, of course, is money. A guy olike outlaw is not and should not be a primary target. If you go after him first that reduces the available pool of money for guys who should be the primary targets. Which is why he's a guy you pick up after the bigger needs have been filled.

Posted by: kalo_rama | April 8, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

who are the primary targets? Draft picks play cheap, so where is the money to be spent?

Outlaw is long, athletic, young, and an excellent defender plus he can score when not considered a primary option. There may be no big FA signing this offseason, that shouldnt preclude signing quality players to reasonable contracts considering the huge CAP room available.

Posted by: divi3 | April 8, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Interesting list of the top 50 FAs this summer:

http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/04/06/top-50-2010-nba-free-agents/
Posted by: kalo_rama

Good link, but every time I see nba fanhouse, I think of Robert Smeigel and TV Funhouse =)

Posted by: ts35 | April 8, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"Or you qualify as not that good, so the teams that see you as starter tend to be bad. But at least you can make $10mill/yr playing out the string. Posted by: divi3"

One more attempt: you're making the assumption that part of the reason those teams were so bad is Miller. Prove it.

Otherwise it's just scapegoating.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 8, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Based on the TV Fun....err NBA Fanhouse list Kal posted, here's the list of guys I would consider going after (assuming that guys like LeBron and Wade aren't coming here.....not really much of an assumption).

Big names:
Joe Johnson (we *might* be able to get him to come here, not 100% sold on him as a cornerstone for us)
Rudy Gay - no question he's talented. If his D effort has improved, he's worth considering (despite my own post earlier)
David Lee - personally this would be my target, because I think he can bring the toughness we currently lack, and he can play with guys we currently have...he can play C with AB, and play PF with McGee.

Lesser names / younger guys:
Some of these guys I know, some I'm just going off of the blurb, so depending on the accuracy of that....

Childress - if he's cheap, but he likely won't be cheap enough
Brewer - depending on other moves, because we would need more of a scorer at the 3 to compensate. If we got Gay, also signing Brewer might make sense.
Azubuike
Ian Mahinmi - if as advertised in the blurb, he's worth a look, and it would be nice to return the favor to SA
Amir Johnson - he's been a little off, but still young, tough and worth a look.
Anthony Morrow - maybe. Great shooter, but we've been down that road
Roger Mason, Jr. - solid vet, stabilizing presence, good role player, but it would have to be at the right price. That it would undo one of the most complained about goofs of the EG-era is just a side bonus.
Kyle Lowry
Wil Bynum - with both Lowry and Bynum, bringing in a young, pass-oriented PG.

Aside from the top guys listed, I definitely wouldn't go crazy signing any of these guys. Most of these guys are sign them and see if you get lucky kind of guys, so you wouldn't want to wrap up a lot of cap space with them.

Posted by: ts35 | April 8, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Ab gets baked on here for being immature when being interviewed for and article about NBA's most underpaid players, but MM openly says "I would love to" go back to Orlando and gets a pass. He never moved his fam here, he's shooting less than he ever has, is it fair to say that he's been playing with one foot out the door all season? I can only imagine the posts if AB,JM or NY said they'd love to play for another team.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | April 8, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

One more attempt: you're making the assumption that part of the reason those teams were so bad is Miller. Prove it.

Otherwise it's just scapegoating.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 8, 2010 3:25 PM

I think it's up to you to prove he is a $10mill/yr player given every team he's played for in 4-5 yrs has been amongst the worst in the nba, and he's been logging heavy minutes in each locale.

Point being, no tears for poor MM or anyone else on this roster (ok, maybe JHoward). They can all look in the mirror and say "I'm not playing well enough for the team to win."

Posted by: divi3 | April 8, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

It's a fair point Lil. If he had said it a month or two ago, he probably would be getting grilled, but given that the season is almost over and he's a FA-to-be, I think is why he's getting some slack. The same for SL about re-signing or not with the Wiz. It may also be because he's older and has already played for other teams.

But you're right, AB would be grilled for it. If NY said it, a lot of people would probably volunteer to help pack his luggage (fairly or unfairly).

The statement "AB gets baked" also made me wonder if the DC medical marijuana initiative will enhance our ability to attract free agents......

Posted by: ts35 | April 8, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

The only player who can be respected for 55-60 million 5 years is david Lee, he is young,a rebounder and a real fit to this offense.pay him EG, maily if you draft evans.
GA,ET,AL(MM),Ab,DL is 45 win team.

Posted by: gtefferra | April 8, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

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