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John Wall to make Wizards debut in Las Vegas on July 11

The NBA summer league schedule was announced on Tuesday and the Washington Wizards will play five games, beginning on July 11 against Golden State. That should provide a good challenge for expected No. 1 overall pick John Wall -- especially if the Warriors play point guard Stephen Curry, the runner-up rookie of the year whom Washington passed over with the fifth pick last summer to trade the choice for Mike Miller and Randy Foye.

The Wizards will be among 22 teams to participate in the tournament, which runs from July 9-18 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

On July 12, the Wizards will face the Los Angeles Clippers and potentially 2009 No. 1 overall pick Blake Griffin (who might not play while recovering from a knee injury) and take two days off before facing Dallas (and French second-year point guard Rodrigue Beaubois) on July 15. They will also face New Orleans and New York.

Here's the schedule, with Eastern standard times: Golden State (July 11, 8 p.m.), Los Angeles Clippers (July 12, 10 p.m.), Dallas (July 15, 8 p.m.), New Orleans (July 16, 8 p.m.), and New York (July 17, 4 p.m.). A broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.

Tickets, which are $25 for a single day and $15 for seniors and children ages 3-12, can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS, through UNLVtickets.com, or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center box office.

By Michael Lee  |  June 15, 2010; 3:01 PM ET
 
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Whom the Wizards will draft with the No. 1 overall pick must be the worst-kept secret in town. Be warned-Ernie is famous for smokescreens. If Grunfeld hands the name "Cole Aldrich" to Stern on draft night to kick off the proceedings won't YOU be embarrassed, Mike Lee!

Posted by: gimmedat | June 15, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Let's pray Leonsis doesn't allow Grunfeld to screw this draft up. Otherwise we could end up with someone from Poland or somewhere. The Pollins were sort of hands off and took what Grunfeld gave them, I don't see this happening with Leonsis. He will hopefully give Grunfeld his blueprint to follow.

Posted by: ivyleague | June 15, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Let's pray Leonsis doesn't allow Grunfeld to screw this draft up. Otherwise we could end up with someone from Poland or somewhere. The Pollins were sort of hands off and took what Grunfeld gave them, I don't see this happening with Leonsis. He will hopefully give Grunfeld his blueprint to follow.

Posted by: ivyleague | June 15, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Despite what Leonsis said about EG being his guy and Ernie making the picks....it's really hard to envision that's going to be fully the case. There really arent THAT many players involved when deciding whom to draft. Only 5 positions on the floor, not like hockey, baseball, football. Leonsis has been knee deep in basketball metrics preparing for owning the team, and EG is the proud creator of 19 and 26 win disasters over the past 2 seasons. This is Leonsis' shiny new toy and gigantic new project/investment...how could he resist having definitive input on the matter? How could someone as clearly savvy as Leonsis simply leave it all up to Ernie and hope for the best? Not happening.

Ted will have definitive say in whom we select, of that you can be sure.

Posted by: divi3 | June 15, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Ted said he will trust but verify.

He knows Wall is the consensus pick and has probably already been told by Grunfeld that Wall will absolutely be the guy.

I really believe Leonsis will let Grunfeld do his job (within reason) and will hold him completely accountable for the results of his decisions.

Gimmedat: If Stern announces Cole Aldrich as the no. 1 pick, you'll know he's just funnin'.

Posted by: and_1 | June 15, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Shawn Livingston isn't going to play on a team with two marquis players ahead of him on the depth chart for the league minimum. He'll play on a team that has championship potential and an elder statesman ahead of him. Shawn Livingston, meet Phil Jackson who Loves length. Backing up Derek Fisher would be both an ideal fiscal move and match up move for the Lakers. Shannon Brown and Farmar are free agents. Neither has contributed much in the post season. Look for Kupchak to sign Farmar to the vet minimum as the back up and and allow Shannon to walk in exchange for an unselfish point guard with great court vision that Phil can use in match up situations and clog up passing lanes. There is risk in signing a player like Shawn Livingston but players will play in LA for less thus mitigating the risk. It gives Shawn more time to prove he's healed and the Lakers the first shot at a potential All Star point guard. Wall gets as many minutes as he wants with the Washington Bullets (or JUSTICE).

Posted by: WestCoastBullet | June 15, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

From washingtonwizardsblog.com

The Washington Wizards will conduct pre-draft workouts on Tuesday, June 15th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm on the Wizards practice court at Verizon Center.
The following players are currently scheduled to participate in Tuesday’s workout (subject to change):

Armon Bassett, G, Ohio, 6’2, 180 lbs.
*Averaged 17.1 points and 3.5 assists per game for Ohio during his senior season.

Craig Brackins, F, Iowa State, 6’10, 230 lbs.
*Averaged 16.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in three seasons at Iowa State.

Duke Crews, F, Bowie State, 6’8, 235 lbs.
*Averaged 16.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per game during his senior season at Bowie State.

Landry Fields, G/F, Stanford, 6’7, 215 lbs.
*Averaged 22.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game during his senior season at Stanford.

Tyren Johnson, F, Louisiana-Lafayette, 6’8, 204 lbs.
*Averaged 17.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game during his senior season at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Posted by: djnnnou | June 15, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

BODIES under contract (5):

McGEE, BLATCHE, THORNTON, YOUNG, ARENAS.

Bodies to go to fill out the roster (10):

DRAFTEES(3): JOHN WALL in the house as the first.

OPTION A: I would love to see SOLOMAN ALABI at #30. In the second, we need a #3 SF.

OPTION B: If no big with #30, then DEVIN EBANKS if available and JEROME JORDAN at #35.

OPTION C: Trading both and moving up would be good also.

FA (3):

The only player that I see that might fit center in FA is DAVID LEE, then UDONIS HASLEM at the #4. Add a low priced #3 from the FA's, or maybe JOSH CHILDRESS from GREECE and the HAWKS.

FA SIGNEES from last years squad (4): Sign SINGLETON and LIVINGSTON (not likely in my opinion). Resign MIKE MILLER at the #2 at a reduced rate if he will come back (also not likely). Let QUINTON ROSS be body #15 if he exercises his player option. Don't offer RANDY FOYE or JOSH HOWARD.

Posted by: glawrence007 | June 15, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"How could someone as clearly savvy as Leonsis simply leave it all up to Ernie and hope for the best?"

Because good bosses know not to micromanage their employees.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 15, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

As a former season ticket holder I've already gotten my Email from Mr. Leonsis.

He may let somebody else hold the map, and help with directions. But he's driving his new car...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | June 15, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

The best thing about Ted owning the team is that he likes to build with youth. The Wiz over many years have actually preferred downside to upside: getting old timers and watching them deteriorate. This has been a clear pattern.

I hope the Wiz just let the older vets go to other teams. This includes letting Mike Miller and Josh Howard find new teams to their liking. In addition, if the Wiz can trade an older guy for a new #1, then that would be truly spectacular.

Posted by: EdDC | June 15, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Because good bosses know not to micromanage their employees.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 15, 2010 4:37 PM

Consecutive 19 and 26 win seasons clearly earn a GM the benefit of the doubt huh? You don't get to Leonsis' place in life by letting the same people repeat the same mistakes.

Posted by: divi3 | June 15, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"You don't get to Leonsis' place in life by letting the same people repeat the same mistakes."

You also don't get to where he is by panicking at the first sign of a downturn in the market.

If Leonsis felt the way you imagine he does then he would have canned Grunfeld (or, for that matter McPhee) right away. He didn't/hasn't. And given the likelihood that too much meddling by Pollin helped contribute to the team's recent circumstances, it's unlikely that Leonsis (who had a front row seat for it all) would repeat that mistake.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 15, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Which s not to say that Leonsis won't have input. Of course he will. But it's unlikely he'll go so far as to have the level of "definitive input" (i.e., overruling Grunfeld and/or telling him who to draft) you seem to be implying.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 15, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"Which s not to say that Leonsis won't have input."

Ted is a GREAT owner, he actually lets people do thier jobs. But yeah, he has final say about critical things I am sure.

He said EG could do what he wanted, unless he was going to trade the #1 pick away then he would have to come to him.

Which is kinda sad also since EG also brought Flip here. I like Flip, I just don't think he is the answer at coach.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 15, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

The choice is not either 1)let EG have free reign or 2)fire him. EG is a skilled vet at what he does, Leonsis will use those skills in helping him make decisions about what direction the franchise goes.

He's not going to buy another pick and watch EG trade it for Wally Szerbiak and Patrick Mills.

Posted by: divi3 | June 15, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Because good bosses know not to micromanage their employees.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 15, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

There is a big difference between micromanaging and giving up total control to two guys who got the organization 26 wins last year.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 15, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"But it's unlikely he'll go so far as to have the level of "definitive input" (i.e., overruling Grunfeld and/or telling him who to draft) you seem to be implying."

If Ted is saying 'we need legit size" and EG is talking about a 6'1" Croat who is killing the Crapistan league- you can bet there will be an overruling.

Posted by: divi3 | June 15, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Agreed divi3. Its the late round picks that require oversight. Most (but not ALL) of us know what to do with the first pick. Its the late 1st round picks where EG would be wise to ask for Leonsis input if he values his job. Go JUSTICE!

Posted by: WestCoastBullet | June 15, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

A good owner lets his managers call their own shots. If they don't do a good job, he shrugs and replaces them.

A bad owner inserts himself into day-to-day management and then when it doesn't work, blames others for his mistakes.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 15, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

The only plausible "late draft" input scenario for Owner Ted would be whether or not to take a local (like Greivis) @ 30 or 35 ... and that would be input relative to marketing, not talent evaluation. Do some of you honestly think Ted is going to give EG advice on whether to take Lawal over Poindexter -- or vice versa? C'mon.

Posted by: Bellman | June 15, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

A good owner lets his managers call their own shots. If they don't do a good job, he shrugs and replaces them.

A bad owner inserts himself into day-to-day management and then when it doesn't work, blames others for his mistakes.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 15, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

A GREAT owner hires good scouts and doesn't let one guy run the show who will end up blaming the owner once he dies either?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 15, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

...and a good employee wants to know where a new boss stands on a decision that could make or break his employment, which is all I was suggesting. Nothing more, nothing less. If EG has Ted's endorsement (not permission) on the 30th and 35th pick they are less likely to cost him his job if they don't pan out, which is the case with many 30th and 35th picks. Of course as the boss you'd be wise to tell your employee that you trust their decision rather than endorse it so they remain solely culpable. GO JUSTICE!

Posted by: WestCoastBullet | June 15, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm really curious to see what the Wizards summer league team looks like this year. As far as I'm concerned -- and I realize this is not entirely rational -- the summer league roster is going to signal whether the new management philosophy is just talk, or is for real.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | June 15, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

The summer league roster is likely to look a whole lot like the upcoming regular season roster. More than half of the roster is likely to be comprised of draft picks and young players with upside.

Washington might not be a prime destination for free agents, but it will be for the undrafted rookie guys. They'll recognize the opportunity to stick here with so many roster spots open and an owner who prefers developing from within over signing other team's guys at huge dollar deals. I'd think we'll have one of the more competitive (roster spot competition, not vs. other teams) summer league rosters in Vegas.

Posted by: bullets | June 16, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Ryan Richards NBA Pre-Draft Timeline: What the Web is Saying

Having three or four rookies is going to be a huge challenge for the Wizards. Richards could be a good option with the #35 pick. He's the equivalent of a high school player, so the Wizards can send him to the D-League for a year or two.

Posted by: djnnnou | June 16, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

"A good owner lets his managers call their own shots. If they don't do a good job, he shrugs and replaces them.

A bad owner inserts himself into day-to-day management and then when it doesn't work, blames others for his mistakes."

Posted by: Samson151 | June 15, 2010 6:12 PM

Precisely. Why would Leonsis make a point of saying that Grunfeld would be making the pick if he didn't mean it? In fact, a good case could be made that the only reason he said anything at all about it unless he was trying to send a subtle (or perhaps not so subtle) message about how his tenure is going to be different than Pollin's. Jumping in at the 11th hour and yanking Grunfeld around by the strings would defeat the whole purpose.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 16, 2010 1:36 AM | Report abuse

I'm pretty certain this Wiz team is going to lose a whole lot of games next season. That Grunfeld and Leonsis are prepared for it, although they won't admit that because of the need to sell tickets.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 16, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

That would mean another lottery pick to build the talent base. We need a thick center and a small forward.

Posted by: G-Man11 | June 16, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

A GREAT owner hires good scouts and doesn't let one guy run the show who will end up blaming the owner once he dies either?
Posted by: bulletsfan78

Grunfeld never blamed Abe Pollin for the results of the last two years.
Curiously, one of the first things Leonsis addressed in his conference last week was the need to bring the Wizards' scouting department up to par. The situation under Pollin was what it was and it's time to move on.

Posted by: tgif11 | June 16, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I don't think the results of the last 2 years were the result of a lack of scouts. Yes, Ernie has missed on some of his picks, but those picks were outside of the top 10.

I think the last 2 or 3 years were due to injuries and the suspension.

Leonsis does need to upgrade the scouting department though.

Posted by: G-Man11 | June 16, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

"If EG has Ted's endorsement (not permission) on the 30th and 35th pick they are less likely to cost him his job if they don't pan out, which is the case with many 30th and 35th picks. Of course as the boss you'd be wise to tell your employee that you trust their decision rather than endorse it so they remain solely culpable. GO JUSTICE!Posted by: WestCoastBullet"

LOL I sense there's some personal experience behind that philosophy. This year's draft is different from last year's in several important ways. First, Grunfeld, Leonsis, and the fans all know that the club is nowhere near title contention (big change from last preseason, huh?). Second, this is perceived as a much deeper class than '09 was. Third, the Wiz have plenty of room on the roster for young kids who need development. That's because they 'blew the team up' partway through last season.

And most importantly, they're going to get the one player they really want. No more trying to figure out what to do with a fifth pick in an ordinary draft.

We're starting over, folks. Not much use in posting imaginary depth charts or predicting season records. For all we know, Gilbert could still decide to pull an Albert Haynesworth.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 16, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Wall gets as many minutes as he wants with the Washington Bullets (or JUSTICE).

Posted by: WestCoastBullet | June 15, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to say, but there is little JUSTICE in DC

Posted by: Blurred | June 16, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Glawrence...It looks like you and I agree mostly on what to do this offseason. I took a lot of grief earlier when I suggested we sign David lee, mainly because of his expected cost and that we would be paying him a ton to be a backup at either c or pf.

Probably a starter at C this year, but we all hope McGee lives up to his potential and is the full time starter soon.

I just want to add that I think Tony Allen is a FA, too and I'd love to pick him up...assuming he is through bustin up folks at nightclubs

Posted by: Blurred | June 16, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Who I suspect is overrated and underrated among the 2010 SFs:

Overrated:
Aminu -- huge athletic talent, no offensive game whatsoever at this point, except putbacks.

Devin Ebanks: just a very erratic shooter. Lost in the half-court. Not a great defender, either.

Underrated:
Luke Babbitt: maybe can't play defense against other wing players, but can score inside and out.

Xavier Henry: really a half-court player. Can play two positions and works on defense. Not the sort of athlete that Ebanks is, but much smarter.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 16, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

"They'll recognize the opportunity to stick here with so many roster spots open and an owner who prefers developing from within..."

An owner who prefers developing from within. Why isn't that such a novel coincidence in this organization from the past.

Development has been so foreign around here that even the players haven't had the initiative to do it on their own, as one famous blogger here keeps pointing out.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | June 16, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

He said EG could do what he wanted, unless he was going to trade the #1 pick away then he would have to come to him
Posted by: rmcazz

What's funny to me is that Ted felt the need to put that out there. Last year was supposed to be some unique situation where trading the pick was the best thing to do. Maybe Ted wasn't too happy with last years draft and/or he thinks Ernie likes to play it safe and avoid building through the draft and rather have break even seasons with the vets. The last to seasons have forced everyone to re-evaluate that.

Posted by: gmac78 | June 16, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Except there's no evidence of that, is there? He didn't trade away the 1st round picks he used on Pech, Young, or McGee, did he? (Although a case could be made he should have.) Trading the #5 pick last year was predicated on the specific circumstances the team (thought) it was in going into the season, which is the definition of a "unique situation."

I think the reference to trading the pick was another lightly coded message acknowledging the fans displeasure with how things worked out last season and letting them know that things will be different under him.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 16, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

It probably was possible Abe meddled with getting AJ and Gilbert that huge contract and other player moves. However everyone is acting as if Ted just arrived in DC from Russia. Ted was the minority owner and knows the extent to which Abe meddled with Grunfeld for the past 15+ years. Ted was in the Verizon center and always was seen with Abe so he obviously knows the situation and who did what in the front office. Knowing this just trust Ted when he said EG is his man

Posted by: jefferu | June 16, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Gilbert could pull a Albert Haynesworth???

Huh! Boy, talking about and wishing bad things for a person. What is it? Why is it that some want to see Gilbert fail so badly???

Albert Haynesworth and his agent are on planet Zero. Gilbert, on the other hand, won't be going there.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | June 16, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

yeah Kal, but that's three straight dud picks. Guys that can hardly see the floor amid all the injuries and hopeless seasons. The scouting/drafting process has to be re-evaluated.

The latter part I agree with. He really said it toungue and cheek. I know that but just having some fun with it. Besides we all know there is always some truth to a joke.

Posted by: gmac78 | June 16, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Larry

They want Gilbert to fail so badly because they don't know better.

Posted by: G-Man11 | June 16, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

As much as I think Young and McGee are clueless loafing slack-asses, I don't think they were "dud" picks in the sense that, looking at the rest of those draft boards, there weren't any players taken closely after them that, in retrospect, should have appeared to Grunfeld to have been obvious sure things that he missed out on. There was legit reason to think that they were the best players available at those slots (however depressing a thought that may be).

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 16, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Talent Evaluator! Who does this for the Wizards? Scouting? How does this for the Wizards? D-League! How many players have we developed thru the Developement League?

I trust that Leonsis will turn all of what did not go right for the Wiz around and have this team ready to be 'prime time'!

Like someone stated earlier, Ted saw how Abe had his hands in the pot for 'loyalty' sakes but this is about winning. You don't spend millions of dollars to be loyal to basketball players. You spend millions of dollars in hopes of winning a few NBA titles! Thats why the mindset of running this team has to change and Leonsis will do just that!

Sean Purnell - Eastern Shore of Maryland

Posted by: Doobie_Sparks | June 16, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"How many players have we developed thru the Developement League?"

Andray Blatche played in the Wizards D league with their affiliate the Roanoke Dazzle.

Posted by: jefferu | June 16, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

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