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SEC mini-reunion includes local product Bobby Maze

A.J. Ogilvy, Devan Downey and Bobby Maze had gotten used to playing against one another for their respective SEC teams. Today at Verizon Center, they were competing perhaps for a spot on the same roster as part of a group working out for the Washington Wizards four days before the NBA draft.

"I was talking about that, actually," Ogilvy said of working out with players he played against in college. "Nice SEC feel to the workout with Bobby and Devan in there. It's funny playing with them after several years playing against them. It was fun."

Ogilvy, a 6-foot-11 center from Sydney, averaged just over 13 points and six rebounds per game during his final season at Vanderbilt. He's considered somewhat of a project, but there's no question the Wizards are in need of an upgrade inside after sending Brendan Haywood to Dallas this past season in a trade-deadline deal.

While Ogilvy's size could be intriguing for the Wizards, it's doubtful either Downey, at 5-9, or the 6-3 Maze, who was born in the District and has family in Suitland, will be on the roster next season via the draft. Washington is expected to select point guard John Wall with the No. 1 overall pick and has Gilbert Arenas coming back to play shooting guard.

Regardless, Maze said he was glad to be working out for his hometown team.

"It's a great opportunity, especially when you grow up watching the Washington Wizards," said Maze, who attended high school at the Patterson School in Lenoir, N.C. "It's a dream come true."

By Gene Wang  |  June 21, 2010; 3:37 PM ET
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Comments

ESPN 980 is reporting that Mike Miller says he will not resign with the Wiz, he's tired of playing for losers and wants to play for a play-off team.

See ya! At least we know where we stand with him.

Posted by: zxhoya | June 21, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

We pretty much knew that before the season ended. There was never any realistic chance of him returning.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 21, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I guess EG will resign Foye as to not lose both players for th 5th pick last year.

Posted by: zxhoya | June 21, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

If he's tired of playing for losers maybe he should do more to help teams win.

Anyways, at least we cant make the mistake of re-signing him if he doesnt want to play here. Now if Foye will just follow suit...

Posted by: divi3 | June 21, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

With the definite departure of Miller, I believe the Wiz will offer Josh Howard a reduced contract depending on how his rehab is going. I think this is a logical move considering his style of play and ability.

Posted by: zxhoya | June 21, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Alabi is big and would definitely have a presence, but he won't be able to score inthe NBA other than put backs and dunks. "

From the previous article:

".....Realistically, the odds of finding a big guy who can do more than that with the #30 or 35 pick is slim to none. Big guys with real size and low post skills don't last until the 2nd round......"

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 21, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

CHECK and double CHECK.

Posted by: glawrence007 | June 21, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

With the definite departure of Miller, I believe the Wiz will offer Josh Howard a reduced contract depending on how his rehab is going. I think this is a logical move considering his style of play and ability.

Posted by: zxhoya

The magic questions are how much reduced do you think he will accept and how much are you willing to pay?

Posted by: ts35 | June 21, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Considering he won't be healthy enough to play by November, you'd think management would have the upper-hand in this one.

Posted by: divi3 | June 21, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing logical about tying up cap and roster space on a 30+ year old player who's almost certainly not part of the team's future plans and, short-term, may not even be able to play (at least effectively) for most of the season.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 21, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Draft Express is reporting(tweeting) that Portland moved up to #34, and that they'll probably take a big.

Posted by: djnnnou | June 21, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

It's reported on ESPN.com too, via the AP

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft2010/news/story?id=5312274

Posted by: ts35 | June 21, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

ESPN 980 is reporting that Mike Miller says he will not resign with the Wiz, he's tired of playing for losers and wants to play for a play-off team.

See ya! At least we know where we stand with him.

Posted by: zxhoya | June 21, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Moreover, it was no loss becuase now his time can go to players intrical to the rebuilding process. His time here exposed him as a rotation player who can't defend and can't get to the rim enough to make his jump shot effective.

Posted by: NewManagement | June 21, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

A question for the group.

It appears that the Wizards are not going to participate in the free agent/max contract game this summer. Leonsis has stated privately that he is not planning on going after a big free agent, expects the team to to be weak this coming year, and simply hopes to get more high draft picks next year. The question is: can a team in the NBA become a championship contender through the draft? As we all know, this isn't baseball or football, it's basketball and you must have a superstar to win, i.e., you must trade or sign a star or get very, very lucky in the draft. Thoughts?

Posted by: larryrob | June 21, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

"His time here exposed him as a rotation player who can't defend and can't get to the rim enough to make his jump shot effective.
Posted by: NewManagement"

Huh? The complaint wasn't that he couldn't get open -- it's that he didn't take the 3 pointer when he was.

The guy who struggled getting to the rim (at least in comparison to pre-injury) was Gilbert.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 21, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Portland doesn't exactly have a reliable front court. There's the Oden question, of course. Marcus Camby starts and he's 36. Przybilla was active for 30 games. Aldridge can play in the middle, and so can Juwan Howard, who is 72 years old. They list Jeff Pendergraph at center, although I can't of another center with whom he'd match up favorably.

So yeah, I think they're in the market for a big man.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 21, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

They list Jeff Pendergraph at center, although I can't of another center with whom he'd match up favorably.

Don't count Pendergraph out. Surgery for a congenital hip defect cost him all of training camp last year. I think he'll be a very good backup center that can guard traditional PFs.

Posted by: djnnnou | June 21, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

"Don't count Pendergraph out. Surgery for a congenital hip defect cost him all of training camp last year. I think he'll be a very good backup center that can guard traditional PFs.Posted by: djnnnou"

I can see him guarding PFs, but centers? Not so much. He's basically the same size as Blake Griffin. He doesn't have the extraordinary length that Taj Gibson (another PF) brings to the table. He could maybe float outside against a jump-shooter or give a team a few minutes against a bigger opponent who didn't have a post-up game. Let's hope he's over his hip problems.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 21, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I can see him guarding PFs, but centers? Not so much.

See Collison, Nick.

Posted by: djnnnou | June 21, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

If Stanley Robinson is available at 30, or at 35, would you take him? I think so.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | June 21, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

If Stanley Robinson is available at 30, or at 35, would you take him? I think so.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | June 21, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Huh? The complaint wasn't that he couldn't get open -- it's that he didn't take the 3 pointer when he was.

The guy who struggled getting to the rim (at least in comparison to pre-injury) was Gilbert.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 21, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

The reason Miller did not take threes was because he was too slow getting his feet set and got ran off the line unless he had a 2-3 second count.

Gil got to the rim but could not finish (which appears to be a timing/confidence issue). Despite the drama, you got to be encouraged with a guy who put together a 23/7 half-season after a two year layoff and may be even healthier (and hopefully more focused) this year.

Posted by: NewManagement | June 21, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

"A question for the group.

It appears that the Wizards are not going to participate in the free agent/max contract game this summer. Leonsis has stated privately that he is not planning on going after a big free agent, expects the team to to be weak this coming year, and simply hopes to get more high draft picks next year. The question is: can a team in the NBA become a championship contender through the draft? As we all know, this isn't baseball or football, it's basketball and you must have a superstar to win, i.e., you must trade or sign a star or get very, very lucky in the draft. Thoughts?"

My thought is it's really a nonissue, for the time being.

Just because Leonsis isn't planning to go after a big name FA now doesn't mean he doesn't plan on doing it ever. He knows that (A) even if he got a big name FA this summer, the team is still years away from building the team around him that could support a contending run (at which point whoever he could get could end up walking as a FA, get hurt, or be on the decline) and (B) aside from Lebron and Wade (neither of whom are coming here) none of the big name FAs on the market this summer are franchise centerpiece players. His strategy is to build through the draft now, acquiring young players who can grow and develop as a unit. In a few years, when they're done cooking, he can look at what he has and see what other pieces he needs to acquire on the FA market or in trade to fill the thing out.

There's no point worrying right now about what it takes to make a contender, because the Wizards are still years away from the point where that's even a meaningful consideration.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 21, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

To address it a bit more specifically:

You can't build a contender just through the draft, but then you can't build one just through FA or trades either. A well-constructed team takes advantage of all three, which requires a good amount f both skill and luck.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 21, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

I saw that Stanley Robinson is slated to go at 31 on draft express, which renewed my interest in him.

Here's an interesting article on him:
http://www.ctnow.com/sports/hc-robinson-draft-analysis-0620-20100619,0,5814222.story

I hadn't realized that his measured height is just 6-6.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | June 22, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Building through the draft in the NBA takes lottery luck. AND, being lucky enough to win the lottery in a year where there's a true stud in the draft.

Everybody talks about San Antonio as being a model franchise in building a team, but it took some real luck and timing to snag David Robinson and Tim Duncan in the draft.

Or, you could win the lottery in the year that Kwame Brown, Chandler, and Curry were at the top of the draft. Of the group that year, Gasol has turned out to have the best career, but he's still not a cornerstone guy.

Ted's started out with a lot of luck, if Wall's the second coming of Jason Kidd, or even better, he could have his cornerstone peice. Blatche, Gil, and McGee could be three other peices to build around as well.

But, the Wiz could well have a roster with 4-5 rookies under contract, and all but one will be late first round, second round and rookie FA's. Not the kind of depth that's going to scare anyone in the NBA. Not even the New Jersey's of the league will be shaking in their sneakers when Flip goes to the bench.

An important FA signing could come as soon as next summer, that along with luck in the lottery could yield two more pcs.
Finding a strong 8-9 man rotation could be on the horizon with some luck, and smart moves.

But the key will be Wall, and how quickly he can develop into a cornerstone player. He can be the kind of guy players like Carmelo will want to come play with next summer.

Denver could be stuck in a rut like the Wiz were, Carmelo is one of the league's best players, and he's not a household name. Playing for a relatively small media market and disappointing playoff runs have hurt his rep as well. So Melo could be on the move next summer.

But, it still comes down to Wall, You just can't wiff on high lottery picks...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | June 22, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

To address it a bit more specifically:

You can't build a contender just through the draft, but then you can't build one just through FA or trades either. A well-constructed team takes advantage of all three, which requires a good amount f both skill and luck.

Posted by: kalo_rama

This about the best way I've heard it summed up. I admittedly make a big fuss about the draft because I've seen my favorite/local teams hate on the process. On top of one or two key free agent aquisitions, good teams always have one or two drafted players that provide a spark. Sometimes they end up being the best players on the team.

Posted by: millineumman | June 22, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

"The reason Miller did not take threes was because he was too slow getting his feet set and got ran off the line unless he had a 2-3 second count."

What? I sure didn't see that. Looked to me like he was hesitating out of reluctance to take the shot. Plus, what does that have to do with not getting to the rim? You claimed that was why he couldn't get space to get his jump shot off.

Curiouser and curiouser.

"Gil got to the rim but could not finish (which appears to be a timing/confidence issue). Despite the drama, you got to be encouraged with a guy who put together a 23/7 half-season after a two year layoff and may be even healthier (and hopefully more focused) this year."

Well, IMO Gil performed exceptionally well for a guy on a comeback after a two year absence. The one thing he couldn't do was get to the rim the way he once did (the way players like Rondo and Derrick Rose do now). That turns players into de facto jump shooters, usually from the arc. And since Gil was never a terribly consistent 3 point shooter, that's not an improvement over the old days.

How well will he play next to Wall? I'm not all that optimistic. Even when Larry Hughes was here (that's coming up on six years ago, guys), Gilbert needed to control the ball a bunch of the time to be effective.

Should be interesting to watch.

Posted by: NewManagement

Posted by: Samson151 | June 22, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

"What? I sure didn't see that. Looked to me like he was hesitating out of reluctance to take the shot."

At times, Miller looked like he was protecting his 3pt% by only taking absurdly wide-open shots.

Posted by: divi3 | June 22, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Taking wide open 3 pt shots is why he was brought here in the first place. You don't get to be a career .40% 3 pt shooter by forcing shots on bad looks.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 22, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

no need to argue about the merits of MM's game. we watched him play last year. if he was capable of better he woulda done better. let him take his measly 10 ppg somewhere else.
BTW MM took and made less 3s than in his past 6 seasons. he may have been giving his all before the gunfight at the OK corall, but he really started looking bad/disinterested down the stretch.

and he wasn't just passing up bad shots he wasn't shooting. he shot his second highest 3 pt % of his career last season by using his minimalist approach. No doubt padding his career #s a lil bit.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | June 22, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

and making him attractive to FA sutiors.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | June 22, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

It still amazes me how much abuse gets heaped on Miller here for no really good reason except that people wanted to keep the draft pick instead.

Was Miller awesome here? No. Did he suck? No. He tried to play role on a seriously flawed team and then got moved into a bigger role after the blow-up. A bigger role than he should play at this point in his career. Our PGs were so bad this year (pre-Livingston emergence) that Miller ended up playing point forward for long stretches in games. Is it his fault neither he nor the rest of the team looked good doing it?

I don't know if his many injuries actually hampered him or if he overplayed them. But the truth is he's being criticized as a primary starter when he was only brought here to be the 4th option and play off of the big 3....laughable as that concept seems now.

There are things to criticize about the way he played, but there aren't many Wizards that can't be said about. I can think of two. Singelton, because the only expectation for him was for him to play hard and hustle every night, which he did. And Livingston, who actually played like a PG, but off of a very small subset of the season.

Posted by: ts35 | June 22, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

"It still amazes me how much abuse gets heaped on Miller here for no really good reason except that people wanted to keep the draft pick instead."

Come on. That doesn't actually amaze you, does it? Hell, it shouldn't even slightly surprise you, at this point.


"BTW MM took and made less 3s than in his past 6 seasons. "

BTW, he played markedly fewer games and minutes than in 5 of his past 6 seasons.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 22, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

The countdown continues. 48 hours and counting until we hit the WALL.

Posted by: glawrence007 | June 22, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, Miller past up some open 3's but he played hard and hustled. He did what he was brought in to do...not carry the team on his back.

First one to go to the floor for as loose ball and the first to help a teammate off the floor. That kinda a play is infectious tho some on the team seemed to have been inoculated.

Posted by: VBFan | June 22, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I don't think it's a criticism to say Miller wasn't at his best. Same for Foye. It was a lost season.

If I were GM of a possible contender, I'd be interested in Miller as an off-the-bench player. He's perfectly capable of helping to get a bunch of scorers into some sort of rhythm. The rebounding's a plus, but I think his days as a scorer might be over. If they're not, he maybe could help a club like Orlando.

By contrast, last year seemed to suggest that Foye is most comfortable putting the ball into the basket. He's not really a PG at all. But he's not spot-up shooter, either.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 22, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

"BTW MM took and made less 3s than in his past 6 seasons. "

BTW, he played markedly fewer games and minutes than in 5 of his past 6 seasons.


Posted by: kalo_rama | June 22, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Which leads me to surmise that the lime-light wasn't to his liking. And that's what he said the other day.

He wants 11-12 mill to play a support role in a day of shrinking payroll and cap space. We need players of his ability who perform at the same substantial level who work for 6-7 million instead.

"That old man, he's old, he's so old. But he's [gone] now. Shouldn't never say nuthin' bad about the [gone], should always say sumthin' good. He's [gone]......good." Play on a line from 'MOMS' MABLEY.

Posted by: glawrence007 | June 22, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Come on. That doesn't actually amaze you, does it? Hell, it shouldn't even slightly surprise you, at this point.

Posted by: kalo_rama

Lol, that's a fair point. I'm certainly not surprised, given the wide range of dead-horse-beating stuff I've read (and lord knows written) over the course of the season. Maybe 'puzzled' is a better word for it? But I guess when you have a turd of a season like they did, everyone picks out the pieces they dislike the most.

I just think Miller gets more than his share because everyone views him as the reason we don't have Brandon Jennings or Steph Curry.

Posted by: ts35 | June 22, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"He wants 11-12 mill to play a support role in a day of shrinking payroll and cap space. "

Where/when did he say he wanted $11-12 mill? Link, please.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 22, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

"I don't think it's a criticism to say Miller wasn't at his best. Same for Foye. It was a lost season. "

Exactly. Criticizing him for passing up shots is legit. Hell, I was criticizing him for that in the first month of the season.

I just find it ridiculous that he's being ripped for not jackin' 'em up at every opportunity by some of the same people who routinely savaged the likes of Butler, Arenas, and Jamison for doing just that. Not only that, but he's being called a stat-padder for not shooting it at every available opportunity while Blatche, who padded his stats like mad by shooting it at every available opportunity, is being heaped with praise.

The sheer hypocrisy of it all is mind-numbing.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 22, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

While you're linking that for Kal, anyone have a link for the comments he made to 980? Been trying to find them to hear what he said.

Posted by: ts35 | June 22, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Found this article on Miller from the 20th courtesy of BulletsForever.com

http://www.argusleader.com/article/20100620/COLUMNISTS0104/6200331/1057/COLUMNISTS

There's also a good interview Mike Prada did with Eric Prisbell about the John Wall article and specifically the controversial issue of telling Wall the crimes Wall's father was in jail for.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/19/AR2010061902948.html

Posted by: ts35 | June 22, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: ts35 | June 22, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

just think Miller gets more than his share because everyone views him as the reason we don't have Brandon Jennings or Steph Curry.

Posted by: ts35 | June 22, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

that's a part of it. But would you say he had a good season last year? a lot of guys had bad seasons last year, but i don't know how many of them are rolling out because they feel like they're better than the situation (not jersey shore). i mean MM has NEVER been a winner, for him to act like he's too good for the wizards is a lil off-putting to say the least.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | June 22, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"a lot of guys had bad seasons last year, but i don't know how many of them are rolling out because they feel like they're better than the situation (not jersey shore)."

So he's a bad guy because, given a choice (which he has), he would rather play for a good team than a bad one? That makes no sense.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 22, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

So he's a bad guy because, given a choice (which he has), he would rather play for a good team than a bad one? That makes no sense.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 22, 2010 12:14 PM

He's not a bad guy, but it doesnt make sense for fans to think he "deserves" to play for a winner when he is part and parcel to why the teams he's started for over the past 4-5 seasons have been the dregs of the league.

Posted by: divi3 | June 22, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

that's a part of it. But would you say he had a good season last year? a lot of guys had bad seasons last year, but i don't know how many of them are rolling out because they feel like they're better than the situation (not jersey shore). i mean MM has NEVER been a winner, for him to act like he's too good for the wizards is a lil off-putting to say the least.

Posted by: lilhollywood10

I think Miller had an average season last year, meaning, he could have done better, he could have done worse. But I don't get the dog-piling on him based on a escalating contract signed 5 years ago and what people perceive to be his attitude.

Hopefully every player on the Wizards, including the ones that were traded feel like they're better than the situation they found themselves in. I don't think Miller's snubbing his nose by saying he hates losing and wants to play for a winner. What player doesn't?

It's pretty clear not just based on looking at what we have on the roster, but also based on what our own new owner has said that winning next year is not the top priority. So, should a 30 year old player sign here and hope that in a couple of years the Wiz might be good? Or should he sign on with an established team that frankly will use him in a role better suited to who he is as a player now?

Honestly, to me, it sounds more like a player who is pretty aware of who he is as a player, and what he wants for the rest of his career. And I have no problem with that.

And everyone needs to stop with the contract nonsense and blowing it out of proportion. He signed a good deal as a 25 year old player who looked like an up-and-comer. Everyone knows that most NBA deals are structured to increase in salary every season, so pretty much every average player looks ridiculously overpaid in the last year of their contracts. And I have never seen Miller say anything like he's looking for an 11M dollar deal.

Quite the contrary, if he's looking to latch on to a contending team, he already knows he's not going to get a big pay day.

Posted by: ts35 | June 22, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

that's a part of it. But would you say he had a good season last year? a lot of guys had bad seasons last year, but i don't know how many of them are rolling out because they feel like they're better than the situation (not jersey shore). i mean MM has NEVER been a winner, for him to act like he's too good for the wizards is a lil off-putting to say the least.

Posted by: lilhollywood10

I think Miller had an average season last year, meaning, he could have done better, he could have done worse. But I don't get the dog-piling on him based on a escalating contract signed 5 years ago and what people perceive to be his attitude.

I don't think Miller's snubbing his nose by saying he hates losing and wants to play for a winner. What player doesn't?

It's pretty clear not just based on looking at what we have on the roster, but also based on what our own new owner has said that winning next year is not the top priority. So, should a 30 year old player sign here and hope that in a couple of years the Wiz might be good? Or should he sign on with an established team that frankly will use him in a role better suited to who he is as a player now?

Honestly, to me, it sounds more like a player who is pretty aware of who he is as a player, and what he wants for the rest of his career. And I have no problem with that.

And everyone needs to stop with the contract nonsense and blowing it out of proportion. He signed a good deal as a 25 year old player who looked like an up-and-comer. Everyone knows that most NBA deals are structured to increase in salary every season, so pretty much every average player looks ridiculously overpaid in the last year of their contracts.

Quite the contrary, if he's looking to latch on to a contending team, he already knows he's not going to get a big pay day.

Posted by: ts35 | June 22, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Grrrrrr, sorry for the double-posting. I chopped some stuff out because I got the "you write too much" error.

Posted by: ts35 | June 22, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

He's not a bad guy, but it doesnt make sense for fans to think he "deserves" to play for a winner when he is part and parcel to why the teams he's started for over the past 4-5 seasons have been the dregs of the league.

Posted by: divi3

Did he say he "deserves" to play for a winner. Or did he say he'd like to play for a winner?

He's a guy who is a willing passer, solid rebounder for his position and shoots a great percentage from 3. I'm sure some teams will take a look at him. Given his limitations, who knows if one will be interested enough to sign him?

Posted by: ts35 | June 22, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I didn't hear Miller's comments, but the guy played hard last year even after the rest of the vets were moved at the trade deadline. He could of asked for a trade as well but stuck it out on a terrible team. He's had the misfortune of playing for the likes of the Grizzlies, T-Wolves, and Wizards during his career. Miller is a good 4th option or 6th man on a good team. Don't be surprised if a contender like Orlando, Phoenix, or Portland uses the MLE to add him at reasonable price.

As for the draft, I'd like to see the Wiz draft a player like Stanley Robinson or Quincy Pondexter who can contribute immediately. Bigmen like Ogilvy and Alibi are major projects and will be as raw as McGee was two summers ago. We don't need another one of those on the roster taking up a space.

Posted by: wizfan89 | June 22, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"He's not a bad guy, but it doesnt make sense for fans to think he "deserves" to play for a winner when he is part and parcel to why the teams he's started for over the past 4-5 seasons have been the dregs of the league."

Who said he "deserves" to play for a winner? His detractors keep bringing this up, but I have no recollection of anyone ever saying he did "deserve" that.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 22, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I have no recollection of anyone criticizing him for not "jacking up shots at every opportunity" as you claimed above.

rphilli was big on the "poor Mike Miller" train for one, but whatever, thankfully (for both parties) Miller wont be here next season so it doesnt really matter.

Posted by: divi3 | June 22, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Who said he "deserves" to play for a winner? His detractors keep bringing this up, but I have no recollection of anyone ever saying he did "deserve" that.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 22, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

a coupla people definitely used that word and talked about MM deserving to be on a contender. I'm not going through the archives to find these comments, but that hardly makes them nonexistent. If you don't remember i dunno what to tell you. i don't remember you saying MM deserved better, but others have.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | June 22, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to Bobby Maze. I watched him play in the Kenner League two summers ago, where he was one of the best players in the league.

Posted by: dominic10464 | June 22, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

So a couple of people (maybe) said it weeks/months ago. None of those people said anything about it here and now, yet you're using the announcement of his departure as an excuse to drag out a dull old axe and start grinding, getting all worked up about it like it was a hot topic. The guy's gone. Get over it. You should be happy.

(But if you insist on dredging up silly things a couple of random people said ages ago that "make no sense" why not talk about someone's suggestion that the Wiz rip up the remainder of Blatche's contract and give him a fat new deal based on half a season of stat padding play. Since he's likely actually going to be on the team next season, that topic at least has some actual relevance to the Wizards.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 22, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Who said he "deserves" to play for a winner? His detractors keep bringing this up, but I have no recollection of anyone ever saying he did "deserve" that.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 22, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

a coupla people definitely used that word and talked about MM deserving to be on a contender. I'm not going through the archives to find these comments, but that hardly makes them nonexistent. If you don't remember i dunno what to tell you. i don't remember you saying MM deserved better, but others have.

Posted by: lilhollywood10

Pretty sure I remember some of that, too. Which frankly makes no more sense to me than trashing him and blaming him for the team woes.

He is what he is. A guy who should be a role player at this point in his career. At most the kind of guy the Wizards were hoping to get when he came here -- a 4th option who could help stretch defenses for better players. If he's on your team and he's expected to contribute a lot as a starter, your team is not very good.

I don't know where he'll end up. Maybe Utah brings him in if they don't keep Kyle Korver. Maybe he gets his wish and gets to go to one of the teams bringing in a big name FA this offseason and looking for a good three point shooter to put out on the floor with him. My bet is that his agent's first move will be to make him attractively priced-to-move once the big names start landing with teams.

Posted by: ts35 | June 22, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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