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Adam Morrison thinks Washington could be "a great place" to play


See, Kobe. If I was out there, I would've... (Reuters)


Adam Morrison has the look of someone who has been lost on a deserted island. His bangs cover his forehead and connect with his eyebrows in the front, and his hair extends to his shoulders in the back. His goatee is long and sprouting from his chin, billy-goat style. His scraggly sideburns cover his cheekbones and nearly connect with his mustache.

But now he seeking to be rescued. Less than a month removed from winning his second title with the Los Angeles Lakers, Morrison feels like a forgotten man after failing to make the rotation for a championship team. "Hundred percent," Morrison said on Tuesday from Impact Basketball facility in Las Vegas. "But that's understandable, I wasn't on the court."

Morrison is eager to get back on the court with any team after spending most of last season in a sports jacket, serving as a cheerleader celebrating from the bench. This week, Morrison has been working out in Las Vegas for several teams, including the Wizards.

Coach Flip Saunders worked Morrison through a series of individual shooting drills on Monday morning and from observers, Morrison displayed the same stroke that led Michael Jordan to select him out of Gonzaga with the Charlotte Bobcats' third overall pick in 2006. But that was expected. There hasn't been much question about Morrison's ability to shoot, but rather his ability to create his own shot, move around screens and do everything else. With Saunders's flex offense and No. 1 overall pick John Wall's ability to drive and kick, Morrison could possibly help spread the floor and create space.

Morrison, 25, isn't the only free agent the Wizards are considering, but he is in the mix if he is willing to sign a short-term contract that would provide limited risk for the organization. Cleveland, Chicago, Boston, San Antonio and the Los Angeles Clippers watched Morrison work out on Tuesday, with the Clippers informing Morrison of their interest. The Clippers, though, are reluctant to move without seeing Morrison in a five-on-five scrimmage, but Morrison is reluctant to take that route at this time.

His best workout, though, has been with the Wizards.

"It was a good shooting workout. It was good," Morrison said, before being asked if he'd be interested in coming to Washington. "That'd be a great place. But I want to play anywhere. I haven't played basically in two years, so I'm just looking for a place to get some quality minutes and try to get back in that rhythm again."

Morrison has been limited to just 83 games the past two seasons in Charlotte and Los Angeles, spending most of last season in sports jacket celebrating from the bench. He said he learned from his time in Los Angeles, although he never made the rotation.

"It's tough not playing," said Morrison, who has career averages of 7.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. "My Laker experience was still great, though. It was still positive. I got two rings. I made some good contacts, made some friends. I think just the biggest thing was the perimeter-based and ball-handling and moreso learning how to be a better pro watching Kobe [Bryant] and Ron [Artest] and those guys, how they conduct themselves and how they take care of themselves and how they workout."

Morrison said he wasn't on the inactive list because of a knee injury he sustained in the preseason in October 2007. He's fully recovered and one observer to his workout with the Wizards said nothing appeared to hold him back. "I just want to show teams that I'm healthy and that I can play," Morrison said. "I didn't play due to injury or anything like that. I'm healthy and they can judge how I look for themselves."

And what did the Wizards tell him after his workout? "They just said they'll be in contact, but I don't know what that means," Morrison said.

By Michael Lee  |  July 13, 2010; 9:48 PM ET
 
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"McGee's lack of an offensive post game is down on the list of to do's for the kid.
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | July 13, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse "

So who are you blaming, him or the coaches? What's he busy doing the rest of the summer after the Vegas summer league is over? Practicing his military salute that he does? Don't forget, he's a 3rd year player. His offensive game is still catch and dunk. He may do it in the summer leagues, but not consistently in a real game.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 13, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

"Adam Morrison thinks Washington could be "a great place" to play"

That can mean good or bad. Bad meaning he sees Les BouleS as such a suckee team that he has a great chance of getting some decent burn. A guy like him who's a great shooter...why worry about being able to create his own shot or not? Did Paxson or Kerr have to worry about creating their own shots?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 13, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

"So who are you blaming, him or the coaches?"

Both actually, but I blame the coaches mostly. No low post, no pick skills, no positioning under the boards. Run and dunk is all he can do at this point in his career. He was toted as a "project" when he was drafted a few years ago but who is actually coaching him?

Flip loves point guards and he has Cassell to help there. Since Ewing left as an assistant there ain't been anybody to help the few big men that we have here.

Look how long it took Haywood to develope. Who was helping him? I would honestly think they would have someone to do that but I haven't seen that person.

"And what did the Wizards tell him after his workout? "They just said they'll be in contact, but I don't know what that means," Morrison said."

Might as well bring him in, couldn't hurt at this point.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | July 13, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

. A guy like him who's a great shooter...why worry about being able to create his own shot or not? Did Paxson or Kerr have to worry about creating their own shots?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 13, 2010 10:21 PM

23% 3pt shooter last season, wow, really hope we can sign him.

He was considered via Hollinger stats the single worst player in the nba his rookie year. It's amazing how much you rail our guys but then call Adam Morrison a great shooter. Laughable.

Posted by: divi3 | July 13, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

This guy can't defend, shoot or rebound.

Next.

Posted by: elfreako | July 13, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

"Both actually, but I blame the coaches mostly. No low post, no pick skills, no positioning under the boards. Run and dunk is all he can do at this point in his career. He was toted as a "project" when he was drafted a few years ago but who is actually coaching him?"

Could it be Unseld Jr.? Why are they paying him (rhetorical question) when they need a real coach?

"Flip loves point guards and he has Cassell to help there. Since Ewing left as an assistant there ain't been anybody to help the few big men that we have here.

Look how long it took Haywood to develope. Who was helping him? I would honestly think they would have someone to do that but I haven't seen that person."

Yeah, just like how Dave Hopla was doing well until they fired him.

"Might as well bring him in, couldn't hurt at this point.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | July 13, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse "

He can be a poor man's Eminem.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 13, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

"23% 3pt shooter last season, wow, really hope we can sign him.

He was considered via Hollinger stats the single worst player in the nba his rookie year. It's amazing how much you rail our guys but then call Adam Morrison a great shooter. Laughable.

Posted by: divi3 | July 13, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse "

I'm just going by Mike Lee's assessment above:

Coach Flip Saunders worked Morrison through a series of individual shooting drills on Monday morning and from observers, Morrison displayed the same stroke that led Michael Jordan to select him out of Gonzaga with the Charlotte Bobcats' third overall pick in 2006. But that was expected. There hasn't been much question about Morrison's ability to shoot, but rather his ability to create his own shot, move around screens and do everything else. With Saunders's flex offense and No. 1 overall pick John Wall's ability to drive and kick, Morrison could possibly help spread the floor and create space.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 13, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Pech can hit twenty 3s in a row during a workout too, should we bring him back?

Posted by: divi3 | July 13, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

could be interesting. A spot up situational shooter.

Posted by: gconrads | July 13, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I've always thought Morrison would be a good fit for the Wiz. I'd like to sign him, maybe he could replace Mike Miller.

Posted by: Gooddad | July 13, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

"So who are you blaming, him or the coaches?"

Both actually, but I blame the coaches mostly. No low post, no pick skills, no positioning under the boards. Run and dunk is all he can do at this point in his career. He was toted as a "project" when he was drafted a few years ago but who is actually coaching him?
Posted by: rmcazz

Strange. I thought McGee was a professional basketball player. Pretty sure being a professional means being responsible for yourself. Even if the Wiz aren't getting him the coaching he needs, he could always request more. Or he could be working with a coach on his own. John Wall was doing that before he was even drafted, and then continued after.

It's always on the player first and foremost. He has to want to improve. The organization does need to provide every available resource, but they can never make a player improve more than he is willing to.

Posted by: ts35 | July 13, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

They didn't fire Hopla. Quit acting like you know what you're talking about.

Posted by: IrenePollin | July 13, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

not much video to watch when he is in uniform. Do we still want Jordan's taint on our new team? I understand that its hard to crack phil jackson's rotation with Farmar, Brown, and Odom dominating the bench time but why are the wizards taking other team's rejects? And this doesn't resonate with building through the draft or getting tougher defensively. Wall, arenas, blatche and Mcgee are already a primarily offensive lineup so the wiz need a Matt Barnes/ Ron artest/ tony allen/ bruce bowen starting defender

Posted by: jefferu | July 13, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

"Pech can hit twenty 3s in a row during a workout too, should we bring him back?

Posted by: divi3 | July 13, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse"

If you want to. Go for it. Although, OPech is supposed to be a 7 ft. PF....Morrison not so much.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 13, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

"Strange. I thought McGee was a professional basketball player. Pretty sure being a professional means being responsible for yourself. Even if the Wiz aren't getting him the coaching he needs, he could always request more. Or he could be working with a coach on his own. John Wall was doing that before he was even drafted, and then continued after.

It's always on the player first and foremost. He has to want to improve. The organization does need to provide every available resource, but they can never make a player improve more than he is willing to.

Posted by: ts35 | July 13, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse "

Depends on which franchise you play for. If it's a team like the Dallas Mavericks, where the owner spares no expense to ensure his players get all the coaching up they need, then you're golden. Otherwise...expect more mediocrity.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 13, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

"They didn't fire Hopla. Quit acting like you know what you're talking about.

Posted by: IrenePollin | July 13, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse "

Thanks Irene. I didn't know Hopla was still with Les BouleS.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 13, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Depends on which franchise you play for. If it's a team like the Dallas Mavericks, where the owner spares no expense to ensure his players get all the coaching up they need, then you're golden. Otherwise...expect more mediocrity.

Posted by: DC_MAN88

No, actually it doesn't. If the player doesn't put in the time and effort to get better, it doesn't matter how many coaches you have.

Posted by: ts35 | July 13, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

"...with the Clippers informing Morrison of their interest. The Clippers, though, are reluctant to move without seeing Morrison in a five-on-five scrimmage, but Morrison is reluctant to take that route at this time."

Morrison's career is hanging by a thread, yet he doesnt want to scrimmage for teams interested in signing him. Think about that!

Posted by: divi3 | July 13, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

"No, actually it doesn't. If the player doesn't put in the time and effort to get better, it doesn't matter how many coaches you have.

Posted by: ts35 | July 13, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse "

I wouldn't be surprised based on EG's draft history if JaTravel turns out to be a one dimensional bum...but no sweat off my back. Plus, EG's too busy trying to collect ex lottery picks this offseason. First it was Childress, then Marriott Armstrong, and now Morrison.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 13, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Morrison's career is hanging by a thread, yet he doesnt want to scrimmage for teams interested in signing him. Think about that!

Posted by: divi3 | July 13, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

That sounds like a guy Ernie would sign

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | July 13, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

He looks like an extra in Dazed and Confused or one of the Cheech and Chong movies - and he plays like he's been taking bong hits. I can't tell you how exciting it is to watch an Ernie Grunfeld team.

Posted by: nativedc | July 14, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Why are we signing these soft guys??? The thing about wall, hinrich, sepharin and booker are they are not fufu. They are hard nosed players (with talent). These guys (morrison/yi) are softer than pillows. EG hides this by saying they are "talented". His free agent strategy sucks....

Posted by: merajc86 | July 14, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

On second thought, he looks like one of the Zombies from one of the George Romero films - except he's slower and less coordinated.

Posted by: nativedc | July 14, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Seems like it's been downhill since the Wall draft.

How is "building through the draft" this season different from past seasons of building through the draft with Opech, NY, DMac, Peter John Ramos, Vermeenko, cash money, etc.?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 14, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

I think McGee's potential is mostly on the defensive end.

I envision him bulking up some more and becoming a defensive presence similar to Detroit Ben Wallace. Accolades aside, of course.

Sure he can get the occasional dunk or two, but it doesn't look like he is coordinated enough to develop any moves offensively.

Though he's the best we got to start this year, he's probably 2 years away from actually being an effective starter. By that time he'll be what, 24 years old?

Side Note: All this assuming he works at it and has support.

Posted by: Vicc | July 14, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

I didn't know the Lakers had signed Johnny Depp. When did that happen?

Posted by: acoberst1 | July 14, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Well it's worse for us, we have num nuts 88 & numb skull 78 as know nothing critics.

Of course both of those b !t ches are never was & never been, so that's why they come here.

Posted by: Rocc00 | July 14, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Re: Hopla, is he not with the Raps? He was last year.

Posted by: closg | July 14, 2010 4:41 AM | Report abuse

"Well it's worse for us, we have num nuts 88 & numb skull 78 as know nothing critics.

Of course both of those b !t ches are never was & never been, so that's why they come here.

Posted by: Rocc00 | July 14, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse "

Um, not quite.

Two straight seasons of lottery for Les BouleS coupled with Max Money being ineffective before and after his big contract signing coupled with a complete roster overhaul should be indication enough that things ain't going too well here.

Not my fault you're too dumb to figure that out.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 14, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

"Re: Hopla, is he not with the Raps? He was last year.

Posted by: closg | July 14, 2010 4:41 AM | Report abuse "

No, Hopla's still with Les BouleS. That's why they're so good. At least Irene thinks so.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 14, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Morrison should stay unemployed. Sign Hudson. Kareem is available to coach McGee/Armstrong, since Bynum didn't find his assistance valuable.

Tracy McGrady is worth talking to. Half of him is still better than all of Al Thornton.

Posted by: karlw171 | July 14, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Why are we signing these soft guys??? The thing about wall, hinrich, sepharin and booker are they are not fufu. They are hard nosed players (with talent). These guys (morrison/yi) are softer than pillows. EG hides this by saying they are "talented". His free agent strategy sucks....

Posted by: merajc86

They can't all be pit bulls. I can't think of one team in the NBA that has tough guys 1-15 on the roster. It takes different types of players to make a team. When the team needs a three at the end of the game, give me the theoretical "soft" guy (not necessarily Morrison) shooting a good percentage.

Posted by: tgif11 | July 14, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

I read a lot of criticism regarding Morrison.
No one denies that he has a great shot, and Washington needs some guys who can come off the bench, and provide some long range shooting.
He was the 3rd pick in the draft in 06. True...Jordan did pick Kwamee with the first pick (right up there with Portland picking Oden) ..but Morrison played big time college ball..and has not had much chance to develop.

Remember D.C.fans..Mark Mosley was cut by 2-3 teams before the Skins signed him...and we saw how that worked out. Some players need a few years to develop..and also to be in the system that suits their game.
He can be signed for very reasonable money..and he could turn out to be a steal..if not, no real harm done.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | July 14, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Just curious, with all of the money the Wizards were supposed to have, how in th name of all that’s holy are we ending up with these players no other team wants. Ex: Armstrong,Yi Jinli and Morrison. Why haven’t they signed Josh Howard, he played well here and with an intensity that had the young guys playing exciting ball. I loved the fact that regardless of their horrible record when he came here, he still believed and played like we had a shot to get in the playoffs. Hell, that is how he got hurt, leaving it all on the court. And now, we are going to just turn our backs on him??!!?? I don’t get it. Every team in our conference are trying to get better and all we have been singing for the last two seasons is we building for the future. Do the Wizards not realize that the fans are NOT going to pay for another losing season even if they do have a number one pick. They assume because of John Wall, fans will be flocking to see him. They will at first, but if the losing continues, by January they will have to resort once again to foolish marketing tactics to get fans to come to the phone booth. Sheesh!

Posted by: ivyleague | July 14, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

He was fun to watch in college but I think his NBA career is about over. BTW - MJ obviously doesn't have an eye for NBA talent. Kwame with a #1 and Morrison with a #3. OUCH

Posted by: scottmando | July 14, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I realize no one wants Morrison. But you never know who might break out. Look at Blatche. Anyway, a good point guard can get open looks for guys. Morrison is a low-pay, low-risk investment. I'm for it.

Posted by: EdDC | July 14, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I suspect Josh Howard played hard because he wanted the Wizards to pick up his big option on his contract or failing that, he was playing for a new contract. There's nothing wrong with that because we got his best effort.
They haven't signed him because he tore his ACL. Now I agree that they should try to sign him if they can get him at a good price, but the jury is out as to whether he'll contribute much this season since he injured his knee in late February. It takes some guys over a year to be effective.

Posted by: tgif11 | July 14, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Someone please refresh my memory...Along with our stagnant defense, wasn't our main problem defense???

So why in the world would we bring in Morrison knowing that he is slow and cannot defend. I don't care how good his shot is, if you want to win championships you have to be able to defend. We already have a defensive liability in GA, why bring in another one. At least we had enough sense to sign KH. He can defend.

I sure hope that the Wiz do not make this mistake. The NBA is moving and has been moving towards athleticism. If he was a veteran that could use his b-ball knowledge to make up for his lack of physical ability (Derek Fisher)then I could see taking a chance and signing him for the league minimum, but he is not that saavy or smart.

Also, how can you turn down a 5 on 5 audition when you are hanging on by a thread?

This would be a HUGE mistake. Help me here Larry LOL!

Posted by: TEliasB | July 14, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

"Just curious, with all of the money the Wizards were supposed to have, how in th name of all that’s holy are we ending up with these players no other team wants. Ex: Armstrong,Yi Jinli and Morrison. Why haven’t they signed Josh Howard, he played well here and with an intensity that had the young guys playing exciting ball. I loved the fact that regardless of their horrible record when he came here, he still believed and played like we had a shot to get in the playoffs. Hell, that is how he got hurt, leaving it all on the court. And now, we are going to just turn our backs on him??!!?? I don’t get it."

There's nothing to get. The Wizards don't owe Josh Howard anything. If they don't think he can help (and there are plenty of reasons to think that), then there's no reason to sign him. It's that simple.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 14, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: tgif11 | July 14, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Agree....but these players are pretty soft...

They can aim for players that can at least bring a skill set... Like Reddick/Korver for their 3 point ability...or one of many 3s for their defense/ athleticism. However, Morrison/Yi are not really good at anything. You can get a stretch 4, but get one who is a better shooter. I guess soft was the wrong word...better accomplished players that do similar things...

Posted by: merajc86 | July 14, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Josh Howard this is not the west!
They bump and grind in the east.
He won't hold up not at his age.

Morrison is another one who should not have been picked to play Pro ball.
To many players are bought to the league not ready!

Posted by: SOLVBACK | July 14, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Signing a #12 or so guy for your team cannot be considered a HUGE mistake.

Posted by: EdDC | July 14, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Skinny white guy with not much game besides a sweet shot. That only works if you have a guard that's going to collapse defenses and creates wide open looks for perimeter defenders. hmmm...

Worth a look, but he's been pretty much out of the loop for the last two years. Much depends on how hard he's been working at his game in practice. I have no idea if he's improved or gotten worse.

Seems like he's approaching getting a deal like an established veteran, which he's not.

Maybe he should have signed onto a Summer League team and if he'd lite up summer league, he could have picked from a list of invites. Trying to get a contract off of shooting drills would seem to throw up some red flags to me.

Better lowpost offensive game,

Charles Barkley or Motumbo?

Dantley or Camby?

Could go down the list all day long, being tall doesn't mean that you have the ability to play with your back to the basket.

Lots of NBA centers/forwards have no real go to move in the post, but many NBA guards have great back to the basket games.

And practicing it doesn't mean you can master it. Motumbo worked hard at it for years.

Back to the basket post play requires leverage. Tall guys don't have it.

Strength in the thighs, butt, and upper body strength to take advantage of the leverage once you've gained it.

Post play has nothing to do with height. Hakem the Dream was one of the most dominant post players ever. He was closer to 6'9" then the 7' he was listed at...

The Big E was 6'8" to 6'9"...

Go ahead Kal respond with another bout of name calling, that's what you're good at...
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | July 14, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse


Why haven’t they signed Josh Howard, he played well here and with an intensity that had the young guys playing exciting ball. I loved the fact that regardless of their horrible record when he came here, he still believed and played like we had a shot to get in the playoffs. Hell, that is how he got hurt, leaving it all on the court. And now, we are going to just turn our backs on him??!!??

Posted by: ivyleague

Turn their backs on him? The Wizards aren't operating a mom and pop bakery. Howard was playing hard to get paid (it's the American Dream) and he DID want the Wizards to pick up his option. If he'd had a great year and stayed healthy, he would've gotten probably a $40 M contract from another team in this market if the Wizards had decided not to pick up his option and nobody would be saying he turned his back on the Wizards. And he only played a handful of games for the Wizards. Sheesh!!!

Posted by: harrybalz | July 14, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Morrison made 5 3s last season. FIVE. Won't sign this guy, no way. DJ Strawberry is frickin ballin out in Vegas and you sign a guy who wont even scrimmage? Who hasnt gotten off the bench in 2 years while fully healthy? Nah, they arent seriously considering that.

Posted by: divi3 | July 14, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Morrison needs to either go over seas or the D League to get a chance to play. He seems too slow, but, may be able to resurrect himself in a few years - think JJ Reddik. Everyone needs a shooter. It isn't going to happen in NBA practices, he needs to play. He is a multi-millionaire who has made the most of his talent. Not wanting to scrimmage? Would you after sitting for 2 years? He probably needs 6 months to be worth a darn physically. Also, don't forget he has diabetes, which whether you like it or not is a physically limiting disease.

Posted by: KDSmallJr | July 14, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Morrison can't play defense

Posted by: nadeemsx | July 14, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Yawn. Pack up your tackle box and take your bait to another fishing hole, Clem. When you have something to say that addresses what I actually said get back to me. Or don't. No never mind to me, really.

Posted by: kalo_rama | July 14, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I hate Duke but i have to admit JJ Reddick obviously has worked on his body and his conditioning to be a contributing NBA player.

When jordan drafted this guy, it was the final nail in my book of him being a poor GM.

Morrison is non athletic or has not worked on developing his body as needed to be a viable pro. The guy can shoot but his athletic ability is for the 1960s and early 70s NBA. he can't score nor check even average NBA small forwards or guards. He's a latter day version of Steve Alford. Morrison could be a journey man NBA 12th man based off his college career, but he needs to go to Europe.

Posted by: oknow1 | July 14, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

how does a guy with a career 37%FG maintain a rep as an excellent shooter? Why is a player who hits 33%FG from 3pt range someone the wizards should consider bringing in as a distance threat?

i'm all for bringing in guys who could excel, but at least bring in guys who have shown something as good or better than the players we already have!

Posted by: divi3 | July 14, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised based on EG's draft history if JaTravel turns out to be a one dimensional bum...but no sweat off my back. Plus, EG's too busy trying to collect ex lottery picks this offseason. First it was Childress, then Marriott Armstrong, and now Morrison.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 13, 2010 11:32 PM

u noticed that too? LMAO don't forget Livingston. btw, love the new look -- easier to filter out Irene, Forrest Gump and the klutzes for sane, quality NBA writing.

Posted by: prescrunk | July 14, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I think what some people here are missing is that even though the team is dedicated to building through the draft, there is only one draft per season, and they still have to fill in the team with some players.

So the strategy the team appears to be taking is to gather players who are young, and who are still developing and make this season a bit of an audition. Maybe they find a few pieces that can work together...

Alternately they could enter a bidding war for more coveted free-agents who we would all know are role players at this point and surround their core young guys with established role-players.

Doing the latter would suck. Why? Because established vet role players would want playing time and take development time away from our young guys. Or they create drama and demand out of a situation... Exhibits: Chucky Atkins, Charles Oakley etc etc etc.

So, they are taking up some young players who have maybe not finished developing, or who maybe are a bit on the bust side. It's the dev player gamble. But you can't really say this is business as usual.

Business as usual would mean we traded our first rounders (aside from wall) for a low-end all-star prospect to build a low-end playoff contender with a short shelf-life on the speculation that gil and wall will be really good.

Maybe they will maybe they won't. I think GIl was actually playing really well last season, and was playing for the most part within himself.

Personally, unless some kind of freakish good luck has been with this team, and we drafted amazingly developed players who mesh perfectly and create a perfect storm of awesomeness... uh where was i? Oh yeah!

I hope we don't make the lower rung of the playoffs.

My goal for this season is to see teamwork and development from the core players but remain a lottery team for one more year. THEN. To add another drafts worth of quality players and start changing the make-up of this team through free-agency based on the known development of our young players. But that is just me.

Posted by: gconrads | July 14, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Yet another high lottery pick that got bounced around teams. Yi, Hilton, (and Foye last season), how many do we want to collect?

While we are at it, might as well bring back Kwame Brown!

Posted by: sagaliba | July 14, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Morrisons got more rings than Lebron! bwhahah...

Posted by: tmi1 | July 14, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

@sagaliba

We let Foye go... how is that collecting?

You should read my post above, it's perfect for you.

Posted by: gconrads | July 14, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

With Gilbert Arenas already a burden to carry at $80M over the next 4 years, is there any reason Leonsis should go out on a line and sign Josh Howard to a multi-year contract with his physical condition still up in the air and his productivity steadily declining the past 2-3 years?

Get real.

The Wizards were able to clear out DeShawn Stevenson and his contract as well as a declining Antawn Jamison and his contract, this team would be stupid to tie up its future in another 30 year old ballplayer with a downward trendline.

This team NEEDS to be in the lottery next season to get another core player for the front court to pair with Wall.

You do that and then you are in the game for a major free agent addition in 2012.

Until the team starts to develop some momentum, major free agents are going to stay away from Washington.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | July 14, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Wizards should really have made a concerted effort to get Al Jefferson before the Jazz picked him up. Signing Adam Morrison would show that we are truly desperate for big men. Even Etan Thomas would be better than Morrison!

Posted by: musicmanjr | July 14, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Signing Adam Morrison would show that we are truly desperate for big men. Even Etan Thomas would be better than Morrison!

Posted by: musicmanjr


Especially since Morrison is a SG/SF. But I know what you mean (I think).

Posted by: harrybalz | July 14, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Grunfeld seems to like living in the land of the misfits. We are going to have a team of no namers and get our arses kicked next year. Are the Wizards allergic to big name players or something. WTF!! Let's see Josh Howard to NY and Livingston to Charlotte. I am trying to stay a true fan, but damn, I am tired of rooting for a losing ass team!

Posted by: ivyleague | July 14, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Livinston and Howard would turn the Wiz into winners? You got a thang for players with bad wheels. There's a reason those two are still out there, shaking their tin cups, waiting for some sucker to overpay. Thank goodness it won't be Ernie.

Posted by: Firuz1 | July 14, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"how does a guy with a career 37%FG maintain a rep as an excellent shooter? Why is a player who hits 33%FG from 3pt range someone the wizards should consider bringing in as a distance threat?

i'm all for bringing in guys who could excel, but at least bring in guys who have shown something as good or better than the players we already have!

Posted by: divi3 | July 14, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse "

In case you didn't noticed, Gilby is a career .357 from 3 pt. land, and a career .426 in FG's.

In Gilby's heyday, he had the high scoring average due to the sheer # of shots he took....about 20 FG and 10 FT on average.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/stats?playerId=974

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 14, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"Livinston and Howard would turn the Wiz into winners? You got a thang for players with bad wheels. There's a reason those two are still out there, shaking their tin cups, waiting for some sucker to overpay. Thank goodness it won't be Ernie.

Posted by: Firuz1 | July 14, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse "

I don't know what sort of expectations people have from Livingston, since he got injured early in his career, but Livingston did look pretty good last season when he was on the court.

What he's come back from is remarkable, but with Gilby, despite all the doctors claims that he's fully healed, or trainers comments that his knee is at full strength, etc., Gilby still seems to have lost a few steps and has no more vertical.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 14, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, we let James Singleton go and signed a guy who can't play. Might as well let Mike Miller go and sign another guy who can't play.

Posted by: virtueandvice | July 16, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

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