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Trevor Booker and Hamady N'Diaye talk about joining Wizards


By Michael Lee  |  July 1, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
Categories:  Trevor Booker  
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Ronnie Brewer. Can play the 2 or the 3. Athletic. Young. Likely cheap. Fits our strategy. Yes?

Posted by: dfresh58 | July 1, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

The Ernest Grunfeld era has begun in earnest. Booker is destined for greatness and N'Diaye will become another Ben Wallace type player who's all about defense, grit and determination.

After his latest draft, you off-key crooners can only bow in appreciation and amazement at Ernest's prowess in all things basketball.

Moving Arenas is next and it will happen after the free agent dust settles. Patience, my friends.

In Grunfeld We Trust!!

Posted by: melodious_thunk | July 1, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

ronnie brewer is a FA i thought it was corey brewer that was leaving Minny. In other minny news, they just tossed Darko 20 mil/4yrs. less money per year than Kirk but a longer contract. I think Kahn and EG are having a Trading Places-esque bet over who can get a NBA team contracted first. The prize......our usual....$1.00

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 1, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

how does everyone feel about travis outlaw...he seems to be a definite possibility here.

Posted by: merajc86 | July 1, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"ronnie brewer is a FA i thought it was corey brewer that was leaving Minny." -lilhollywood10

Huh??

Anyways, Ronnie would be a good fit. Among the previous reasons I suggested he'd be a nice addition, he plays good D and he would be great in transition with Wall. For those who don't know, Memphis renounced his rights in pursuit of Gay.

Posted by: dfresh58 | July 1, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Travis Outlaw is nice too, if we're looking for another shooter/scorer. Long, skinny, and athletic. Don't remember him playing much D though.

Posted by: dfresh58 | July 1, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Booker is destined for greatness

Posted by: melodious_thunk | July 1, 2010 2:17 PM

I think you may be confusing Booker T. Washington with Booker R. (Rookie) Washington.

I'll take serviceable, reliable and injury-free for Book the Rook right now, and leave the dreams of greatness for later. I hope you're right, though.

Posted by: ArchieTambo | July 1, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

LOL, you're being ironic again m_t! Some people thought you were serious and started getting really bothered!!!

Posted by: rickgonz | July 1, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

ronnie brewer is a FA i thought it was corey brewer that was leaving Minny." -lilhollywood10

Huh??

Anyways, Ronnie would be a good fit. Among the previous reasons I suggested he'd be a nice addition, he plays good D and he would be great in transition with Wall. For those who don't know, Memphis renounced his rights in pursuit of Gay.

Posted by: dfresh58 | July 1, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

i wrote an earlier post talking about how i thought that corey brewer had become a FA. i guess i got mixed up, as you are mentioning ronnie brewer as the FA. Both are nice young players, i'd take either one.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 1, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

i wish we could pry James Anderson away from spurs.

Posted by: dakel76 | July 1, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I also like outlaw. were going to need a seconed scorer.

Posted by: dakel76 | July 1, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: dakel76 | July 1, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

for argument's sake, who is our first scorer?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 1, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

i wish we could pry James Anderson away from spurs.

Posted by: dakel76

James Anderson lovers are coming out of the woodwork now. Did you say a word about this guy before draft night? Or are you like your buddy, bulletsfan78, who only REALLY likes a guy after the Spurs draft him? What's up?

Posted by: gimmedat | July 1, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse


Rudy Gay gets 5-yr, 82M deal. Buyer's remorse to follow.


http://www.nba.com/news/features/aldridge.2010.freeagency//?ls=iref:nbahpt1

Posted by: ArmChairQB | July 1, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

memphis is wildin' congrats Rudy

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 1, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

ronnie brewer is a FA i thought it was corey brewer that was leaving Minny." -lilhollywood10

Huh??

Anyways, Ronnie would be a good fit. Among the previous reasons I suggested he'd be a nice addition, he plays good D and he would be great in transition with Wall. For those who don't know, Memphis renounced his rights in pursuit of Gay.

Posted by: dfresh58 | July 1, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

i wrote an earlier post talking about how i thought that corey brewer had become a FA. i guess i got mixed up, as you are mentioning ronnie brewer as the FA. Both are nice young players, i'd take either one.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 1, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Corey Brewer has another year left on his contract.

Posted by: dfresh58 | July 1, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

r argument's sake, who is our first scorer?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 1,

Arenas could still average 20 to 25 ppg i guess.

If blatch could be a 20/10 guy, McGee 10/10 and wall 15/5/5 i´d go with a defensive player to complete the wing with thorten

Posted by: Pindajung | July 1, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

my bad Rudy. I was not respectin his gangsta. Rudy has been avg'in b/w 17 and 20 pts for the past 3 yrs. I guess he deserves that paper.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 1, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

BTW, is seraphin coming over or does he stay for in france for another year?

Posted by: Pindajung | July 1, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

for argument's sake, who is our first scorer?

Posted by: lilhollywood10

In addition to being the best GM in the history of professional sports, Ernie will make his best signing ever, signing himself to come off the bench and score 18 a game!

(Sorry, was just having a melodious moment)

EG was technically a free agent, but when he signed himself, he felt compelled to send David Kahn a draft pick anyway.

Posted by: ts35 | July 1, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

for argument's sake, who is our first scorer?

Posted by: lilhollywood10

In addition to being the best GM in the history of professional sports, Ernie will make his best signing ever, signing himself to come off the bench and score 18 a game!

(Sorry, was just having a melodious moment)

EG was technically a free agent, but when he signed himself, he felt compelled to send David Kahn a draft pick anyway.

Posted by: ts35 | July 1, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

BTW, is seraphin coming over or does he stay for in france for another year?

Posted by: Pindajung | July 1, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

No one can say for sure, but there is mutual interest in him coming over this year. For what it's worth, Seraphin definitely wants to come over this year. (I would include the link to verify that if I could remember where the hell I read it).

Posted by: dfresh58 | July 1, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

No one can say for sure, but there is mutual interest in him coming over this year. For what it's worth, Seraphin definitely wants to come over this year. (I would include the link to verify that if I could remember where the hell I read it).

Posted by: dfresh58

I can confirm that I also read that, and also that I can't remember where i read it either. :)

Sounds like there is a pretty good chance he makes it over this year (but not in time for summer league), and if not this year, almost certainly next year.

Posted by: ts35 | July 1, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

From ArmChairQB's link:

"I think Rudy likes Memphis a lot," a team source said Thursday, "and I think we were in a position to make the best offer to him. All of that helped us a lot ... if Rudy puts his mind to it he can be a real franchise player--if he puts his mind to it and brings that focus that people like LeBron (James) and Kobe (Bryant) have every night."

Interesting that they give him a huge contract and THEN expect him to focus and become a real franchise player. Cart before the horse?

Posted by: and_1 | July 1, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Ernie Grunfeld board sycophant melodious_thunk is hilarious!! Thanks for the laughs melodious.

Posted by: closg | July 1, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that they give him a huge contract and THEN expect him to focus and become a real franchise player. Cart before the horse?

Posted by: and_1 | July 1, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

like i said before Rudy has been hovering around the 20ppg 7rpg for a coupla years now. He's got the tools and the game, but maybe not the mind. Guys like Kobe and Lebron may not be "born that way" but they are definitely different. Kobe was taking game winners his rookie year. Lebron was CLE's leader since day one. Rudy has never been that guy, he was one of the guys at UCONN, but i can recall that team with Hilton Armstrong and Marcus Williams being semi-loaded with first round talent. I dunno if the 82 mil makes him a real franchise player or not, but if it doesn't nothin else will. It's kinda good that Memphis rewarded him for improving every year and validating their drafting him, while at the same time letting him know that it's time to take his game to another level.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 1, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Brewer would be a nice pick up. He plays good defense.

Posted by: anacostia85 | July 1, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

To Mr. Insider,

I was reading a Greek newspaper last week that indicated Josh Childress will be signing with the Wiz, and the only holdup to the deal getting done is contract length. Is there any validity to this story?

For everyone who is unaware, Childress (formerly of the Atlanta Hawks and Stanford) has been playing for Olympiakos, a perennial powerhouse in euroleague bball. Childress has been a solid defender , averaging about 16pts/game and learning sound team basketball. I think he would be a great fit here in DC where the Wiz are trying to adapt more of a defense first mentality.

Posted by: amavroukakis | July 1, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Rudy has never been that guy, he was one of the guys at UCONN, but i can recall that team with Hilton Armstrong and Marcus Williams being semi-loaded with first round talent.
Posted by: lilhollywood10

That Gay was on the talent-laden team that lost to George Mason in the tourney speaks to that a bit. Certainly no particular shame in losing to that Mason team, but having that much of a talent edge (though Mason had more experienced players) and not winning the game speaks a bit to not being a 'closer' or a franchise player.

Posted by: ts35 | July 1, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I really worry about Ernie's draft record, but I will give Ernie and Steady Teddy two thumbs up for riding out this free agent insanity that's going on now.
Rudy Gay is a $16 Mil per year player?
5 year $32 Million for Drew Gooden?
I really can't wait to hear what Minnesota gave Darko Milicic for four years.

Posted by: bozomoeman | July 1, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ts35 | July 1, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

yessir

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | July 1, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

$120 Million for Joe Johnson...FOR JOE JOHNSON ??

Posted by: bozomoeman | July 1, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

re. Seraphin
My understanding is he is stuck in visa-application limbo land. While waiting for his knee to heal. So they could not bring him over for the summer league but think they can have him over in time for pre-season camp. And yes, I'm too lazy to look for where I read that. Could have been Draftexpress or one of the blogs quoting his agent Bouna N'Diaye.

Posted by: rickgonz | July 1, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Is this a ham handed ploy by the Chicago Media to try and prevent NY from working out a trade for Curry's expiring deal to clear space in the hunt for King James?
Dirty pool, Mister, dirty pool.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/2454524,eddy-curry-wanted-070110.article

Posted by: bozomoeman | July 1, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Joe Johnson is in for 120 mil over 6 years

Arenas is looking more like a steal every day! At least arenas was what? 25 when he signed his deal?

Posted by: Blurred | July 1, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

One of ESPN's guys was reporting on draft night that the Wizards were going sign Childress to an offer sheet. But I haven't read anything about it locally.

If it's true that Atlanta just gave Joe Johnson a max deal, they could be hardpressed to match an offer for Childress. Ernie could quite possibly structure a deal that would be hard for them to swallow. I think his qualifying offer was 4.8m.

It's also possible that Atlanta could do a sign and trade, Ernie's still got another trade exception that he could use as part of a deal.

I think the Wiz will also see if Booker can adjust to guarding in space, if he can he very well could get some time at the 3 as well.
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | July 1, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Could have been Draftexpress or one of the blogs quoting his agent Bouna N'Diaye.
Posted by: rickgonz | July 1, 2010 4:51 PM

My bad, it was Michael Lee who reported it a few days ago.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/wizardsinsider/2010/06/wild-night-for-wall-wizards.html
"Seraphin will not participate in summer league as he recovers from his right knee injury suffered a few weeks ago. He might not come to Washington until he receives his work visa in about a month or two, according to Seraphin's agent, Bouna N'Diaye."

Posted by: rickgonz | July 1, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

"BTW, is seraphin coming over or does he stay for in france for another year?"

The Wizards' lack of bodies under contract and Seraphin's desire to play in the NBA strongly suggests that he'll be stateside next season.

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | July 1, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

"he Wizards' lack of bodies under contract and Seraphin's desire to play in the NBA strongly suggests that he'll be stateside next season.Posted by: rufus_t_firefly"

Plus that $750,000 buyout.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 1, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

after it's all said and done, the Wizards will sign Howard at the 3.The short time he did play play, he was actually better that the diminished skills of Caron Butler.The hook, however, is that knee and was it an acl or a mcl tear....When you think of a wall, areas, howard, blatche and mcgee starting 5, you actually have 3 guys that can create their own shot ( unlike Orlando) and 3 good defenders on the floor ( something the Wizards never had).

Posted by: orpheusgroupent | July 2, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

@Orpheus : howerd is the only 1 on your team that can be real tough on D. Arenas cant defend at all really, mcgee can block but tries that 2much witch makes him inaffactive. He is freuquently late aswell caussing him 2faul plus hes a non factor on D in the LP dispite his 7foot frame. Wall is quick of his feet, has good lateral speed and long arms but gets beat alot off the drib and pull up. both have the fys attributes but its another thing to put those to good use. There both projects on d. With promise i might add. Thorten Howard hinrich booker ndiaye are the best d right now i guess

Posted by: Pindajung | July 2, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Howard and Hinrich are really the only 2/3's we have who can guard. Thornton is known to be awful on that end.

Posted by: BACKS | July 2, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Find a way to get Beasley and sign Jon Scheyer since he's on the summer league squad and he can shoot better than Nick Young at this point. That wraps up the roster. We should make sure Dray stays consistent before getting our hopes up as well. They should let Gil do his thing til the all star break and then decide on trading him or not. I'm not convinced he's a troublemaker. An unloaded gun doesn't make you a life criminal. Ernie better make the right decisions this time!!!!

Posted by: Akiraw | July 2, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

BTW...Josh Howard's not coming back...def not for 11 mil on a bum knee

Posted by: Akiraw | July 2, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

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