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Some clarity on David Stern's advice and Hamady Ndiaye's contract situation

I wanted to clarify a few things that I've reported over the past few days. First off, David Stern's advice to Gilbert Arenas and the Wizards to remain silent on his gun incident is not a "gag order" but rather a strong suggestion. No one would get fined for making comments, however, it would be frowned upon with the franchise looking to move in a new direction, with a new owner and some fresh new faces.

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis told me that he wasn't going to go against Stern's recommendation for fear of getting fined, but team spokesman Kurt Kehl told the Associated Press on Thursday that the organization was never issued the threat of a financial penalty. "The idea of being fined was never intimated to him at all," Kehl said.

As I wrote in my blog post on Thursday, they have been advised not to talk about the situation. Arenas will assuredly be asked about it, either Monday at media day or some time throughout the season, but Stern supports him should the three-time all-star decide to issue no comment on the matter. Since he has been given permission to avoid the subject, Arenas is expected to follow those orders.

Secondly, while Hamady Ndiaye is working out at Verizon Center and expected to participate in training camp with the Wizards beginning next week, he has yet to accept the non-qualifying tender. Ndiaye most likely will take it, with only a few days left before camp and him unable to get offers from elsewhere.

Ndiaye and the Wizards remain hopeful that he finds employment overseas before the regular season begins, because the longer he sticks around, the more problems it could possibly present for both sides. Unless Ndiaye completely blows away the Wizards in training camp and the preseason, the team does not plan on having him in uniform in the upcoming season.

The Wizards don't want to use a roster spot and send him down to the NBA Developmental League, either. They would like to maintain some roster flexibility by going into the season with either 13 or 14 players. Having that 15th roster spot available could help the Wizards if they feel the need to add some veteran help in an area of need or to take back another player in a possible trade down the road.

The dilemma for both sides is that the Wizards would lose Ndiaye's rights if they have to cut him in training camp. Ndiaye is seen as an extra asset for the organization, since the Wizards only asked for the 57th pick from Minnesota after they had already agreed to move up to get Trevor Booker. They would like to have Ndiaye in a Wizards uniform at some point, just not before he has developed and received some playing time and experience elsewhere. The way the Wizards are currently constructed, Ndiaye is unlikely to gain sufficient playing time this season.

I hope that clears up any confusion for you guys.

By Michael Lee  | September 24, 2010; 9:19 AM ET
Categories:  Gilbert Arenas, Hamady Ndiaye  
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I don't see Namady in the active list if he stays here and sitting on the bench will hinder his development.

PG: Wall, Hinrich
SG: Arenas, Young
SF: Thornton, Booker, Howard
PF: Blatch, Yi, Seraphin
C: McGee, Armstrong

Thats already 12 players on the active list

Posted by: jefferu | September 24, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I understand the flexibility issue very well, and Wiz flexibility helped them get Yi and Hinrich for this year. However, when EG talked about (yesterday) "wanting to develop young players throughout the season," and liking the D-League, but "we couldn't really use it the past few years," I am a little confused.

A player like Ndiaye would seem like a perfect example of how to use the D-League. Yes, he takes up a roster spot, but considering that spots 13-15 are seldom used, why not give one to Ndiaye if you think he has a future with the team, but needs more playing time to improve his skills. I could also see a situation where Seraphin or even possibly Booker struggle or are not getting enough playing time, and the Wiz may want them to play more. Then, bring up Ndiaye to give him practice time with the big team and send down one of the other rookies. Also, when the injury bug hits (pray that it doesn't), we always go to the D-League for help. With N'diaye, we already have one of our own players that we can bring up in the front court. I am not understanding the downside.

Worst case, let's say this "incredible deal" comes before the trade deadline. Ndiaye is on a rookie contract for a 2nd rounder, not much money. They spent a lot more to get Hinrich and move up to get Seraphin, so if the deal is attractive enough, cut Ndiaye, make the deal and bring him back later. I believe they can do that, but they may need to eat the rest of his salary, but that won't be much, at most the remainder of the year for a 2nd round rookie contract??

I just believe this could be another sign, especially if they cut Ndiaye, of the Wiz saying they believe in the D-league and wanting to develop players for the future and then turning around and doing something else.


Posted by: faninAlex | September 24, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

"I don't see Namady in the active list if he stays here and sitting on the bench will hinder his development."

Very little "development" happens in games. That comes with work put in during practice, offseason, tape study, etc. Game time is when they put into practice what they've learned. But they have to learn it first. A season spent working with coaches, learning the system, getting familiar with teammates, and going head to head with NBA caliber players will likely do more good than a season spend competing against D-League scrubs.

Besides, even if they keep Ndiaye, they'll still only have 13 players. That leaves two spots. Fill one with someone (a SF?) out of camp (Martin? Morrison?) and they still have one left.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 24, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

In other NBA news:

Looks like the inevitable has finally happend and Don Nelson is out in Golden State. That writing has been on the wall for a while.

And in Miami's ongoing quest to corner the market on decrepit big men, it looks like Erick Dampier is leaning towards signing with the Heat.

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

N'Diaye is a dleague scrub, summer league showed that. It's not bad luck that no team on earth (apparently) has made him an offer. I dont know what they should do with him, but it's also ok to concede they missed with the 57th pick in the draft and just move on. This guy is older than Mcgee but looks years away from being able to harm in parting ways if he shows nothing in camp.

Posted by: divi3 | September 24, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

What's a "non-qualifying tender?" How does it work?

If Ndiaye signs such a tender, does that mean Wiz will have to either cut him and loose his right, or keep him on the roster?

Posted by: sagaliba | September 24, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse


I believe you can sign a player to a non-guaranteed contract. The contract would only become guaranteed if the player stays past certain date. So if you cut the player (due to roster spot) before that date, you won’t even loose any money other than the salary that you've already paid him.

Posted by: sagaliba | September 24, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse


With a scoring 2, 3 and 4 all then need is a sound point guard and some bangers down low and a coach with some championship experience. I somehow dont see young Erik outcoaching, Doc, Phil or Pop in a series. I think they need Pat to guide the egos and coach in a competitive series. Dampier is a banger with six fouls to give.

Posted by: ged0386 | September 24, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

"With a scoring 2, 3 and 4 all then need is a sound point guard and some bangers down low and a coach with some championship experience. I somehow dont see young Erik outcoaching, Doc, Phil or Pop in a series."

That's nice. Why are you telling me?

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 24, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

As for N'Diaye . . . he may or may not be a bust, but that determination can't be made with any substance based on summer league because (A) he barely played and (B) summer league proves a grand total of bupkis. Every year there's a handful of players who look great in summer league and end up nothing in the NBA (if they even make it that far) and vice versa.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 24, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

With the team that we have; we don't need All-Star centers.

All we need is a collection of Big-Bodies (prefferably 7-footers) to play Hack-a-Shaq, Ala "Da Bull's".

During their 6 Championship seasons, name one all-star?

Give the guy (Namady) a chance at training camp, I will be there. See ya!

Peace-out, I love ya'll!, Chef John.

Posted by: upscalechef | September 24, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I think the Wiz should switch to all-Black uniforms and Gilbert should be nicknamed "The Silencer" and John Wall "The Sheriff!" Yeah! lmao

Posted by: terptek | September 24, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

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