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Posted at 1:09 PM ET, 12/19/2010

Video: Gilbert Arenas discusses trade to Orlando

By Michael Lee

 

(via Orlando Sentinel)

By Michael Lee  | December 19, 2010; 1:09 PM ET
 
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With Yi out, and Blatche having health issues, having Lewis does help out our front court, especially in scoring, but don't expect him to help out rebounding that much, or interior defense for that matter.

When Josh Howard is healthy, I expect him to be the starting SF, so the question is, who do we start at PF? Blatche or Lewis? Having the 2nd highest paid player in the league coming off bench?

In addition, I think Wizards needs a 3rd PG, but our roster is full. With Howard healthy, we may not need both Martin and Gee. Another option is, trade Yi to get a PG, but since he is injured, wonder if there is any taker?

Posted by: sagaliba | December 19, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

"Unless Nick Young or Cartier Martin can play some backup pg, it seems clear that the Wizards have to consider how to add another pg. 10-day contracts are available to be used after Jan. 5. Can the Wizards go with just Heinrich and Wall until Jan. 5?"

That's not really the problem. The problem is what to do between now and whenever Wall comes back.

Posted by: kalo_rama
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That is actually the same problem. It is a long season, we cannot expect both Wall and Hinrich being healthy all the time, especially Wall, seems to be an ongoing issue, and would not have time to recoup if there is no 3rd PG, the pressure for him to play not 100% (or even 90%) would be much higher.

However, the issue is not about 10-day contract, Wizards can sign anybody to non-guarantee contract prior to Jan 5. But we do need to get rid of one player in order to do that, since our roster is full, 10-day contract or not.

Posted by: sagaliba | December 19, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to see Hedo and Gil playing well together, since they both need the ball. Jameer is going to look like Mike Bibby, standing around at the perimeter, waiting to take an open three.

Posted by: djnnnou | December 19, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I hate to see gil go but now you're going to see how REALLY good nick is.

Posted by: maejude | December 19, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

From the Orlando Sentinel:
The Magic basically shuffled a bunch of bloated contracts (Carter, Lewis) and got some other bloated contracts (Arenas, H-Turk) in return.

What comes next?

Lots of questions. . . .

How will Arenas co-exist with Jameer Nelson at the point? Coach Stan Van Gundy said that Nelson won't lose his starter's role and that he will find a way to pair them together, which means the Magic will be playing with two point guards who have more scoring in mind than running an offense. And then what happens to J.J. Redick, who has been one of Orlando's best players this season? Will his quality minutes disappear?

Will anybody play except Dwight Howard play any defense?

Posted by: nmik | December 19, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Rashard has not had 9rebs in game even once this season, hopefully being asked to play differently will change that...but I cant say I'm looking forward to Flip having to carve out 30mins a night for this guy.

Posted by: divi3 | December 19, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Most trades are judged by did the team get better...

I never liked Gil's game since he wasn't really a pg and he is too short to be a sg in the NBA and he never played "D".

This trade will save the Wizards some money in a couple of years, but why can't Ernie get a draft pick when he makes a deal?

I believe trading a guard for a forward hurts the this team. It will put more pressure on Flip to play Wall if he is still hurt.

Maybe Ernie can make a trade for Boykins?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 19, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Gil is the gift that keeps on giving because without his support and antics to get Nick Young playing time, no one would have been able to see that this kid is a helluva player and one of the better offensive players in the league. There is no way this poorly run organization (with the worse coach for in terms of player development) would have given this kid a chance without injuries to other players.

Its a shame that the coaching geniuses runnung this team could not have seen the benefit of an Arenas/Young starting backcourt backcourt. The elevation of Kirk Hinntich to a starter at the beginning of the year was a slap in the face to everyone on the team.

By the way Kalo-Rama, Samson and ts 35, your prediction of Nick Young being lucky to be in the Euro or D League next year is as ludicrous now as it was a month ago when you professed it. The reality is this kid is the best player on the team right now and would have progreesed earlier if the team was a competently run organization.

Ted, if you want to continue receiving my money, you have got to make a move to get Saunders and Grunfeld out of here at the next opportune juncture. There is nothing in their performance here that could lead any objective observer to believe that they know how to develop young talent.

Posted by: NewManagement | December 19, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

but I cant say I'm looking forward to Flip having to carve out 30mins a night for this guy.

If the team was winning, then finding PT for Rashard would be more of an issue. And if he sucks, it's not like the Wizards traded for him. They can cut his minutes, and it probably won't even be a problem. I've always thought he was more about the money, and this is his last big contract.

Posted by: djnnnou | December 19, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

As far as backup PGs go, my vote is for Kyle Weaver. He's a good defender, can play both G positions, and has NBA experience.

Posted by: djnnnou | December 19, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"By the way Kalo-Rama, Samson and ts 35, your prediction of Nick Young being lucky to be in the Euro or D League next year is as ludicrous now as it was a month ago when you professed it. posted by NewManagement"

Call me crazy, but I'm convinced I never said any such thing. Let alone a month ago. Maybe you would be so kind as to cite it.

I know we have lax standards around here, but I'm pretty confident you blew it on this one. But prove me wrong, kemo sabe.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 19, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"I believe trading a guard for a forward hurts the this team. It will put more pressure on Flip to play Wall if he is still hurt.Maybe Ernie can make a trade for Boykins?Posted by: bulletsfan78"

It certainly doesn't make much sense on the surface, from a basketball standpoint. I don't know if it hurts the team, but it certainly doesn't help it. So maybe the trade was about other factors.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 19, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

"As far as backup PGs go, my vote is for Kyle Weaver. He's a good defender, can play both G positions, and has NBA experience. Posted by: djnnnou"

I liked Weaver in college, but is he better than Martin or Lester Hudson? All those guys IMO are deep bench players. As in if you have to play them any significant amount, you're already in trouble.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 19, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I liked Weaver in college, but is he better than Martin or Lester Hudson?

As a PG? yes.

All those guys IMO are deep bench players. As in if you have to play them any significant amount, you're already in trouble. Posted by: Samson151

We are talking about playing a 3rd-string PG on a rebuilding team. Is there a scenario where that isn't troublesome?

Posted by: djnnnou | December 19, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"By the way Kalo-Rama, Samson and ts 35, your prediction of Nick Young being lucky to be in the Euro or D League next year is as ludicrous now as it was a month ago when you professed it. posted by NewManagement"

Call me crazy, but I'm convinced I never said any such thing. Let alone a month ago. Maybe you would be so kind as to cite it.

I know we have lax standards around here, but I'm pretty confident you blew it on this one. But prove me wrong, kemo sabe.

Posted by: Samson151

Call me equally crazy, but I don't remember saying that either (I do remember that someone said it). I believe I said that someone who can shoot like Nick and has his athletic ability will always have an NBA job, even if it's at the end of someone's bench. I may have said that if he was just going to be making the minimum at the end of someone's bench, he might be better served making more coin and playing more minutes overseas. Definitely never said D-League.

My actual opinion on Nick hasn't waivered for years. Lot of talent, great shooting stroke, but would never amount to much until he started playing smarter and giving effort on both ends. There were definitely times when I believed it was unlikely that that would happen. But to date this season, he has proven me wrong.

To completely win me over, he has two more hurdles to clear. One, continue playing well and with effort on both ends of the floor for the rest of this season. Two, continue doing it next year after he gets his new contract, whether that's here or elsewhere.

But like Samson151, if you can find where I said D-League, I will happily relent.

Posted by: ts35 | December 19, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

The reality is this kid is the best player on the team right now and would have progreesed earlier if the team was a competently run organization.
Posted by: NewManagement

Furthermore, I'd say the above is a legitimate argument to make. At the same time, given what we know, it's also legitimate to argue that NY might not have come around without the coaching of Flip Saunders. Flip is the one who pushed Young to learn the catch-and-shoot style that he has successfully incorporated into his game to make him a more complete offensive player. Flip is also the one who has given Nick the quick hook when he hasn't played that way, or when he was slacking on D.

But I'm sure we'll find a way to twist it that somehow Nick has done this all on his own, right?

Posted by: ts35 | December 19, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"That is actually the same problem." Posted by: sagaliba | December 19, 2010 1:42 PM
No, it's actually not. When Wall is back and healthy, he and Hinrich will be playing all of the meaningful PG minutes. They'll need a 3rd PG, but only for spot duty and injury emergencies. Right now, with Wall out, they need a backup PG who can log about 20 mpg every night right away until Wall is healthy. That's a completely different problem.
"By the way Kalo-Rama, Samson and ts 35, your prediction of Nick Young being lucky to be in the Euro or D League next year is as ludicrous now as it was a month ago when you professed it."

Posted by: NewManagement | December 19, 2010 2:24 PM

I never "predicted" anything. I pretty much never make predictions because, unlike seemingly most around here, I'm not actually in possession of a crystal ball that predicts the future. I did say that I wouldn't be surprised if Young was playing in Europe next season, and outlined some reasons why/scenarios how. But that's not the same thing as a prediction. (However, I will point out that Young's numbers on the season aren't terribly dissimilar from Josh Childress's numbers the season before he went overseas. Just sayin'.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 19, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

However, I never said anything about the D-League.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 19, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

"Will anybody play except Dwight Howard play any defense?"

Posted by: nmik | December 19, 2010 1:58 PM

You can count on Bass to play some. Reddick will try, albeit with mixed results. But the reality is that, aside from Pietrius, none of the guys the Magic shipped out were noteworthy individual defenders. The Magic were a good defensive team because players bought into the team philosophy. Whether the new guys will do that (or have time to learn the philosophy well enough to implement it) is the real question.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 19, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

By that interview it was obvious that Gil held his game back....Enjoy your new life in Orlando. I hope they make a man out of you.

Posted by: lemekdivine | December 19, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

BTW, I don't see Reddick's minutes being significantly impacted by Arenas. The guy likely to be on the outside looking in is Chris Duhon.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 19, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

By that interview it was obvious that Gil held his game back...
Posted by: lemekdivine

That seemed clear to me as well. It'll be interesting to see how much potency remains in his offensive game.

Posted by: bazookajoe1 | December 19, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I kinda like the new squad. IMO this should be the rotation:

PG Wall/Heinrich
SG J Howard/N Young
SF R Lewis/Thorton
PF A Blatche/Booker
C McGee/Seraphin

Good length and defense we are not asking anyone to do anything they cant i.e. R Lewis being a PF and getting 9-10 rebs.

I like!

Posted by: WaynefromBowie | December 20, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Just gotta love this guy

Posted by: TheStones1968 | December 20, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Hey Gil,
The EXCUSE for you coming off the bench is that you can't drive or shoot anymore. It's cool that you're happy with your new team, buying your own ticket and all. (?) Good luck there. At last DC fans don't have to try to figure out your bizarre behavior.

Posted by: gary9smith | December 20, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

To me this is a great situation. I always state that I really like Gilbert. I think he was great with the fans and all..

But Gilbert, most of the fans in DC are happier than you are my man. I can say I'm happy for Gil and I hope they can beat the Heat if need be.

Other than that we got a few more guys here who I hope Mangagement can see WILL NEVER GET IT.. So move their a**es as well..

Posted by: kevenjones | December 20, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

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