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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Still seeking a win on the road

By Washington Post editors
Morning brew

The Wizards face the Raptors in Toronto tonight, still in search of their first road win of the season. In today's newspaper, Michael Lee writes that the fighting spirit they displayed in Miami could help, along with the possible return of John Wall.

In Miami, Dwyane Wade said he's glad Gilbert Arenas is more like his old self now.

Bullets Forever's Mike Prada asks if Nick Young's improved production can be sustained.

Truth About It's Rashad Mobley analyzes the performance of Washington's big men against Miami.

TrueHoop's Henry Abbott points out a case of mistaken identity at Monday's game.

In non-Wizards news, the countdown to LeBron's first game in Cleveland as a member of the Heat on Thursday continues. At Gregg Doyel begs Cleveland fans not to act like idiots and Royce Young describes an unexpected way Cavs fans can greet the King.

By Washington Post editors  | December 1, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
Categories:  Morning brew  
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This is probably a stupid question, but many of you follow the Wiz more closely than I do.

Maybe the Heat would take Gil? They need a point guard of the stature of the Big Three. Aroyo can't handle this team, and LeBron is miscast as PG--he is a better 3 guy, more productive and just as involved at the 3 as a point forward. Miami needs a shooter--they don't have one really, especially with Mike Miller out. Miami could give the Wiz a bunch of their miscellaneous contracts (they have lots of these) to provide the equal trade value--and most of those guys would be for one year. It does not matter who the Wiz get, as long as the contracts are pretty short term. So the Wiz could get out from under the long term contractual burden of Gil, who needs a fresh start. What do you think?

The Heat might throw in a future 1 but I doubt it. In fact they probably won't go for this at all. But maybe it is worth tossing out there.

I am not a "Gil hater" by the way. I just think both sides of this contract need a new start.

Posted by: EdDC | December 1, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: EdDC | December 1, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The Arenas to Orlando speculation is old news, starting almost immediately after the suspension. That story doesn't appear to add any new meat to thos old bones.

That said: A straight up Areans for Carter deal would be fine, but any deal contingent on the Wiz taking on Rashard Lewis has to be a nonstarter. Blatche may be a soft, no-defense-playing, junpshooting, no-power forward, but at least he's a younger and cheaper one than Lewis.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 1, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

And to answer your question: I doubt there's any chance the Heat would trade for Arenas. They've more than met their quota of ball-dominating players with big egos. Last thing they need is to add another one to the mix. What they need in a PG has nothing to do with "status."

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 1, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse


Great comments, thanks much. Rashard's contract ends in 2013, while Gil's ends in 2014. A gain of a year (and you get $22 million of relief) is a long time in the NBA. Naturally, the Wiz don't want Lewis, but both Lewis and Gil are liabilities, given their contracts. Isn't Lewis less of a liability? You have 80 minutes at PF and C to use up, so you play all three guys, McG, Blatch and Lewis. Plus Lewis can play some 3. Just wondering what your analysis is, as you seem knowledgeable.

Posted by: EdDC | December 1, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I meant to say 96 minutes.

Posted by: EdDC | December 1, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Lewis is less of a liability financially, but just as big a liability defensively, and potentially an even bigger one in the locker room (can't imagine he'd be happy going from a possible contender to the Wiz). The 1 year of salary relief would be nice, but they'd still have to deal with the 2+ years between now and then. The Wizards already have too many soft "big" men as is, adding another on with a $20 mill price tag wouldn't seem to help much on or off the floor. And you can forget about Lewis playing C. That's just a bad idea.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 1, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

We have said it before,Orlando backed up last time, it is the turn of the wiz front office to say no unless Bass or their reserve center is included in the trade.The wiz will be fine if they get the reserve center, Bass and carter for arenas, Blache and a player to make the deal.RL is more expenssive than Arenas.
If orlando have AB beside DH,it will make them to be in a better shape for shampionship run.

Posted by: gtefferra | December 1, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

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