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Posted at 4:45 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

JaVale McGee is officially in dunk contest; Lester Hudson waived

By Gene Wang

Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee has had his fair share of acrobatic dunks this season, and now he'll get a chance to show some of those moves nationally when he participates in the NBA's dunk contest as part of All-Star Weekend.

The NBA announced that McGee, the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings and the Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka will compete for the title of dunk champion on Feb. 19 at Staples Center. The dunk contest will be televised on TNT beginning at 8 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Wizards waived reserve guard Lester Hudson today, team president Ernie Grunfeld announced shortly before Washington played the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Hudson played in 11 games in two stints with Washington, compiling 18 points and 17 rebounds in 73 total minutes.

Hudson signed on Sept. 24, got waived on Nov. 22 and re-signed on Dec. 20. With Hudson off the roster, the Wizards have 14 players, all of whom practiced together yesterday morning for the first time this season.

By Gene Wang  | January 5, 2011; 4:45 PM ET
Categories:  JaVale McGee  
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Comments

What's next, trade or a 10-day contract?

Posted by: djnnnou | January 5, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Blake will win hands down.

Kind of sad that the first Les BouleS player out of this bunch making it to the dunk contest isn't NY...who was much overhyped when he got drafted as some sort of dunk expert.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 5, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Where's that coward LeBron? Why is he absent from the dunk contest? I guess more to lose than to gain.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 5, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

What's next, trade or a 10-day contract?

Posted by: djnnnou | January 5, 2011 4:59 PM

Probably neither. With 14 healthy players you can only activate 12 per game it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to keep around a guard who not going to get much run or doesn't have much of a future with the team with two healthy PG.

It will give them the flexbility to sign someone to a 10 day contract if they catch their eye as someone for the future.

But I am sure EG has Lester on speed dial if one of the PG goes down again.

Posted by: dcinmd1 | January 5, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

BTW, I think we might have lucked out getting Ted Leonsis as an owner. Not that I agree with him all the time, but he does seem to have two advantages. First, he's not by nature an arrogant putz (like some others I could name). And second, he's already been through the rebuilding wringer with an NHL franchise in Washington. Means he knows that no matter what you do, a chunk of the fans will hate your guts.

Who knows? The guy could turn out to be a Rooney or a Mara.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 5, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"BTW, I think we might have lucked out getting Ted Leonsis as an owner. Not that I agree with him all the time, but he does seem to have two advantages. First, he's not by nature an arrogant putz (like some others I could name). And second, he's already been through the rebuilding wringer with an NHL franchise in Washington. Means he knows that no matter what you do, a chunk of the fans will hate your guts.

Who knows? The guy could turn out to be a Rooney or a Mara.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 5, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse "

Who thinks the Caps have underachieved? Ovie may have all the hype, but Crosby's got the gold medal and a cup.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 5, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

So are we going to move BLATCHE for that above average back-up pg? Or what.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 5, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

You wanna follow the OKC model well here it is:

2006 Seattle won 31 games. I guess things got "stale" and they traded Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis....effectively gutting the team.

They got Durant and Jeff Green two top 5 picks and won 20 games the next season.

They drafted Russell Westbrook (another top 5 pick) and Serge Ibaka went on to win 23 games the next season.

They get ANOTHER top 5 pick and draft Jeff Harden...and breakthrough to win 50 games.

Through other trades they stockpile 3 first round picks in this draft and what do they do? TRADE THEM AWAY! And get Cole Aldrich.

So complaining why do they suck less than 40 games into a rebuild that took OKC 4 years to complete...is pretty idiotic.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 5, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 5, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

So complaining why do they suck less than 40 games into a rebuild that took OKC 4 years to complete...is pretty idiotic.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 5, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

That's only if you believe Ernie can get the job done

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 5, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

That's only if you believe Ernie can get the job done

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 5, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Then what's your point of saying they're 8-24 and they suck if CLEARLY it's a rebuild.

What did you expect?

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 5, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Jeff Green was a number 8 pick -- but your point holds. OKC is the model that Ted chose, and I don't know why he'd change it a year in to the rebuild. Just hoping our luck holds and we get a top five pick again. Looking for a big man, is my guess, but the smart move is usually BPA...

Posted by: Samson151 | January 5, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

OTO teams sometimes get lucky even at #10 -- Brook Lopez and Brandon Jennings.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 5, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Jeff Green was drafted 5th overall.

I'm not a big Jennings fan...he's a gunner that shoots a low percentage...he just happened to hit 55 once.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 5, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

OKC is the model that Ted chose

Also known as the pure luck model.

Posted by: divi3 | January 5, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

OKC is the model that Ted chose

Also known as the pure luck model.

Posted by: divi3 | January 5, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Well we got some when we moved up to get Wall.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 5, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Portland is a more realistic model. OKC was able to make a clean break from the high salary players, and aggressively use it's cap space. Portland had to wait to get rid of problem child Zach Randolph, and took at least a year longer to drop salaries. Both teams ended up completely gutting their rosters, so it's unlikely that AB, Nick, and McGee will all be here long term. Maybe one(McGee) sticks.

Posted by: djnnnou | January 5, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

"Jeff Green was a number 8 pick -- but your point holds. OKC is the model that Ted chose, and I don't know why he'd change it a year in to the rebuild. Just hoping our luck holds and we get a top five pick again. Looking for a big man, is my guess, but the smart move is usually BPA...

Posted by: Samson151 | January 5, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse "

It's silly of Teddy to want to build his team based on a team that hasn't won anything.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 5, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

It's silly of Teddy to want to build his team based on a team that hasn't won anything.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 5, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Considering that they're young with PLENTY of cap space and draft picks. They're still on the way up. Who would be a better model to build after?

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 5, 2011 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Why is Brandon Jennings in the dunk contest?

Posted by: bbachrac | January 5, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Why is Brandon Jennings in the dunk contest?

He's a personality. Jennings is basically the new Agent 0, he says all kinds of outrageous/stupid things. He even blasted TEAM USA over the summer.

Posted by: djnnnou | January 5, 2011 10:36 PM | Report abuse

What to do with the 15th spot on the roster? I would like to see the Wizards start bringing in guys on 10 day contracts. PGs probably, but not necessarily. I don't think they waived Hudson just to save money. They've been carrying 15 guys on the roster all year.

"[T]oday marks the first day that players can sign 10-day contracts (essentially making or breaking top flight players' decisions to play in America in lieu of bigger overseas offers)."http://www.ridiculousupside.com/

Here is an article about some prospects:
http://nba.fanhouse.com/2011/01/05/on-10-day-contract-opening-day-d-league-call-up-candidates/

It would be hard to complain if the Wizards gave Aaron Miles a call-up.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | January 5, 2011 10:43 PM | Report abuse

It would be hard to complain if the Wizards gave Aaron Miles a call-up.

Scout's Take: "He's been able to expertly manage the offense in Reno, specifically the pick-and-roll where he's able to either finish in the lane or make the right pass for an easy assist."

Anyone that can run a P&R sounds great. Something needs to be done soon, Josh isn't going to cut it as the third PG.

Posted by: djnnnou | January 5, 2011 11:07 PM | Report abuse

"Considering that they're young with PLENTY of cap space and draft picks. They're still on the way up. Who would be a better model to build after?

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 5, 2011 7:38 PM | Report abuse "

And none of that guarantees you anything.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 5, 2011 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Also, the Wizards should assign their third backup center, H, to the D League for a stint, so he can get some playing time and show what he can do.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | January 6, 2011 7:01 AM | Report abuse

And none of that guarantees you anything.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | January 5, 2011 11:09 PM | Report abuse

And what does guarantee you something? I'm sure we would all love to know.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 6, 2011 7:39 AM | Report abuse

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