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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 02/23/2011

Wizards could be quiet at trade deadline

By Michael Lee

The Wizards may not be silent at the trade deadline, but they aren't aggressively looking to make deals, based on some conversations that I've had with front office executives and agents. An Eastern Conference general manager who recently spoke with the Wizards said the team didn't appear open to making any trades, but that could obviously change between now and Thursday at 3 p.m.

If the Wizards make any deals, they are letting teams know that have no intention of taking back salary beyond this season. The goal for the Wizards is trying to find a deal that would yield draft picks or a promising, low-salaried prospect in return. The Wizards will do something if they find a deal that makes them better and coincides with their long-term plan.

And, if any players get moved, it will unlikely be members of the young core -- John Wall, Nick Young, JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche, Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin. While two Western Conference executives said in late December that the Wizards were open to moving Blatche, the Wizards have informed others in recent weeks that they intend to keep him.

Kirk Hinrich has generated the most interest from around the league, with the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks among the teams that would like to add the veteran point guard who averages 11.1 points and 4.4 assists. The Wizards like Hinrich and have informed his representatives that they would like to "stay the course" with him.

Hinrich, who will earn $8 million next season, has helped No. 1 overall pick Wall this season, and the Wizards feel the need to keep some professional veterans around their young team. But if the Wizards get a deal that they feel is beneficial then Hinrich could get moved.

Rashard Lewis and Josh Howard could also be had, but teams are leery of Lewis's gaudy contract and Howard's balky left knee. Lewis is guaranteed almost $30 million over the next two seasons after this one. Howard was pursued by several playoff contenders last summer, but one executive said teams are unwilling to sacrifice anything of value for a player who has had difficulty returning from his left knee injury, playing just 11 games this season.

The Wizards aren't shopping restricted free agents Yi Jianlian or Al Thornton, but they are available for the right price.

This time last year, the Wizards were actively looking to make moves, with the Gilbert Arenas gun fiasco forcing the team to reduce payroll and begin the planning for the future. They shipped out Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson and Dominic McGuire, going from a $79 million payroll to not having to pay the luxury tax.

By Michael Lee  | February 23, 2011; 11:40 AM ET
Categories:  Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee, John Wall, Josh Howard, Kevin Seraphin, Kirk Hinrich, Nick Young, Rashard Lewis, Trevor Booker, Yi Jianlian  
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Everyone besides Wall should be up for grabs after the way this team played last night. Ernie and Flip need to go so we can get a fresh set of eyes and ideals on this franchise. Stop wasting time Ted

Posted by: DMoney28 | February 23, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

ESPN reporting Deron Williams goes to NJ for Favors, Devin Harris, +

Posted by: gmac78 | February 23, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

They should trade Hinrich for whatever they can get. It is a mistake to keep him and that $8m salary if they have a resonable chance to move him.

What are the Lakers offering for him?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 23, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Are the Lakers offering Steve Blake for him. I would take that trade.

You thing we could get Charlotte to give us back Livingston for him. I would take that trade.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 23, 2011 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't think 1.5 million in savings justifies trading for bibby. Hes not much of a leader and mentor for wall. They must throw in jordan crawford who went for 30 during a preseason game vs. wizards. This years draft may not be as strong because of possible work stoppage so a draft pick could be useless.

Posted by: jefferu | February 23, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

By the time the Wiz show signs of turning this thing around, Hinrich going to be a free agent looking for a chance to play for a contender. What "course" are "we" talking about?

This team takes games off. Hinrich not in charge of that locker room. The kids are.

$17 million is a lot of money to pay a guy to "mentor" someone everybody agrees is already a natural leader.

Posted by: bozomoeman | February 23, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

This is exactly why they need to get rid of EG.

If he genuinelly believes this is the team that we are gonna be watching the next few years, he should be shown the door ASAP.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | February 23, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

TED... DO SOMETHING!

Posted by: eyestreet | February 23, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Just keep losing and improving draft position.

Posted by: postcrud | February 23, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Blah, blah, blah.

Vogel is in his 10th season as an NBA coach. Cassell hasn't even finished his second.

Yeah, the two situations are exactly the same. Hell, Cassell and Vogel are practically twins. Their own mothers couldn't tell them apart.

Right.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 22, 2011 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Blah. Blah. Blah. "con't"........

As I was saying, a change in coach right now would determine if it is the players or the coach.

1/ Doug Collins for Eddie Jordan with basically the same team. Players or coach?

2/ Vogel for Jim O'Brian with basically the same team. Players or coach?

3/ Paul Silas for Larry Brown with basically the same team. Players or coach?

What my point was this is still a business. Ted needs to see if it is the players or the coach right now. We can not go into next year with Flip leading this team and then find out mid-year they need to let him go.

I think Ernie was hoping with the return of Josh Howard, Flip would then finally have his "full deck" back and then Ernie would be able to get a better assestment on Flip's coaching.

Ernie has something at stake here also. It was Ernie who decided to let Eddie go (which I agreed with at the time) and bring in Flip (which I also agreed with at the time because of the "big three").

Now anybody who has ever played organized sports can clearly see Flip has lost the "ears" of the players. His demeanor on the sidelines does not scream "confidence" or "swag". Players pick up on that.

As for the twin comment, so what Vogel has 10 years of NBA coaching and Sam only 2. This means hardly nothing when Sam has 15 years NBA playing experience as a point guard and NBA Title rings to go along with is little old 2 years.

Again, Sam would demand automatic respect from the youngsters and he would be way more animated giving those young boys more juice to work with.

Lastly, if the squad ends up looking the same with Sam as they have under Flip; then you would know it is time to shake the team up. However, if they start showing promise and energy (i.e. Pacers), we would know it was the coach and not the players.

*** This would also help Ted with trying to sell tickets next year because if they end on a good note with Sam as coach, that would give people a reason to buy tickets. If Flip is going to be here next year, ticket sales will suffer.....

Posted by: BulletsFever | February 23, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Ted probably already knows Flip and most of the players have to go, it's just a matter of when.

Posted by: divi3 | February 23, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

"I don't think 1.5 million in savings justifies trading for bibby. "

Posted by: jefferu | February 23, 2011 12:17 PM

It wouldn't be about the savings or Bibby. It would be about the first round pick the hawks would have to throw in to make the deal happen.

"As I was saying, a change in coach right now would determine if it is the players or the coach. "

Posted by: BulletsFever | February 23, 2011 12:33 PM

No it wouldn't. That's a ridiculously simplistic analysis that ignores the inherent importance of the coach's actual coaching ability. If they replace Saunders with an inexperienced coach (which Cassell is) who's not ready/prepared for the job (and his years as a player and his rings don't automatically make him prepared to be a head coach; just ask Magic Johnson) then the results will tells us nothing other than that the Wizards screwed up by giving him the job.

Is it possible Cassell might be a good coach? Sure. Anything is possible. But this nothing that he (or any coach) is the magical solution to the Wizards problems is fan-blind nonsense.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 23, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Big ups to the Nets on the DWill deal. "Missing out" on Anthony may be the best thing that could have happened to them. They get a better player for much less than they were offering the Nuggets.

Real stunner of a deal though. Apparently no one saw that one coming.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 23, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Trade McGee already! The guy is tall, that's it... Think what you will of coach K, but he cut this bum 4 times from the national team. It seems this guys elevator does not go all the way up. HE IS NOT a piece to build around. Put it this way, he is Tyrus Thoms with no aggression.

Posted by: SkinzNWiz | February 23, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Good stuff BulletsFever. I don't see Flip changing the current outlook of this Team from now until the end of the season.

To stay the course with Flip will eventually affect the bottom line and probably is already.

When there is no spark, no chemistry, no excitement, to look forward to going into the offseason with Flip, no one will be showing the money come season ticket and groupon time.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 23, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

EDIT:

"But this notion that he (or any coach) is the magical solution to the Wizards problems is fan-blind nonsense."

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 23, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

A third PG should of be on this roster unless the Wizards are holding a spot open for a trade.

Posted by: djnnnou | February 23, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow, first Carmelo (plus Billups) then Williams, more and more all-stars are shifting residence. Eastern Conference are getting deeper by the minute and Wiz should add another year of rebuilding because of this. With Williams in NJ I guess we have to wait a couple more years for JWall to be in the all-stars.

Posted by: Dave381 | February 23, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

When you think about it, DC has never been a sports town that built contenders. It's seem that the few championships experienced came out of nowhere. The caps would be the closest thing to a built team and they still don't have their stuff together. They seem to be building the Nats but let's see how far they go this year.

I think maybe once in the 80s the skins were considered annual contenders. I think the football gods just happen to be shining on them at the time, probably because of Coach Gibbs, but that's history.

Currently the sports gods are no more likely to shine on DC than they are on the NJ Nets or Detroit Lions. In other words you can probably prepare for another dismal season across all sports here in the DC area.

Posted by: keedrow | February 23, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible Cassell might be a good coach? Sure. Anything is possible. But this nothing that he (or any coach) is the magical solution to the Wizards problems is fan-blind nonsense.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 23, 2011 12:46 PM

But this noting that he (or any coach) is the magical solution to the Wizards problems is fan-blind nonsense.

I assume you know that this is inclusive of all coaches and includes the current coach Flip Saunders as well.

What does this mean, actually???

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 23, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"What does this mean, actually???"

Like most of what you write, I have no idea what it means. And, like most of what you write, I don't actually care.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 23, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I have no idea what Grunfeld is doing. Of course, neither does he. He blew up last year's team (a team that he put together) and replaced it with a team that's not as good as the team he torpedoed. EG was lucky enough to get the first overall pick. Evidently, that little bit of perfume has been enough to cover up the stench of the rest of Ernie's moves in the mind of the owner. But I'm convinced that the Wizards will go nowhere with the bumbling Grunfeld as GM. This roster and this coaching staff is putrid and its Ernie's fault, plain and simple.

Posted by: sonny2 | February 23, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

They need to trade Blatche. He will always be a "What if?" and we've seen enough of them to last a lifetime. Hinrich is a keeper.

Posted by: wade_carver | February 23, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Flip definitely has to go! I think Leonsis is biding his time and weighing his options.

Posted by: wade_carver | February 23, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

What does it matter. We saw what happened last season when we made a bunch of trades--we got absolutely nothing back in return. We're the only team that could trade most of our starters and get nothing back. Amazing. And this team this year is so good--we should definitely stay pat.
In Ted we trust. But ErnieG and Flipper must go.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | February 23, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I think staying the course on Heinrick is the right move. If they get a great offer then pull the trigger, but he's the type of veteran we want on the team. He's professional and exceeds his physical ability by giving a lot of effort. Essentially, he seems like a good role model for our young guys. Plus, he's an expiring contract in 2 years which is probably the earliest time when we might be able to use some money to land a big free agent and have them take us seriously.

Posted by: jon_quest | February 23, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Get Gerald Wallace for Rashard Lewis

Posted by: Ez123 | February 23, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The young, crappy core is untouchable. The only guy that is untradeable is Wall. I'd ditch Blatche for sure, and I'd take offers for McGee very seriously. Those two guys are bumbs who offer pathetic effort on most nights and have about as much basketball sense as my 4 year old son.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | February 23, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

It amazes me how much folks try to tout Hinrich. How many wins can we attribute to him this year? I might give him credit for 1, maybe 2.

The Wiz do not have the luxury of keeping a savvy veteran role player. The team is nothing but a bunch of role players being asked to do too much already. As much as i would say trade Blatche, even I realize he would be a good big to have coming off the bench playing 15-22 mins a game. he and many others on this team are not starter or franchise building components.

The Wiz need a stud. I don't even see John Wall becoming that stud. He will be nice but he is no Rose. D Rose is a baller that can and will dominate all night.

Posted by: oknow1 | February 23, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately Flip is a flop! It's time to let him go. The Wiz overturned the roster last year but the team has not visibly gotten better.

Posted by: Stevie-J | February 23, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Wizards should get rid of young and blatche from the getgo! Try to get a 2nd round pick or something. Let howard work on his stats and knee a bit more and trade him next year. The Wiz's future is set, we will see if they can better. In Grunsfeld I trust!

Posted by: sanjuan1227 | February 23, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Go after Nene from the Nuggets

Posted by: Ez123 | February 23, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

"What does this mean, actually???"

Like most of what you write, I have no idea what it means. And, like most of what you write, I don't actually care.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 23, 2011 1:19 PM

Your little cute statement says Kala_ramo that no coach, let me repeat, 'NO COACH', would have any effect, impact, influence, on this Team.

What kind of high and mighty statement is that, Kalo_rama. Go back and read it clearly and understand what you wrote. I know your're not going to agree.

But in your continuous comments to call out other folks statement as nonsense, that statement that you wrote takes the cake.

If what you've said has any truth in it atall, then what role do coaches have? May as well not have any. For you to inclinate that no coach would be doing any better with this Team than Flip is rather amazing.

And the fact that you would make such a clueless statement and call others non-sense is just....I don't have the words for it.

Kalo_rama, stick to basketball and facts and the Destroit Pistons. Your analogy on what a coach can and cannot achieve is, ...do I dare, I dare, NONSENSE.

And stop calling folk's comments nonsense. It's old and trivial.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 23, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Wizards should try to get Butler back frm Dallas and if they are willing to take Blatche or Hinrich, I say get it done. Shard Lewis can't seem to hit from perimeter and I'd like to see him go as well. I think there isn't much out there to improve this team but again, this thing needs to be blown up from the top down. Now with other players teaming up, who wants to play with anyone on this team and make a run. Need a superstar caliber player to raise this team from the dead and have real NBA players come here to play with the babies and the D-league players.

Posted by: zack5 | February 23, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

You have to listen to trade offers for Hinrich. The Wizards are not going to pay him $8M to come back next season nor would he likely choose to return.

Nobody wants Lewis or Howard for the reasons described. They are damaged goods. Lewis admitted a week ago that he is playing on a knee that needs surgery.

I still don't understand the loyalty to Blatche.

To me I would also listen to a deal for him.

The next piece in the rebuilding of the Wizards in my mind is a power forward who can rebound and play interior defense and has some post up ability.

Sounds like what the team has been trying to get Blatche to do consistently for the past 3-4 years doesn't it?

Yep.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | February 23, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't we get a #1 for McGee? Heck he just came in 2nd place in Dunk contest :)

Posted by: fearturtle44 | February 23, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

"What does this mean, actually???"

Like most of what you write, I have no idea what it means. And, like most of what you write, I don't actually care.

Posted by: kalo_rama |

Come on Kalo, be nice. Don't go crazy when I ask you if you think Flip is the right fit for this current roster. Feeling like he was brought in to coach a team headed for a playoff run. Now that this whole thing has backfired, what can this building team get from Flip who doesn't even have a rotation of regular players. DNP's on any given night for Ji, Hylton, C Mart explains alot of not knowing what you really have. What do you say?

Posted by: zack5 | February 23, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Everyone besides Wall should be up for grabs after the way this team played last night. Ernie and Flip need to go so we can get a fresh set of eyes and ideals on this franchise. Stop wasting time Ted

Posted by: DMoney28 |

Now its EG who has to go. First it was EJ, then Abe, then GA, Haywood, CA, AJ, next will be Flip, then you will want Ted to sell the team, then get rid of Blatche and Young, two years from now you will want to trade John Wall. When do we stop firing and trading? The fact is EG is who gave us a playoff team and you never get good switching coaches and players every other year.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 23, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Sam Cassell get his shot at coaching this team. I agree that he would get their respect real quick and I think the team needs a guy like Sam Cassell. I'd have no problem if that was to happen!

Posted by: Beltwayboy7 | February 23, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

• Lewis's contract makes him almost impossible to trade, unless some other team hires Grunfeld as GM.

• Until he proves he can stay healthy, Howard will bring nothing.

• No way Dallas sends Butler back to Washington. Start with the fact that Butler might not play again this year, making him a question mark for the future, but what would the Mavs want with Blatche? A caddy for Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler (you know, the guy Genius Jordan bypassed in favor of Kwame Brown)? Not a chance.

• Heinrich for Bibby does nothing. If the team makes trades, trade old for young, not old for almost-old. No more Webber/Richmond trainwrecks.

• I'm in the minority that thinks Saunders doesn't need to go, at least not now. We have yet to see what he can do with something that resembles an NBA roster.

Posted by: DC2Dallas | February 23, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

"And, if any players get moved, it will unlikely be members of the young core -- John Wall, Nick Young, JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche, Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin."

The good news is that with that core, we'll get lots of good draft picks for years to come.

Posted by: pondaz | February 23, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Nobody is going to trade anything for the players the Wizards have. Exactly when are these "young guns" going to become full time professional how many years do you get to say that your still young and learning the system? Wall is the only solid prospect on this team. The D league is full of players that work harder than the Wizard's scrubs

Posted by: fish4 | February 23, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

If EG is not active on the phones looking at turning over some more of this roster he is either not doing his job or needs to get his vision checked. John Wall is the young core of the team. That other "core" should be nicknamed the glass ceiling.

Posted by: katamian | February 23, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Rotoworld says that Hinrich for Jamal Crawford trade is in the works.

Posted by: sorry2say | February 23, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Trade Young and Blatche. Find a new coach after the season. Last night was another disgrace of a game. They could care less, and they've tuned out the coach. They should keep Hindrich for a steady presence and hope they can get some mileage from Howard. Trade the rest of the scrubs for picks. Wall needs some character people around him.

Now if we could just get our pro teams to stay away from the DC nightlife...

Posted by: Chigliak | February 23, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

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