Evans, Crawford not surprised by Bibby's decision
Mike Bibby made a somewhat surprising move when he elected to surrender his entire $6.2 million salary next season in order to receive a buyout from the Washington Wizards. But Maurice Evans and Jordan Crawford -- the teammates who joined Bibby from Atlanta in last week's trade for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong -- weren't surprised by his decision.
"He had been talking about it," Evans said about Bibby after the Wizards lost 105-77 on Monday. "He's kind of in a different stage in his career, being a full-time starter. He's not into a rebuilding process. Had he had a different perspective and wanted to tutor John Wall, but I guess he figured he might do that if he was four or five years older, then that would've been a better situation for him."
Bibby is expected to sign with the Miami Heat, with Boston, Portland, San Antonio, Denver and the Los Angeles Lakers also considered options for the 32-year-old point guard. With Bibby gone, the Wizards will likely rely Crawford, who is capable of playing three positions, and new signee Mustafa Shakur. Shakur ensures that the Wizards will continue to keep at least one former Arizona point guard on the roster, following Gilbert Arenas and Bibby.
Crawford said he respected what Bibby did. "It was Bibby's choice. He's at the latter part of his career where he wants to be able on a playoff team and right now, the Wizards ain't one. I had no reactions. Whatever he felt like doing, made him happy."
Evans and Crawford will have their first practice with the Wizards since joining the team in Miami last Friday. Crawford added that getting more minutes in Bibby's absence is "not a challenge. It's an opportunity more than anything. Bibby wanted to see me on the court. He gets what he wants and I get more minutes. It should be exciting for the rest of the year."
The Wizards (15-44) have lost six in a row, but Crawford said he hasn't noticed his teammates being disheartened by defeat. "Nah, nah. Not at all. We all stick together and have fun with each other. We just having a bad season, hopefully we can turn it around. What make it so tough right now is I don't know the plays. [Tuesday] is my first practice, so I'm going to really look forward to paying attention and getting in shape and everything."
Bibby's buyout proved how committed he was to possibly joining a playoff contender.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Buzz Bissinger engaged in a Twitter battle over the weekend (The Early Lead).
Former Wizard/current Cavalier Antawn Jamison is likely out for the season with a broken finger that will require surgery.
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| March 1, 2011; 8:09 AM ET
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