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Posted at 8:09 AM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Evans, Crawford not surprised by Bibby's decision

By Michael Lee
Morning brew

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."

FROM THE POST
Here are last night's game story and the postgame wrap-up.

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.

AROUND THE WEB
Sean Fagan recaps the game (Bullets Forever).

Kyle Weidie tracks Kevin Seraphin's progress (Truth About It).

The Los Angeles Clippers are "celebrating" Black History Month in the wrong month (Ball Don't Lie, Yahoo!Sports).

David Aldridge recaps "the craziest trade deadline in 25 years" (NBA.com).

Deron Williams's debut with the New Jersey Nets ended in disappointment as the Nets lost a close one to the Phoenix Suns. Columnist Steve Politi asks: How will a guy who loves winning as much as Charlie Sheen loves crazy deal with a season and a half of this? (Newark Star Ledger)

By Michael Lee  | March 1, 2011; 8:09 AM ET
Categories:  Morning brew  
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Comments

like what i saw out of seraphin and booker....not so much blatche. his stats are always decieving. almost zero effort on d, and too many jumpshots for a 7 footer.

Posted by: skinsfan09 | March 1, 2011 8:31 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was unrealistic that Bibby would accept that sort of loss, but I must have underestimated his desire for a playoff run. Not sure how much he'll help Miami, but he can't hurt them. What they really need is in the middle...

Posted by: Samson151 | March 1, 2011 9:07 AM | Report abuse

i dont see bibby really helping miami if he goes there. lebron runs the point. he needs the ball in his hands. bibby would just be standing waiting for an open three pointer, just like everyone else does (besides wade) when lebron has the ball

Posted by: skinsfan09 | March 1, 2011 9:26 AM | Report abuse

They might as well go ahead and make Seraphin the primary Center for now. Even if they don't start him he should get starter minutes. I would work with him on footwork and quickness to avoid fouling so frequently but if he fouled out every game I would not care. He defends the basket and is only getting better at it.His touch around the basket has a little promise also. I like Javale and think it's quite pathetic the shots that people take at him on this board but it's about doing what's best for the team and at this point playing K. Serph might be just that.

Trevor Booker always plays hard and tough. Last nights game I even saw him beginning to point people around to spots and ushering the plays. Just being more assertive. It's time to consider starting him.

Posted by: gmac78 | March 1, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

id like to see mcgee paired up with seraphin or booker, put a banger in there with mcgee vs having 2 stick figures in at a time with mcgee and blatche. i think a pf with a bigger body would compliment mcgee alot more.

Posted by: skinsfan09 | March 1, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

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.
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let's hope they're at least a little disheartened and not just having fun.

Posted by: MinuMang | March 1, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

"They might as well go ahead and make Seraphin the primary Center for now."

Personally, I wouldn't. Booker is a different case: two years older and ahead of Kevin in development. I don't think it's a good idea to throw somebody to the wolves before he's had a little seasoning. Let him come off the bench for longer stretches at a time, and build some confidence. He really needs an off-season with conditioning coach and a stay at a big man camp.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 1, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I wouldn't start Seraphin, but give him more minutes and shorten McGee's leash. They should also look at giving Seraphin some minutes at PF.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 1, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

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