DeChanges With DeShawn

First, the hair. Now, the hand. It seems like every month, Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson is changing something. Stevenson said he is done waving his right hand over his face after jumpers - and it has nothing to do with teammate Etan Thomas, his former brother in dreadlocks, informing him that the gesture didn't look as cool now that Stevenson cut off his locks.

The little hand shimmy had become pretty popular in Washington, with rapper Tony Yayo's song, "So Seductive," blaring on the speakers of Verizon Center whenever Stevenson knocked down a shot and ran down the floor with his hand covering his mug. But Stevenson said he has to switch up after he watched Los Angeles Clippers forward Tim Thomas make the same hand shimmy on Friday. He tried to inform Thomas to stop during the Wizards' win - until he realized that Thomas was the first to do the dance in the NBA.
"I said, 'Quit stealing my stuff,' " Stevenson said. "He said, 'It ain't mine, it's somebody else's.' "

Stevenson knew whom the move belonged to it, since he picked it up watching Yayo's videos. But Thomas actually got it directly from the dance's originator. Thomas became friends with Yayo and other members of the rap group, G-Unit, when Thomas allowed one his security guards to work for rapper Lloyd Banks a few years ago.

Thomas hung out heavily with G-Unit in New York when he was sent home by the Chicago Bulls last season, and told Yayo that he'd do the move when he returned to the NBA. Once he joined the Phoenix Suns, Thomas made that hand wave popular throughout the playoffs, as his three-pointers buried the Lakers and Clippers and helped Phoenix advance to the Western Conference Finals. When told that Thomas did the move to the point of annoyance in the postseason, Stevenson looked perplexed.
"Really? See, I don't watch other people [in the playoffs]," Stevenson said. "Oh well, he got it then. I got to switch my game up."

Just found out that Gilbert Arenas was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season. The league usually tries to spread this award around, but Arenas has left the NBA no choice, since few players in the East have been stepping up on the regular like Arenas this season.

Check this out: It's the sixth consecutive week that a second-round pick has won the award in the East. Since Dec. 3, the award has gone to Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Michael Redd, Arenas, Arenas, Milwaukee Bucks point guard Maurice Williams, Redd and Arenas. It seems like general managers are getting shown up all over the place this season. Utah's Carlos Boozer, a second-round pick, has won Western Conference Player of the Week honors twice this season and Dallas forward Josh Howard, the final first round pick of the 2003 draft, won the award last week. "Experts is not experts all the time," Williams told me when the Bucks were in town last week.

By Michael Lee |  January 8, 2007; 3:30 PM ET
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What about De Contract for this man?

Posted by: Izman | January 8, 2007 4:23 PM

Seriously they need to sign Deshawn to a contract extention so they don't end up in the spot as wiz did with Hughes.

Posted by: dc | January 8, 2007 4:26 PM

From what I have seen of EG's work, I'll be surprised if he's not thinking about that right now. In any case, I believe DeShawn is under contract for this season and the next.

Posted by: Bart | January 8, 2007 5:09 PM

"It seems like general managers are getting shown up all over the place this season."

First of all I agree with the above bloggers, Stevenson is a nice fit here. I really like him a lot.

Secondly the "someone farted" wave looked kinda stupid to me, I'm glad he's not doing it anymore.

As far as the GM thing, how can anyone ever tell about anyone coming from college to the NBA?

Case in point Kwame Brown. Going back to the pre-draft stuff, everyone had him going #1. You see a guy play one year and leave. How can anyone tell anymore? Kwame never even played in college.

Gilbert didn't play a lot of college ball, as is the case with most players anymore. It's not like this is Gil's first year in the NBA either.

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- Ray

Posted by: Ray | January 8, 2007 5:14 PM

DeShawn has a player option for 2007. So he can become an unrestricted free agent next year if he wants. Since the Wizards are over the salary cap for next year, the max money they can give him is the mid-level exception. I think he might be worth that. Or at least a large part of the Wizard's mid-level exception.

-sting

Posted by: sting | January 8, 2007 5:20 PM

Sekou Smith of the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting the following rumor:

"The best one sent my way over the weekend: a three-team deal involving the Hawks, Portland and Washington. How does this one grab you. The Blazers send Jamaal Magloire to Washington, the Wizards send Brendan Haywood and Jarvis Hayes to the Hawks and the Hawks send Salim Stoudamire, Esteban Batista and Lorenzen Wright to the Blazers?"

This doesn't make any sense for the Wizards because the only reason to do it would be to clear Haywood's contract off the books (Magloire is in his final year), and Haywood's contract is awesome. With Grunfeld at the helm, I can't see him making that deal.

Posted by: Henry | January 8, 2007 6:05 PM

Now, if Etan Thomas replaces Haywood in that deal, I can see Grunfeld doing that because it would get rid of a big contract. But I can't see Atlanta being interested in Etan when they already have Sheldon Williams whose game is pretty identical to Etan's.

Posted by: Henry | January 8, 2007 6:12 PM

That trade rumor is weak sauce.

There's no journalistic integrity nowaways-- present company excepted of course. Dude's friend emailed him the idea and he got happy with the trade checker. Which he's clearly just discovered.

This is what a columnist has to do to stir up interest in a last-place team. Don't give it any play. I know Ernie isn't. It's deeply stupid.

-doc.

Posted by: doclinkin --realgm.com/boards | January 8, 2007 7:55 PM

Doesn't make sense for the Wizards unless Grunfeld is trying to get an expiring contract to put together a bigger deal.

Posted by: Henry | January 8, 2007 7:56 PM

Thanks for the knowledge Mike. I like the last sentence the best: "Experts is not experts all the time." Ain't that the truth?

Posted by: Zonker | January 8, 2007 9:53 PM

ESPN and like 20 other sites has that rumor as well so it holds weight.

Remember that EG was trying real hard to get Magloire last summer. I've been trying to read up on some of this and I'll post if I find anything more then what Henry has.

For the record I don't think I like it at the moment because if Magloire can't run the floor like Haywood then it's a bad trade(it's what I'm hearing) and it's not like Haywood has a bad contract.

Makes me wonder about playing favorites with Etan. :( I wouldn't give up Haywood right now, they seem to win when he's on the floor. Atlanta is screaming for that deal right now from what I've read.

Hayes makes sense because they've been giving him extra minutes, I kinda thought something fishy was up with that. AD will take back some of his minutes, so that's a good thing. Taylor and Mason would see more playing time.

We'll see, hopefully it's just a rumor the EG wants out there to try and get something else.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | January 8, 2007 11:00 PM

Shaq used to do the "scary-hand-in-the-face" move back when he played here in L.A. And that was way before Yayo and his video.

The Wiz need a Charles Oakley-type of player - someone in the four spot who can defend (making up for Antawn's lack of lateral movement) and crash the boards. Is it Blatche? Someone needs to direct him to the weightroom or feed him some protein shakes.

Posted by: Bullets Fan in L.A. | January 8, 2007 11:01 PM

You all know EG was hyping up Blatche as well? Remember that?

Something's up, I can feel it.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | January 8, 2007 11:04 PM

After reading some other columnists & beat writers blogs from other cities...I have to say we are lucky to have ppl like IC & ML. Not to mention the other glitteraties on the Post sports page. Fun journalism doesn't have to be hateful or condescending.

Posted by: Victor | January 8, 2007 11:25 PM

This is a good blog Vic, and most people know the game on here.

"Doesn't make sense for the Wizards unless Grunfeld is trying to get an expiring contract to put together a bigger deal."

Or for FA's next summer, but that list is kinda thin:

http://www.realgm.com/src_freeagents/2007/

I also found this link, the guy is a "hater" but still:

http://www.truehoop.com/free-agents-and-trades-32766-whats-wrong-with-jamaal-magloire.html

Draw your own conclusions, but I don't like this trade at all. I hope EG doesn't make it.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | January 8, 2007 11:46 PM

Posted by: Ray | January 8, 2007 11:55 PM

2nd round picks have a much better chance of panning out in today's NBA. With the international and high school/underclassmen cluttering the draft, the draft has become much more volatile and less predictable, meaning good talents are slipping to the second round all the time.

The days when the top 10 picks are the top juniors and seniors from the Big East and the ACC are over, late round draft picks have a lot more worth now than they used to.

Posted by: juandixonformvp | January 9, 2007 7:03 AM

Upset the applecart and the Wiz will be right back where they started. Arenas has already said if the GM is not making moves to point the team in the direction of winning a championship, he is out of here! See how the Wiz fare once everyone is healthy, Songalia included and see what we have. Me, I love both Jamison and Haywood and think it would be a mistake to let either go. Especially the way they are playing now. You can't win a championship by keep changing the players every season because then you have to start all over with the development of team chemistry. That, is just my humble opinion. I am a diehard fan who is tired of losing.

Posted by: Jessup | January 9, 2007 8:12 AM

Why in the world would the Wizards want Jamal Magloire anyway?!!? From the article on the ESPN website, he is not a great find. And, I don't think chemistry wise that he would fit here in DC. It appears this dude has a bad attitude. I hope there is no trading done unless they get rid of Songalia.

Posted by: Jessup | January 9, 2007 9:11 AM

Why in the world would the Wizards want Jamal Magloire anyway?!!? From the article on the ESPN website, he is not a great find. And, I don't think chemistry wise that he would fit here in DC. It appears this dude has a bad attitude. I hope there is no trading done unless they get rid of Songalia.

Posted by: Jessup | January 9, 2007 9:11 AM

Why in the world would the Wizards want Jamal Magloire anyway?!!? From the article on the ESPN website, he is not a great find. And, I don't think chemistry wise that he would fit here in DC. It appears this dude has a bad attitude. I hope there is no trading done unless they get rid of Songalia.

Posted by: Jessup | January 9, 2007 9:11 AM

Why in the world would the Wizards want Jamal Magloire anyway?!!? From the article on the ESPN website, he is not a great find. And, I don't think chemistry wise that he would fit here in DC. It appears this dude has a bad attitude. I hope there is no trading done unless they get rid of Songalia.

Posted by: Jessup | January 9, 2007 9:13 AM

On the surface that trade sucks. But its fun to start rampant speculation. Just when Brendan starts playing well we trade him? I guess you gotta get while the getting is good.

With Pecherov returning from Europe, Blatch devoloping and Songaila healthy, minutes may be tight/moving a player or two makes sense.

Having Magloire's contract and Antawn supposedly not accepting his option next year gives us a lot of money next year...

Posted by: Ledell Eackles | January 9, 2007 9:26 AM

Why on earth would Jamison not exercise his option next year? Do you think he can get more than $16 million a year on the open market? Someone needs to help John Hollinger pull his head out of his Insider.

Posted by: Sean | January 9, 2007 9:37 AM

Why would you trade a guy you've never seen play (Songalia)? Talk about impatient fans.

Posted by: Joe | January 9, 2007 9:40 AM

If he doent exercise the option, he can sign a 3-5 year deal for 30-60mil garaunteed. if he stays and gets hurt he makes 16mil and that it cuz he next contract at 32 years isnt gonna be nice...

Posted by: Ledell Eackles | January 9, 2007 10:02 AM

Antawn is not going to exercise his option, opting out only makes sense if you're Vince Carter, Gilbert Arenas, or Shaq and you know you have a big money, long-term contract waiting for you to sign.

I think Antawn's only looking at something slightly above mid-level in his next contract, somewhere in the 5 year $40 million range, so why would he opt out of a contract that pays him $16 million in one season?

Antawn will play out his current contract, pick up his $16 million for next season and then sign a mid-level type deal the following season. Since he's never gotten seriously injured and is an NBA iron man type, he'll still get paid even though he'll be north of 30.

Posted by: juandixonformvp | January 9, 2007 10:03 AM

Yeah, if Antawn knows someone will offer him $50 million then of course he'll opt out, but who out there is willing to pony up that kind of cash for him?

Teams have gotten much more frugal the past couple years, that's why DeShawn Stevenson had trouble finding a deal, if he was a free agent 2 years ago I'm sure he would have gotten paid. It's all about timing.

Posted by: juandixonformvp | January 9, 2007 10:06 AM

1) Good to know that DeShawn is focusing on the important stuff. What was Crash Davis' line to Nuke Laloosh about him not being good enough to have fungus on his shower shoes. Deshawn's no Gilbert. Just play the game, man.

2) I have no problem with the Wiz losing Stevenson if they lose him in the fashion that they lost Hughes and Jeffries -- by another team grossly overpaying them. Deshawn has fit in nicely and played his role well, but if the Wiz keep him, it should be at a reasonable price (NOT the full MLE)

Posted by: Ben | January 9, 2007 10:49 AM

that 3-way trade makes no sense. magliore has bad knees, imo haywood is better and makes less money. i would rather keep haywood. i just don't see how this trade would help us, and i don't think it makes any sense.

a more logical trade would be something like jarvis hayes for melvin ely. ely gets no pt because he's stuck behind wallace and okafor, and he has requested a trade. he is a solid pf who can come off the bench and rebound and provide some low post scoring, he is a good passer and would fit very nicely in our offense. he also can play some center and would be a good option as a 3rd center instead of booth and is better offensively to use at center when we go small instead of ruffin although he is 6-10.

our rotation would be something like this...

haywood / etan / ely
jamison / ely / blatche
butler / blatche
stevenson / mason
arenas / daniels

and this does not factor ruffin or songaila who are both injured and out indefinately, but could return and bolster the bench even more.

the point is ely would strenthen our weak frontcourt and give us more size which we need. also adding ely would make the return of songaila not as crucial, because we should consider the possibility he won't be able to return this season, which would leave us dangerously thin at pf going into the playoffs.

Posted by: poptart | January 9, 2007 10:59 AM

Looks like Gil is going to be doing a chat today at 2pm on ESPN:

http://proxy.espn.go.com/chat/chatESPN?event_id=14247

Posted by: Aaron | January 9, 2007 11:35 AM

Power forward has been such a weak spot for such a long time, you need to be careful that you don't end up with 10 power forwards. Right now the Wizards have Jamison (more of a SF/PF), Songalia, Blatche, Pecherov and Ruffin. And then they have four centers (Haywood, Thomas, Lang and Booth). Trading Hayes for another PF like Ely gets a little crazy. If it was a top of line PF, that's a different story, but another PF who is not good defensively makes little sense.

Posted by: Henry | January 9, 2007 11:57 AM

pecherov is not here. songaila hasn't played all season, may not play at all this season, and could possibly never play again. ruffin is out indefinately, and is not good anyway. booth is terrible and gone after this season. blatche can't be counted on, especially in playoff situation. jamison really is a sf. lang has potential but who knows really. etan is injury prone, and when he gets hurt takes forever to recover.

i would do that in a heartbeat. what do we lose by giving up hayes? bobcats want an outside shooter, so he's the perfect choice and matches salary.

we still got mason who is just as good coming off the bench. and ely allows us to play jamison at sf also.

we can go like this

haywood / etan / ely
jamison / ely / blatche
butler / jamison / blatche
stevenson / butler / mason
arenas / daniels / taylor

Posted by: poptart | January 9, 2007 12:25 PM

What is it about local teams trying to make bad trades with Atlanta?

First the Braves try to snooker the Orioles out of Brian Roberts and Hayden Penn by dangling Adam LaRoche (who has had 0.5 quality major league seasons) and Brian Giles (who wanted to go to San Diego.)

Now we're looking at a trade where the Wizards trade a quality big man who can run the floor and has a good contract (Haywood) for a slow bruiser who fumbles away the basketball like it's a live grenade (Magloire). Plus we throw in Jarvis Hayes, although I could care less about him.

Ernie Grunfeld has been such an exceptional GM thus far. All I can say is that I hope he hasn't lost it. I have no idea what he's thinking here, but hopefully there's logic behind it.

Posted by: Joe The Fan | January 9, 2007 1:07 PM

"If he doent exercise the option, he can sign a 3-5 year deal for 30-60mil garaunteed."

Exactly. I'm sure he'll see if someone is going to offer him that before picking up his option.

Now Ely would be a wonderful pickup. We'll see, I have a hard time seeing EG making the Mags trade.

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- Ray

Posted by: Ray | January 9, 2007 1:37 PM

Everyone needs to chill on the Jarvis front. He still working into a groove after missing major time the past 2 years. Look how long it took Amare to make it back. Currently his value is much lower then his worth.

Buy/trade low and sell at a high value.

Jarvis is doing just fine and hope they keep him around for a long time.

Melvin Ely?????

pleaseeeeeeee

Posted by: dc | January 9, 2007 1:48 PM

"Buy/trade low and sell at a high value."

That's why it's time to say "goodbye" to Jarvis.

He's not doing "just fine" and he's hurting the team every time he launches one of those bricks/airballs up.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | January 9, 2007 1:51 PM

I agree with you completely, dc.

Posted by: Sean | January 9, 2007 1:56 PM

I kinda like what we got with Jarvis, if Eddie will drink some coffee and wake up!

He seems to be incapable of establishing a bench and roles for players.

Once Etan comes back he should be off the bench. He brings energy and physical play, and can bolster our squad with emotion when we start off sluggish.

He should be taking a positive from Songaila's injury, and using it as an opportunity to develop Blatche and give the kid game experience.

The 2nd unit should be this:
Etan, Blatche, Hayes, Mason, Daniels

Is it really that complicated??

Etan with his force, muscle and rebounding down low, teamed with Blatche's length, shotblocking and offensive skill. Antonio's drive and dish game teamed with 2 spot up shooting threats in Hayes and Mason.

We got the Bench if Eddie can only figure out how to use it!

Posted by: Darnell | January 9, 2007 2:26 PM

I agree, i don't think Hayes is trade worthy yet. I'd rather give him more time, see if he improves his stock. He could work his way into the rotation again, or make a better trade. He shot really well the other day, maybe he can get his shot back.

Posted by: greg | January 9, 2007 4:30 PM

Hey Mike, just to let you know that the hand in the face started with the wrestler John Cena. He's been doing this for years and he says "you can't see me" while doing it. It's one of his signature moves.

Posted by: Steve | January 10, 2007 3:48 PM

The first time I saw Stevenson use the hand wave I thought it was some kind of diagnostic.

As in "did you just see that shot, he's shooting them like he's unconscious!" (which I guess could cut both ways).

The hand wave was supposed to mean "I could hit those shots in my sleep."

Instead it means "you can't see me"? I was disappointed.

My vote would be to keep the gesture, but to change the justification.

Posted by: JP | January 10, 2007 5:18 PM

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