Roster just about set?

Barring a surprise trade, the signing of Andray Blatche means that the Wizards are likely done with the bulk of their summer business. I have yet to confirm what exactly Andray signed for and neither Ernie Grunfeld nor Andray's agent will release the terms but my sources believe that it's a five-year deal worth between $12.5 and $15 million. One source familiar with the negotiations said he believed it was for less than $15 million but I haven't yet been able to confirm that.

Regardless of what Andray's cap figure is for next season, the Wizards are getting very close to the luxury tax threshold. If my figures are correct, the Wiz had around $3.0 million left before signing Andray.
One thing to keep in mind is that teams can be over the threshold at the beginning of the season and the dollar for dollar tax isn't actually paid until after the season so a team like the Wizards could shed salary to get back under if it needs to. Keep in mind that Mike Hall and Donell Taylor have non-guranteed deals.

The team has expressed an interest in bringing back Calvin Booth and I wouldn't rule out the possibility of signing Roger Mason to a non-guaranteed contract.

When I talked to Ernie about the Andray signing he made it clear that A) the team is still high on Andray's potential but he will have to earn his minutes next season and B) signing Andray gives the Wizards another "asset". In other words, if Andray doesn't develop into a key player for the Wizards in coming seasons, his age, skill set and favorable contract could potentially make him a nice trading piece.

My read is that Ernie basically sees this as being an ideal situation for the Wizards. If Andray works hard and reaches his potential, the Wizards will have one heck of a talent at a reasonably cheap price. If he doesn't, at least they didn't break the bank to keep him.

For comparison's sake just consider that folks with the Wizards believe Andray is already better than Kwame Brown ever was yet Ernie was able to turn Kwame into Caron Butler.

By Ivan Carter |  August 19, 2007; 1:32 PM ET
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Ivan, no one is trading a Caron Butler type for Blatche. At least not yet. Kwame had the lure of being a relatively recent #1 pick. Blatche has a street cred of being "bulletproof" and doing anything for the "snatch".

Posted by: Dat2U (realgm) | August 19, 2007 3:50 PM

1th!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2007 3:50 PM

3st!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2007 3:51 PM

"For comparison's sake just consider that folks with the Wizards believe Andray is already better than Kwame Brown ever was....."

Thats not saying much

Posted by: Sow | August 19, 2007 3:53 PM

This is a good signing. Blatche has already drawn interest from other teams, and even if he only gets a little better the next couple years will still provide some trade bait. And god knows the Wiz need big bodies; consistency doesn't hurt either. Everything about this is good, AB might even get more motivated after the arrest (hopefully.)

Posted by: Andy | August 19, 2007 4:00 PM

The AB signing is good to be done. But your Wizards still have a need for an upgrade at point behind Gilbert (not to mention the persistent center and PF positions). Is there anyway Ernie can sign Troy Hudson, the point guard just released by Minnesota? He would fit nicely as the 2nd guard of the bench for your Wizards.

Posted by: oddjob | August 19, 2007 4:35 PM

what wrong with AD?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2007 5:21 PM

Random question... what exactly is mike's job at the post. It seems like its always ivan on here and ivan doing the day to day covering of the team. Is Mike just on vacation or only part time or what's the deal?

Thanks

Posted by: Dante | August 19, 2007 5:34 PM

yep, it should be "Wizards Insider, the Latest NBA news from Ivan Carter" 'cause from what i see, ivan seems to do all the works

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2007 6:28 PM

Michael Lee provides general NBA coverage. He has posted recent stories on the betting scandal.

In any event, does it really matter? If you don't know for sure what is going, why run your mouths.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2007 6:37 PM

make that "mouth" (singular)

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2007 6:40 PM

Ivan is the Wizard beat writer for the Post and Lee covers the NBA.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2007 6:45 PM

so do we expect that etan and brendan will like each other next year and play nice together or that together they will amount to a decent big fella? if not, what in the world is the Wiz doing?

Posted by: rod | August 19, 2007 6:54 PM

14rdth!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2007 7:07 PM

I cannot believe Detroit signed hayes, he is absolutely terrible, nice draft pick.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2007 7:09 PM

take it easy man " August 19, 2007 06:37 PM" and you forgot to make the "mouths" singular (mouth) what a...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2007 7:15 PM

If being shot didn't motivate AB I don't what difference being handcuffed and having your mug shot taken will make. He's a young kid with a lot of money and apparently not a lot of positive influences counseling him.

I hope they sign Booth. He may prove to be a valuable piece for the team.

Hard to believe Haywood is still on this roster. Talk about maturity issues.

Posted by: DS | August 19, 2007 7:18 PM

maybe we can get that guy the warriors had just released, andonal foyle, a good shot blocker but i think he's not that good of a player anyway..might help us out a little bit

Posted by: nv | August 19, 2007 7:21 PM

yes, I will take it easy. perhaps I over did it. apologies.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2007 7:31 PM

There have been various reports that EG has tried to trade Etan, but apparently could not move his contract.

I have not heard of the Wiz trying to move Haywood as often, which may mean that EG still likes having 7' center on the roster, with at least some skills.

The offseason isn't over yet, though.

Posted by: Tim | August 19, 2007 7:40 PM

Tim is right. Something else will develop before the February trade deadline. But the Wiz are good to go. They have a lot of good pieces, that already have meshed, a good offensive system in place, despite the EJ naysayers. Blatche and Sangaila have to step up and fill the middle on defense, and Pech needs to settle down and play.

Hope springs eternal in August.

Posted by: zinger1 | August 19, 2007 9:21 PM

EG ought to pay Angie, Andray's mother, to move down here from Syracuse. Andray is very close to his mom and her being around would be a good influence on him. People at the VC say that Andray has been down there every day working his butt off because he is embarrassed about what happens and wants to prove to Ernie that he will be worth the investment and to his teammates that they will be able to depend on him. Ernie has warned him to be prepared to face an unbelievable amount of teasing, as Gilbert has alluded to on his blog.

Posted by: Rockville | August 19, 2007 9:28 PM

I hope Andray is working hard. It would impress me even more if he was working hard even before his little indiscretion.

Posted by: Tim | August 19, 2007 9:41 PM

"EG ought to pay Angie, Andray's mother, to move down here from Syracuse. Andray is very close to his mom and her being around would be a good influence on him. People at the VC say that Andray has been down there every day working his butt off because he is embarrassed about what happens and wants to prove to Ernie that he will be worth the investment and to his teammates that they will be able to depend on him. Ernie has warned him to be prepared to face an unbelievable amount of teasing, as Gilbert has alluded to on his blog.

Posted by: Rockville | August 19, 2007 09:28 PM "

If AB still needs his mommy, HE needs to pay her to move down here. He's got the $$$ now. Les BouleS is a professional organization, not responsible for keep people's nose snot free.

It sucks worse to be Mom Vick. One son got tossed out of VT b/c of multiple infractions (contributing to the delinquency of a minor, reckless driving, stomping a player on the field, etc.) coupled with multiple chances.

Another son likes to flip the bird to hometown fans and kill dogs for fun. Talk about lack of home training and failing as parents. Where would these ATHALETEES (JT2 pronunciation) be without the athletic ability? Dead or in jail.

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 19, 2007 9:45 PM

Yep, seems like much of the offseason business for the Wiz is all done. AB is going receive a lot of ribbing from his mates especially Gilbert.

Posted by: low | August 19, 2007 10:33 PM

I'd like to know more about the rift between ET and BH. How much of it is them and how much of it is fueled by EJ the coach.
Both centers are from NYC, one is from Harlem (ET) and one Manhattan (BH). Maybe that's what this boils down to...its a burroughs thing.
Also, why can't EJ play them both together? I have never seen them both in the game at the same time. Is ET so stiff, he can't play any PF? Or is EJ just afraid BH will pull ET's hair when he isn't looking...

Posted by: oddjob | August 19, 2007 10:59 PM

All in all, positive off-season. I still believe an avg defense score of 97 points moves the Wizards into round two; assumption that we maintain the avg offense at 100+. I'm hearing the 2nd round pick is more determined than AB, Pesh, et al to get playing time and defense is his ticket; it is a wait & see thing. Can't see anything happening by Feb unless there are injuries.

Booth is a favorite, especially when he hits those 3's. Ernie now needs to let Eddie know that to continue in Washington, he needs to improve defense. Eddie gets it since he isn't protected like BH & ET with ugly contracts. BTW, if BH could be consistent 6 out of 10 nights, I would be happy. If either BH or ET developed hand-eye coordination and a feel for the rim from 2 feet then we would go further. I guess they feel they can take out there lack of concentration on fundamentals on each other and play poor me.

Posted by: Gareth | August 19, 2007 11:01 PM

Do you guys suppose we will see a post from Ivan at some point right before training camp about a big meeting between EG, EJ, BTH and Etan?

Posted by: George Templeton | August 19, 2007 11:07 PM

"Booth is a favorite, especially when he hits those 3's. Ernie now needs to let Eddie know that to continue in Washington, he needs to improve defense. Eddie gets it since he isn't protected like BH & ET with ugly contracts. BTW, if BH could be consistent 6 out of 10 nights, I would be happy. If either BH or ET developed hand-eye coordination and a feel for the rim from 2 feet then we would go further. I guess they feel they can take out there lack of concentration on fundamentals on each other and play poor me.

Posted by: Gareth | August 19, 2007 11:01 PM"

When did Booth hit any 3's?

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 19, 2007 11:08 PM

I think it's sad to see some of these athletes not be able to get rid of the "street" mentality. They have all the advantages in the world now, but some still make horrible decisions and hang out with the wrong people. Screw the "keeping it real" crap. Paying for your former thug buddies to have nice cars and follow you around the country as part of your entourage is just plain dumb. Pacman Jones is going to lose everything and he is going to be right back with his posse with nothing left - nice friends!!! AI and others do the same thing and are lucky they are still doing as well. Vick is another victim of his own stupidity. Doubt he plays in the NFL again. Sad, stupid, ignorant...etc etc. Hope Blatche does not go down that path as well although I don't think his problem has anything to do with street cred. I think/hope his is just a maturity issue!!!

Posted by: Rob P | August 19, 2007 11:10 PM

Booth hit a three last season, I believe it was in January/February; Ivan has the stats.

You can have all the meetings you want, but if ET, BH, & EJ can't grow up and understand it is a team effort, then it is a worthless meeting.

BTW, you aren't a victim when you chose to make decisions that are unlawful. Ignorant, trash, stupid, etc. but not victim.

Posted by: Gareth | August 19, 2007 11:15 PM

Of course, my spelling is a victim to public schools. :>)

Posted by: Gareth | August 19, 2007 11:16 PM

"You can have all the meetings you want, but if ET, BH, & EJ can't grow up and understand it is a team effort, then it is a worthless meeting."


Part of that goes back to other players on the court, namely the ones that control the ball. I guess those guys in the front court have never heard of the cliche "gotta keep your big man happy" or "gotta reward your big man." This is especially the case when the little guys don't play any D, and expect the big guys to bail them out.

Both these guys (ET and BTH) get limited touches as it is, so if you have 2 hungry pit bulls that don't get any food, when you throw out a bone, you know those two dogs are going to kill each other trying to get that bone.

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 19, 2007 11:42 PM

No victims. I do love how they like to turn themselves into such at times. They have more advantages than 99.9% of the people in this entire world.

"Vick is another victim of his own stupidity" is what I sad, which implies it's all on HIM.

Posted by: Rob P | August 19, 2007 11:42 PM

I don't care about Donnell Taylor. We should keep Mason, Hall, and another pg. Any pg other than taylor, he is terrible. I mean he is ok, I just don't like him at all as a pg I have no faith in him running the team. They gotta be able to come up with a better pg than Taylor, give me a break!!

Gerald Fitch, Zabian Dowdell, Mustafa Shakur, somebody. Even Chase has to be better. Taylor is ok, but he has no pg skills, and as far as sg I would take Mason over him. Plain and simple.

Posted by: Darnell | August 19, 2007 11:46 PM

I would try to deal Haywood for Zaza Pachulia on the Hawks. He has skills very suited for the princeton. It would be a good deal for both teams. It would be a good fit for both players. Zaza is young and improving and he would be a good fit at center for us, and he'd be a good rotation with Etan as they have different styles and skills. Zaza would be a better fit on our team than Haywood, Eddie would like him, and he makes less money and would help us stay under the tax threshold!

Posted by: Darnell | August 19, 2007 11:57 PM

Darnell...Taylor is not good, but whose third point guard is all that good. I think it's the least of our worries.

Those they say we have not improved are wrong and with some maturing by some players and the fact that we have been together for a few years now gives us an advantage. I don't know why major overhauls are better than sticking with a proven young playoff team. The biggest holes are still is PF and C, yes, but virtually every team in the league has those same holes.

Our bench is also more talented than previously as well. The only problem is we are soo young off the bench, but I take young talent over limited veterans anyday.
No Ruffin!!! Ha...like saying that one.

Our biggest setback is our coaching IMO. It's just not pushing this team to be better as a whole. I believe EJ is average at best. So, hey, we have our horses now and we'll see how it plays out.

Let me ask this: Do you take our team as constructed or the Cavs??? GA, CB, and AJ vs LJ and Gooden and Zeke??? Come on..we would have won that series last year had we been healthy. We had nothing and lost by 7/8 pts on average. Their coaching is better in a sense bc they emphasize D and not O, which always does better in the playoffs.

Posted by: Rob P | August 19, 2007 11:59 PM

harlem's part of manhattan

Posted by: rob | August 20, 2007 12:41 AM

Darnell, why would Atlanta give Pachulia up for Haywood? What's the upside for them?

Posted by: Pradamaster | August 20, 2007 1:22 AM

ET grew up in Tulsa, while BH grew up in NC..ET spent the most time in NY.

Its interesting to listen to the social commentaries on black life and moral mush...well, actually, not that interesting. typical, but not interesting.

How can we expect the same old horses to now play defense. Again, if ya do not have the horses to play defense, both mentally and physically IT AINT GONNA WORK! We can hope for improved defense, along with stellar offense to make it

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2007 5:53 AM

I've always wondered whether Haywood was a Republican. If so, maybe that contributes to the friction between he and Etan (Etan can be pretty strident with his views). Ivan, do you know anything about that?

Others have noticed that the Wizards are bringing back the same team as last year, plus the draft picks, who EJ likely won't play much. (Recall Jordan's interview on the John Thompson show after the season when he said he wanted to see the Wizards add tough-minded veterans. Result: Rookies added, Ruffin and Hayes gone, Booth possibly gone too.)

Another aspect of this is that essentially the same coaching staff is coming back too. Bringing in Thibodeau offered some hope that he would challenge and shake up the current approach of the coaches, especially on the defensive end. But I don't get that vibe from Randy Ayers -- I think he'll just go along to get along. He doesn't have the rep to come in and throw his weight around. Also interesting that, if I remember correctly, two coaches left (Tom Young and Harvey Grant) and one coach was hired (Ayers). Budget cuts? Or is Grunfeld trying to keep the number of people he has to fire at the all star break low?

Posted by: Sean | August 20, 2007 7:50 AM

I've always wondered whether Haywood was a Republican. If so, maybe that contributes to the friction between he and Etan (Etan can be pretty strident with his views). Ivan, do you know anything about that?

Posted by: Sean | August 20, 2007 07:50 AM

Sean - Haywood is active in the Libertarian Party.

Posted by: Ernie G | August 20, 2007 9:28 AM

"I guess those guys in the front court have never heard of the cliche "gotta keep your big man happy" or "gotta reward your big man." This is especially the case when the little guys don't play any D, and expect the big guys to bail them out."

DCMAN88, You hit the nail on the head. If they just throw the big a bone every now and then, he'd play harder. Larry Hughes would make a point of driving and looking for BTH. In the games that he did that, BTH would play a lot harder.

Posted by: mark | August 20, 2007 10:11 AM

the 3 pointer from Cal Booth was against the Rockets...I believe it put us up by one then Yao hit a pretty baseline shot to win the game. Bummer for us

Posted by: Burg w/ a U | August 20, 2007 10:26 AM

A correction to my post above -- three coaches left (Young, Berry and Grant), and Ayers was added. Do any of you find that strange? That a team looking to improve, and especially improve its defense, and with a bunch of new rookies reduced its coaching staff by 2? Either Grunfeld is going to add some more to the staff (how 'bout Michael Cooper?), or as I joked above, he really is trying to keep the number of people he'll need to fire to a minimum.
What do you guys think?

Posted by: Sean | August 20, 2007 10:57 AM

Kwame for Caron was more about the Lakers needing a big body than Grunfeld's genius.

That being said, Blatche being better than Kwame shows you just how wack that pick was in NBA history.

Posted by: ScottVanPeltStyle.com | August 20, 2007 10:58 AM

Like Ivan said, our roster is set. Realistically, we will NOT be defensively inclined this year. You can't get a coach to come in and make you play D. It's either in you or it's not. From an athletes perspective, if it's not what got you into the league (and it isn't for 99% of NBA players), then it's not what's gonna keep you in the league. There are maybe 20 guys in this league strictly because of their defense. Plus, offense pays big free agent money. The highest paid players in the NBA put up numbers on offense. If I was a player already in the NBA, I'd be looking for the big money and I'd concentrate on O, too. Take Bruce Bowen as an example. He's universally hailed as the premier man defender. He's 'only' making 3.75 mill this year. Usually the guys who play defense are guys who aren't great shooters when they start out and rely on D to stay in the game. I don't see any guys like that on the Wiz roster. Don't be surprised to see a repeat of 2 years ago when we get to the first round and flame out.

Posted by: mark | August 20, 2007 11:08 AM

I heard Stevenson just got shot and is en route the hospital.

Posted by: Mike Quinn | August 20, 2007 11:11 AM

i read a player was shot as his house but they haven't released the name of the player yet. this is not good, not good at all

Posted by: steve colter | August 20, 2007 11:14 AM

The important thing about this year's bench vs. last year's bench is upside. With Young, McGuire, and Blatche there is some real length, quickness, and hops coming off the bench. This time last year, Blatche was basiclly a rookie since he lost alot of time the year before with the gunshot wound.
We seldom had guys that could come on the floor and get out and run and play above the rim on the second unit, that will be a huge difference this year. We might even see a lob pass or two from this group.
With Songalia right from the start and Pecherov our depth inside will be much improved. Pecherov will be a big key, if Eddie can get him worked into his rotation by the second half of the season and getting some productive minutes from him will really help. He was playing on a gimpy leg in Las Vegas and really didn't show his skills which should go well with the Princeton. How quickly he learns to box out and battle for postion under the boards, rebound and defend will be the key to him gaining minutes. In Songalia he has a near perfect mentor, similar games and ability, Pecherov's just 3 to 4" taller. If he can defend he'll eventually be a 5 in the Princeton.
Remember he's still really young, I'm sure he's going to get pushed around under the hoop alot this year. He's not a finished product, he's a guy agewise that compares to LA's Bynum, and is still growing.
The big question with all of these guys is, will Eddie Jordan see the upside and commit to developing it to be ready the playoffs? Did he learn something about depth and injuries last year? Or will he go into the playoffs with an untried bench again?
Last spring it was kind of sad to hear him commenting on having a "new team" and trying to figure out "what these guys can do" and he'd had them all on his roster since camp except for Hall.
I hope he comes to camp with a commitment to building a deep rotation and using it from day one. That will at least show he's learning on the job.

Posted by: GM | August 20, 2007 11:20 AM

News Flash:

An unidentified NBA player was shot at Deshawn Stevenson's home in Orange County.

http://www.wesh.com/news/13929862/detail.html

Posted by: DanPeter | August 20, 2007 11:24 AM

where are you getting the info about a player being shot?

Posted by: greg | August 20, 2007 11:24 AM

There were reportedly several other NBA players present, maybe it wasn't Stevenson that was shot.

Posted by: rbpalmer | August 20, 2007 11:28 AM

Inviting Jayson Williams to a party is always a bad idea.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2007 11:31 AM

i'm a naive suburban dude, but come on! party with the ladies, booze, the chronic if you must, just check your freakin guns at the door.

Posted by: steve colter | August 20, 2007 11:34 AM

well, i'd like to know how you open a can of beer WITHOUT a 9mm?!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2007 11:37 AM

Since this was in California, worst case scenario is that Gil, DeShawn or Nick Young was shot.

Correction, worse case scenario is that Gil, DeShawn or Young was the shooter.

Posted by: Sean | August 20, 2007 11:44 AM

Posted by: Deshawn Stevenson | August 20, 2007 11:45 AM

i think it's orange county FLA -

Posted by: steve colter | August 20, 2007 11:46 AM

"Its interesting to listen to the social commentaries on black life and moral mush...well, actually, not that interesting. typical, but not interesting."
- anon

It's this apathetic reaction which is more TYPICAL and disturbing. Hey, I don't care if these guys lose everything. Go right ahead, but I think they have the same apathetic attitude as you ironically enough.

A shooting at Deshawn's party. SHOCKING!!!

Posted by: Rob P | August 20, 2007 11:48 AM

shortly after Etan is named the victim, Haywood will turn himself in...

Posted by: Brent Price | August 20, 2007 11:52 AM

"Its interesting to listen to the social commentaries on black life and moral mush...well, actually, not that interesting. typical, but not interesting."
- anon

I must be missing something here, because I am Black ... and guns, prostitution, drugs, etc. have never been a part of my life, and I am not in the minority on that point. Let's just judge fools as fools ... and leave race out of it.

Posted by: Pat | August 20, 2007 11:53 AM

OK ... well maybe once ... but I didn't inhale.

Posted by: Pat | August 20, 2007 11:55 AM

amen

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2007 11:56 AM

"A man was shot at the home of a professional basketball player early Monday morning, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

The shooting happened at the home of DeShawn Stevenson, a guard with the Washington Wizards, officials said.

Curtis Ruff suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was transported to Health Central Hospital for treatment, authorities said.

Police are searching for a suspect.

Stevenson's home is located in a gated community in west Orange County. Investigators said a party was going on at the time of the shooting, and several NBA players were in attendance.

Stay with WESH 2 News and WESH.com for further details."

-FLA

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2007 11:57 AM

this song reminds of the relationship between EJ and BH

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDq0KFGxlMQ

Posted by: Billy | August 20, 2007 12:08 PM

The conversation started bc I commented on entourages, street cred, and these guys making really stupid decisions when they "made" it. Now, guys like Vick and Pacman are going to lose everything. I was also stating how I don't think this is Andray's problem. His is just immaturity.

Anyway, I never specifically brought up race. And congratulations Pat, your statement about your life has nothing to do with the price of bread in China.

Posted by: Rob P | August 20, 2007 12:15 PM

"shortly after Etan is named the victim, Haywood will turn himself in..."

LOL...good one. Might be funnier for the "poet" to be the the trigger man...Haywood just seems too soft.

Posted by: Rob P | August 20, 2007 12:19 PM

Oddjob, Antonio Daniels is a good backup to Gilbert off the bench .. the Wizards do not need a point guard .. they are a BIG man away from being a good contender .. they need a big mant hat will take up space and do the dirty work [rebounds,defense,2nd chance points] .. they dont need another shooter or scorer like Troy Hudson .. they already are the highest scoring team in the East .. they have the highest scoring trio in the league .. and they just added more firepower through the draft and of course .. Oleksy Pecherov has the potential to be a good shooter and scorer cuz of his size and ability .. so they dont need another shooter/scorer .. Antonio Daniels runs this team's offense fine

Posted by: Tu | August 20, 2007 12:30 PM

"I guess those guys in the front court have never heard of the cliche "gotta keep your big man happy" or "gotta reward your big man.""

Before you "reward" someone they've gotta first do something that merits reward. The big men get thrown a bone as a reward for defense, rebounding, and hustle not as an incentive to do those things. In other words, Haywood and Thomas have to show their goods before they collect payment on the deal.

Posted by: kalorama | August 20, 2007 1:57 PM

the wiz have really become a better team over the last few years lets just hope they have better judgment with the young players they are beleiving in because they are known for making big mistakes

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2007 2:06 PM

the wiz have really become a better team over the last few years lets just hope they have better judgment with the young players they are beleiving in because they are known for making big mistakes

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2007 2:07 PM

Did Ivan just remove the DS shooting post?

Posted by: chelseaFC | August 20, 2007 4:01 PM

Chelsea - it sure appears that way. Maybe he's making some updates?

Posted by: Tim | August 20, 2007 4:04 PM

I say Pecherov and Jamison make a decent front court but neither of them is a scrappy rebounder or defender and the rest of the team doesnt trust Etan and Brendan with the ball and for good reason. Etan lacks talent and Brendan lacks heart. But we dont need a scoring center. We need somone to slow down Shaq, KG, Dwight Howard and the other big men on teams that will play in the playoffs in the east. And another solid rebounder to get gilbert, antwan, nick young and caron the ball because they WILL outscore most teams in a 7 game series.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2007 4:11 PM

I say Pecherov and Jamison make a decent front court but neither of them is a scrappy rebounder or defender and the rest of the team doesnt trust Etan and Brendan with the ball and for good reason. Etan lacks talent and Brendan lacks heart. But we dont need a scoring center. We need somone to slow down Shaq, KG, Dwight Howard and the other big men on teams that will play in the playoffs in the east. And another solid rebounder to get gilbert, antwan, nick young and caron the ball because they WILL outscore most teams in a 7 game series.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2007 4:11 PM

Is there any possibility to the Wiz inviting Kyle Visser to training camp?

Posted by: Dan | August 20, 2007 4:17 PM

a

Posted by: a | August 20, 2007 4:18 PM

"Mensah-Bonsu future with Mavs uncertain", if this guy gets released we should definatley jump all over him. At 6-9 he's a little small for center and we have alot of deapth a the 4 so PT could be an issue but dude can jump out of the gym and plays mad above the rim. He is also a standup guy and we could use some good new character in our locker room just about now. Also, he is a homer from GW where he rocked the house night in and night out. I say we pick him up over Booth or Mason any day of the week!
Ivan, put in the good word in Ernie's ear as only you can and get this done for us brother.

Posted by: akaman | August 20, 2007 4:32 PM

The Wizards have enough projects on their bench.

Posted by: kalorama | August 20, 2007 4:38 PM

I SEE THEY REMOVED THE DESHAWN STEVENSON'S INCIDENT! I GUESS THEY DONT WANT TO DRAG THE WIZARDA NAME THROUGH THE MUD JUST YET!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2007 4:40 PM

Posted by: Tim | August 20, 2007 4:44 PM

Maybe they removed it because DS is guilty of something. Besides, someone had to shoot Curtis Ruff and my statements, he was there alone. Hmmmm..........

Posted by: Hmmm | August 20, 2007 5:27 PM

truehoops had a different summary.

stevenson was sleeping at his house when 2 of his buddies rolled up and had a shoot out with some retard that followed them.

apparently they shot the guy in the foot and stevensons only involvement was that this happened in his yard.

Posted by: steve | August 20, 2007 5:29 PM

Top Pritority number 1 is re-sign Calvin "For Whom the Bell Toll" Booth so that he can provide spark off the bench and give haywood breathers. We will miss Ruffin - he is the glue even though he is gone

Posted by: Dersh | August 20, 2007 7:08 PM

DS and other athaletes in pro-sports like Stephen Jackson and Ron Artest are typical. If not for their athalettical ability, they would be dead or in jail.

At least Gilby's kids have a baby's daddy now. The reason why Nick Young was able to rent/buy Gilby's house was because Gilby was reported to have had them move into his main house. No word on whether the baby's momma was sent packing, given a financial settlement, moved into the big house, or moved into the pool house.

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 20, 2007 8:20 PM

"Ummm...he would be just as stupid."

Exactly, I could care less what color anyone is.

"Ray, Ivan's latest post said it wasn't party and that DW was asleep when this guy showed up."

Just commenting on what I'm reading. :)

Even though it appears DS was not involved, it's who you hang out with that matters. I don't know any of those people but when you're out at all hours of the morning something bad always seems to happen.

When I was 24 I got drunk at a party and tried to help a friend out of a mess and got jumped by like 20 dudes. All I remember is someone pulling me out of a pile...crazy. I stopped drinking after that and it never happened again.

Coinsidense?!?! ;)

Sigh, what next? :(

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | August 20, 2007 9:43 PM

Hey DS, why were there no charges pressed? If I woke up and found bullet holes in my car and the front of my house. And I knew who did it. Why wouldn't I press charges, unless I had something significant to hide.

Posted by: oddjob | August 20, 2007 9:52 PM

There is something very funny about no charges being filed!!!! Come on DS You just got a new contract, the team looks good this year, lets not get stupid, DC fans need a Champianship brought back to this town by someone!!!

Posted by: George | August 21, 2007 2:41 PM

There is something very funny about no charges being filed!!!! Come on DS You just got a new contract, the team looks good this year, lets not get stupid, DC fans need a Champianship brought back to this town by someone!!!

Posted by: George | August 21, 2007 2:43 PM

I hope the roster hasen't been set because i want haywood out! Has everyone forgotten his actions after the Wizards' season ended last year? I think that the Wizards should just trade him for a second round pick, and then sign a guy like Chris Webber to the veteran's minimum. Imagine how well he would fit into the Wizards' offense playing alongside Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler.

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