Friday update

Caron Butler did not participate in shootaround this morning but did some shooting. Yesterday, Coach Eddie Jordan said the all-star forward would "probably" miss his seventh straight game with that strained left hip flexor. Jordan said that he'd like see Butler go through a full practice and then determine his status after seeing how the hip responds after that practice. Remember, Caron practiced Monday but woke up stiff and sore Tuesday morning and couldn't go against the Knicks.

It's hard to tell when the Wiz will have a full practice because Jordan typically gives them a day off after a back-to-back (they host Charlotte tomorrow night) and they have games at New Orleans Monday night and Houston Tuesday night. The first real practice could be Thursday in Chicago. I imagine that Caron could get on the court and test himself Sunday and then see what's up for Monday's game but we'll see.

Antonio Daniels (sore right ankle) did participate in shootaround and will be a "game-time" decision. My status is just as iffy. Flights are all messed up and I'm hoping to get out of DC in time but it's up in the air. What's weird is that it's not even that nasty out. In Minnesota, we call this spring.

The Cavs won't have Wally World, Ben Wallace, Delonte West or Joe Smith tonight and guard Boobie Gibson and Anderson Varajeo are out so the team signed former Wiz kid Billy Thomas and Kaniel Dickens out of the D-League. Thomas, who bailed the Wiz out of an important game in Sacramento two years ago when Gilbert Arenas was ducking that infamous paternity suit, spent some time with the Nets on a 10-day earlier this season and continues to hang around hoping to stick. He was in the D-League all-star game in New Orleans last week and just keeps doing enough to stay on the radar.

I've known Billy since he was at Kansas playing with Paul Pierce, Jacque Vaughn and company in the late 90's and really respect his determination. The guy has played in just about every league in the world and just keeps working at it. It would be nice to see him stick. The Cavs will now have the league-minimum eight players in uniform tonight. Can't say much about my status though: I'm at the mercy of the airlines and we all know how that goes. Pray for me people.......

By Ivan Carter |  February 22, 2008; 2:36 PM ET
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Hope you have a safe flight Ivan. Maybe Caron can go Sat at home vs Bobcats then rest/recover sunday? Hope Blatche gets alot of time tonight as the starter, and hope McGuire gets some run tonight. I think one of the reasons Blatche plays so much better as a starter (which no one seems to mention) is cause he's on the floor with Haywood, instead of playing center. Nick Young should get a good opportunity as well with DeShawn & AD hurting.

Posted by: Darnell | February 22, 2008 3:32 PM

Hopefully you get there safe Ivan. The Wiz could sneak this one out tonight with the depleted roster, because the Cavs will look like a mess. They will probably start Snow, D Jones, LBJ, Dwayne Jones, Big Z.....with Devin Brown, Kaniel Dickens, and Thomas off the bench. Wow, what a train wreck that could be.

Posted by: Roman | February 22, 2008 3:35 PM

I say now that this is finally an even matched game. If that trade never happened the wiz would lose, guarantee it.


Caron and Gil to save the day!!!

Posted by: Burg w/ a U | February 22, 2008 3:48 PM

What's the over under on Kaniel Dickens scoring 15 tonight?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 22, 2008 3:53 PM

Hope you were able to make your flight Ivan - that ice was bad this morning but it is better now though.

You are such a trooper!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 22, 2008 4:11 PM

"The Cavs will now have the league-minimum eight players in uniform tonight. "

And two of those are d-Leaguers? Wiz should be able to win this one.

Posted by: Rook | February 22, 2008 4:13 PM

How many times have we said this before. The Nuggets game after the AI trade anyone?

Posted by: George Templeton | February 22, 2008 4:25 PM

We should pray for Obama!

Posted by: Stick | February 22, 2008 4:27 PM

Have you seen Obama's shooting form? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daH0ltD20A0&NR=1
Maybe the Wizards could convince him to take a break from the primaries and sign a 10 day contract.

Posted by: John Brisker | February 22, 2008 4:34 PM

"The Cavs will now have the league-minimum eight players in uniform tonight. "

And two of those are d-Leaguers? Wiz should be able to win this one.

Posted by: Rook | February 22, 2008 04:13 PM

Thanks for the explaination of the luxary tax equation. I am not well versed on that area, so I am not even going to pretend that I am.

Now for your above statement. All depends Rook. If EJ starts playing slow small-ball (Songalia at the 5 and AJ at the 4 ) for extended minutes, look out. That will probably spell "Lost" again.

Billy Thomas and Wilks would be good pickups for the Wiz on two 10 day contracts. They both know the offense and Billy can play the 2 and the 3 and has a very nice "j". Wow, isn't that the type of guy I was talking about in the last post?

Yo Ivan, will signing these guys to two 10 days cause Uncle Abe to go over the "dreaded" salary cap? The contracts would be prorated, so where is the damage??

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | February 22, 2008 4:38 PM

I really don't see the Wiz winning tonight.

This feels like that Toronto game a few years back when they signed half of the team to 10 day contracts and they still beat the Wiz.

Everyone is always hurt, it's time to make some changes this offseason because this is becoming the "what if?" team.

I think they should have at least made an effort to make a move or two, at least for the sake of the bench.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | February 22, 2008 4:47 PM

I would have to get the numbers exactly right but I think the signing of even one guy to a 10-day would put the Wiz very close if not over the luxury tax. I know that after Wilks was here they were extremely close. FYI: I'll be here in DC. Couldn't get a flight that was going to get me there in time for the game.

Posted by: Ivan | February 22, 2008 5:07 PM

Same old same old. Tonight there's a real possibility of losing to a shell of a team. Enough of this crapola.

Sell the team to Ted, let him bring in another partner like Ledecke to provide some additional capital and start getting serious about winning the championship. Abe's a nice guy, and he likes nice guys for players but we gotta bring in some mean hombres to win.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 22, 2008 5:13 PM

I would have to get the numbers exactly right but I think the signing of even one guy to a 10-day would put the Wiz very close if not over the luxury tax. I know that after Wilks was here they were extremely close.

Posted by: Ivan | February 22, 2008 05:07 PM

So - who still wants to sign Wilkes to a 10-day contract if it costs the Wizards $5.7 Million? That's a lot of scratch for 10-days.....

Posted by: Rook | February 22, 2008 5:18 PM

Right Rook... and to what benefit would Wilkes do for us?

He barely got off of the pine when AD and GA were out.

Posted by: JSchon | February 22, 2008 5:24 PM

Sell the team to Ted, let him bring in another partner like Ledecke to provide some additional capital and start getting serious about winning the championship.

Posted by: | February 22, 2008 05:13 PM
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Yeah - look what he's done for the Caps since he took over ..... all those Championships ..... Glory and honor for Washington ...

28th out of 30 teams in total salary. Spending $39 Million this year. League AVERAGE is $46 Million. Only Phoenix and Nashville spends less.

How is Tightwad Teddy gonna help the Wizards?

Posted by: Rook | February 22, 2008 5:28 PM

Hey JSchon (and others), I really don't see a problem going over the Luxury Tax if the Wizards were going to sign somebody meaningful (Like a top tier Point Guard, or a serious scorer for the bench). AND, I think that if someone was available, Ernie would get the 'go-ahead' from Abe....

But to sign a scrub for 10-days to sit on the bench at a cost of over $5 Million dollars is beyond crazy.

Posted by: Rook | February 22, 2008 5:34 PM

Some guys on this blog must think the Teams are playing with Monopoly money.

Posted by: Rook | February 22, 2008 5:38 PM

Completely agree... We have guards here that arent getting the enough PT anyway...

NY goes 6 for 9 against the Knicks and only plays 19 minutes in an overtime game...

Play the people you have, they are better than anybody in the D-League. You also dont lose 5 million and you build equity in your team by giving these guys valuable minutes.

Posted by: JSchon | February 22, 2008 5:53 PM

"Everyone is always hurt, it's time to make some changes this offseason because this is becoming the "what if?" team."

If this is another first round and out year, I think that's just what will happen. This is a make or break season, injuries or no.

Posted by: kalorama | February 22, 2008 6:13 PM

Can't argue that.

Posted by: JSchon | February 22, 2008 6:31 PM

This year, March will be as pivotal a month for the Wizards as it will for the college guys.

Posted by: khrabb | February 22, 2008 6:34 PM

"But to sign a scrub for 10-days to sit on the bench at a cost of over $5 Million dollars is beyond crazy.

Posted by: Rook | February 22, 2008 05:34 PM "

Again, people here are jumping the gun. I'm not saying Les BouleS should sign a homeless man off the street. I'm saying EG should be proactive and bring some bodies into VC so that he can EVALUATE whether these guys can help the team.

There's been no action reported, so that means they're just plain cheap.

Posted by: DC Man88 | February 22, 2008 6:42 PM

None of us are assuming that thats what you meant window licker...

What you are suggesting has the same net result however, bring someone from the D-League to ride the pine while costing $5 million.

Why bring people in for tryouts? Why not ask the D-League coaches and your scouting team? I think there are rules about conducting an official tryout during the season.

Posted by: JSchon | February 22, 2008 6:52 PM

Why ask why? Just keep licking @ss JackoffSchon!

Posted by: DC Man88 | February 22, 2008 7:07 PM

Why bother with rules ?

Posted by: Rook | February 22, 2008 7:08 PM

The last thing the Wiz need are any more projects. They have enough on their team now. If Ernie couldnt get a deal done for a quality point, a quality low post scorer or a quality 3 point shooter--than so be it. None of the Wiz current prospect, except AB, have any real trade value right now. Plus nobody wants that pick we got for JCN because it will never amout to anything but a bottom third first rounder. Right now the Wiz best hope is AB and Pech hit the weight room hard this summer and come back and give the Wiz what they need in the paint. Use the draft picks on point guards and hope we get a good one that drops to us.

Posted by: oddjob | February 22, 2008 7:38 PM

Or bundle a couple of our picks to move up in the draft....

Posted by: Rook | February 22, 2008 7:59 PM

Once again, the officiating in the Wizards game is exceptionally bad.

Ilgauskus is getting away with moving screens, pushing and shoving. The foul on Daniels at the end of the half was especially egregious; happening directly in front of the Referee; and should have been a flagrant one. Lebron now has apparently been passed the Jordan torch, because he's getting the Jordan treatment from the Refs. Jamison can't BUY a free throw, but he's getting fouled on almost every shot in the lane; including a scoop shot that nearly went over the backboard because 'Bron hacked his arm.

Posted by: Rook | February 22, 2008 9:14 PM

Eddie can't coach worth a dam! sitting AB for almost the entire 2nd quarter.

Posted by: thegodfather | February 22, 2008 9:57 PM

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