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Josh Howard returns to Washington Wizards with one-year deal

Jul 28, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

jhoward.jpgSo a John Wall, Gilbert Arenas, Kirk Hinrich and Josh Howard back court rotation? Not shabby, not shabby at all.

The last of that came together Wednesday when Howard agreed to a one-year deal that, with bonuses, could be worth near $4 million, Howard’s consultant told Marc Spears of Yahoo.

Howard came over to Washington as part of the Brendan Haywood trade (seems like he was the bigger piece than Caron Butler right now, doesn’t it?). Then because it was the Wizards “Season in Hell” he blew out his knee three games in. He will be back next season.

The Wizards have some good players on the roster — the four guards, Andray Blatche in the paint with JaVale McGee in the mix, plus Al Thornton. Not a lot of pure shooters, but if the Wizards run like they should with Wall — like Sam Cassell said was the plan for the season — they should be able to get buckets. They have guys who can finish.

The Wizards are not going to challenge Orlando and Miami for Eastern supremacy, but they could be a whole lot of fun to watch.

  1. The Wiz-in-a-tor - Jul 28, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    We need to trade Gilbert to have any chance of contending in the Eastern Conference at all

  2. Jay Powell - Jul 28, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    The Wizards organization has made it clear that realistically they cannot “contend” in the East next season but to have a team in place that’s competitive and building for the 2011-2012 season where we can pick-up a top free agent. Whether Gilbert will be part of that remains to be seen but trading him now and getiing little in return is not going to make us a contender this season. I say keep Gilbert for now and enjoy this exciting team that Ted & Ernie are putting together.

  3. lou - Jul 28, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    @wiz-in-a-tor… you are the dumbest person I’ve ever read a comment from. Here is a tip, THINK before commenting.

  4. lou - Jul 28, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    SO DUMB!

  5. Obvious? - Jul 29, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    It sure is dumb. I mean, there are tons of ways to get a decent free agent when you have an $80million contract on your books! Who cares that you’re spending $20million a year on a guy that’s played 47 games out of the last 328 that his team has played?
    The Wizards have to get rid of Agent Zero before they can fully rebuild the team around Wall, which if they’re smart they’ll do. Then again, if they were smart they would’ve kept Butler/Haywood/Jamison and got rid of Arenas in the first place.
    Could you imagine a starting lineup of:
    Wall
    Hinrich
    Butler
    Jamison
    Haywood
    with Howard coming off the bench as your 6th man? There’s your playoff team.. Oh well, I guess the Wizards are doomed to compete with the Wolves instead of the Magic.

  6. Umm... - Jul 29, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Well, the Wiz never would have gotten Howard had they not traded Butler/Haywood. Do some research.

  7. kam - Jul 29, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    so apparently you add a rookie, a decent rollplayer, and josh Howard(??), to a team that wasnt very good, and you get a title contender? i guess its the OBVIOUS answer that every one should see.
    thats the worst armchair managing i’ve ever seen. the facts remain – with arenas, the wiz were a top team in the east, without him, they have done nothing. Im not saying he’s the answer, but he OBVIOUSly closer to the answer then the lineup you listed.

  8. Umm... - Jul 29, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Also, the Wolves are in the West, not the East. Do you even watch basketball?

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