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No surprise, the Wizards are open for firesale business. Everything but Wall must go.

Mar 10, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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That the Wizards are terrible should not surprise you. A terrible team looking to change its personnel should not surprise you. But when any team declares itself completely open for business outside of one player, yeah, that’s worth at least a look. From the Washington Post’s Michael Lee:


So as bad as the Wizards are, there are players worth pursuing. JaVale McGee can be a blockhead, but he’s also an extremely talented athletic center with upside. Chris Singleton is a gifted wing defender. Jan Vesely is raw but shows a world of potential to make an impact all over the floor. Nick Young is a sharpshooter. And Trevor Booker is an extremely underrated big man who attacks the ball like a bulldog.

It’s good that the Wizards recognize the problem that Andray Blatche gives them considering his contract, and that they’re open for business. They’re not pursuing trades for everyone, they’re just making it known. Even if they take a loss on a deal, who cares? They need to clean house, by any means available, and being willing to take on a little blood loss to do so is worth it. They can’t squander John Wall’s career any more.

The Wizards do have to be careful, though. Moving Blatche and taking on more long-term contracts (for say, Stephen Jackson) only digs them a different kind of hole. Moving Blatche for nothing is fine. Moving Blatche for something worse is unacceptable.

  1. flyerscup2010 - Mar 10, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Didn’t the new CBA come with an amnesty clause? Worst comes to worst, they can just amnesty Blatche after the season. If I was a GM of any of the other 29 teams, I’m looking at the Wizards and thinking to myself that they have no one on their roster (besides John Wall of course) who is worth trading for if I have to take Blatche in return.

  2. 21stnprime - Mar 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Why the “firesale” analogy? Gilbert Arenas been gone for quite sometime now.

  3. therealhtj - Mar 10, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    They’re maybe saving that amnesty for Lewis who has one year at 24mil left on the books vs. Blatche who has 3/24. But with Lewis you at least get something instead of the net loss that is Blatche.

  4. teke184 - Mar 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Pretty sure that the Lewis contract is only partially guaranteed for next season. I think he could be bought out for about $8mil.

  5. bearsstillsuck - Mar 10, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Why can’t they just cut him?

  6. 40gut - Mar 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Just get the kids out of town this is the NBA not Boys Club 10 and under

  7. 0utkast22 - Mar 12, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Miami needs to get in on this.

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