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Report: Wizards shopping Rashard Lewis, Andray Blatche

May 30, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

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Cue Henny Youngman: Take our bad contracts — please.

The Wizards need to remake their roster and they are actively trying to get rid of their two biggest remaining contract errors one way or another, reports the Washington Post.

The Wizards can buy out Rashard Lewis for “just” $13.7 million before July 1. They also still have their amnesty clause left and have considered using it on Andray Blatche. But first…

But according to multiple league sources, the team will look to move Lewis and Blatche prior to the draft before paying them not to play for the organization. Grunfeld intimated last month that Blatche could return.

Smart to try and get something for those guys. Anything, really. Some team may take on Lewis just to buy him out themselves, for the cost savings. Blatche… good luck. In both cases if it doesn’t work they need to cut the cord.

The Wizards need to reshape the locker room. The culture in there was toxic, with poor preparation and a real lack of professionalism. You can say they are paying too much for Nene but he is a quality NBA big man and is a professional who shows up to work prepared to work. They need that influence.

Which is why I don’t get Washington considering bringing the talented but mercurial Blatche back. Yes, there is talent there but this is about changing the culture. They need to move on.

What would really speed that process along is winning the draft lottery Wednesday. But that’s another story.

  1. zeedoubleyou - May 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Too bad for the Wizards that Otis Smith doesn’t have a job anymore. Yes, he traded away Rashard’s awful deal but only for the clearly worst contract in the league in Arenas.

  2. huey88 - May 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    If the Wizards could get rid of these two guys and get a good draft pick..they could be in a really good situation.

  3. clefanatic025 - May 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Let go cavs!!

  4. allinskins - May 30, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Bite the bullet and pay it off. No one is taking on those two in a trade. Grunfeld is terrible with a capital “T” and we need to get a better long term answer at head coach then Ole Randy god bless his soul. Why not go with a young ex NBAer like Sam Cassell that has paid his lumps as a assistant. Especially if we are so fortunate to win the lottery.

  5. knightrider1755 - May 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Send them to the Knicks.

  6. wizfan90 - May 30, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    The only person who would be dumb enough to take on one of these contracts is probably Jordan, who knows maybe they could dump Blatche on him.

  7. abchome - May 30, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Actually, a lot of teams would like to swap their gabage contracts for Lewis’.

    • wizfan90 - May 30, 2012 at 6:37 PM

      yeah that’s true I was mostly referring to Blatche I don’t think there is any team that would take him hopefully the wiz will amnesty him.

  8. zxrated - May 30, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    I wouldn’t be mad at my Lakers taking Lewis. As much as I would hate to see Gasol go it would help our financial future if we traded Pau and Steve Blake for Rashard. We could buy out Lewis and be free to sign Deron Willams.

    • therealhtj - May 30, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      Sorry. Still over the cap.

      • zxrated - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        But with Lewis expiring contract the team would be set up going forward

  9. bleed4philly - May 31, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    No bleep

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