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Wizards waive Barron, Livingston; Look for another move soon.

Dec 23, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

Shaun Livingston Deron Williams AP

The Wizards made a move that in and of itself would barely ripple the NBA waters — on Sunday they waived guard Shaun Livingston and center Earl Barron. Both were on non-guaranteed contracts.

Yawn. Both guys saw very limited minutes and there contributions were minimal. (For the Lakers fans and others that will inevitably tweet “we should pick them up,” note that these guys couldn’t get off the bench and were just cut by the 3-22 Wizards. They are not helping any good team. Or the Lakers.)

But as Ben Standig notes at CSNWashington.com, this is one shoe with another likely to drop soon.

The intrigue lies in what comes next. Two players waived, but none signed, leaving the roster at 13. Don’t forget of that 13, John Wall, Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker and A.J. Price are injured with only Ariza potentially back in the coming days. That leaves nine active bodies, an unsustainable number….

Let us start with the basics. The roster as it stands has two actual guards in Jordan Crawford and Bradley Beal. That’s it, that’s the list – and neither of those two are natural floor leaders. Cartier Martin and Martell Webster can swing down into the backcourt as needed. Nene, Chris Singleton, Jan Vesely are the remaining forwards with Emeka Okafor and Kevin Seraphin at center.

Even before this moment, the team needed another point guard, especially when Price fractured his right hand two weeks ago and even more so now that the roster doesn’t actually have a healthy one.

Looks like you may see a D-League call up or something, but that the Wizards have their eyes set on trying to make bigger moves that could change their future. Of course, the biggest question remains what to do with John Wall, who is eligible for a contract extension next summer.

  1. cosanostra71 - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Um, what Laker fan would want Barron or Livingston? Kind of a pointless jab at Lakers fans in a story that has nothing to do with the Lakers.

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 24, 2012 at 1:38 AM

      I keep reading assertions on here from contributors who insist Helin is a Lakers fan, but I’ve yet to see any proof.

  2. dr0pkickram0nes - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Kurt is such an awful reporter.

    • mytthor - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      Kurt isn’t a reporter. He’s a blogger.

      • dr0pkickram0nes - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM

        Kurt is such an awful blogger.

  3. mamsy2000 - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    “Both guys saw very limited minutes and there contributions were minimal.”
    Kurt used the wrong “there” right there. Hey Kurt…it’s their, not there. Anyway, those Lakers fans, they’re such douches.
    Hey there…I just used my head and used another type of they’re. If only Laker fans would use theirs.

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 24, 2012 at 1:37 AM

      Yes, you did use your head there. Now go ahead and return it to your ass from whence it came.

  4. manchestermiracle - Dec 24, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    “(A)nd there contributions were minimal.” “They are not helping any good team. Or the Lakers.”

    Someone who can’t tell the difference between “there” and “their” probably shouldn’t be taking cheap shots. The Lakers might not be very good right now, but the low blow at their (see how that word is supposed to be used?) fans was unwarranted and sophomoric. I won’t bother waiting while you look that up.

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