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Wizards’ coach, GM on different pages; Washington has reported interest in DeJuan Blair

Jul 13, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

Johan Petro, DeJuan Blair

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld and Washington coach Randy Wittman both met with the media Thursday, but separately. That second part is key.

As noticed by Michael Lee of The Washington Post, Grunfeld and Wittman gave differing opinion on the state of Wizards’ roster.


“I think we feel good about the team,” Grunfeld said at Thursday’s news conference. “We have 14 guys under contract. We’re ready to go to training camp. You never what know what happens between now and training camp. There’s always a lot of discussion going on, but I think we have most of our positions filled. We’re two deep at least at every position, and with the versatility we have, we probably have three guys at every position, so we feel good about where we are. We have a lot of work ahead of us.”


“We do have to look probably at a bigger, from a bigger standpoint, maybe adding someone to the frontline of that nature. See if we can do that,” Wittman said. “We need to find a stretch-four. That’s always good to have the ability to go big, which we can obviously with Emeka, Nene or Kevin. A situation where you can bang people, but you also want to have the ability where you can stretch the floor especially with the players we have now on the perimeter with John and Bradley.“We need to continue to see if we can add a piece to this team, whether that’s through picking up a free agent or a trade or making a move like that,” he added. “I don’t think we’re going to relax now and we shouldn’t.”

This is just the nature of the business. Grunfeld is charged with assembling the roster, and he’s likely pleased with his work. Plus, he works more closely with the owner, who’s mindful of adding another player and the cost that comes with it. Coaches – who are judged almost solely on wins and losses – always want more, more, more.

Maybe more is on the way for Wittman, though. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Blair would be a roster upgrade for the Wizards – if they can somehow get him – but he’s definitely not the stretch four Wittman covets. Blair took 220 of his 271 shots in the paint last season.Still, Blair would give the Wizards, whose two best bigs (Nene and Emeka Okafor) are on the wrong side of 30, a little more depth. I don’t think Wittman would complain about that.

  1. anhdazman - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Blair’s knees are about shot. This guy barely gets any lift if at all. He’s a limited minutes type of guy, but he is wasting away in San Antonio.

  2. watermelon1 - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Blair is NOT the guy the wizards need.

    This almost looks like a move the Capitals would make.

  3. thirdistheworrd - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Ernie Grunfeld would be “pleased” if he put the Washington Mystics on the floo in place of the Bullets. Nobody in human history has ever been so satisfied with sub-mediocrity, or so enamored with their own awful decision-making. Can’t wait to trade Wall to the Cavs for Greg Oden and Jamario Moon. “We made some moves that we think really helped the team today. We appreiate all that Wall and his Olympic-level speed*, but Greg and Jamario have a lot of experience, and I think we’re really ready for a playoff push now.”

    *Joking aside, in a charity 100 meter dash, Wall finished .25 seconds behind Olympic gold medalist Aries Merritt. You can learn jump-shooting, but that can’t be taught.

  4. spursareold - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Blair/Bonner (stretch 4, expiring) for Ariza.

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