Buyout Watch 2011: Brewer, Bibby, Butler And More

Knicks Buying Out Brewer, OKC, DAL, SA, And BOS Interested

The New York Knicks are reportedly making a surprise move: ESPN’s Marc Stein says the team is buying out forward Corey Brewer, who was a part of the three-team deal that landed them Carmelo Anthony. Brewer is an athletic forward – as you can [...]

Despite Dreadful Season, Wall Finds Spotlight In L.A.

Hidden behind the Cleveland Cavaliers and their historically bad season are the Washington Wizards, who have won just one road game – and it was against the Cavaliers – and sit at 15-39 on the season. That record is the fifth worst in the league and although I think the Wizards are a bit better than the New Jersey Nets, who have the sixth worst record in the NBA, they haven’t been able to put together consistent performances all season long.

Despite the abysmal record, it’s conceivable for the Wizards to believe this season has been a success, at least when compared to last year. Gilbert Arenas was traded earlier in the season, ridding the Wizards of the stench that still remained from last year’s gun incident. John Wall has taken over the franchise cornerstone quite well even though he has had some injury trouble throughout the year. And just last night we saw JaVale McGee take center stage in the dunk contest while pulling off two of the most unique dunks you will ever see, which gives the Wizards a bit more fan fare.

The perception of the team, or the perception of the players on the team, is a bit better than last year. Arenas being gone helped the rejuvenation of this young squad quite a bit and Wall’s youthful exuberance has won over the hearts of the D.C. natives.

That being said, this is still a dreadful basketball team. Wall has had his issues with turnovers and his jumpshot still hasn’t found him. McGee is an athletic marvel but he’s still got a ways to go in terms of just learning the game; rather than just impressing with his hops, he needs to impress with his smart help defense and offensive rebounding. Andray Blatche has brilliant games in which he is engaged and on with his jumpshot, but for every game that he’s into, there’s three games in which he’s jacking up 22-footers to cancel it out.

Photo Credit: Mark Goldman/Icon SMI

For more on the Wizards’ struggles this season and Wall’s showcase at All-Star Weekend after the break…

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Nick Young Dominates The Toilet Bowl

The Cleveland Cavaliers victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime on Saturday dampened the hype for yesterday’s match-up between the Washington Wizards and the Cavs. The potential 0-27 streak vs a team with an 0-25 road record was looked forward to by many and while the Cavs were still the same, horrid team [...]

2010-2011 NBA Season Previews: Washington Wizards

After a season filled with turmoil, the Washington Wizards finally caught a break. In a surprising development, the Wizards wound up winning the 2010 NBA Draft Lottery, giving them the right to draft the country’s most tantalizing draft prospect, John Wall. Getting Wall with the first pick in the draft was the icing on [...]

After Fire Sale, Wizards Are Discovering Some Valuable Assets

The Washington Wizards were expected by many to make the playoffs this season. I predicted them to finish with the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference before the year started.

Despite their current state (21-44, 13th place in the East,10 games back of the eighth seed), thinking the Wizards could go to the playoffs was not a stretch in any way. There were plenty of reasons to believe this team had what it took to be a playoff team.

For starters, after missing 149 games in the past two seasons, superstar point guard Gilbert Arenas was set to make his return to the hardwood and if he resembled his old self in any way, he could easily contribute 20 points and six assists a night for the Wizards. Surrounding Arenas, Washington had two very good veteran forwards, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler, that could score 18-20 points a game themselves, wanted to win and worked hard on both ends.

1,800+ more words on the Wizards and their new young stars after the break…

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Breaking News: Gilbert Arenas Suspended For The Rest Of The Season

NBA Commissioner David Stern on the situation:

“The NBA has conducted a thorough investigation of events relating to this matter.

“It is not disputed that, following an argument on the team’s flight home from a game in Phoenix, both Mr. Arenas and Mr. Crittenton brought guns to the Verizon Center locker room and – [...]

Attacking the Boards: Agent Zero Is Back, Philly Survives A Close One, and Trevor Ariza Gets The Last Laugh On Brandon Roy

If Gilbert Arenas can score like he did tonight without losing the concept of team play, there is no telling what this Washington team can do. Agent Zero had 32 points (9-of-13 shooting, 3-of-4 from three) and seven assists to lead Washington to pretty nice win over the Nets in their home opener. Arenas [...]

Get Ready NBA, Anthony Randolph is Coming

It’s not very often when a six-foot-ten 20 year old with unlimited basketball potential goes unnoticed, but because of the market he plays in, Golden State Warriors forward Anthony Randolph is an unknown talent. However, I will admit that even though I consider myself to be a very serious NBA fan, I had not [...]

Just So You Know, If LeBron Wins, It Will Be Tainted

So the Cleveland Cavaliers have reached an agreement with the Phoenix Suns to send Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, and the 46th overall pick for center Shaquille O’Neal, a deal that has been speculated for a good time now.

Already people are saying this trade means an automatic title for LeBron, but they should think [...]

Breaking: Wizards Trade 5th Overall Pick To Minnesota

Our second NBA blockbuster trade of the day. The Minnesota Timberwolves have traded star guard Randy Foye and Mike Miller to the Washington Wizards for the fifth overall pick, Etan Thomas, Darius Songaila and Oleksiy Pecherov.

The Wizards were said to be shopping the pick since lottery night but is surprising to see the [...]