Crittenton most definitely on the trade block
The Washington Post’s Michael Lee first tweeted almost a week ago, “Interesting angle w/Crittenton suspension. He could become a viable/valuable trade chip by Feb. 18 since a team won’t have to pay him.”
And we figured as much since the previous day, in his press conference addressing the Arenas/Crittenton suspensions for the rest of the year, Ernie Grunfeld indicated that there were no restrictions in discussing a trade of either with another team.
On late Tuesday, ESPN’s Chris Sheridan reported the same thing, with a couple more details.
The idea that Mike James hasn’t been enthused with his playing time has been evident for a while. On January 22, James verbally expressed his discontent to several of us speaking with him in the locker room prior to the Miami game. He played for the first time in 80 days two days later against the Clippers and then for about two minutes the next game against the Lakers, but not since. Now, The Baseline of The Sports News has James escalating his words just a bit:
“I want to get out of here. The coach [Flip Sanders] never had me in his plans. I could see [sitting me] if we’re winning, but you can’t tell me I can’t help now.”
The Baseline also reports that James is very interested in going back to his home state and playing for the Knicks. I’m betting that James would just about go anywhere at this point. Be patient my friend. Trades are coming soon. (Hopefully)
Amar’e To D.C.?
Remember when rumors of Amar’e Stoudemire for Caron Butler, the 5th pick, and perhaps another player (like Nick Young) surfaced last June? At the time, for that package, I was like “no thanks.”
Now, the same guy from Phoenix’s KTAR radio station, John Gambo, reports that the Suns and Wizards continue to have discussions. This time, the base of the speculation involves Stoudemire for Butler and Randy Foye. The Philadelphia 76ers and Andre Igoudala are also rumored to be in the mix.
Sign me up ASAP. Sure, sure … Amar’e has been known to be a poor defender (and a bad rebounder for his size/position). But he can’t be worse than Butler. Plus, Stoudemire is the interior offensive presence the Wizards so desperately crave. Stoudemire takes 46% of his attempts on the inside, scoring 8.6 points per game there. In comparison, Andray Blatche only takes 37% of his shots on the inside, scoring 3.4 points per game, and Antawn Jamison takes 30% of his shots inside at 7.2 points per.
I may have soured on Caron more than most, perhaps unjustifiably so, and this may sway my bias in terms of “getting rid” of him. But just like “ball don’t lie,” stats and my visuals don’t lie. Butler’s time has passed in Washington. He’s a good guy, I’ll always like him, but he really should be shown the door at this juncture.
Of course, Amar’e would bring talent that Wizards fans could not get attached to. By most accounts, he will opt-out of his contract this summer and forgo getting paid $17.7 million in 2010-11 in order to be apart of the free-agent extravaganza this summer. So, the aforementioned trade could end up just being for salary cap room, something I’ve been kinda against in the past, but at this point, any option should be on the table.
Amar’e just turned 27 last November, so there is a chance he could be apart of the Wizards’ future. Gambling on him being around would be better than trading Butler to the L.A. Clippers for Marcus Camby (another rumor that has floated around). Camby is a straight-up expiring contract, but definitely not someone the team would want to keep.
Camby in D.C. would just be a warm body. At least Stoudemire would provide the team with a pulse, albeit a faint one. Sure, Ama’re has also been beset by attitude problems. Maybe a change of scenery will help. In any case, the Wizards going after him (without giving up JaVale McGee) can’t hurt … too much.
Do the Wizards hold the cards in dealing Jamison to Cleveland?
The idea has begun to surface that the Wizards need to trade Jamison ASAP. Why? Because Cleveland might be the only team willing to take on the two years and about $28 million remaining on his contract after this season. If the Cavaliers trading for Troy Murphy (1-year, $12 million left), or Andre Igoudala (who has a lot of money left on his contract, but is younger and more talented) become more feasible options, the Wizards could lose out on the opportunity to trade Antawn’s contract and might be stuck with him next summer and beyond … not that that’s a bad thing, although it does hinder rebuilding efforts and Jamison’s championship aspirations.
Not so fast. CBS’s Ken Berger is reporting that LeBron James is “the one driving the team’s pursuit of Jamison.” And we all know that what LeBaby the King wants, he gets. Would Zydrunas Ilgauskas and J.J. Hickson be enough for Ernie Grunfeld? Who knows. If the Wizards agree to buyout/cut Big Z (under the table), then I’ll reiterate what I’ve said before … it’s worth Cleveland throwing in a late first round pick, at least in the eyes of this Wizards fan.
And now, pictures from the pre-Celtics game warm-ups …