Tag:Washington Wizards
Posted on: March 2, 2011 7:38 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 7:42 pm

Miami Heat sign PG Mike Bibby

The Miami Heat have officially signed point guard Mike Bibby. Posted by Ben Golliver. mike-bibby

In what was probably the worst kept secret of this year's buyout season, the Miami Heat officially announced on Wednesday that they have signed point guard Mike Bibby, who was bought out by the Washington Wizards earlier this week. To make the move, the Heat, who had a full roster, had to release point guard Carlos Arroyo.
"We want to welcome Mike Bibby as we continue to move into the direction of our championship dreams,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “We feel Mike, with his vast postseason experience, long range game and point guard abilities, will give us a boost in the backcourt.”
Bibby, a 13-year NBA veteran, has appeared in 940 regular season games (934 starts) and averaged 15.4 points, 5.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.21 steals and 34.9 minutes while shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 37.9 percent from three-point range and 80.3 percent from the foul line. He has appeared in 58 games this season, 56 games (all starts) for the Atlanta Hawks and two games for the Washington Wizards, averaging 9.1 points, 3.6 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 29.3 minutes while shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from three-point range.

Bibby will wear number 0.
Bibby had been traded to the Wizards by the Atlanta Hawks for Kirk Hinrich prior to last week's trade deadline, a move which he has admitted caught him by surprise. 

While this signing is not a game-changer in the race for Eastern Conference supremacy, any time a title contender can upgrade a key position - even if only marginally - it might as well do it. 

The best part of these moves remains the fact that Bibby agreed to forego roughly $6 million in future salary in his buyout agreement with the Wizards. The Heat's defenders like to defend them from the "evil super team" attacks by noting that they sacrificed money to team up for a chance at a title. Bibby now becomes the clear leader in the "sacrifice" clubhouse, well ahead of LeBron James and Chris Bosh. He put his money where his mouth is and deserves our collective applause.

At the time of the signing, the 43-17 Heat trailed the 43-15 and conference-leading Boston Celtics by just two games in the loss column.
Posted on: March 1, 2011 6:09 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2011 6:37 pm

Wizards waive F Al Thornton; Headed to Warriors?

The Washington Wizards announced on Tuesday that they had bought out and waived forward Al Thornton. Posted by Ben Golliver. al-thornton

Just hours before the NBA's buyout deadline, the Washington Wizards announced that they have reached agreement with forward Al Thornton on a buyout and that he was being released. Team president Ernie Grunfeld cited a "logjam" on the wing as the impetus for hte decision.
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has waived forward Al Thornton after coming to an agreement on a contract buyout. 
“The additions of Rashard Lewis and Mo Evans combined with Josh Howard’s  return from injury gave us a logjam at the small forward spot,” said Grunfeld.  “Coming to terms on a contract buyout with Al was mutually beneficial, as it allows us to clear space in the rotation and allows him the chance to pursue an opportunity with another team.” 

Thornton was originally acquired from the L.A. Clippers in a three-team, six-player deal on February 17, 2010.  He appeared 49 games for the Wizards this season, averaging 8.0 points and 3.2 rebounds.
Thornton, a 2007 lottery pick by the Los Angeles Clippers, was averaging 8.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game for the Wizards. He was on the books for $2.8 million this season.

Soon after the news broke, the Washington Post reported: "Not at all surprised by Al Thornton buyout. Some around league thought he was going to get thrown in the Atlanta deal. He was unhappy in DC."

Thornton is talented - although not overly so - and nice as a rental for the rest of the season, especially if you can get him at buyout prices without needing to sacrifice assets. 

In that vein, ESPN.com reported that Thornton could be headed to the Golden State Warriors: "Sources close to the situation tell ESPN.com that Al Thornton, freshly bought out by Wizards, is Golden State-bound if he clears waivers." The Oakland Tribune also reported that the Warriors are expected "to sign Al Thornton, who was bought out by Wiz." Yahoo! Sports clarifies that the deal is only a rental for the remainder of this season.

Currently, the guard-dominated Warriors split their wing minutes between Dorell Wright (39.0 minutes per game), Reggie Williams (21.6 minutes per game) and Vladimir Radmanovic (16.6 per game). Given the heavy load Wright is playing, Thornton should have a chance to carve out some meaningful time.
Posted on: February 28, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 3:48 pm

Wizards buy out Mike Bibby; Headed to Heat?

The Washington Wizards have reportedly bought out point guard Mike Bibby and he could be headed to the Miami Heat. Posted by Ben Golliver. mike-bibby-wash

Last week, the Washington Wizards traded point guard Kirk Hinrich to the Atlanta Hawks in a five-player deal that brought back point guard veteran Mike Bibby. Monday morning, we noted that the Wizards were getting close to buying out Bibby.

Monday afternoon, Yahoo! Sports and ESPN.com both reported that the Wizards completed their buyout of Bibby. Yahoo! Sports reported that the agreement included a big-time concession from Bibby: "Guard Mike Bibby agreed to give up entire $6.2 million salary for the '11-'12 season to get buyout with Wiz to play for winner, source says."

The Washington Post reported that "Portland, Miami, Boston, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Lakers and possibly Denver are believed to have interest" in signing Bibby once he clears waivers.

Sam Amick reports, however, that the Heat are the leader in the clubhouse. 
Mike Bibby, who will reportedly reach a buyout with Wash. and give back more than $6 million for next season, intends to sign with Miami. He has to clear waivers first and there's the standard disclaimer that something could go awry, but his intent is to join the Heat. For protocol's sake, I obviously have a source. Just ran out of characters. In case that wasn't clear.
Bibby is a playoff-tested point guard who is averaging 9.1 points and 3.6 assists in 29.4 minutes per game this season. While he's no spring chicken, he's an upgrade over Mario Chalmers and Carlos Arroyo, Miami's two current options at the point. 

The Palm Beach Post says the Heat should make a run at Bibby.
He’d start here immediately. And his brother-in-law, Eddie House, is on the team. He’s not close to what he was as a defender, and his assist totals have been modest the past few seasons. But he was shooting a career-high 44 percent from three. He’s played in plenty of close and critical games, first with Sacramento and then with Atlanta. And, as was evident late in the loss to the Knicks (when New York could leave it to Chauncey Billups to take control), the Heat desperately needs another cool hand on the floor with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, both of whom tend to force the action.
While this could turn out to be a great get for the Heat, the trade and buyout is already a definite positive for the Wizards, who were quietly one of the big winners of the trade deadline. Not only did they get out of Hinrich's $9 million contract this year and $8 million contract next year, they reportedly save $6.2 million of future money to Bibby, got a young prospect in Jordan Crawford and added a draft pick too. For a team that needs maximum flexibility and youth so it can build around franchise point guard John Wall, that's a pretty nice haul.
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:38 am
Edited on: March 1, 2011 5:36 am

Buyouts: Butler, Murphy and Bibby

Posted by Royce Young

After the trade deadline, comes the buyout deadline. The two really go hand-in-hand. A lot of teams trade for a player that don't want at all just so they can buy them out, open a roster spot and save some money.

It's like the circle of life in the NBA. So far three big names popped up over the weekend for potential buyouts, with a couple new landing spots too.

Rasual Butler to Chicago: The Clippers are trying to clean up some of the excess fat on the roster and they started by buying out forward Rasual Butler. According to ESPN.com, terms were reached Sunday for Butler to be bought out by the Clippers. He had a couple places mentioned for where he could go like Boston, Oklahoma City, Atlanta and New York, but it looks like he'll be inking with the Bulls.

The Bulls have been hunting wing help and while they went hard after O.J. Mayo, they came up short on getting him. Butler's not exactly the perfect piece or anything to get all excited about, but he is a veteran that can shoot and will likely make some sort of impact in the Chicago rotation. Last season he averaged he averaged 11.9 points and 2.9 rebounds, This season his numbers have sunk to 5.0 points and 1.9 rebounds and he's at 32.3 percent from 3.

Troy Murphy has Miami and Boston on target: Initially, it was assumed the Warriors would buy out Murphy as soon as they got him from New Jersey. But as the deadline approached, the Warriors saw an opportunity to get another pick out of the forward. That didn't happen so as originally expected, Murphy was bought out by Golden State.

A couple places have popped up as potential destinations for the left-handed power forward, but it appears to be down to Boston and Miami. New York was thought to be in the mix, but it doesn't appear the Knicks will pursue. The Celtics have been interested in Murphy since word of the buyout popped up, but the Heat are kind of a surprise contender for him.

Mike Bibby nearing a buyout:
It's not a certainty, but as the Washington Post reports, Bibby and his agent scheduled a meeting with the Wizards to discuss terms of a buyout. Bibby is an older veteran and likely has little interest in playing backup point guard on a lottery team. He was sent to Washington in a deal that brought the Hawks Kirk Hinrich.

The Wizards reportedly tried to trade Bibby, who will earn $5.56 million this season and $6.21 million next year, as soon as they acquired him. The only way Bibby is getting out of Washington though is if he takes a major paycut. Boston and Miami are both said to be interested in pursuing, but they'll likely only hand out the veteran minimum to Bibby. So if he wants to latch on to a playoff team, he'll have to settle for less. Way less.

Posted on: February 19, 2011 11:11 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2011 1:21 am

Blake Griffin jumps over car dunk contest video

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin jumps over a car to throw down an alley oop pass in the NBA Slam Dunk contest. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin stole the show as always, throwing down an alley oop dunk as he jumped over a car to win the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend.

Here's video of Blake Griffin's jumping over the car dunk taken live at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 

Griffin received the pass from teammate Baron Davis, who was inside the car.

"To be able to be out here with these guys was a lot of fun," Griffin said, as he received his Slam Dunk contest trophy.

Griffin beat Washington Wizards big man JaVale McGee, Toronto Raptors wing DeMar DeRozan and Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka. Griffin dedicated the Slam Dunk contest win to a friend who recently passed away. 
Posted on: February 9, 2011 5:16 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2011 5:17 pm

LeBron wants the Cavs-Wizards game televised

Posted by Royce Young

The Cavaliers have dropped 25 games in a row, an NBA record. The Washington Wizards are defeated on the road, at 0-25. They meet Sunday.

Something has to give. I think.

With such a monumental game, even LeBron James feels like we all have a right to watch it. He was asked about the game and said it should be televised. Via Michael Lee of the Washington Post's Twitter:

“I think that should be a nationally televised game right there, honestly.” He added, "Something has to give in that game."

He's right. It does. Someone will have more points than the other at the end, I'm sure of it.

The Cavs have to do their part though and drop two more straight before we get there however. They start an eight-game homestand Wednesday and have the Pistons (6-21 on the road) and the Clippers (3-18 on the road) at home before they get the big game against the Wizards.
Posted on: February 4, 2011 2:47 pm

Arenas' comments forced Leonsis to trade him?

Posted by Royce Young

Ted Leonsis went on record saying he didn't want to see Gilbert Arenas traded and that Arenas was part of the Wizards long term future.

And then Arenas was traded a few weeks later.

Most saw it as the usual NBA person says one thing and doesn't mean it story, but according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, Leonsis really didn't want to see Arenas moved, until Arenas started talking.

The idea of trading Arenas was given a thumbs up after Leonsis became angry with some comments from the point guard. Lee writes: "A person with knowledge of the situation said Leonsis became upset after hearing that Arenas was telling those close to him that a home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers would be his final game in a Wizards uniform and that he was likely headed to Orlando. The comment was a surprise to Leonsis, according to the source, because he was unaware of any trade discussions involving Arenas. Arenas played the next game, a loss in New Jersey, but was dealt two days later."

Honestly, I don't really get it. So Leonsis was upset because Arenas thought he was going to be traded? I'm sure he did because his name was associated with a ton of rumors and after the Wizards, you know, drafted John Wall, Arenas became expendable.

But maybe Leonsis was looking for a reason to move Arenas and he found it because of the comments. Who knows.

Arenas returns to Washington for the first time tonight as the Wizards host the Magic. Arenas was of course dealt to Orlando Dec. 18 for Rashard Lewis.

I'm sure there's no hard feelings on Arenas' side of things because he was very appreciative of the Wizards when he left. He had some good years there accompanied by some serious turmoil, but was always a fan favorite.
Posted on: January 31, 2011 11:51 am
Edited on: January 31, 2011 11:55 am

John Wall's breakfast of champions: snacks

Washington Wizards point guard shows off his crib and admits he likes to eat junk food, a lot. Posted by Ben Golliver.

There's something very earnest and appealing about this Washington Post video that shows how Wizards point guard John Wall lives during his rookie season.

Wall, of course, is a millionaire, after being selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft and signing a lucrative shoe deal with Reebok. But he appears to have a fairly normal existence for a 20-year-old male, living in a simply-furnished apartment and spending his time playing video games with his roommate and struggling to cook meals.

Showing off his pantry, Wall declares: "My favorite spot in the house. Snacks, I got all the snacks. Oatmeals, Honey Buns, Oreos. All the Gushers, the chewies, I got all the snacks, that's all I do is eat snacks. This is junk house. This is a junk place, we eat all junk food. I don't eat vegetables, my mom has to make those. Everything else is junk food."

Wall's childhood friend and roommate Ty Williams chimes in, "We're mama's boys so we ain't really gotta do nothing back home. But here we have to do everything, try to keep the house clean, do laundry. I'm used to it. Back home, he ain't do no type of laundry, he don't iron his clothes, he don't do nothing."

Take a look.

This hardly feels like the same Wall who makes national highlight shows on the regular and stacked up YouTube views by the millions with his Dougie dancing skills. It's the kind of thing Wall will surely look back on fondly in a few years, once he's signed a max contract and purchased a sprawling mansion somewhere in the suburbs.

This video really just begs just one question: How good will this guy be once he starts taking his diet seriously? Please, please do not show this tape to Steve Nash.
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