Posts Tagged ‘Caron Butler

15
Feb
10

Wizards Make Big Trade

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By Jesse Jones

The Washington Wizards have traded co-captain Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson to the Dallas Mavericks for Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross, and James Singleton.

President Ernie Grunfeld stated, “It accomplished two goals by giving us financial flexibility and bringing a new look and energy to the roster.”

Josh Howard, the most notable player the Wizards are getting, has only played 31 games this season and averages 12.5 points and 3.6 rebounds.  Howard was named to the 2007 All-Star game.

Drew Gooden averages 8.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 46 games for the Mavs this season.  Gooden is primarily a power forward at a height of 6-10, but can switch to a smaller center.  It’s clear that his best years are behind him in Cleveland.

This trade gives the Wizards cap room, and some young “talent”.  Josh Howard, if healthy, can be very good, and Drew Gooden can be a good role player.  However, the team now lacks more size then it already did, and leadership.

Some other rumors that have been going around with the Wizards and the trade deadline include Andray Blatche and Antawn Jamison.

There has been a rumor that Andray Blatche could be traded to Charlotte for D.J. Augustin.  That trade would give the team a point guard for the future, but as no other names have been given (that I know of) it would once again leave us with more guards and less size.

Antawn Jamison’s name has been in rumors too.

It seems that the Wizards are just rebuilding for the future but with no leadership and size.  They never draft size, and when they did (JaVale McGhee), they do not play him much.

The team needs to keep Jamison, but get Augustin and some size.

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06
Feb
10

Big Night For DC Pro Sports

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By Jesse Jones

Last night the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards both played. The Capitals hosted the Atlanta Thrashers, and the Wizards traveled down to Orlando to face the Magic.

The Capitals were looking for their 13th straight win in the second game of a back-to-back. The Thrashers scored the first goal of the game, but after that it was all Caps. Ovechkin tied the game up, and then goals by Backstrom, Semin, and Chimera put the team up 4-1. Atlanta scored again with about 7 minutes left, but Mike Green iced the game with an empty net goal in the final minutes.

The Capitals are still in first place with 40 wins and 86 points, a 12 point lead over the Devils for first. They lead their conference by 27 points, and are 13-2 against the Southeast.

The Washington Wizards are the complete opposite of the Capitals.  They are dead last in their division, and third to last in the conference.  Orlando leads the division and is third in the East.

That didn’t matter much.

After a 15 point halftime deficit and an overall deficit of 21, the Wizards came out strong and tied the game up at 60.  It was back-and-fourth for the rest of the game, and came down to the final seconds as Caron Butler hit the game winning shot to give the Wizards a 92-91 victory.

Caron Butler was the key player in the game.  He only scored 2 points in the first half, but then errupted and scored 29 in the second to gie himself a season-high of 31 points.  Butler hasn’t been a huge factor at all this season, which is part of the reason why the team is so bad, but last night was a glimpse of the “Tuff Juice” we used to know.

The Wizards game at home against the Hawks tonight has been postponed because of the blizzard.  A date has not been set.

Last night was definitely a huge night for DC professional sports.

21
Dec
09

Wizards Miss Great Opportunity On West Coast

Golden State Was The Only Team The Wizards Beat On A Four Game West Coast Trip

By Jesse Jones

The Washington Wizards just returned from a four game West Coast road trip.  The team only played one team with a winning record.  Good right? Wrong.  They went 1-3 on the trip, with their only win coming at Golden State.  In that game, Arenas dropped 45 points and 13 assists, Caron dropped 28 and 10 rebounds, and the team all together put in a very good performance.

The rest of the of the trip was a heartbreaker.  They lost two games in the final seconds (at Clippers, at Kings) and got blown out in Phoenix.  After a small stretch where the team went 4-1 and things looked like they were back to how they should be, the Wizards have dropped several close games and now sit at 8-17.

Something is wrong.

Arenas is getting out of his slump, but for some reason his free throw shooting in the clutch has been off par.  Caron hasn’t been the same playmaker we’ve seen the past two years, and the bench has been struggling to keep any momentum the starters have when they enter the game.

The two bright spots for the Wizards have been the play of Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood.

It’s hard to say if the team needs a change (a trade) or just better coaching.  However, it’s easy to say it needs to come soon or Washington is in for another unexpected, long season.

19
Nov
09

The Big Three Back in D.C.

By Ben Linton

Here’s a stat for you: The last time Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison, and Caron Butler were all on the floor at the same time was April 1, 2007. Last night the Wizards’ big three made a statement that they can get it done by beating the Cavaliers 108-91 at Verizon Center. Only proving the point that if this team can stay healthy, they can be dangerous and return to their winning ways. The keyword is if.

In his first game this season, Antawn Jamison had a double-double with 31 points and 10 rebounds, as the Wizards (3-7) ended a six-game losing streak. He was truly missed when he didn’t play, and the Wizards looked like a completely different (and better) team on the floor with him in the game.

The return of Jamison helps everyone, but it mainly will help Arenas. This is one more person to take the pressure of Agent Zero, and it gives him one more person to pass to. Look for his assists and points to increase.

The Wizards are healthy and ready to go as they travel to Oklahoma City tomorrow to play the Thunder, a surprise team so far in the West.




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