Posted on: July 1, 2010 10:16 am

Shopping Gilbert Arenas...is there even a Market?

So Washington is obviously heavily shopping Gilbert Arenas. The Question is, who's buying?

This comes to my attention today (not like it doesn't every day) mostly by the immediate 120$ mil offer the Hawks immediatley made to Joe Johnson. I have one thing to say about this...why? And the answer is likely an already in-place Sign and Trade between the Hawks and another party already holding the asset(s) they're going to trade. Now, I believe Johnson is a great player. But a Max Contract is a Max Contract...and I'm not so sure Johnson at his age deserves such. Will he be a great asset on a team? of course. But let's look at it with refrence to Washington. Absolutely a fantastic player to add along side #2 John Wall. According to Leonsis, however, this possibility of SnT Arenas for Johnson is counter to what Leonsis "championship build" is. Johnson is not young, and will be 34 when his contract is over. At the same time, however, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen aren't young either, but they were both in the Finals this year, as well as Champions two years prior. I'm not saying Johnson will be a champion, but I'm not saying he's not bad either. I think, in regard to Arenas, that he's left too much of a sour taste in Washington, and will never regain the Love. There's a lot of haters out there who don't fully understand Gilbert's work ethic, his talent, and how he was not the Locker Room killer that Caron Butler was. But his image is rotten in the eyes of the most powerful city in the world, let alone the world itself, and will not get the energy from the crowd that Arenas feeds in during clutch moments of the game. He's not going to be a good piece in the Wizards' puzzle any longer, and needs to be moved to avoid yet another mediocre season, at best.

Joe Johnson for Gilbert Arenas (Atlanta Hawks)- Not bad at all. Johnson could be a decent veteran leader as well as a perfect compliment to Wall's inaugural season. Joe doesn't want or need to "be the guy." Atlanta can't rely on Mike Bibby's inconsistant aging performances, and will look to add a point guard, be it future developing, or instant, such as Gilbert. The concern, same as Gilbert's, is this proposed long term contract. Now, Gilbert's is different, cause the guy has missed over 80% of the last 3 seasons' games. Johnson, at least, has more potential to produce.

Vince Carter for Gilbert Arenas (Orlando Magic)- Similar to the Joe Johnson situation, just without the extended contract. This seems to have the most "legs." Carter isn't the "Half Man Half Amazing" anymore, but he's some where around "one-fifth amazing, three-fiths man, and another-fifth aging." However, this falls into Leonsis' strategy, as it would rid of Gilbert's longterm contract, rent Vince Carter for the year (which could be traded or bought out mid-season...((highly unlikely if happens, though)) and continue to add young players through draft picks and PERHAPS convince Carmelo Anthony to leave the Nuggets and come back to his Home town. I'd say that Carmelo is on a more elite level than Johnson, so the age thing wouldn't be an issue. Carmelo's attitude and immaturity at times (which we already have problems with Blatche) might not be the best way, but you can't doubt the fan support  and skills Carmelo will bring to the Phone Booth. The Magic have Jameer Nelson, but he disappeared in the late round of the playoffs, and that sent red flags to management. But, Gilbert wouldn't replace Jameer, he's act as the two guard and swing over time to time, where he can be most effective. Gilbert hasn't really had a true big man to work with (Haywood was always "developing") so not much would be known how much 'better' he could be in production ((if healthy and not threatening teammates with illegal firearms)) along side Dwight Howard.

Yao Ming for Gilbert Arenas (Houston Rockets)- Yao opted for his 17+ mil contract a few days ago, keeping him out of free agency and on the Rockets Roster. The Rockets, however, are interested in the acquisition of Chris Bosh (Bosh's first visit this morning, July 1st) Bosh has been rumored to be enticed by returning to his home state, and enjoying the tax freeness of Texas. With a current front court of Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin, why would Arenas and his contract be added? Well, Rick Adelman isn't and hasn't been pushing a slow down and let the Center Jam it In There kinda coach in my eyes watching Houston play, so removing Yao, adding Gilbert and Bosh, and making a move for Brendan Haywood while retaining Scola with Bird rights may be what Adelman is shooting for. Sure, brooks or Martin may take a back seat, or maybe Adelman will force Arenas to compete for the job...who knows. Yao in DC, alongside former teammate Yi Jianlian (who would likely play a perimeter role more than anything else as a PF) would only be for a year, if his Foot(s) ((feet I know)) allow him too. Perhaps even convincing Shaquille O'Neal to play for a Mid Level Exception with Yao and Wall this season would be interesting. The Two biggest Center's on one squad. Shoot, while we're add it, sign Shawn Bradley, who's rumored to be working on a return, just for a league minimum season. We've got that history in DC with the late Manute Bol and the frequently visiting George Murisan. 

Andrew Bynum and Sasha Vujacic for Gilbert Arenas (Los Angelas Lakers)- Why not send Gilbert out to LA where he can get into all the trouble he wants and fit right in with all the Hollywood attention he craves and desires constantly? With the high probability of Phil Jackson retiring, the Lakers need to be considering the actual future of the team. Right now Derek Fisher and Jordan Farmar or Shannon Brown aren't great options of any sort, and they still win a championship. With Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Lamar Odom, and Pau Gasol locked in the starting lineup, Bynum and Vujacic are expendable large contracts for LA to use on a skilled point guard. Kobe doesn't need a guy that creates shots well for others (although Gilbert shown he had improved greatly for the small showcase last season, averaging over 7 assists) but he does want a lights out shooter that draws a lot of attention from defense, and that's exactly what Gilbert does. Bynum has proven he has elite potential, but he's still going to be a back up to Gasol, which is the true champion center. When on the floor together, Bynum's numbers are nearly half his production. They don't perform well together, and Bynum's contract is near hellish for an injury prone backup. Sasha has this last year left on his contract of near worth of 6$ mil. You have Kobe Bryant, he's his own sixth man. Bringing in Sasha and Bynum to Washington, giving them starting positions and getting them the experience an opportunity to reach full potential is exactly what Leonsis wants to do in building the future of the Wizards. I can't think of a better situation for Washington, as long as Bynum stays healthy. What a lineup 2011-2012 would be if we were to acquire Melo. Wall, Vujacic/Hinrich, Anthony, Blatche (meh...), Bynum. That is youth and talent, as well as defense (not from Blatche's part, obviously) Perhaps Trevor Booker will become a monster. 

David Lee and Eddy Curry (and a future pick(s)) for Gilbert Arenas and SnT Mike Miller and Andray Blatche New York Knicks - I know, I know, you see Eddy Curry and cringe...but you gotta take a little to get a little. The Knicks desperately need a point guard, and why not one with a criminal record? (just kidding, NY) Taking away Curry's contract is well worth giving in to Gilbert's Contract. Mike Miller would be sign and traded (11$millish) (despite how much I wish we could keep him) to match the cost of Lee's expected 13-16 million contract and Curry's. Curry's contract is only for the year...and you NEVER KNOW, he might swith it on so that someone other than the Mexican Basketball Association ((no, there's no such thing)) offers him a contract next season...But the big piece is obviously David Lee. I'm not sure about him, as I can't lie and say I even watched a full knicks game this season, and when I was watching the bits,  I wasn't only looking for what Danilo Gallinari can do. But, by the numbers (and the hype) a young 20-10+ guy ((even though it's in D'Antoni's run n gone offense favoring those numbers (((which doesn't make sense to me...who cares why it happens, it still happens))) can't hurt. And he'd obviously be a better option than Andray Blatche.

 So....there are some decent options for different teams...I hope ANY of these bite...but if they don't, I don't doubt at all that Gilbert will do everything he can to be a winner for Washington. If it comes to it, have Faith, DC, have fatih Wizards fans, keep up the PURE ENERGY, and let the age of Wall begin...

Or we could convince LeBron James or Dwyane Wade to come to DC....but I'm not touching that with a twelve foot alligator.

Posted on: April 28, 2010 3:47 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2010 9:45 am

NFL Power Rankings

#1 - Jets  (14-2)
#2 - Colts (14-2)
#3 - Ravens (13-3)
#4 - Chargers (14-2)
#5 - Cowboys (11-5)
#6 - Packers (11-5)
#7 - Dolphins (11-5)
#8 - 49ers (12-4)
#9 - Vikings (10-6)
#10 - Saints (10-6)
#11 - Steelers (9-7)
#12 - Redskins (9-7)
#13 - Bengals (9-7)
#14 - Giants (8-8)
#15 - Bears (8-8)
#16 - Falcons (9-7)
#17 - Chiefs (9-7)
#18 - Eagles (7-9)
#19 - Seahawks (8-8)
#20 - Patriots (6-10)
#21 - Titans (7-9)
#22 - Cardinals (6-10)
#23 - Texans (6-10)
#24 - Buccaneers (5-11)
#25 - Panthers (5-11)
#26 - Rams (5-11)
#27 - Raiders (5-11)
#28 - Browns (4-12)
#29 - Broncos (4-12)
#30 - Jaguars (3-13)
#31 - Lions (2-14)
#32 - Bills (1-15)

#1 -Jets - This team had the best defense in the league last year...and actually improved it during the offseason. Trading for Antonio Cromartie and Drafting Kyle Wilson and then signing Donovan Warren...GL passing the ball NE, Miami, well....anyone. Losing TJ and Leon wont affect much as Shonn Greene will prove he can be an everydown back while getting plenty of tips from LT, who will spell here in and there. Year Two for Mark Sanchez...it's going to be "dirty, filthy, and NASTY." With Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery on one side, and Superbowl MVP Santonio Holmes on the other....I am betting the farm the Jets are AFC Champions 2010.

#2 -Colts - Peyton Manning won't miss a beat this season. His WR's need to stay healthy (see Pierre Garcon, Anthony Gonzalez) let alone Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie. Dallas Clark is a top 3 TE in the league and will continue to move the chains with Manning. Their draft focused on some defense and refused to focus on a young QB. Mike Hart is far behind Donald Brown and Joseph Addai, but shouldnt be forgotten. Jerry Hughes (1st round) will most likely be set at defensive end to become a speedy pass rusher around the outside. Jacques McClendon (OG - fourth round) should be a strong asset in the OL rotation this season, giving Manning an even larger edge against the opposing secondary. With a decent schedule running through the NFC east, the Colts still show they will be hunting for another trip to the superbowl.

#3 -Ravens - Joe Flacco has two more weapons this season in Dante Stallworth and more importantly, Anquan Boldin. Anquan has great sideline ability and Stallworth can cut across the middle for those dumpy slant route passes. MarK Clayton and Derrick Mason wont be forgotten either. Ray Rice is projected to gain even more yards than last year with the upgraded WR core and is a solid target in your fantasy draft for at least 1500+ 12+ TDs this season. Depending on the health of Todd Heap, the Ravens could move ahead as a top offensive team, which will have people doing a double take when they see them leading the score boards and yardage leaders. Players like Dominque Foxworth and Lardarius Webb need to improve this offseason in order for the secondary, the team's only recognizable weakness, to keep this team from slipping. Ray Lewis? I dont think he'll ever stop playing this game, let alone stop playing it well.

#4 -Chargers - ***Running situation? Coaching?***

#5 -Cowboys - I don't care how bad Wade Phillips is as a coach, or how much Romo is over rated, the offensive weapons, and Felix Jones being in his 3rd season, subplanting Marion Barber as starter, the Cowboys are this year's New Orleans Saints. Roy Williams hasnt shown much, but he will when he's pushed the entire preseason and regular season by rookie Dez Bryant. Miles Austin? Pro Bowl. Don't forget about Jason Witten. They will have questions on defense...none to label specificaly, but it will be enough, Romo will finally do it after tasting blood last year, the Cowboys, as much as I hate saying it, will be NFC Champions 2010. (Only if McNabahan doesn't turn the skins into an outstanding team, and the Madden Curse doesn't skip a beat in New Orleans.)

#6 -Packers - ***Improved Defense***

#7 -Dolphins - ***Henne and Marshall + CB's***

#8 -49ers - Alex Smith....being argued as a #1 Bust and with all the Jemarcus Russel talking, his name pops in here and there. This year, will be different. I'm pulling a Jason Campbell logic (already this sounds like crap, I know) but he's under the same consecutive offensive coordinator and play calling for the first time in his pro career. His shoulder should be back to %100, and has been given a new talented young o-line (Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis) to protect him, as well as the organization backing him %100 now and have shown theyre comitted solely to him. Let's also mention that he "should" be starting with better field position off of kick and punt returns with the acquisition of Ted Ginn Jr. Other key points that drasticaly improve the 49ers is Vernon Davis' head has shrunk back to earth thanks to Mike Singletary (genius without pants) and Michael Crabtree will play in games 1 thru 5. You're a fool if you dont think Michael Crabtree is a great player and has a large impact on the offensive push. Josh Morgan is in his third season and is projected to have a breakout season. You also never know if Ted Ginn might actually work on his catching skills this offseason.......you never know, but im not counting on that. Dont forget that Glenn Coffee is a backup. And to who? the perennial injury machine Frank Gore. But Frank Gore is plenty enough to dominate day in and out as a dual threat RB easily a top 10 in the league. I also want to point out that the 49ers have the best LB in football, Patrick Willis. He's young, he's a tackling machine, and everyone would pay top dollar for him. Let's also not forget about Manny Lawson and Takeo Spikes. But adding someone like Taylor Mays at Safety....a freak hard hitting athlete that only dropped in the draft because of off the field intangibles, please...Mike will just drop his drawers and he'll be under the Singletary spell. This team has a lot of talent, and is ready to use it. With one of the easiest schedules in the NFL this season, It's a lock that the 49ers are in the playoffs, making a run at a superbowl.

#9 -Vikings - ***Favre or Jackson, Harvin and Peterson***

#10 - Superbowl Champion Saints - Congratulations to New Orleans for their victory in their Team's first trip to the superbowl. Here's what to prepare for: Your quarterback is jinxing the entire season by agreeing to become the cover of Madden 11 (voted by the fans,) your team, and city, wont give the same energy and motivation because it's no longer your team's "first" superbowl, and you're still the same team as last year, but with a schedule a bit harder. I don't doubt your youth and talent, but why havnt you re-signed Pierre Thomas yet? What's with signing 14 undrafted free agents? I know you're the champions, but you have to believe your competetion is improving during the offseason, why not at least make an effort? Maybe I'm just not paying enough attention, or as many say I know nothing about football. Perhaps Darren Sharper will continue to help your team and give some great leadership, but Shockey doesnt run your team, so who cares what he says. Dallas, Minnesota, San Fran, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh....and maybe even Arizona losses with a split with Atlanta. I see (and so does Miss Cleo) at least 4 losses in there.

#11 -Steelers - Ben's out for Six games. The Steelers improved with the pickup of a young center, where theie offensive line is possibly the worst in the league (side by side with Washington.) Their draft focused on their defensive ends and snatched Jonathan Dwyer in the sixth. The only problem is Baltimore improved dramaticaly and the Browns are looking less like an easy win with their defense improving. Roethlisberger's immaturity off the field IS going to have an affect on this team, but he'll rally them in his return to just barely beat out cincinnati and KC for the wild card.

#12 -Redskins - ***McNabbahan and Runningback Committee***

#13 -Bengals - ***TE and Cedric Benson***

#14 -Giants - ****Coughlin youre in or out, Brandon Jacobs?***

#15 -Bears - Jay Cutler isn't the greatest, but he just needs some time to get better....one thing that seems to frustrate JC is his team's lack of defense last year that would have saved many games (not to mention Cutler's Ints either....) But with his young receivers (Devin Aromashodu, Johnny Knox) and the WR Project Devin Hester, can you blame him?  TE Greg Olsen is a major impact on Cutler's offense and will continue to grow into a top receiving TE. Will Matt Forte turn back into his rookie year form? Even if not, Chester Taylor and Brandon Minor will be waiting to fill in. Landing Julius Peppers should improve leaps and bounds, as well as having a healthy Brian Urlacher for hopefully the entire season. In the draft Chicago addressed their defensive needs just fine.  Wakeup, NFC North, Chicago is gonna be grizzly. Shame their schedule is super tough.

#16 -Falcons - ***Michael Turner, Michael Turner, and Tony Gonzalez, and Michael Turner***

#17 -Chiefs - ***New SS, Matt Cassell a bust?Dwayne Bowe wakeup***

#18 -Eagles -***Kevin Kolb or Vick week 4? Young***

#19 -Seahawks -***Great Draft, Hasselback Healthy***

#20 -Patriots -
Everyone (except Dolphin, Jet, and Bill fans (wait bills fans dont really care)) wants Tom Brady to return to form. If he does, he's going to have some trouble anyways. Rookie Rob Gronkowski will need to be useful this season, Wes Welker will be sorely missed with injury, and Randy Moss is being Randy Moss again (the Bad one, not the Good one.) Let's hope he keeps interest in winning with the Patriots rather than wanting to win with another team sometime midseason. BenJarvus Green-Ellis should become the featured back, how soon will it be necessary though? Look for Rookie linebacker Jermaine Cunningham to turn some heads, and hopefully give NE the pass rush they need in order to pressure the young QBs in their division. The Patriots are falling behind and really need to pick it up with their very tough schedule this season. (Now bring on the hate for their 6-10, but look at the schedule...Chi, GB, Minn, Balt, Cin, Pitt, Indy, San Diego....Not to mention the Jets and Dolphins twice.)

#21 - Titans - ***Chris Johnson has a slow year after all those carries last year, Vince Young lol***

#22 -Cardinals - ***No more Warner, Lienhart a bust***

#23 -Texans - ***no more Kyle Shanahan, Slaton continues woes***

#24 -Buccaneers - ***Improving, but just not there yet***

#25 -Panthers - ***Moore blowsup first game, Clausen takes over, but team can't get it going on defense***

#26 -Rams - Sam Bradford out performs Matt Stafford by leaps and bounds this year. Steven Jackson has proven to be one of the elite dual threat runningbacks in the league, now let's see if he can continue while theyr prep the Rams young franchise QB. Rams are going to steal a few wins here and there from unsuspecting teams and really show that theyre ready to make a run at a winning season......soon, just maybe not this year. Perhaps signing on Brian Westbrook to help spell Jackson will help add more running plays and let Bradford manage an easier game focusing mostly on the run. Roger Staffold should add enough protection to help Sam Bradford get 20 comfortable throws a game.

#27 -Raiders - ***Campbell doesnt fix anything, defense improves, but cant win games***

#28 -Browns -***Awful...rely heavily on running game and just can't stop the offensive monsters they match up to play***

#29 -Broncos - ***Wide Receivers cant get the ball into their hands, because noone can throw them.***

#30 -Jaguars - ***Where are they headed? Vegas? SouCal?***

#31 -Lions - ***Stafford does fine, the defense does not***

#32 -Bills - Sorry Buffalo, your management and coaches wanted more "Pow, Pizazz, and excitement" on your team, not wins, so they drafted C.J. Spiller. There were so many other options available that would have helped your team immediately, or even trading down for a possible QB project in McCoy or Clausen (dont need to mention Tebow, thats just R-tarded) The Bills failed to bite, and being in the second toughest division in football, you will squat on 32nd place this season. 2011, Jake Locker is all yours.

Playoffs - NFC - West - San Fran (12-4)
            - NFC - South - New Orleans (10-6)
            - NFC - North - Green Bay (11-5)
            - NFC - East - Dallas (11-5)
            - Wild Card - Minnesota (10-6)
            - Wild Card - Washington (9-7)

            - AFC - West - San Diego (14-2)
            - AFC - South - Indianaoplis (14-2)
            - AFC - North - Baltimore (13-3)
            - AFC - East - New York Jets (14-2)
            - Wild Card - Miami (11-5)
            - Wild Card - Pittsburgh (9-7)

***Teams with this will be in detail later***

Posted on: April 21, 2010 1:31 pm

Whacky World of Wizards' Prayers

Okay...GO....now stop...

anyways - Welcome to Shake's whacky world of Wizards' Prayers!

Congratulations, Washington! Ted Leonsis, after a long sit down with David Stern, has become the majority owner of the Washington Wizards. The conditions discussed between Stern and Leonsis was that Stern would award the #1 over all pick in this year's draft to the Washington Wizards if Ted bought the team.

Wait what?

(this is all made up in my head, so don't believe me)

Yeah, Stern chooses who gets what picks in certain situations, and this is one of them. He will do anything to hurt Gilbert Arenas now, and if making him more useless in Wash., with a new owner who has no real attachment to him and knows how to get rid of the dead weight on a losing team, then Stern will hand over John Wall to the Wizards.

John Wall (PG) Kentucky will be backup to Shaun Livingston to begin the season, averaging 25 minutes until Allstar break, where he will take over as Starting PG when we'll be able to move Livingston to SG or backup SG. We'll have resigned Earl Boykins and Cartier Jackson.

Andray Blatche and Nick Young get traded to the 76ers for the #6 overall pick. Here we draft Cole Aldrich. He will backup at center from the get go. He'll be totally raw, but still get his playing time backing up McGee when he gets into foul trouble. And then when Aldrich gets into trouble, our second round pick will back them up. (Dexter Pittman)

We will re-sign James Singleton and have Al Thornton.

Quintin Ross keeps his contract and re-sign Cartier Martin to a full year contract.

We'll draft Gani Lawal out of Georgia Tech with our late first round pick from Cleveland. He's a Thick PF/C but only stands 6'8"

So what's left? Well, what's gonna happen to Arenas? We cut him, buy him out for about 26 million, and move on our way.

Free Agent Market? Do we make a play at anyone big? Not really big...but we have options...

Option one - If we want to be competative the most this next season, acquiring Joe Johnson SG Atlanta Hawks for a multi-year (4 or 5) deal will be a key. He will go for a pretty penny though. Fill him in at SG

Option two - Udonis Haslem PF Miami Heat. Worth 5 or 6 million for a few 2 years.

Option 3 - Matt Bonner - PF/C San Antonio - Deadly from 3 point range. 1 year 

PG - John Wall, Cedric Jackson, Earl Boykins
SG - Joe Johnson, Shaun Livingston, Cartier Martin, Quintin Ross
SF - Al Thornton, James Singleton
PF - Udonis Haslem,  Matt Bonner, Gani Lawal
C - JaVale McGee, Cole Aldrich, Dexter Pittman

John Wall - $4.3
Cedric Jackson - $0.6
Earl Boykins - $1.4
Joe Johnson - $17.4
Shaun Livingston - $1.6
Cartier Martin - $0.6
Quintin Ross - $1.1
Al Thornton - $2.8
James Singleton - $1.8
Udonis Haslem - $7.0
Matt Bonner - $3.0
Gani Lawal - $0.85
Javale McGee - $1.6
Cole Aldrich - $2.6
Dexter Pittman - $0.6

This puts our cap at 47.25



Now....Lets go ahead and see what is really gonna happen.

Gilbert Arenas - 17.7
Shaun Livingston (RS) - 1.6
Cedric Jackson(RS) - 0.6
Earl Boykins (RS)- 1.4

Joe Johnson (FA)- 15.6
Quintin Ross - 1.1

Al Thornton - 2.8
James Singleton(RS) - 1.8
Dominc McGuire - 1.1

Andray Blatche - 3.2
Demarcus Cousins, Derrick Favors, Cole Aldrich, or Georgetown's Greg Monroe (4th overall pick or trade down) - 3.1
Gani Lawal (32nd Pick) - 0.85

Hilton Armstrong (FA) - 3.3
Javale McGee - 1.6
Dexter Pittman (2ndRound) - 0.6 (we need the size)

Under 57 million for Cap. (Gilbert KILLS us....Sigh)

We shall see, Wizards fans. We aren't dead in the water...it'll be a 30 win season, maybe....you never know. I can't see us winning 40 games with Gilbert and Blatche on our team as starters. Some trading has to happen on draft day. Can only hope that Gil, Dray, and Young are involved and it means more picks or a top pick.

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