Posted on: July 1, 2010 10:16 am
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.
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Posted on: April 28, 2010 3:47 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2010 9:45 am
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Posted on: April 21, 2010 1:31 pm
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.
(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.
Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:59 am
Edited on: June 26, 2010 10:06 pm
Welcome to CptMasterShake's NBA MockDraft and FA's 2010
Volunteer General Managers will represent Each NBA Franchise leading into the 2010-2011 NBA season. We will perform a Mock Rookie Draft and also make Trades and bid-war on Free Agents. General Managers will be encouraged and some-what regulated on performing “realistic” against “wishful” trades and acquisitions.
******Due to the lack of involvment and teams not being filled quick enough, I have waived the Team Favorite and Current level > allstar requirements.******
The Official NBA Rookie Draft is scheduled for June 24 2010 at 7:00pm in New York, New York.
The Lottery Announcement will be May 18th, 2010.
Trade Discussions will begin immediately but Trade announcements not until June 3, 8:30pm EST. (Trades will then continue until July 5th.)
Team Options will be due June 1, 12:00am. (So the night before)
Free Agents will begin June 25, 12:00am following the Actual NBA draft. I will Create a Thread the day before for "Free Agents" where all GM's will then PM me, from there, their offers and I will then review for each player over the following few days (there will be a lot, so 'be cool'). I beg that no other posts be put there so that it will be easy for me. I will hopefully set it up this way, I will post a comment in the Free Agent thread with simply the name and a small suggestion of what that player is looking for. If you wish to make an offer to that player, "reply" to that comment with that player by my and private message your offer and "uses and reasons I should play there." That way I will be able to see all offers for the individual player. It will make things go much faster and smoother. just remember to PM and not give away your offer to other GMs. I will not be listing EVERY single player to begin with, After the beginning of the free agency has gone through, a new thread will be created, with teh original post showing what players ahve already signed out of free agency, and a "list" of potential remaining players. Then free agency is open to pm me from there on any remaining players. Please note this may take a lot of attention and should be a fun final piece of the puzzle to our Mock.
If you have elected to take responsibilities of a team, please be considerate of other participating GM’s and be responsive to inquiries and offers. Daily response and attention may be required, but not necessary in most cases.
Respond to trade offers with more than a simple “No.” Please include reasoning for the rejection or the counter-offer in detail. (Detail = salary information, needs vs wants, and current roster position rolls)
Keep in mind that everyone will be participating in the Free Agency following the Draft.
Manage your team with a business attitude towards Salary Cap and Future Salary cap.
Coaches can be hired/fired and must be replaced BEFORE the Mock Draft begins. Coaching will go on a first ask first get basis on the discussion thread (PM me.) Coach K from Duke and Bobby Knight will not coach in the NBA.
Players like Michael Jordan and Sam Cassel are NO LONGER players, despite what they personally think. They will not be included in Free Agency, as well as players like them. (Steve Francis, Allan Houston, Latrell Sprewell, Stephon Marbury)
Separate Blogs will be created to help simplify the “Relevant Posts “, “Current team Roster + Salary”, “Smack board,” and “Draft board.”
Private Messages are strongly encouraged for trading inquiries and “rival team banter” for if GM Boston really feels like telling GM Lakers that his team sucks. Leave it out of the public eye, please, or put it in the smack board. The Smack Board can be used to let everyone know how you feel a GM’s trade or draft choice is “wrong” or “right” in a non constructive manner.
Each Representing GM MUST change their Avatar to their team’s CURRENT logo. Please accept this “sacrifice” for the summer.
Please use regular Text sizes as the Moderator will use Large Bold lettering to announce trades, draft picks, and Free Agent winners.
Trades are beginning June 3rd, 8:30 pm EST...so, with Team Options being due June 1st 12:00am EST, on that same day along with any Team Options your team may have, Submit your offers for your team's current unrestricted free agents. As with the free agency process, I will "act" in an un-biasd manner as the player and review the offer you give to me in detail (what your team intends to do planning wise in regards to how youre buidling a team for a championship and the player's expected role, as well as the years and salary amount, and if you're going to "sign and Trade".) I (as the player) will choose to accept, deny, or give you an idea of what I'm looking for and give you the opportunity to match it. I will not tell you what I'm looking for before June 1st. You will have until June 3rd to work out a contract with "me." This is happening before the trade beginning so that team's can offer possible "sign and trades" with other teams for salary rules reasons in trades. For the sake of arguement, if you have an offer/proposition for a "Sign and Trade" of a player....please stick to your word for the respect of the GMs and to save possible quitting.
When awarded the GM of a team, pleas PM me your roster using the format others have used already. (see Washington Wizards in the BLOG setup for Team Status for Mock Draft. I would like you to go to the BLOG that has the other Rosters from OUR GMS, not the Hoopshype website, and copy and paste a team that has already done theirs. Take their team's information out, and input your players, and 2010 salaries. Also fill in your draft picks, etc like the others. The link is in the main blog.
Below are Websites that are useful tools for GMs.
The Draft starts THURSDAY NIGHT at 8:30pm EST. -http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/
Draft will then continue throughout the weekend after the initial draft dates slightly differently. Each pick will be up for 2 hours MAXIMUM. When a pick is made, the 2 hours clock restarts. The first pick of the second day will begin at 10:00amEST. Any Gm's who think they may not be around will send me Top Five players IN ORDER, that they wish to draft if they are within 5 picks of the current pick. When their pick is up, if they are actually there, they can confirm with me who they want to pick (even if they're not on the list they initially gave) and the draft will move on. If the GM is absent for the ENTIRE two hours, the pick at the top of the list will be made. I hope all Gm's who know they are close to their pick can check in once every two hours at least to see the status of the draft. And could stick around to see what happens. But if not, it's going to be okay, some of us do work.
I know who I am targeting and have picks spread out pretty evenly where I wouldnt draft a player 7 picks ahead of where I was hoping him to fall if he is on someone's list before I'm able to draft him. You will have to trust me as I've done my best in being commisioner and keeping this as fair and fun as possible. If anyone DOES find a pick of mine to be "fishy" then please talk to me about it. And I will give you perfectly good reasons for my picks.
If you want to trade down your pick when your pick comes up, you must be present. If you are present, and wish to be humored by trade offers, you get 15 minutes. You will annoucne the same as before using "The Blankety Blanks are looking for offers to trade down." From that time stamp, you get 25 minutes. When that 25 minutes is up, your pick must be in, or (present or not) the player at the top of your list will be drafted. Please don't wait through all 25 of the minutes if you aren't that interested. Most trades should have taken place already, but some players get drafted and some players are still available when unexpected, so there's still some room.
The remainder of the draft will continue so-on until all 60 picks have been made. For all I know, this draft could be over the first night, or it could be over before the end of the day Friday if everyone keeps to it and doesn't want to try and trade down EVERY pick. I can't not give the time to trade down, so please try not to abuse the time given.
If something needs to be fixed for the drafting, let me know.
**A Note to everyone in trade talks, it helps to use "Reply" at the bottom of trade proposals from another GM when discussing trades with an individual GM with the last message you had with him about the trade, rather than the last message currently on the entire thread list, so that you can then click "See Replies" and "In Reply to" and see all messages directly related to that message, instead of searching through all the pages looking for the messages you want to read.
***Suggestion - For all current GM's while we are waiting for GM's to fill the team list, I suggest researching possible Free Agent targets and most importantly the top 80 draft prospects. This Year's draft is going to be heavy due to a lot of players opting for the draft due to possible CBA negotiations that may affect owners money to use on younger players. If you want to make a decent team, I suggest creating a word document with notes you pick up of possible draftees, etc, to post why you draft them when you do and how theyre going to help your team in the final "Analysis Presentation" of your team for our Mock season and playoffs in mid July. In no reason do you HAVE to do any of this and can do this half-assed and be lame, but it would be great if you did.***
FREE AGENCY -
This is how it’s going to go down…There are going to be “rounds” The first “Round (Round 1) will be the top key players that are likely to be targeted in the free agency process (Lebron, Dwayne, Joe, Chris….) Then there will be a round 2 with more players, etc….This will cut down on the amount of time and give me the ability to focus on individual players and move on to the next round smoothly and avoid “Have you made your decisions yet, blah blah blah….
I’m going to have a Free Agency Blog page…On this page; there will be links to a discussion thread for several players. Go to designated free agent page of the player you wish to send an offer to. Please write your proposals in this format. REMEMBER TO PRIVATE MESSAGE
“Team Name - Offer – Total amount
Amount of years
Amount to be paid each year
Interests for Player (IE – proposed player role, a Sign and Trade (please review sign and trades in Cap Rules link before attempting to offer a SnT,) team improvements, team goals, and projected timeline for potential)”
Be as detailed as you wish to improve your possibility of landing said player. You are trying to convince them to play for your team and no one else’s.
Please make the effort to read the Salary Cap and Free Agency rules…to prevent less work for me so this can go smoothly.
(Note* - 2nd round Rookie Salaries do NOT count towards your Salary Cap for this excersise until AFTER Free Agency has ended (So cap rules apply with everyone else contracted and 1st rounders) and every team needs a minimum of 14 players ((my rules))
After Round 5, All other players not listed will be available to send in offers
Round 1 and 2 starts Friday morning…Each player from each list (that receives an offer) will make their decision by the end of the day. Offers must be received before 7:58pm EST for Round 1.
Rounds 4 and 5 due 10:00pm EST Sunday. Player Decisions will be made Sunday 10:30pm
Free Agency will then continue on a daily basis. Offers will be made during the day, player decisions will be made in the evening
Don’t wait to write your offers until the day of the round…get on it now with 2 to 3 offers per position using a Canned Offer letter (in the format listed in the Main Blog above) So that you’re prepared if you whiff on a player you originally targeted.
If you are trying to do a Sign and Trade with a team, the “Player” must receive an offer letter from BOTH TEAMS with the details of the Sign and Trade…Offers for SnTs that are without the second participating team will not be considered.
Good Luck everyone…
I want to thank everyone for participating and puting forth the effort and I hope even more effort goes into your team evaluations Next week when this is all said and done.
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