Here are some of my ideas for how the Wizards should approach the off-season
1) Let Yi Jianlian, Josh Howard, and Maurice Evans walk...Howard has been injured, Yi has been soft, and Evans is a decent but ineffective offensive threat...Thats about $9.5 mil off the books
2) Bluff on Nick Young and make someone over-pay for him. I think offer him a contract of 5 yrs/ 30 mil with the intention that someone else bids on a 5 yr/ 40 mil contract (Chicago perhaps) in order to back a foe into the corner a little bit financially.
3) Do not extend contracts to 4 NBDL players on their roster: Hamady Ndiaye, Mustafa Shakur, Othyus Jeffers, and Larry Owens. None contributed what-so-ever.
4) Draft Donatas Motiejunas with the 4th pick of the NBA draft. He'll probably get about 3.5 mil a year over 3 years...The Wiz still have room for a big time signing...Motiejunas gives them offense off the bench from a big man which they didnt really have this past season
5) Draft Malcolm Lee with the 34th pick in the draft
6) Sign Wilson Chandler to a 5 year/35 mil contract. I think he could be the future at the 3 for the Wiz.
7) Sign Shannon Brown to a 4 year/12 mil contract
8) Wait patiently until 2013 when Rashard Lewis becomes the most tradeable player in the NBA and let his 19 mil come off the books.
Have a lineup of:
PG- John Wall / Malcolm Lee
SG- Jordan Crawford / Shannon Brown
SF- Wilson Chandler / Rashard Lewis
PF- Andray Blatche / Donatas Motiejunas / Trevor Booker
C- JaVale McGee / Kevin Seraphin
I respect a lot of your ideas I do have some critiques though:
1) You are right Howard is gone, although I suppose if he wants to sign another veteran minimum the Wizards would take him back. Surprisingly given his reputation he actually was a good veteran role model for the young players. I guess having a major injury humbles a man. Yi could be brought back if he signs a smaller contract as Flip loves his versatility. If Flip is back I see Mo Evans being brought back on a small contract. Flip traded for Mo because of their past in Detroit and at the end of the year Evans was the veteran leadership for the club. He’s a good defender and can shoot sometimes. Not a bad guy to have in the locker room. You can’t have all young players, that’s a mess.
2) I don’t think you go above 30 mil to retain Nick Young. He’s a great scorer no doubt but he’s a streaky shooter and his overall game is poor. When he’s not scoring he’s just pouting. Needs to work on ball handling and passing, also gives little effort on defense. To be honest since Crawford stepped in for Young and produced on a similar clip I would just go with the cheaper version in Crawford if keeping Young requires a big contract. He’s definitely a more efficient scorer than Crawford but if it costs more than the MLE to retain him I wouldn’t do it. Nick Young for as talented as he is as a scorer is a one dimensional player who doesn’t bring the best attitude to the floor.
3) N’diaye and Shakur definitely deserve to battle for a spot in training camp. You are wrong about none of those guys making an impact. Shakur was a very solid backup for Wall once he was signed and had a few breakout games. Considering he will cost less than 1 mil a year I’d keep him. N’diaye will likely be retained since he was a draft pick and is a good defender and effort guy.
4) What’s the purpose of drafting Motiejunas? They already have enough stretch 4’s like Rashard Lewis, Andray Blatche, Trevor Booker, maybe Yi. The dream pick for the Wizards would to get a low post banger like Enes Kanter. Obviously they’d take Derrick Williams but if both Williams and Kanter were gone it would be a tough spot. They might even have to consider possibly drafting Brandon Knight as his shooting would allow him to play off ball with Wall and his quickness and length on defense would make him an asset and allow Jordan Crawford to be the spark plug scorer off the bench. It wouldn’t be ideal but essentially he would be replacing what Kirk Hinrich provided.
5) Don’t see the purpose of drafting Malcolm Lee. He’s an undersized 2 guard without great PG skills, they already have Jordan Crawford, I don’t see where he would fit in especially if Nick Young is retained. Pick 34 I can see them going with a local guy like Justin Harper or Jamie Skeen, both project as solid role players and have versatility.
6) I actually really like the idea of Wilson Chandler. He’s a great scorer and young. Rashard Lewis does not project to be in the team’s future and SF is definitely the position the Wizards are lacking most.
7) Shannon Brown would be a nice backup but I see him going to a contender if he’s not with the Lakers. He’s a good role player but for a young rebuilding team not sure where he fits.
8) This seems to be the plan. The Wizards have a myriad of young assets, John Wall, Jordan Crawford, Javale Mcgee, Kevin Seraphin, Trevor Booker, Nick Young, Andray Blatche, 2 2011 first rounders, they will definitely be an attractive free agent destination if some of the young guys beyond Wall show more consistent play.
Howard good role model ... LMAOO,HE WAS THE GUY WHO SAID HE SMOKE WEED REGULARY OVER THE SUMMER,AND THAT ALOT OF OTHER PLAYERS SMOKE TOO...PLS STOP MAKING &$#%#&@! UP...CMON SON
Wilson Chandler will be hot free agent this Off-Season, i think also Sacramento will make a run for him, he said he want to come back to ny but he could make much more money elsewhere and eventually i think he will go for the money.
Like I said since Josh came to DC he has been a good role model. I know his past but he has been very grateful to the organization for helping him rehab his knee and getting him out of the situation in Dallas which he was unhappy with. The guy chose to sign a veterans minimum with the Wizards last year when I'm fairly certain a ton of contenders would have signed him for that minimum contract. Flip Saunders has raved about Howard helping guys in practice. I live in DC and watch every Wizards game I have fair knowledge on the topic. Don't slay a guy for telling the truth in the past.
Analysis on your points, from a Wiz fans perspective.
1) Howard is gone. While he provided good leadership on-&-off the court, he was too injury prone. I think Yi is likely gone too, although there's a small chance they bring him back for depth. I wasn't a fan of Yi, because he was soft, had stone hands, and didn't play good defense, but he's a solid jump-shooting big man and they all somehow find away to make an NBA roster. I think the Wizards will sign Evans to a 1-year contract. He's already stated his desire to return to Washington, and provides leadership, hustle, and helped space the floor with his shooting abilty. Owner Ted Leonsis has said he wants to rebuild with young players, but has said i is very important to have veteran leadership around them.
2) I agree with ghettosermon. I think the Wizards should try to retain Young, but if it requires a deal over the MLE, I would just say "see ya". He's a great scorer, but there are many players like him in this league there isn't as much incentive to bring him back now that Crawford has emerged.
3) I think the FO resigns N'Diaye. They picked him in last year's draft, so they think he has some potential. I don' think they've given up on him yet and I think he has the potential to be a good defensive big off the bench. I did not like what I saw out of Shakur and don't think he should be resigned. Jeffers made a pretty big contribution right off the bat when he was signed. He was a beast on the boards, good defender, and a decent offensive player. I think the FO should consider resigning. Owens made some contributions too. In a limited sample size he played good defense, and was a decent 3-point shooter. I just doubt he'll be resigned due to roster overcrowding.
4) If we're picking at 4, I don't want Motiejunas. I' not a fan of Vesely either, but I'd take him over Motiejunas. He's talented, but is a horrible defender, soft, and doesn't make an impact on the boards. He really reminds me of Bargnani, and I'm not a Bargs fan either.
5) I would be totally fine with us taking a PG with the 34th pick, but I'm not sure if Malcolm Lee would be the right player. I would much rather have a true PG.
6) I like Chandler too, I doubt we have a chance at getting him. Other teams are going to offer him a big contract, and I don't want us to be one of them. Just don't overpay him.
7) I might consider him if we let Young walk, but I'm not a big Shannon Brown fan. He's a poor shooter and has low BB IQ. The only thing that impresses me about Shannon Brown is his hops. I'm not saying he doesn't belong in the NBA, but he strikes me more as a guy who'd be a crowd fave with a limited role on a good team rather than an integral piece in a rebuilding plan.
8) Agree with this. And Rashard was actually playing pretty well before injuries started bugging him. We'll get a lot of good offers in 2013 when he's an expiring contract.
i have sources that say Yi is gonna sign with the LA Clippers...
you have sources? And they tell you about Yi Jianlian? Really?