Washington Looking for Another PG
Old 12-20-2010, 08:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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John Wall visited a doctor on Friday and discovered that the ailment that has kept him sidelined the past three games is not knee tendinitis, but a bone bruise under his right kneecap.

"I had a feeling it wasn't just tendinitis," said Wall.

"I was like, 'If it's tendinitis, I would've played through it.' Tendinitis is very painful, but I played through it summer league, I play through it now. I couldn't do no squats or I couldn't really run or I couldn't cut, so I knew it had to be something more than that."

The first overall pick from June's NBA Draft may not be able to play at all this week.

Washington executive Ernie Grunfeld says the team will look to add another point guard.

"We'll probably look to bring in someone to back him up," Grunfeld said. "Because of John's injury situation and the trade, we'll probably have to bring in somebody else. There's nothing structural [with Wall]. But until the pain subsides, we're not going to rush him back, that's for sure."

Read from RealGM and its from the Washington Post.

For those wanting to trade Jose, who could get back from Washington?
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Old 12-20-2010, 08:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What about Kirk Hinrich?
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Old 12-20-2010, 08:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Washington won't be willing to pay Jose money for a temporary starter/eventual backup. They'd be more interested in Bayless who I would not want to deal.

I really like McGee but Washington thinks of him highly.
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I just don't see a fit... looks like they'd want a more temporary guy.
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Too late guys. Close the thread because the Wizards just signed Lester Hudson.
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Too late guys. Close the thread because the Wizards just signed Lester Hudson.
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I was a huge proponent of trading Jose this year because of his injury issues and the fact that he's a good passing PG for any team (especially a young one needing an unselfish guard). However, now that Jack is gone, we don't have a logjam at all; a PG rotation of Bayless and Barbosa is just suicide unless we get another PG back.

Hinrich is a solid player, but not really a great fit for our team. Jose gets guys like Amir going in games, and keeps our offense moving.
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I'm strongly reminded of this exact same situation playing out about a decade ago on our team. It was a pivotal moment that changed the culture and makeup of the team, maybe for better, maybe for worse in the short term, but long term it definitely destabilized our team.

We had just signed an aging veteran Mark Jackson to a 3 year deal for about $5M per year. He was playing a lot like Jason Kidd is now [very similar stats actually - eerily] - not scoring much but providing a stable presence at PG It was a fairly high profile signing for us. Jackson did exactly what was expected of him: he got the offense going, and averaged a solid if unspectacular 8.5 points, 9.2 assists, 1.2 steals in 33 minutes. His 9+ assists were huge in getting role players like JYD easy buckets, as well as finding an aging Dell Curry on the wings.

The stories were coming out that our backup PG, a young guard by the name of Alvin Williams was thoroughly outplaying Jackson in practise, at times embarassingly so. Yet Jackson was the starter and Alvin was the backup.

So, a little after the midway point of the season, we sent Jackson and Muggsy Bogues (who promptly retired - at that point he was over the hill) to NY for Chris Childs and a late 2002 first round pick that turned into nothing [Kareem Rush].

While we did get Chris Childs' strong personality and toughness in the playoffs, we also witnessed Alvin Williams' knees not holding up over the wear and tear of being a starter over the next couple of years, and while he played solidly, he wasn't nearly as hungry as when he was the backup to Jackson, who was doing a great job of setting the tone early.

It always looks like an upgrade going from a defensively limited player like Jose starting to an on paper more versatile player like Bayless. However, having a guy who you can count on for 8-10 dimes a night has a massive impact on the play and unselfishness of the entire team. I'd argue that our 2000-2001 team with veteran Mark Jackson and Alvin hungry off the bench was a better regular season and playoff team (case in point, we needed to get an extra draft pick in the deal to make it worthwhile, but when your roster is Vince Carter in his prime, Antonio Davis, Keon Clark, Dell Curry, Charles Oakley, Alvin Williams, JYD, Kevin Willis, Mo Pete and Tracy Murry, you are built to compete now, and shouldn't mortgage your starting PG for a backup PG and a low pick!!

By the way, just seeing that roster of the 2000-2001 Raptors brings back fond memories for me - that really was our best team. We had so many veterans, and even though many of them were over the hill or at least past their prime, we were build to compete in the playoffs.
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