Found January 17, 2013 on
New York Knicks
Earlier this week, rumors surfaced that the Wizards entered the Rudy Gay bidding battle, making what was reportedly a “good” offer to Memphis. Shortly thereafter, The Memphis Commercial Appeal published an article stating that Washington’s offer would have included Wizards rookie Bradley Beal.
Although the rumor of Beal being packaged was quickly extinguished by Beal’s agent, I couldn’t help being reminded of the Bullets and Wizards teams of the last couple decades that would have entered into such a poor deal.
Championship contenders notwithstanding, taking on aging players is usually a bad idea. Let’s take a look back at some of the franchise’s failures to retain its young stars:
1996 – Rasheed Wallace was traded was from Washington to Portland for Rod Strickland after Wallace’s rookie season. Wallace played well, spelling Chris Webber during a long injury stint. Wallace averaged 10.1 points per game in 65 total games played (51 starts). While the acquisition of Strickland would prove to be very valuable for Washington, the plan was not designed for long-term sustainment. Wallace would later emerge to stardom in Portland.
1998 – Chris Webber was traded from Washington to Sacramento in exchange for Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe. Webber, although plagued by injuries and minor off-the-court issues, was a special talent that many teams coveted. He also was only 25 years old at the time, arguably entering his prime. Bullets ownership was rumored to have dealt Webber in an effort to clean up the team’s image; however, in return they received two players with a combined 24 years of experience that were in no position to carry a team. After finishing 42-40 the previous season, the Bullets finished their first season without Webber 14 games under .500.
2002 - Richard Hamilton was traded to Detroit as the center of a six player deal, for which the Wizards would receive in return from the Pistons Jerry Stackhouse, Brian Cardinal, and Ratko Varda. Hamilton was preparing to enter his third year in the NBA and was the second leading scorer the preceding season, averaging 18.1 points per game. Stackhouse was entering his seventh season and was brought in to be a primary scorer alongside Michael Jordan. The major problem with this trade, however, was that the Wizards, at the time the trade was completed, were not constructed to compete for a championship. The team would go on to finish eight games under .500 and miss the playoffs.
Players in rookie contracts are the best value in the NBA. If a prospect plays to his potential, a team can receive franchise-altering performance for a fraction of a veteran’s price. In more extreme cases, second round draft picks (e.g. Gilbert Arenas, Carlos Boozer, Michael Redd, and others) provide excellent performance for an even cheaper price and fewer years of commitment.
Therefore, unless a team has an established core, it’s typically advisable to cultivate young talent rather than shipping it out. Young players are relatively healthier, more adaptable, and less ensconced in certain on-the-court and off-the-court tendencies.
A team that is perpetually rebuilding like the Wizards should make every effort to avoid getting older and more financially burdened.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Charlotte Bobcats are "aggressively" pursuing
Rudy Gay, but they "may not have enough," according Hoopsworld publisher Steve Kyler. And Kyler reports that he wouldn't be surprised to see the Orlando Magic play facilitator in getting Gay out of Memphis.
Kyler reports that "the Bobcats are looking for deals" and would ditch the "build...
2013 – The Rise of the Beal Bradley Beal has had an up and down season so far for this Washington Wizards team who has struggled to find an identity with John Wall sidelined until recently. On the year, he is averaging 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. He is only shooting 38.4% from the floor and 35.4% from long range. Much of the ups and downs can be contributed...
It's not often that a team with one of the best records in the NBA is trying to sell off its top scorer and arguably its best player, but that's what the Memphis Grizzlies are working on right now with F Rudy Gay.
As the uncertainty surrounding Rasheed Wallace’s left foot injury lingers, members of the New York Knicks organization fear Wallace will be out for an extended period, possibly for the entire season, two league sources told ESPNNewYork.com.
Wallace has been out since Dec. 15 with a stress reaction in his left foot.
“He’ll be back — but when, I don’t know,” Woodson...
Is Beal for Real?
Bradley Beal has exploded since John Wall returned to the Washington Wizards leading many fantasy owners and fanalysts to ponder whether or not Beal can keep up his pace.
Yes, he can.
Beal was always destined to do better with a superior backcourt mate who could space the floor, command defensive attention and get Beal the ball where he needs it to be at his most...
Rasheed Wallace has been out since mid-December. The veteran New York Knicks' forward has been battling a stress reaction in his left foot. The injury is severe enough that it has limited Wallace to just 20 games this season, and it could cost Wallace the remainder of the season. According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, Wallace's foot injury is causing some concern...
New York Knicks power forward Rasheed Wallace hasn't played since mid-December, and it's unclear when he'll return. According to ESPNNewYork.com, the stress reaction in Wallace's left foot could keep him sidelined long-term, possibly all season. Coach Mike Woodson addressed the issue while talking with reporters in London ahead of the Knicks' Thursday game...
While speaking with reporters in London Thursday night, former Duke Blue Devil Kyle Singler got an unexpected interruption from Rasheed Wallace, who, as we all know, played a few miles down the road from Durham.
Article found on: Cosby Sweaters
Rasheed Wallace dismissed a report suggesting he may miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.
Bradley Beal scored 23 points, John Wall blocked Ty Lawson's attempt for a tying layup in the final seconds and the Washington Wizards hung on to beat the Denver Nuggets, 112-108, on Friday night to snap an eight-game road losing streak.
Kevin Seraphin added 18 points and Wall and Trevor Ariza each added 14 points for the Wizards, who picked up just their second win away from...
kings 95 wizards 94
1/16/2013 - Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA
NBA.com Game Highlights
(Photo courtesy of Getty Images)
No doubt the MVP for this game was Bradley Beal. The rookie is not playing like such and is showing confidence in his game. He had a career high in 3 point shooting, shooting 6-7. Beal and the Wizards seemed...
Mike Woodson had expected Wallace to be running by now, but the veteran big man has yet to do so.
DENVER -- The Washington Wizards used an 18-4 run to start the fourth quarter to rally past the Denver Nuggets 112-108 on Friday night. Washington's Bradley Beal blocked Ty Lawson's lay-up attempt in the final seconds to deny Denver a chance to tie the game and force overtime. The Wizards won their fourth game in their past five and improved their road record to 2-16...