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***OFFICIAL WIZARDS THREAD - WIZARDS TO FACE "WIZARDS, BUT WITH A GOOD GM" IN FIRST ROUND ***


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1 hour ago, tom22406 said:

I can't believe Ernie is still under contract and that Ted signed him on in secret a few months ago.He must have some nudes of Ted,that is the only thing that makes any sense as to why he is still with the team.

I think it's time to move either Wall or Beal or at the very least entertain offers to see what kind of haul you could get but again I DO NOT want Ernie making this decision.Ernie and Brooks need to be shown the door,bottom line.

Ernie should have been shown the door a long time ago. It's the same thing year after year.  

I remember after Wall getting hurt commenting that it may be for the best if it knocked them out of the playoffs and gave them a lottery ticket, as they weren't going to compete this year anyway, and needed players.  I guess the series with the Raptors gave me something to watch, and it's unclear how the lottery will shake out -- but I will certainly be kicking some rocks if the Pistons/Clippers pick moves up.

At least the Wizards have a first round pick to look forward to for the first time in three years, and an overdue G League team starting up next year, which may help to build some depth.

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Isn't it fun watching your GM being an arsonist and also the firefighter?

I wonder how he puts out the fire named Mahinmi?

I don't know much about the draft pick they got so maybe @TobiasFunke can fill me in?Saw his stat line and it really wasn't much to write home about since it seemed he struggled to hit 3's.

I'm really trying my best not to crap on everything Grunfeld touches but this team could be so much better with the foundation pieces they have if only they even had a competent GM.

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9 hours ago, tom22406 said:

Isn't it fun watching your GM being an arsonist and also the firefighter?

I wonder how he puts out the fire named Mahinmi?

I don't know much about the draft pick they got so maybe @TobiasFunke can fill me in?Saw his stat line and it really wasn't much to write home about since it seemed he struggled to hit 3's.

I'm really trying my best not to crap on everything Grunfeld touches but this team could be so much better with the foundation pieces they have if only they even had a competent GM.

I don't know much about the draft pick.  What I've read isn't encouraging in that it seems like he's a long term project they don't expect to do much for the next season or two, but maybe that's OK. They're not gonna do much next season anyway.  Maybe they have a secret plan for the next offseason and are looking to contend in 19-20 and 20-21?  There's talk of Durant taking another one year deal and then becoming a genuine free agent next season, maybe he'll get tired of being the NBA's villain and will seize the opportunity to become a beloved underdog if LeBron abandons that role and goes to the Lakers or Rockets. Obviously won't happen, but when there's no obvious path to contention and you're at least two years from throwing in the towel and tanking those kinds of dreams are all you've got.

As for the trade, it makes a lot of sense from a basketball perspective. As great as Gortat was he clearly fell off last season IMO and now they have a slightly more useful piece and some luxury tax savings. But it's not nearly enough of a win to make up for having to root for Austin Rivers, the thought of which makes me want to retch.

Another cool thing is that the Capitals won the Stanley Cup.

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4 hours ago, TobiasFunke said:

I don't know much about the draft pick.  What I've read isn't encouraging in that it seems like he's a long term project they don't expect to do much for the next season or two, but maybe that's OK. They're not gonna do much next season anyway.  Maybe they have a secret plan for the next offseason and are looking to contend in 19-20 and 20-21?  There's talk of Durant taking another one year deal and then becoming a genuine free agent next season, maybe he'll get tired of being the NBA's villain and will seize the opportunity to become a beloved underdog if LeBron abandons that role and goes to the Lakers or Rockets. Obviously won't happen, but when there's no obvious path to contention and you're at least two years from throwing in the towel and tanking those kinds of dreams are all you've got.

As for the trade, it makes a lot of sense from a basketball perspective. As great as Gortat was he clearly fell off last season IMO and now they have a slightly more useful piece and some luxury tax savings. But it's not nearly enough of a win to make up for having to root for Austin Rivers, the thought of which makes me want to retch.

Another cool thing is that the Capitals won the Stanley Cup.

Didn't have any issue with the trade at all.I'm not a fan of Rivers either but getting Gortat off the team was a must.

I guess our only hope now is Lebron goes West and the Zards get very lucky to make a deep run in the East.:excited:

And God bless those Caps,I'm still not over the high that brought!

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Howard a Zard,very fitting.

Green a Zard,we knew this was coming years ago and it finally happened.

I'm almost at that point of bring done with the NBA.Maybe one time before I die the Zards could be that team that good free agents want to play for but given the current landscape of the league that is light years away.

 

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So, what's the way out of this mess?  (Besides firing Ernie, which is assumed as Step 1.)  It feels like they need to re-build, but have no good option to re-build.  I'm not sure they have any trade-able assets at this point (besides Beal, who is the only player on the roster worth keeping), and Wall and Otto are just albatrosses.

Maybe they try to flip Ariza, but that's probably just moving deck chairs like the Oubre-Ariza trade was in the first place?  Maybe they do trade Beal, see if they can get some extra picks and tank enough that they get someone like Zion Williamson, and another pick high enough that even Ernie can't screw it up (unless he scouts the next Jan Vesely)?

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19 hours ago, Don Quixote said:

So, what's the way out of this mess?  (Besides firing Ernie, which is assumed as Step 1.)  It feels like they need to re-build, but have no good option to re-build.  I'm not sure they have any trade-able assets at this point (besides Beal, who is the only player on the roster worth keeping), and Wall and Otto are just albatrosses.

Maybe they try to flip Ariza, but that's probably just moving deck chairs like the Oubre-Ariza trade was in the first place?  Maybe they do trade Beal, see if they can get some extra picks and tank enough that they get someone like Zion Williamson, and another pick high enough that even Ernie can't screw it up (unless he scouts the next Jan Vesely)?

:shrug:

It's probably already too late to tank to one of the worst records in the league. A lot of talk about them mimicking the Memphis "plan," where an injury to a star knocks them deeper into the lottery and then they get lucky and grab an under-the-radar guy who turns out to be amazing, then pair him with the vets to return to relevance and also provide a bridge to the next era. 

But to do that they'd need to make an amazing pick in the draft, and like you said ... Ernie.  Also Memphis is 2-8 in their last 10 and back under .500, so there's that, although I'd argue the Wall-Beal-Porter base is probably better than a base of 31 year old Mike Conley and 33 year old Marc Gasol.

It's not a good plan for many reasons, but I don't know if there's a better one out there. They just have to hope and pray that John Wall will become 2016 John Wall after the surgery and that the next Donovan Mitchell or Myles Turner or Jamal Murray falls into their lap in the 7-15 range.

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12 hours ago, dgreen said:

I don’t know enough to know if the Porter trade is good or not. But I do know giving up 50 points in a quarter is NOT good. 

Both the Porter and Morris trades seem mostly like salary dumps.  Parker is about on par with Porter, but team option gives a bit more flexibility on money.

Really just a question of how they spend the salary flexibility, but the last time that they had a decent amount of flexibility, they spent it on Ian Mahinmi and Andrew Nicholson, and Ernie's still running things.

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On 3/12/2019 at 2:38 PM, Don Quixote said:

This article on Buckhantz has me pretty tempted to subscribe to The Athletic.  What lies beneath?

For 22 years on the road, Buckhantz has had the same routine. He requires his feathered pillows and box fan. He wants the softest mattress possible, and he’ll do whatever it takes, including yanking plywood out from above box springs, to get there. He prefers corner rooms. He’s gold when it comes to planning upgrades. He’ll call ahead to request particular rooms in specific hotels.

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Buckhantz has turned this into a game. Merely receiving an upgrade isn’t enough. He wants to be the first one to check into the hotel. If colleagues are bumped up to better rooms and he’s not, he has to know why. And, more important, he has to see the superior quarters — if only to scout out future stays. 

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First, some essential background: Buckhantz needs the softest mattresses he can find. Merely mention the existence of the modern-day platform bed to him, and he’ll burst into the world’s most rousing harangue about the demise of the box spring and how he doesn’t mind his beds “droopy.” But against Buckhantz’s liking, hotels will try to firm up mattresses. When beds get too soft, he’s noticed, even the fanciest of places will stick a king-sized piece of plywood between a mattress and box spring to give the sleeper a little extra support.

He started finding these slats of plywood and tugging them out from under mattresses, “which is not easy,” he brags. He’ll stand them up against walls for the housekeeping staff to find the next day.

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The historic event at the Westin Harbour Castle wasn’t the first instance of Buckhantz tearing out the plywood. But it was the first example of his unearthing an extracurricular item.

“I lift up my mattress to see if the plywood is under there,” Buckhantz said. “And lo and behold, I find some objectionable material.”

A pornographic magazine. Just waiting there to be spotted.

But while a run-of-the-mill guest hypothetically put in the same situation may notice only nude photographs under the mattress, that’s not how Buckhantz’s mind works. He thought bigger. What he saw was leverage.

That magazine carved a path to exactly what he wanted: an upgrade.

“I called down to the front desk and I said, ‘Could you send someone up here to remove this material from underneath my mattress? And I’d love to be in a suite if I could.’ I was in (a suite in) 15 minutes,” Buckhantz said before digging for the sarcasm Wizards fans know all too well. “Miraculously, they found one.”

Since then, he looks under every mattress in every one of his hotel rooms. That’s for 22 years, 41 road games a season. Pornography is the most common discovery, but it’s far from the only one. He’s also come upon peanut shells, condoms, vodka bottles, cigarettes and water bottles.

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A couple of years ago, he and five colleagues were headed to dinner in Houston and passed a Mexican spot, La Cocina, which was supposed to be particularly top-notch. They didn’t have reservations, but Buck made a suggestion: “Let’s just walk in.”

The place was crowded. He’d need a special performance to execute this one. And like it was nothing, Buckhantz went the route of the con man.

“We walk in there and Buck says, ‘Hi. (Dr.) Harris, party of six,’” recalled Miller, who was part of the pack that also included Buckhantz, Chenier and three NBC Sports producers.

The woman at the front desk looked through her reservations. She didn’t see a party of six for a Dr. Harris. She turned the page over. Nothing.

It was a few years ago, but Miller tells it like it just happened: “She’s like, ‘Sorry sir, I don’t see that.’ And he’s like, ‘Uh, look again. (Dr.) Harris, party of six.’ And she’s like, ‘I’m sorry, sir. I don’t see it.’”

So, Buckhantz channeled his powers of persuasion, this time for the good of the group. Forget about conniving his way into an upgrade. For his newest trick, he would create a reservation for six people out of thin air.

There was thought behind his perceived randomness. Dr. Harris wasn’t just a name. He was a character.

“I was probably a brain surgeon,” Buckhantz laughed. “I just figured it elevated my status if they knew I was a physician as opposed to some man named Harris.”

He started to bring on the intensity.

“(Buckhantz) is like, ‘(Dr.) Harris, party of six. I called ahead. We’re looking for our table. We’re hungry,’” Miller remembered.

It worked. The restaurant manager came over and put together a table for six for a peeved Buckha — er, Dr. Harris.

“Not only did we get seated, they actually brought over complimentary appetizers. So, the (six) of us … we’re all sitting there just laughing because this was a quintessential Buck-on-the-road moment,” Miller said. “I don’t care if it’s the hotel or if it’s just a reservation, those are just some of the things that Buck would do where we would shake our head and be like, only Buck could pull that off.”

There’s a chance the Buck-on-the-road moments could be coming to a close soon. NBC Sports Washington recently informed Buckhantz that it does not plan to pick up the option on his contract for the 2019-20 season, meaning the coming month could be the finale for the only television play-by-play announcer the Wizards have ever known.

But knowing Buck, there’s no chance this is an ending. He’ll probably upgrade.

“We’ve all tried to do it in our life, try to figure out a way to get an upgrade,” Miller said. “And he’s made it into an art form.”

 

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