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News » Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2009-05-01

Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2009-05-01

Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2009-05-01
After tying the franchise record for the worst record for an 82-game regular season (19-63), the Wizards hope to begin the road to recovery in June with possibly the first pick in the draft. As the worst team in the Eastern Conference and one of the three worst teams in the league, the Wizards hope to finish with the top pick in the draft, where they would no doubt select Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin.

In the meantime they will keep their fingers crossed that Gilbert Arenas' left knee, which underwent three surgeries during the course of 17 months, is finally healed. If it is not, re-signing Arenas at $111 million will be viewed as perhaps the most disastrous free-agent signing in the history of the league.

Things didn't end on a good note for Arenas, who came back and promised to play in multiple games down the stretch. However, after appearing in two games red flags went up again as he sat out the final five games of the season.

The Wizards are happy with their next two best players, forwards Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler, but neither player is untouchable, especially since they were able to lead the Wizards to just 19 victories.

This could have been the last go round with the Wizards for center Etan Thomas, who lost the majority of his season to a knee injury. They'll try to move him but chances are they will be stuck with him due to the fact that there has been no interest in him on any fronts.

The Wizards also need for DeShawn Stevenson to get healthy. However, don't be surprised if you hear his name -- and the names of just about anyone else on the team -- mentioned in any number of several possible trades.

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: The most intriguing moment of the season came when team president Ernie Grunfeld pulled the trigger and fired Eddie Jordan after the team got off to a 1-10 start. Jordan, who coached the team into the playoffs for the previous four seasons, began the season with his hands tied without injured Arenas and Brendan Haywood.

TURNING POINT: The season began miserably with a 1-10 start and deteriorated progressively. Ed Tapscott was tabbed to take over the team's coaching job to keep the seat warm until the team could find a suitable replacement.

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