The Wizards Are A Train Wreck, So Here Are Some Trade Scenarios

A couple summers ago, when I returned from a vacation in South Dakota and Wyoming, I ended up stuck in the Idaho Falls Airport for almost ten hours after my plane was supposed to have left.

At one point, the airport staff realized that we’d been waiting so long that they needed to feed us, so they ordered a pizza.

45 minutes passed before they realized they’d somehow accidentally ordered the pizza from Richmond, Virginia, over 2,000 miles away.

Long story short, the pizza never got there.

The Washington Wizards are this tiny, sh*tty airport, and John Wall is the pizza that everyone was really happy about at first when it got ordered, until it never really got there.

And now here they are, sitting at 11th in the Eastern Conference, and having finished as the eighth seed last year, despite having, on paper, enough talent to compete for home court advantage.

Which means it’s time to break it up. Let’s look at some ways they could do just that.

 

Option 1: Fire Ernie Grunfeld

This should be more of a must than just an option at this point. They haven’t had any real success during his time in the front office, and when Grunfeld was hired, Christian Laettner was still on the team. Christian Laettner is now 49 years old.

Considering he hasn’t been able to create a successful team in over 15 years on the job, it’s frankly ridiculous that he hasn’t already been fired by now.

 

Option 2: Trade John Wall

Washington receives: Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma 

Los Angeles Lakers receives: John Wall

L.A. is, of course, connected with John Wall as a possible destination, because L.A. is connected with everyone as a possible destination. People are clamoring for another big name to be added alongside LeBron, and it’s certainly a possibility. The Wizards would get two young players who both already play at a very high level, and the Lakers would add another star to help LeBron turn this into a contending team.

Washington receives:  T.J Warren, Elie Okobo

Phoenix receives: John Wall

Phoenix badly needs a point guard, and this is their opportunity. In order to convince the Wizards to part with their star man though, they would certainly have to give up a couple young assets. Warren could be a borderline all-star in the right situation, and Okobo would be a necessary addition into the trade because the Wizards would definitely ask for the young up-and-coming point guard in return.

Washington receives: Jamal Murray, Miles Plumlee

Denver receives: John Wall

Denver could be a bit of a ‘sleeper’ destination for Wall in case of a trade, as this team is underwhelming despite having a team that should be able to do some real damage. Adding Wall could give them a second main guy that could launch them closer to contention sooner rather than later.

Option 3: Trade Bradley Beal

Washington receives: Jeremy Lamb, Malik Monk, Marvin Williams, 2019 1st Round Pick (top 10 protected)

Charlotte receives: Bradley Beal

If the start of the year has proven anything, it’s that Kemba badly needs help in Charlotte if he’s going to stay there. Teaming up him and Beal could be a dangerous backcourt duo. Washington would get back the expiring contracts of Williams and Lamb, which could help them retool over the summer, and young assets for the future in the form of Monk and a first round pick.

Washington receives: Khris Middleton, John Henson 

Milwaukee receives: Bradley Beal, Jeff Green, 2nd Round Pick

Milwaukee would surround Giannis Antetokounmpo with guys who can space the floor very effectively in this case, which is something they badly need if he’s going to continue to fail to develop a shot. With this option, Washington would simply be replacing Beal with another of the league’s best two-guards, and if Middleton could fit into the system quickly, they would be able to turn around their season this year in a way that none of the other options make probable.

Washington receives: Montrezl Harrell, Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley

Los Angeles Clippers receives: Bradley Beal, Thomas Bryant

Bradley and Beverley have expensive, expiring contracts this offseason, and it could clear up a lot of cap space for free agency to pull the trigger on this one. The Clippers are already overachieving, and while a move this big does risk potentially messing up chemistry, Beal would be a clear number one option for them and it would certainly be worth pulling the trigger.

Option 4: Trade Otto Porter

Washington receives: Maurice Harkless, Meyers Leonard, 2020 1st Round Pick (Protected 1-24)

Portland receives: Otto Porter

Portland needs an upgrade at small forward unless they plan on getting swept in the first round again. Going from Harkless to Porter while getting rid of Meyers Leonard’s contract makes it worth giving up a protected first, and with Meyers Leonard playing surprisingly well this year, bringing him in as a stretch big could be an interesting experiment.

Washington receives: Jabari Parker, Cameron Payne

Chicago receives: Otto Porter

Chicago actually as far away from being a playoff team as it might seem, and having someone with the length and versatility of Porter playing the three could be the piece that gets them there. Parker is already disappointing many Chicago fans, but in Washington he would be comfortably in the role of sixth man, and could seriously help out their bench.

Washington receives: Dennis Schroder, Jerami Grant

Oklahoma City receives: Otto Porter, Jeff Green, Two 2nd Round Picks

Again a trade that Washington would consider mostly to strengthen their bench, Oklahoma City is in ‘win now’ mode, but they just aren’t quite good enough to get over the hump into legitimate contention. A player like Porter would be a huge addition to a team in their situation.

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Time to Hit the Panic Button in Boston?

Another close game down the stretch, results in another loss for the Celtics as they fall 112-117 to Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets. With this lost the Celtics have now lost six of their last nine games in the month of November, they’re now in seventh in the East with a 9-8 record.

Quickly though, Kemba Walker and his MVP performance(s)

Real quick though, we cannot overlook how impressive Walker has been for the Hornets. Coming off a career high 60-point performance against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, Walker continued his stellar play going into Monday’s game. He finished with 43-points, with 21 of those points coming in the fourth quarter. Through two games Walker has scored 105 points on 35-of-59 shooting, now leading the NBA in scoring at 29.6 points per game. Playing MVP level basketball Walker is making a case on why he deserve the max contract, which would be $189 million over five seasons and would jump to $221 million if he qualifies for a “super max,” if he makes All-NBA First Team this season.

Does Rozier Want out of Boston?

Terry Rozier might have proposed a scenario to help the Celtics get out of this slump. Tuesday morning Rozier tweeted, “Let’s do us ALL a favor,” which may indicate that the solution to Boston’s struggles could be to trade him. In the wake of Kyrie Irving’s return Rozier’s usage has decreased drastically, which has led to numerous rumors that the four-year point guard wants out of Boston.NBA: Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors

Bill Simmons of The Ringer, tweeted out two weeks ago that Rozier was unhappy with his playing time and may soon be traded. Shams Charania of The Athletic also reported that seven teams were monitoring the situation between Rozier and Boston. Although Celtics General Manager Danny Angie denied those rumors saying that Rozier has not vented about his playing time, saying he would “come to me and talk to me or Brad and that hasn’t happened.”

An hour after numerous Celtics fans began to bash Rozier because of how he’s handling the situation, Rozier followed up on his tweet saying, “I forgot y’all get happy feet.. I wasn’t talking about me chill with the bad talk.”

At the end, it all falls on Angie if he wants to move on by trading Rozier, but his style of play can have a huge impact for Boston come playoff time. Although a package of Rozier, Horford, Hayward and a first-round pick for New Orleans Anthony Davis may solve things in Beantown.

Moment to remember: Alex Ovechkin paid tribute to Carey Price and it was truly WONDERFUL!

Yesterday we might have seen something, that is pretty rare in the NHL nowadays. In the current mode of fans complaining about lack of battles and fights, it is important to recognize that terrific games and moments are here thanks to great personality and character of the players.

We saw that yesterday and even watching ten times myself since it happened, I may probably never regret watching it over and over again. Alexander Ovechkin had the corner picked with just few seconds to go in a tie-game and Carey Price just stone cold, robbed him, maybe even more than that. No one could believe it.

Ovechkin just realized, that he should pay respect where it’s due and simply clapped his hands towards Price and tapped Canadiens goaltender on his way by. What an outstanding moment. Main star of the NHL claps his hands towards another star. Something that is probably seen just in tennis, which is a sport of gentlemen.

Hockey is definitely not a sport for gentlemen, hockey without contact would not be hockey anymore. But only if everyone showed that kind of respect and recognition just like “Great 8” did last night. NHL would be much more respectable and nicer. Great moment from Ovechkin too, who did not break his stick of showed his frustration, but offered an amazing reaction, which leads the way all around the globe today.

It is the month of November, when every NHL team joins the campaign of NHL fights cancer. It is also a very genuine moment, when the fans should not complain about lack of fights, because that is not the most important thing. And Ovechkin – Price moment only justified the need for more respect in this league. We all know and feel that moments like one from Bell Centre yesterday are well needed in the world of hockey.

NHL Headlines: Cal Petersen blanks Blues, Laine scores hattrick in win over Vancouver, Chytil scores GWG in Rangers win, Leafs win fourth-straight

Who doesn’t like a long headline? If you don’t like well too bad. Here we go now. 

Kings Cal Petersen blanks Blues in 2-0 win

The Kings forced the Blues to asically fire their head coach Mike Yeo. Cal Petersen blanked the Blues in the Kings 2-0 win. Petersen made 29 of 29 saves to life the Kings past the Blues for their 7th win of the season. The Blues ended up firing Mike Yeo following the game and now have a big hole to fill. It is a sure disappointing season for the Blues but now they have a very difficult road to travel without their head coach and now a shaken up dressing room. Petersen the highlight of the day though in his third start of the year Petersen managed to shut the Blues out for his second win of the season and much needed Kings win. 

Laine scores hattrick in Jets 6-3 win 

Patrik Laine keeps on scoring. Laine now has 11 goals on the year and once this kid gets going on the score sheet and puts pucks home it seems like it is never ending. He came into the game with nine which really is not all that great for the Rocket Richard favorite but this is a good sign for the Jets and Laine as he walks away with now 11 goals on the year and feeling extra confident. Laine has 7 power play goals this season, 8 power play points and most of his shooting comes on the power play. He has a near league high with 75 shots on net this season already. The Jets ended up winning this game 6-3 and improve to 12-5-2 on the year. 

Chytil scores fourth goal in four games as Rangers win 2-1

Filip Chytil scores in his fourth straight game and what happened to be the game winning goal for the night. Chytil now has four goals on the year and has certainly caught the eye of head coach Dan Quinn as he goes from fourth line minutes to top six minutes now. Chytil was struggling before his recent goal spree. He has now 7 points in 21 games and 5 of those points coming in the last 10 games. 

Leafs take over first place in the Atlantic

Leafs win again, a big one too and an eventful one. The Leafs were trailing 2-0 going into the second period until Tyler Ennis broke open the scoring and it was no looking back for the Leafs as they scored four unanswered in the second and third period. Goal scorers on the night were John Tavares, Zach Hyma (2) and Tyler Ennis. The Leafs improve to 15-6-0, one point ahead of the Lightning for the Atlantic lead and two points ahead of the Sabres. The Leafs have Carolina and Columbus on the road before they finish out November with three home games in five days.

Sabres win six straight, two points behind Toronto for the Atlantic lead

The story of the NHL this season, the Buffalo Sabres and their 28 points in 21 games. They have won six straight and head back home for two games vs the Flyers and Canadiens. The Sabres sixth straight win and 13th on the year came off the stick of captain Jack Eichel in overtime. The Sabres fell into a three goal hole early in the second period. They trailed the Penguins 4-1 with nine minutes remaining in the second.

Note: Three goals this game came off the fault of rookie Rasmus Dahlin (1) Derek Brassard beat him to the inside cause he was caught cheating. (3) Bad front net positioning and kicked the puck the Jake Guentzel. (4) Shot from the point from Penguins Jack Johnson again Dahlin could not get good front net positioning, didn’t tie up the forward and Tanner Pearson scored. 

The Sabres quickly answered back with a goal from defenseman Zach Bogosian. Off a Jack Eichel forecheck and Jeff Skinner puck protection/foot work, Bogosian stepped in and let one loose to make it 4-2. 

The Sabres struck late in the second period off a broken play, Sabres defenseman took a shot form the point and what looked like Conor Sheary tipped it, it seemed it hit off the skate of defenseman Jack Johnson infront to make it 4-3. 

Mid way through the third the Sabres tied it off a terrible break out attempt by the Penguins that led to open ice for Casey Mittelstadt and sure goal with the amount of room he had. Mittelstadt tied the game at four. Note: that was the Penguins second break out blunder that lead to a Sabres goal. (1) Penguins forward tried to chip the puck out was kept in to Sam Reinhart to Tage Thompson. (4) Again a bad break out attempt on the wall that lead to a keep in by Dahlin to Kyle Okposo and Mittelstadt goal. 

Eventually the game would go to overtime which only needed about 40 seconds as Evgeni Malkin was entering the zone and tried to delay for time in the neutral zone, coughed the puck up Ristolainen passed to Jack Eichel for the game winner and the Sabres sixth win. 

NHL Brain Dump; The Pittsburgh Penguins… St. Louis Blues struggles & Who wins the Atlantic?

This is going to need to be a weekly edition, or monthly. Just a brain dump of what the hell just went on and what is going on currently. Let’s get started. 

Penguins might be better of with an EZ Goal Backstop in net right now

The f*cking Pittsburgh Penguins and Matt Murray, what a terrible start. This Penguins start only thoroughly annoys me because I have Matt Murray on my fantasy team but still what is going on with this Penguins team. When you look at their numbers their power play is ranked 7th in the NHL (25.4), their penalty kill is ranked 15th (80.0), goals for they rank 7th (3.33), goals for total they rank 15th (60). Their offense is there, they are scoring goals but their big issue has been in between the pipes.

Matt Murray has been pulled three times in the last six starts. He has allowed 3 plus goals against in five of his seven starts. He has a 4.08 goals against and .877 save percentage. It looks like a totally different Murray. I would not be surprised with what his contract is at 3.75 million a year the Penguins may look to move him to a team that could use a rental goalie that maybe needs a change of scenery because right now Murray looks lost and it is hurting the Penguins greatly. They score 3 goals plus a game but Murray has to stop a puck once in a while. Casey DeSmith has been able to step in and aid the poor performance of Murray but too many times the damage is done and they are out of it when DeSmith gets in. The Penguins do also lack depth scoring this year as Daniel Sprong, Derek Brassard and Bryan Rust have not been great this year they do still luckily see the majority of their points come from Phil Kessel, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. and guys like Patric Hornqvist and Jake Guentzel. I don’t know what it is going to take for this team but you can’t make the playoffs in November but you can sure lose a spot early on. Ask the Oilers and Blackhawks about that they know it all too well from last season.

St. Louis Blues secondary scoring alive? Plus Jake Allen is a cone right now.

The team right infront Pittsburgh, the St. Louis Blues the 29th ranked St. Louis Blues. Who knew this was coming? No one probably. The Blues added Tyler Bozak, David Perron, Ryan O’Reilly, Patrick Maroon and are struggling? Well for the same reason the Penguins are goaltending has been terrible. The Blues rank 11th in goals for (3.11), 9th in power play (25.0), 21st in goals for (56), 12th in penalty kill(81.0) rank 11th in goals against total (57) and 14th in goals against per game (3.17). The Blues top guys like O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko have been off to a solid start but the fall of points from O’Reilly’ 23 points to Brayden Schenn’s 10 points is a big reason the Blues are struggling also. Once and if Schenn, Jaden Schwartz, Alex Steen and Patrick Maroon can ramp it up the Blues should be fine. They still have to worry about an inconsistent Jake Allen who is 5-4-3 in 13 starts, 3.51 goals against, .890 save percentage on the year. Like I said you can’t make the playoffs in November but you can lose a spot. Look the Blues play in one of the toughest division in hockey, they do not go on a tear soon, they will be playing catch up all season. Playing catch up vs teams like Dallas, Colorado, Winnipeg, Nashville and Minnesota you might as well start tanking now and give up because the Blues are already 9 points behind Minnesota and 11 behind Nashville. There is still a chance, a small one but the Blues are not looking to hot. 

Who wins the Atlantic?

Well with the new emerged Buffalo Sabres and the Bruins battling major injuries with six defenseman out, the Lightning just being a relentless force and Leafs right behind them. This Atlantic will look very different then we imagined. There’s not a team in that Atlantic division that is below .500. The last place Panthers have three games on every other team too. This division will be very very interesting because (1) Andrei Vasilevskiy is out for 4-6 weeks no way the Lightning can score 4+ every night therefore they will drop. (2) Frederick Anderson is off to a Vezina start he will slow down a bit. (3) The Bruins have yet to play their best hockey. (4) The Sabres and Canadiens are hanging on and competing every night they are not cake walk anymore. This division will be not be determined until April probably, I really really do believe the Leafs win this division and win a playoff series finally. So go to your local site and bet the Leafs to win the Atlantic division. 

MLB News: The Stove is HOT, Paxton Heads to New York

According to multiple reports, the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners are working on finalizing a deal that would send ace southpaw James Paxton to New York in exchange for a package headlined by top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield, and also includes Yankees #22 prospect in RHP Erik Swanson, as well as OF prospect Dom Thompson.

The deal is in it’s final stages, and should be completed by the end of the night.

Paxton is sure to be a supreme upgrade for the Yankees rotation, and immediately increases their shot at the AL East title. They have their work cut out for them however, seeing as their big competition are the defending World Champions.

Somebody’s turned the stove on…