Grantland takes us back to the younger years through the latest installment of their “Story Time with Jalen Rose” series.
In this episode, Rose recounts his experience playing against a Wizards-era Michael Jordan. Watching Jordan play during his championship run with the Bulls, Rose found himself surprisingly confident when playing against Jordan in a different context. With an already notorious penchant for expressive commentary, Rose succeeded in his quest to challenge Jordan, but ultimately, committed some ‘personal fouls’ in the process. Enjoy the humorous video above.
The Wizards and Hornets have agreed to a trade of Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza for Rashard Lewis and the 46th overall pick.
The Hornets can buyout Lewis’ $23.8 million contract for $13.7 million before July 1st.
Okafor and Ariza are owed a combined $43 million through the 13-14 season.
“We are pleased to add two more solid pieces as we continue to build our roster with a balance of proven veterans and the core of young talent that we have developed,” said Ernie Grunfeld in formally announcing the trade. “Emeka’s defensive presence and rebounding ability will combine with Trevor’s versatility to add new dimensions to our frontcourt, and both players fit in very well with the type of team-first culture that we have been working to establish.”
The Clippers have acquired Nick Young from Washington in a three-way trade, according to a source.
Washington will acquire Nene, while JaVale McGee goes to the Nuggets.
Brian Cook and a pick will be sent out by the Clippers.
Josh Howard has received interest from ‘five to six’ playoff contenders.
Another source close to Howard confirmed that Boston, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, San Antonio, Denver, New Orleans and New Jersey have all made obligatory calls, with the Wizards, Bulls and Spurs engaging in more frequent conversations.
The Celtics, Bulls and Heat tried to sign Howard last summer before he re-signed with Washington.
Javale McGee posted an unconventional triple-double in Washington’s 98-79 loss at Chicago on Tuesday.
McGee finished the game with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks.
McGee was just 5-for-14 from the field, however, and played through the end of a lopsided game.
During a game in October of this season against the Hawks, McGee posted a career high seven blocks.
Another day goes by and another team is talking about rebuilding their franchise using the model used by Sam Presti with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Wizards, who will host the Thunder on Monday, are the latest team to have that model bandied about. New owner Ted Lonsis often references the way Oklahoma City has built their team around Durant with other young talented players and hopes the Wizards do likewise with John Wall.
“When Ted came over, he gave the mandate to try to rebuild through the draft. I think we’ve achieved a lot in a year,” Ernie Grunfeld said. “We have a lot of work ahead of us, and we do have some assets and we have to continue to work hard, have a good draft, add another piece or two in the draft and see what the new rules are with free agency and see what happens, but we have put ourselves in a flexible position from a financial standpoint.”
The Wizards actively tried to move Al Thornton last week but a person with knowledge of the negotiations said teams were unwilling to offer much in return given his various injuries this season.
According to two people with knowledge of the situation, Thornton agreed to give back $400,000 to hit the free agent market now.
Another league source said Thornton plans to sign with the Golden State Warriors – whom the Wizards host on Wednesday at Verizon Center – when he clears waivers on Thursday.
Mike Bibby will meet with the Wizards on Monday to discuss a buyout.
If Bibby becomes a free agent, the Heat will pursue his services to upgrade the point guard position.
Carlos Arroyo has fallen out of the rotation and Mario Chalmers remains inconsistent.
The Atlanta Hawks acquired guard Kirk Hinrich from Washington in a five-player trade Wednesday, upgrading their backcourt for the playoff run.
The Hawks also received forward Hilton Armstrong in exchange for guard Mike Bibby, rookie guard Jordan Crawford, swingman Maurice Evans and a first-round pick in this year’s draft.