- Joined Oct 5, 2012
I really didn't want to be right on this.
The Lakers don't have anyone I'd want, and the league changed its rules about draft pick compensation after the Nets/Celtics debacle.Who do you want from the Lakers in a Beal trade ?
Today, NBC Sports published another unsourced gem claiming that the Wizards are considering Masai Ujiri, despite the rather notable impediment that he’s currently under contract with a more successful organization: https://www.nbcsports.com/washingto...earch-latest-raptors-gm-masai-ujiri-wild-card
That’s like saying we’re considering signing Giannis Antetokounmpo this summer. He’s not available and he has no reason to jilt a contender for a laughingstock.
Masai Ujiri still has two years left on his contract. The Raptors would have to grant permission for him to meet with the Wizards.Smoke screen by Ted?
ANDDDDDD now were hereMasai Ujiri still has two years left on his contract. The Raptors would have to grant permission for him to meet with the Wizards.
I will say this: as much as I don't respect it, the Wizards are playing the media better than they play basketball, and it's exposing the dearth of professional journalism in NBA coverage generally.
Think about the nonsensical rumors that this organization has managed to spread through the media, primarily via the use of "anonymous sources":
"I am not cheap. I'll prove it! Tonight, let's go to the fanciest restaurant in town. We'll even order wine! What's that? We'd need reservations? Oh, darn. And I was so excited to go! Oh well, I guess McDonald's is still open..."
- Tommy Sheppard, second in command to the worst management regime in professional sports, was a candidate for New Orleans' then vacant general manager position:
One call to anyone in the greater New Orleans metropolitan area would have debunked this claim.
- The Wizards' vacancy is a "very coveted job" and Ted Leonsis is the owner everyone wants to work for.
- The Wizards' GM position is Tim Connelly's "dream job."
I guess he woke up.
- The Wizards are "preparing a prolific offer for Masai Ujiri", which is a very real and legitimate offer that totally isn't an idle promise and proves once and for all that Ted Leonsis isn't cheap.
They're trying to push this narrative that everyone wants this job and the Wizards will spare no expense to bring in the best candidate, but "anonymous sources" are a poor counterweight to observable reality.
Somehow, this all seems pitifully familiar:
This process has been a joke from the start.
Top candidates are demonstrably uninterested in this job. The Ujiri offer comes across as desperate, and when he remains with Toronto, it will appear as though the best candidates would not join this team "for all the money in the world."
The team wants to look like they're doing everything they can to find someone actually qualified, but they will cheap out and promote from within. Sheppard will manage the draft. Sheppard will decide if Beal is traded and for whom. Sheppard will handle the team's free agent decisions.
We finally rid ourselves of Ernie Grunfeld, only to hand the team over to his assistant.
From the comments section:
Sensible take.Eh - not really buying it
I think the team just wanted to get control of the reporting before it got out of hand. Within hours of the raptors winning it all, reports were pouring out of the Wiz getting ready to make a godfather offer. I doubt that has changed but I’m sure the organization doesn’t want the entire world knowing it right now.
There’s a reason Buckner is the one reporting it. Wiz feeding her the narrative they want out there.
This is to my point: the offer was never legitimate to begin with.
https://www.nbcsports.com/washingto...rack-obama-trying-recruit-masai-ujiri-wizardsThe Wizards are reportedly preparing to make Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri a massive offer to run Washington's NBA franchise. And they may have some big-time help recruiting him to D.C.
Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, is trying to persuade Ujiri to leave the NBA champions to join the Wizards, according to The Athletic's Ethan Strauss.
"I hear Barack Obama's a part of that whole Masai recruitment to D.C.," Strauss said on a recent episode of the "Back To Back" podcast. "I've heard Obama wants Masai in D.C. Obama wants to do something with basketball."
Obama and Ujiri are close friends. Obama was in attendance at Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, while Ujiri attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2015 when Obama was in office.
The Wizards' potential offer for Ujiri is reportedly for six years, $60 million, and could possibly include an ownership stake in Monumental Sports & Entertainment and other responsibilities within the company, sources have told NBC Sports Washington.
And hey, it doesn't hurt to have the former Commander in Chief making your sales pitch.
Can someone explain the logic behind the Barack Obama rumor? We all know he's a Bulls fan.New report (plus the return of the Obama rumor)
Nothing about it makes sense...it's all we got right now as wizards fans until Shep is eventually hiredCan someone explain the logic behind the Barack Obama rumor? We all know he's a Bulls fan.
This is all starting to remind me of something:
just sell the team already, this patient approach aint doing no good at all especially when they're rebuilding this team
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