Wizards Roster Changes: Who Stays and Who Goes?

Dan CraigContributor IDecember 29, 2009

PHOENIX - DECEMBER 19:  Gilbert Arenas #0 of the Washington Wizards sits on the bench during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 19, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Wizards 121-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Washington Wizards will somehow still make the playoffs this year, but they are by no means built like a perennially contending team.  Here's how the current roster should be affected by the retooling.  

Gilbert Arenas

Say what you will about his careless drives to the basket, turnovers, and inconsistent shooting, this man is the cornerstone of the franchise.  He's the best player on the floor for this team, night-in and night-out, and his skill sets are slowly returning to his game. No doubt in my mind—STAYS

Antawn Jamison

This guy deserves better than what he's getting from his teammates currently.  He's basically played injured this entire season and still posts All-Star numbers.  What else is new?  He has the strongest desire to win among any player on the team, and it shows on court—you can tell he's the motivational leader of the team.  Now someone just tell him to stop shooting threes.  


Caron Butler

Toughest call to make, in my opinion.  People question his ability to play in this offense.  I don't.  I only question his absurd episodes of traveling and offensive fouls that have plagued him this season.  He's demonstrating now that he can get open in Flip's system, play with the team, and play hard defense.  

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*As much as I hate to say it, I'd be ok with a team willing to give up a quality ball-handler, and a solid—not an all-star—forward in return for Caron and his contract. 

Nick Young

Believe it or not, there are shooting guards that can score without demanding the ball and destroying the offense.  I have been impressed with his one-on-one defense, of late.  Still, there's really no room for Nick Young here.


Mike Miller

When he comes back, he will be the best option at the two-spot by miles.  Love his intensity, rebounding, and familiarity in the offense.  Nothing else to say.  


Randy Foye

Another tough call.  He's starting to click with the offense, and he provides some good scoring off the bench.  Unfortunately, he might just feel the brunt of the term, "rebuilding."  


Andray Blatche

I love everything he does.  He provides scoring, rebounding, passing and defense off the bench.  


Brendan Haywood

He's 30, which is more like 40 in 7-footer years.  However, he's the captain of our defense, and does everything you can ask him to.  He's not the center of the future, but he'll be a fantastic mentor for the next big man to come through.  


JaVale McGee

The McGee experiment isn't really working out. At all.  Brendan is more of the center of the future than JaVale.  


Dominic McGuire

Obviously not a rotation player, but is a phenomenal defender and rebounder in certain circumstances.  Good player to have around.


DeShawn Stevenson

Worst player in the NBA.  Thank you Mr. Hollinger.


Javaris Crittenton

Could be the back-up point guard we desperately need.  We'll see how he plays when he comes back, but I like him.  

For now, STAYS

Earl Boykins

Not a viable long-term option by any means.  Hate to say it.


Fabricio Oberto  

....  GOES


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