By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, February 24, 2006
Wizards forward Antawn Jamison has been invited to try out for the U.S. men's national basketball team, according to a team source. The squad will compete in this summer's World Championships in Japan and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas has already received an invitation to try out for the team, which will consist of 22 players who will be asked to make a three-year commitment. A list of invited players is expected to be finalized by March 1. . . .
Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan and President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld emerged from the MCI Center practice court together yesterday around noon, just three hours before the arrival of the NBA's official trade deadline.
Grunfeld threw an arm around Jordan's shoulder and whispered something in his ear. Had the Wizards pulled the trigger on a move? No. Grunfeld and Jordan were having some fun at the expense of a few reporters.
"Got you guys," Grunfeld joked.
In reality, the deadline passed quietly for the Wizards, who flew to Cleveland after yesterday's practice for tonight's game against the Cavaliers. This is the second year in a row the Wizards let the deadline pass without making any moves.
Grunfeld worked the phones in the weeks leading up to the deadline, but nothing serious materialized. He and Jordan have expressed satisfaction with the current roster.
"You're always looking to improve your team but I like the team we have," Jordan said. Jordan has shortened his playing rotation in recent weeks but said he plans on expanding it to finding more minutes for backup center Etan Thomas and rookie guard Donell Taylor.