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Cleanup Starts By Throwing Out The Leftovers
Grunfeld may not be done, either, as draft-day deals shake out. But if nothing else, he has already rid the Wizards of burdensome contracts. He also created two open roster spots by bringing in two players and trading the equivalent of four.
If you're a fan of this maddening team that hadn't been able to scale Mount LeBron three straight Mays and went through real pain the past year -- season-killing injuries to Arenas and Haywood that resulted in 19 wins, three coaches in seven months and a general malaise that hadn't been seen since Abe Pollin fired Michael Jordan and started over -- you wanted last night's deal to be the start of things, a prelude to another deal that could bring a capable big man to town.
Besides scoring, Foye goes to the glass for tough rebounds. He would be viewed as more of an improving young player if he hadn't been traded for Brandon Roy, who became one of the game's best young players in Portland.
Miller, who two seasons ago made nine three-pointers in one game, can also move the ball when he wants. He's not done physically yet, and this could be the perfect fit in the stop-and-pop, church league game the Wizards will be playing.
If the Wizards return to playoff form, there is a real question as to who will be responsible for getting Dwight Howard in foul trouble should they emerge as a contender.
But those worries -- and concerns about whether there are enough basketballs to go around on a shoot-first-pass-later team -- are for another day.
Grunfeld got rid of some dead weight on his roster last night, jettisoning the draft pick that he never wanted anyway, No. 5, the worst possible lottery selection for a team that finished tied for the league's second-worst record.
No sense in keeping the memory of not even getting close to Blake Griffin around. Better to move forward, grab a couple of veterans and keep working the phones until an affordable banger becomes available.