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Why They're Bad

The Wizards can point to five main reasons for their lousy season so far:

A Plan Gone Awry

Why They're Bad

1

Paying Arenas
Move: Signed Gilbert Arenas to a six-year, $111 million contract.
Outcome: After surgery on his left knee, Arenas has been out all season with no timetable for return.

2

Keeping Jamison
Move: Re-signed Antawn Jamison to a four-year, $50 million deal.
Outcome: He is having a typically solid season (21.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 38.6 mpg).

3

Drafting McGee
Move: Chose JaVale McGee of Nevada with the 18th pick.
Outcome: McGee is raw but talented. Scouts drool over his potential.

4

Letting Mason Go
Move: Allowed Roger Mason Jr. to go to the Spurs because he needed cap space to retain Arenas and Jamison.
Outcome: Mason is averaging 11.9 ppg and 3.2 rpg.

5

Trading Daniels
Move: Traded Antonio Daniels to Hornets and sent a conditional future first-round pick to Grizzlies in exchange for Mike James and Javaris Crittenton.
Outcome: The key to the deal will be the development of Crittenton, a former Lakers first-round pick.

6

Firing Jordan
Move: Replaced Eddie Jordan, who had led the team to four straight playoff berths, after a 1-10 start this season.
Outcome: Little improvement shown (10-32) under interim coach Ed Tapscott.

GRAPHICS: Ivan Carter and Bonnie Berkowitz - The Washington Post, February 17, 2009

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