Wizards: Will JaVale McGee Be In Washington Next Season?

4:36 PM, Feb 29, 2012   |    comments
Faces like these make McGee undesirable long term in Washington. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Because the Wizards are in the early stages of the rebuilding process, opinions on certain players change all the time. I've gone from wanting Nick Young gone before the season even began, to wanting to center him around the offense, to now being stuck somewhere in the middle.

This is the start of an on-going series that will evaluate the percent chance I think a certain individual Wizard player should be on the roster next season. Wall, Booker, Singleton, Vesely, and Mack have been excluded from this list.

The percentages are the chances I think the player will return. 

JaVale McGee - 20 percent

McGee's stock is as high as its going to rise in Washington. I thought by his fourth season the growing pains would've stopped. But they haven't. And they've arguably become worse. The case for McGee is that his shot blocking prowess near the hoop is among the best in the NBA, and that talented centers are hard to find. This is his best season and he still ranks 26th in the league in double-doubles. If John Wall and McGee were buddy-buddy and developed chemistry on the court, I'd still want McGee. But that hasn't even come close to happening. 

The 24-year-old is a restricted free agent at the end of the season. Is four years and $50 million really worth it? No way in my book. There are definitely teams out there that believe McGee is a product of the Wizards losing culture -- which could be entirely true -- and that bringing him onto a veteran team could make him a borderline all-star performer. Grunfeld should be on the phone from here until the deadline, jacking up the price for McGee.

Nick Young - 35 percent

Because general manager Ernie Grunfeld has valued Andray Blatche's talents at $35 million, Young -- at the very least -- will want that total. Can the Wizards afford to lose both Young and McGee? The organization doesn't want to leave John Wall completely left hanging out to dry.

If Young can agree to a short term deal, (lets say two years $13.5 million?) then I would be for keeping Swaggy P. But rewarding Young with a lucrative long term deal will be delaying any possibility of the Wizards winning a playoff series. 

Jordan Crawford - 85 percent

Besides McGee, Crawford is the Wizard who causes most fans to turn off the television with his ball-hogging antics. More often than not though, Crawford plays large parts in Wizards wins and is becoming a very capable sixth man at the age of 23. Plus he's under contract until 2015, where his current salary will only max out to $3.2 million.

Andray Blatche - 5 percent

This really isn't worth delving into. Apparently the Wizards have been trying to trade Blatche without any luck. It's unclear with Washington would amnesty Blatche or if the chubby forward would agree to a buyout. He's due just over $23 million over the next three seasons.

Rashard Lewis - 15 percent

See Andray Blatche above, expect the Wizards will owe Lewis $23 million next season alone. I can see Grunfeld biting the bullet by just letting Lewis' contract expire following the season opening up boatloads of cap space.

Kevin Seraphin - 75 percent

Seraphin has arguably been the most improved Wizard since the start of season on December 26. His defense is close to being reliable, and he's grabbed five or more rebounds on ten different occasions since January 13. The Frenchman is under contract until 2015, and we may be seeing a lot more of him if McGee is indeed dealt.

Mo Evans and Roger Mason - 40 percent

I think these two are a package deal. Either the Wizards are going to draft a talented big man and keep around these veteran shooters -- who excelled in Milwaukee Tuesday night. Or the Wizards will draft someone like UCONN shooting guard Jeremy Lamb and move forward with a youth movement.

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