Don't expect the Washington Wizards to use the 16th pick in today's NBA Draft to procure the big man — that elusive combination of defensive marauder, low-post scorer and relentless rebounder — their fans so crave.
Despite the perceived depth of the tomorrow's NBA Draft, new Washington Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld says the player he selects with the 16th pick probably will help the team later rather than sooner.
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The Wizards no more need the 16th pick in the draft than Brendan Haywood in uniform next season.
Shaquille O'Neal's new TV show, "Shaq's Big Challenge" — in which he helps weight-challenged kids reshape their bodies — debuts Tuesday night at 9 on ABC.
Contrary to Internet rumors, there have been no discussions between the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Lakers about a possible trade involving Gilbert Arenas and Kobe Bryant, according to two league sources with knowledge of the situation.
Gilbert Arenas culled from Latrell Sprewell's tired material in saying his decision to opt out of his contract with the Wizards after next season is based on securing the financial future of his two children.
General manager Ernie Grunfeld said yesterday he wasn't surprised Gilbert Arenas plans to enter the free agent market after next season and that he is committed to keeping the All-Star guard with the Washington Wizards for the rest of his career.