- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas is believed to be considering Jeff Wechsler as a potential agent, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Arenas, who can opt out of his contract next summer, parted ways with former agent Dan Fegan last summer with no explanation. Fegan was Arenas’ agent when the player signed a six-year, $65 million deal with Washington in the summer of 2003.

Since then, Arenas has taken control of marketing his image, and has done so rather well. However, according to sources, Arenas knows he will need an agent and is said to be seriously considering Wechsler, who represents his good friend and former teammate Larry Hughes.

Arenas refused to comment.

Firing season continues

Before being named coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in June 2005, Mike Brown worked as an associate head coach in Indiana under Rick Carlisle. Before last night’s game it was announced Carlisle would be relieved of his duties as coach.

Brown didn’t want to dwell on the subject, but it is believed he still has a very good relationship with Carlisle.

When asked before the game how he felt, Brown didn’t appear to be happy talking about the subject.

“He had a nice run there, but I wasn’t there so I don’t know why or anything about the situation,” Brown said. “He was a good coach to work with, I will say that.”

Carlisle took the Pacers to the playoffs in three of his four seasons in Indiana. This season the Pacers went 35-47 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

Hughes begs to differ

Wizards coach Eddie Jordan has said that Hughes knowing the Wizards’ plays doesn’t really make a great deal of difference in games because everybody knows everyone else’s plays.

But Hughes disagrees.

It’s true the assistant coaches call out the opponent’s plays. But Hughes says there is something more to it than that when he identifies what the Wizards are preparing to do.

“Yeah, the assistants know what the play is,” Hughes said. “But it’s a lot different when you know the play. The difference is when you ran the exact same play and know the time and situation when they run it and when it is most effective, that makes a difference. It’s a lot different than just knowing the calls.”

So Hughes’ answer to the question of whether or not anyone in the Wizards locker room knows the Cavaliers’ plays as well as Hughes knows the Wizards’ was not surprising.

“No,” he said.

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