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Wizards Leaning Toward Using Amnesty Clause On Blatche

The Washington Wizards are leaning toward using the amnesty provision by Tuesday’s deadline to waive forward Andray Blatche, according to league sources.

The Wizards have not made a final decision on the move. Teams have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to decide whether they’ll use the amnesty provision for the upcoming season. If they don’t, they cannot use it again until next July. Teams are only allowed to use the provision once during the life of the new collective bargaining agreement.

Players that are waived under the provision can be claimed by teams under the salary cap for the upcoming season. The team that submits the highest bid gets the player. If Blatche were to be waived, teams would have to submit a minimum bid of $3.79 million for him — which represents the sum of the minimum salaries a player with Blatche’s experience would receive over the next three years, the remaining length of his contract.

Washington is still wavering on whether using the amnesty provision — and writing Blatche a check for the remaining $23 million on his contract. The Wizards have been trying to deal Blatche since the end of the season, but haven’t found any deals to their liking.

They could also keep Blatche on the roster but keep him away from the team while they continue to pursue trades or, perhaps, a contract buyout, in the same way the Indiana Pacers kept guard Jamaal Tinsley at arm’s length for a year before finally reaching a settlement on his contract.


Report: Blazers Offer Pacers’ All-Star Center Hibbert The Max?

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The price tag for big men in the NBA, both the stars and the wanna be stars, is always high, just ask guys like the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan or the Mavericks’ Brendan Haywood.

The price for big men in free agency, however, can get a little wild. For proof, look no further than the reported $8 million the Houston Rockets are offering restricted free agent backup center Omer Asik of Chicago or the reported max deal the Portland Trail Blazers have offered All-Star center Roy Hibbert of Indiana.

The Pacers have not offered Hibbert a max deal, according to‘s Sam Amick, a move that all but forces Hibbert to sign the Blazers’ offer sheet.

Drafting 7-footer Meyers Leonard didn’t answer all of the Blazers’ big man needs. Adding Hibbert to their mix would, theoretically, give them an ideal frontcourt pairing with LaMarcus Aldridge.

But like the Bulls with Asik, the Pacers have the right to match any offer to Hibbert.

Mavs Still Searching For Offense

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — Back in December, Mark Cuban chose to break up his championship roster, in part to chase a big free agent this summer, and in part because the new collective bargaining agreement — with its more punitive luxury tax coming in 2013 — called for “a different methodology for building a team.”

The biggest change the Mavs made was sending Tyson Chandler to New York via sign-and-trade. Chandler was the heart of the Mavs’ improved defense last season and arguably their second-most important player.

Four months later, the Mavs look like a long shot to make it back to The Finals. And with eight games remaining in the season, they’ve still got some work to do just to make it to the postseason.

But interestingly, the Chandler-less defense hasn’t been the problem for Dallas. After ranking seventh in defensive efficiency last season, they’re right back in the same spot this year, allowing less than a point per possession.

Instead, it’s been the Mavs’ offense that has held them back.


Blogtable: Can Mavs be fixed?

Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.

Do you see anything with the defending champion Mavs that can’t be fixed?

Steve Aschburner: The Mavericks are way more Father Time than New Year’s baby. When you couple the advancing years of Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry with the personnel losses of Tyson Chandler, DeShawn Stephenson, J.J. Barea and Caron Butler, those are serious steps backward, too great for a funk-ified Lamar Odom to patch over. Pride and muscle memory will kick in at some point, but not enough to defend their title with a long playoff run.

Fran Blinebury: Nothing that can’t be fixed by putting Dwight Howard in the middle.  The Mavs without Tyson Chandler are back to being the same old, soft-in-the-center defensive pushovers that led to all of those playoff disappointments in the past.  It will take time to get Lamar Odom acclimated and, even then, he’s always been a player who has rode up and down throughout his career. Vince Carter at 34 is not the answer in the backcourt.  As long as Dirk Nowitzki is upright and healthy, they’re a playoff team, but no threat to repeat.

Scott Howard-Cooper: It can be fixed as soon as Mark Cuban finishes the time machine and Tyson Chandler is transported back to Dallas. Without that defensive anchor, the Mavericks were hit for 105 points and 48.7 percent shooting by the Heat and 115 and 49.4, respectively, by the Nuggets. But same as the Lakers. Give ‘em time before sounding the alarm. (more…)

Chandler’s MVP Case In Dallas?

Is it too early to hand out the 2011-12 MVP award yet?

Well, is it at least too early to name the leader in the clubhouse?

Step up, Tyson Chandler. No, not for the seven points and three rebounds in the Knicks’ win over the Celtics.

It’s more a case of what he didn’t do in Dallas. That is: anything.

After all, isn’t the definition of MVP: the ultimate difference-maker? And the absence of Chandler certainly made a huge difference in Dallas.

Without their defensive stopper in the middle, the Mavs looked like a door that was left wide open in their season-opening loss to Miami. LeBron James and Dwayne Wade treated the lane like a welcome mat and practically wiped their feet on the defending champions.

“Defense wasn’t there,” said Brendan Haywood, who was the primary culprit, taking over Chandler’s spot at center. “We got beat in transition. It wasn’t indicative of Mavs’ basketball that won a championship last year. We got a lot of work to do. But not a lot of time.”

The Mavs are back at work immediately, taking on Denver right back at American Airlines tonight. Dallas hasn’t started a season 0-2 since the 2006-07 season. If it happens, chances are the Mavs will be looking around mightily for their early candidate for this season’s MVP award – and it ain’t Dirk Nowitzki.

It’s All About Tyson Chandler Now

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — It’s obvious that the Mavericks’ season would be all but over if Dirk Nowitzki had not fought through the effects of fever to play the role of Lazarus in Game 4.

It was also timely and significant that Jason Terry used that clutch fourth quarter to finally pull his “JET” persona out of the hangar for the first time in The Finals.

But if Dallas is going to keep fooling the experts, bamboozling the Heat and have a real chance of clawing out its first NBA championship, the series will likely rest in the hands of Tyson Chandler.


Nowitzki Feeling ‘A Lot Better’

DALLAS — Less than 14 hours after scoring the most important basket in the Dallas Mavericks’ Game 4 victory — with a 101-degree fever, no less — Dirk Nowitzki was back on the floor at the American Airlines Center. Nowitzki participated in the Mavs’ light, no-contact practice on Wednesday.

Afterward, Nowitzki said he felt “a lot better today.”

“I still got a little high temperature,” he continued, “but the fever is basically gone. So that’s obviously the main concern always. Anything else, the sniffles or the cough, you don’t really care about that as long as the fever is gone.”

That’s big new for Dallas, which needs a win in Thursday’s Game 5 to avoid going into a 3-2 hole with the final two games of the series in Miami.

They’ll need a win on enemy turf either way, but things have to be looking up for the Mavs, who looked beaten early in the fourth quarter on Tuesday. Tyson Chandler said Wednesday that he knew it might be a rough night when he saw his teammate in the locker room before Game 4.

“When I saw him, I really knew he was under the weather,” Chandler said. “Dirk is a playful guy and outgoing and outspoken when it comes to the locker room. Seeing him not being playful and not really saying much and kind of sitting in his locker, I knew it was going to be a tough night for him.”


Chandler Comes Up Big In Game 4

DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki was sick and Brendan Haywood was hobbled. And because big men No. 4 and 5 on the Dallas Mavericks’ roster are named Brian Cardinal and Ian Mahinmi, it was time for Tyson Chandler to step up.

With 13 points and 16 rebounds in the Mavs’ 86-83 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the 2011 NBA Finals, Chandler did just that, helping his team even the series at 2-2.

Haywood had replaced Chandler with 1:14 to go in the first quarter, and the Heat immediately went on a 5-0 run. When Miami began the second on a 7-0 run to go up 28-21, with Haywood struggling, Chandler knew he couldn’t afford to sit any longer. So he didn’t even wait for Mavs coach Rick Carlisle to call his name.

“I seen that [Haywood] was just trying to battle it out,” Chandler said, “but I told coach, ‘You have to get me back out there. I will play 48 if I need to.’ ”

Chandler didn’t play 48 minutes, but he played a season-high 42:56, including all but 1:59 of the second half. And despite that, he looked to have the most energy of anyone in the fourth quarter.


Haywood’s Status For Game 4? TBD

DALLAS — Watching Brendan Haywood knock down shots on the practice floor Monday makes it hard to believe the Mavericks’ backup center isn’t ready to play in The Finals.

The shooting drill didn’t require much movement, though. And movement is Haywood’s major issue right now. He strained his right hip in the Mavericks’ Game 2 win over the Heat in Miami and missed Sunday’s Game 3 loss here at American Airlines Center.

Ian Mahinmi replaced him in the rotation and there’s no doubt the Mavericks’ low-post defense took a step back. Haywood was coy about his status for Tuesday night’s Game 4. He said he was scheduled for a second MRI this afternoon and that his status would not be updated until some time Tuesday afternoon, making him a game-time decision for the second straight game.

“It’s a little bit of everything,” Haywood said. “The hip is one of those areas; it’s in charge of a lot of stuff. It’s in charge of your lateral movement, it’s in charge of when you’re taking off and running and stuff like that. So, it affects me in just all movements basically … the hip bone’s connected to the thigh bone. The thigh bone’s connected to the knee bone.”

Jokes aside, Haywood’s in serious enough pain that he can’t get on the floor in the biggest series of his NBA career.

“I’m able to move at a little better clip, so we’ll see how it feels,” Haywood said after finishing his shooting work Monday. “Really, really striding out is a problem and sometimes making explosive plays under the basket is a problem.”

An even bigger problem for Haywood is being forced to watch his teammates work in The Finals and not being able to do his part. And the 7-footer was a factor in Game 1. He’s played 16 minutes a game throughout the postseason as Tyson Chandler‘s backup. His presence on the floor would make a huge difference against a Heat team that loves to attack the rim.

“I need to be able to go out there and feel like I can play a normal game or at least at 70 or 80 percent,” he said. “If I feel I’m pulling something or something’s straining on every play, then I probably don’t need to be out there. We’ll see how it goes.”

When asked if he would be able to play if the Mavericks had a game Monday night, Haywood got playful with his answer.

“It’s a good thing we don’t have a game tonight,” he said and then smiled. “Today wasn’t a good indication of where I’m at, because this was some really light stuff.”

D-Wade problem: For Heat or Mavs?

Maybe this is why the Miami fans usually show up to AmericanAirlines Arena late. They don’t want to catch a glimpse of Dwyane Wade before he gets warmed up and fully into his act.

  • Wade had his shot blocked three times in the first half, once each by Shawn Marion, Brendan Haywood and a creaky old guy named Jason Kidd.
  • On the rare occasions when Wade went to the basket in the first half, he hardly finished aggressively. He didn’t get a shot off when he was 1-on-1 with Dirk Nowitzki and simply careened out of control into Tyson Chandler and lost the ball out of bounds.
  • He spent a good portion of the first half floating out around the 3-point line, managing just seven points as the Mavericks took a 44-43 lead into the break.

Then there were all the reasons why nobody in Miami ever turns their back on Wade when the games get late.