With the East rapidly improving, the Wizards couldn’t have picked a worst time to be hit with the injury bug…again. Â Agent Zero signed a huge $111 million dollar deal this summer and thenÂ promptlyÂ announcedÂ that he will have his 3rd kneeÂ surgeryÂ in 18 months.Â AntawnÂ Jamison also resigned a healthy deal with the Wizards for 4 years $50 million and will now be the focus of the offense whileÂ ArenasÂ recoups. TheÂ additionÂ of Juan Dixon should help but, with superstar Gilbert Arenas out for an extended period of time the Wizards will have to Â have a great second half of the season.
Projected Starters:Â PGÂ -Â Gilbert ArenasÂ /Â SGÂ -Â DeShawn StevensonÂ /Â SFÂ -Â Caron ButlerÂ /Â PFÂ -Â Antawn JamisonÂ /Â CÂ – Â Brendan Haywood
Additions:Â Dee Brown, Juan Dixon, Linton Johnson, DerMarr Johnson, Taj McCullough
Losses:Â Roger Mason
Projected Wins:Â 30+
Team Theme Song: Johnny MandelÂ and Mike Altman -Â Suicide Is Painless
So far GilbertÂ ArenasÂ and Brendan Haywood are out till December and Caron Butler has only played 43 games in the last two years so it’s only a matter of time for him.Â
WithÂ Gilbert Arenas andÂ Â Brendan Haywood out tillÂ DecemberÂ the Wizards will struggle early in the season and will have to play catch up in the changing East. However, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison should be able toÂ elevateÂ their roles to keep the Wizards afloat until the return of Agent Zero but for how long.