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Frank Slade
08-03-2006, 11:35 PM
Updated: Aug. 3, 2006, 10:17 PM ET
Wizards sign former Magic guard Stevenson

By Chad Ford
ESPN.com


Free agent DeShawn Stevenson Deagreed to terms with the Washington Wizards on Thursday, his agent, Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.com.

According to Bartelstein, Stevenson agreed to a two-year contract worth the NBA minimum salary. Since he has six-plus years of service, that would be $932,015 for the first year. Stevenson has a player option in the second year of the contract.

The deal is a pretty big blow to Stevenson financially. He opted out of a contract this spring that would have paid him $3 million and then turned down a three-year, $10 million contract from the Magic in early July.

Stevenson then changed agents and agreed to the deal with the Wizards.

"There just isn't much money left out there," Bartelstein said.

"This gives DeShawn an excellent opportunity to play significant minutes on a very good team. I think by next summer, the rest of the league will see his real value and he'll earn back the money he lost."

The next big step for the Wizards will be deciding whether to match the Knicks' offer sheet to restricted free agent Jared Jeffries.

The Knicks made Jeffries a five-year, $30 million offer that the Wizards have until Monday to match. Several sources familiar with the Wizards' thinking believe that they are leaning against matching the offer due to luxury tax concerns. Matching the Knicks offer would put the Wizards over the luxury tax threshold.

ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2538921)

Wow not a smart move leaving Orlando's offer on the table :unimpress
Good for the Wiz though. Looks like he may opt out though after next year and try and get a bigger payday.

Robertmto
08-04-2006, 12:07 AM
This does make Jeffries expendable however I still believe they will match the Kincks offer. If they do we will have a rotation of

Haywood/Thomas/Blatche
Jamison/Songaila/Bltche
Jeffries/Hayes/OP
Butler/Stevenson/Daniels
Arenas/Daniels/Taylor

I see them winning about 45-48 like they have the last few years 50 tops. Barring injuries of course.

Stevenson gives us a shooter who can help stretch the D and allow Butler to slash and Jamison to keep shooting Mid Range. No wwe just need to ship Haywoo dout for a better center or of course we could

START BLATCHE!!!

Jimmy
08-04-2006, 12:53 AM
Never been impressed with how this kid plays. He's worth more than a million, but not much more. I think the 3 year, 10 million is as good as he should get. He shoulda took it. He's a starting shooting guard who's season high was 22 points. he played every game in the season and that's the most he could come up with. He's definetly no 3 point shooter as well. he did shoot 46% from the field last year though, which is much better than other year. He is nothing more than a back-up in my opinion.

Robertmto
08-04-2006, 12:57 AM
thats all we need in DC. The starting 5 is set.

cariocapacer
08-04-2006, 08:43 AM
This is hard to understand. He may have ended up with the minimum in the end but I can´t see accepting it this early in the game. Lots of bi-annual $1.8 million exceptions left out there (INCLUDING THE PACERS´). This kid can shoot and play defense. We could have used him.

rexnom
08-04-2006, 08:51 AM
Good signing.

wintermute
08-04-2006, 08:57 AM
i thought pacers spent their biannual exception on maceo baston? or at least a part of it

DisplacedKnick
08-04-2006, 09:08 AM
i thought pacers spent their biannual exception on maceo baston? or at least a part of it

You can use a piece of the MLE too. I'm a bit surprised he settled for that this early.

cariocapacer
08-04-2006, 09:18 AM
i thought pacers spent their biannual exception on maceo baston? or at least a part of it

If they did, it was stupid as it appears his contract isnīt for much more than the league minimum.

blanket
08-04-2006, 09:52 AM
If they did, it was stupid as it appears his contract isnīt for much more than the league minimum.

Yesterday's Star article said we still have out MLE and LLE, so we must've used a different method of paying for Baston.

Robertmto
08-04-2006, 10:08 AM
One of those mainstream writers that lurks here is gonna read this, report about it, and Stevenson will opt out of his player option next year. Thanks alot guys!!!

:censored:

Gamble
08-04-2006, 11:55 AM
Yesterday's Star article said we still have out MLE and LLE, so we must've used a different method of paying for Baston.

I believe we got a TE for a previous trade and was able to us that
cash to sign Baston.