View Full Version : Antonio Daniels to the Wizards
07-20-2005, 12:00 AM
ESPN is reporting that Daniels has agreed to terms with the Wizards. Contract details to come.
07-20-2005, 12:07 AM
Washington continues to fortify void left by Hughes
By Marc Stein
The Seattle SuperSonics suffered another free-agent defection Tuesday night when guard Antonio Daniels reached a verbal agreement with the Washington Wizards on a five-year contract worth an estimated $30 million.
Daniels was also a prime target of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Tony Dutt, Daniels' Houston-based agent, said Daniels will join the Wizards as soon as the moratorium on free-agent signings is lifted Friday, which the league has scheduled as the first day free agents can sign new contracts.
"The more we talked with Washington, we just felt very comfortable," Dutt said. "When Larry Hughes went to Cleveland, it just became a perfect fit for Antonio."
Daniels will join Caron Butler as the Wizards' two-pronged answer to the loss of Hughes, who is coming off a breakout season. Team officials are forbidden from commenting on the signing until the moratorium is lifted, but NBA front-office sources indicate Washington was drawn to Daniels for his playoff experience, athleticism and defensive skills.
Butler will be acquired from the Lakers in a sign-and-trade featuring Kwame Brown after the moratorium is lifted. The teams verbally agreed to the deal last week, but the Lakers have also been pursuing Daniels hard by offering the 6-foot-4 guard a similar five-year deal.
New coach Phil Jackson, whose fondness for long-limbed guards is well-known, had been hoping to pair Daniels in the Lakers' backcourt with Kobe Bryant.
Daniels thus becomes the third prominent member of Seattle's 52-30 team to leave the club this month. The Sonics quickly reached a verbal agreement to retain leading scorer Ray Allen, but coach Nate McMillan (Portland) and center Jerome James (New York) have since departed.
Daniels averaged 11.2 points and 4.1 assists for the Sonics last season, but proved even more effective in the playoffs when he joined Allen and Luke Ridnour in a three-guard attack. The ability of all three to handle the ball, penetrate and create offense on the perimeter enabled Seattle, though short-handed, to stretch eventual champion San Antonio to six games in the second round.
Seattle is dropping fast, Ray should have teamed up w Lebron IMO anyways
07-20-2005, 12:51 AM
That's why i mentioned in another Seattle-related thread that i wouldn't blame Allen for pulling a Boozer. Whether the players liked it or not, McMillian was the most valuable person for Seattle. Losing him was the first mistake. Another thing, none of there FAs besides Allen and maybe Radmonovic have talked about coming back. That team has lottery written all over it.
If allen pulls a boozer, who would he sign with?
if its cleveland, then hughes and donyell and maybe Z are out?
there may be too many entangling complications now..
07-20-2005, 01:02 AM
I really wouldnt blame Allen. Seattle obviously negotiated with Allen, and then pulled the rug out from under him.
If Allen is all about the money he could stay in Seattle but if he wants to play for a winner, then he has some options.
All the blame shouldnt be put on Seattle though, I'm sure Allen understood or should have understood the risk that he was taking whe resigning with a year in and year out loser.. last year was their only respectable year I can remember since Kemp/Payton lost to the Bulls in the finals.
07-20-2005, 05:44 AM
Great move by the Wiz... they really need a good passer to pair with Arenas.
07-20-2005, 08:38 AM
This move doesn't make any sense to me
The wizards already picked up butler from the lakers trade. Daniels is an undersized shooting guard and not really a true point guard. They already have that type of player in Arenas.
Daniels would've been better suited going to the Lakers, since the starting PG job was there for the taking.
As far as Seattle goes, I don't know what some of you guys are talking about -- They've lost Jerome James and Daniels, both of whom they have *younger* replacements for..
They can lowball Potapenko and Flip Murray(who averaged 20 points for a good chunk of the season two years ago) and they're right back to where they were last year.
They definitely lost depth, Seattle will not be as good as last year with the team they have now, that is all.
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