Wizards Hit The Jackpot

Wizards Hit The Jackpot
May 19, 2010, 8:10 pm
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010,4:10 p.m.CSNwashington.comHitting The Jackpot
The Wizards became relevant not only in Washington but the NBA Tuesday night after the team won the top pick in this summers draft.On SI.com, Chris Mannix summed up the feelings of most Wizards fans the arrival of John Wall could make up for the disaster that was the 2009-10 season but also makes the team more appealing to free agents.The addition of Wall not only adds a high level talent to the roster, it could also make the team more appealing to other players, Mannix writes. After signing Wall, the Wizards will have about 17-19 million in available cap space to sign free agents. While elite stars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are unlikely to consider the Wizards, others might be inclined to join what could be a quick rebuilding process. Besides No. 1, the Wizards have the 30th and 34th picks in what is believed to be a very deep draft.Not thrilled with the lottery set up is Minnesota general manager David Kahn. Appearing on The Dan Patrick Show, he called the lottery a hideous experience.Returning Redskin?
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday he hasnt had any conversations about bringing former quarterback Doug Williams back to the organization as a member of the front office. Williams recently left his post in Tampa Bay.Thomas George of AOL Fanhouse thinks its a slam dunk but whats more difficult is finding a role for Williams.There is little chance that Williams would return to Washington simply to become a public relations figurehead, George writes. That already would come with him joining the Redskins again -- he remains a beloved figure in Washington and among Redskins fans. Thus, the key in this potential connection is finding a role that fits Williams.Panthers Smart Move
The Southeast Division got a little tougher this week with the Florida Panthers addition of general manager Dale Tallon.Tallon basically built the current Chicago Blackhawks team that has a 2-0 Western Conference finals series lead over San Jose.Were going to build from the drafts and hire a top-notch scouting and hockey operations staff, Tallon said at a press conference. Weve been given the budget to do so.The Capitals have won three straight division titles.