Quite frankly, I do not blame that organization for doing this. Their potential at their peak was of an above average team, well above the likes of the Eastern Conference bottom feeders, but still well below the likes of the power houses in Orlando, Cleveland, and Boston. Two summers ago, the organization dug its own grave, giving out major deals to Jamison and Gilbert Arenas. Now, it appears that they are trying to dig themselves out depending on whether or not they trade Butler and Jamison, and depending on how they handle Arenas.
I have said for a while that the Wizards were a prime candidate to make trades. They have veteran talent. They have expiring contracts. They have young pieces. And most importantly, they seem unable to get out of their own way. I envisioned two scenarios that could have faced this team. Either they would have had the chance to make some noise in the middle of the Eastern Conference and would trade for veteran help (I thought this would happen before the season started), or they would collapse as they did last year and be able to deal away their desirable talent. The latter is seemingly the case.
Whether their fans realize this or not, the Wizards are making the right decision to start over. Much like the Knicks, but to a much lesser extent, the Wizards need to clear salary and need to create flexibility. Sometimes in the NBA, teams have one or two shots to win big. The Wizards' chance has since passed.
The Wizards will be perhaps the most interesting team come February 18.
**Regarding the Amare to the Cavs rumor, I simply cannot see it. I believe that there is legit interest, but I cannot believe that the Cavs would have the best offer. Trading for Jamison, who has a ton of money coming his way, is one thing. Trading for a super-star with a possible expiring deal is another. Unless a third team actually gets involved (that is the rumor), I just do not see Amare to the Cavs happening.