Still Vacant

The Washington Wizards filled the gaping vacancy left by Larry Hughes by trading for Caron Butler. However, they still have to deal with bulking up the front court which was already a weakness before Kwame Brown was traded away.

News broke last night that Donyell Marshall, an area native who met with the Wizards about playing here, signed a four-year deal with Cleveland instead. Cleveland is shopping Drew Gooden as trade bait, but it doesn’t seem like the Wizards want to part with anything that the Mistake on the Lake could want.

I am little alarmed since after the Marshall deal fell through, the Wizards began talks with former Wake Forest star and Sacramento Kings reserve Darius Songaila. The power forward market is shrinking quickly and the Wizards may end up overpaying to cover-up a glaring weakness.

In related developments, reserve guards Juan Dixan and Steve Blake are picking up a lot of attention from around the league. Dixon has elicited interest from Miami, Portland, Indiana, the Lakers, Seattle and Cleveland.

Steve Blake has been contacted by Miami, New Jersey and Mommy, there’s that man again, Cleveland.

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