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|Buyout remains a possibility for Mike Bibby
By Michael Lee
Posted at 11:02 PM ET, 02/27/2011
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Mike Bibby expressed some relief that he got his first shot to fall as a Wizard on Saturday against the Dallas Mavericks. After missing his first five field goal attempts while wearing that bizarre No. 00, Bibby hit a pull-up 17-foot jumper that gave the Wizards a 35-33 lead in the second quarter.
"It was good, finally went down," Bibby said after scoring two points in Wizards' 105-99 loss. "I haven't really did anything for a week over the all-star break. Had to get back in shape. Just tried to get my wind back, get some shots to fall."
Bibby has shot just 1-for-9 in two games with the Wizards, but there is a chance -- albeit slim -- that he may not be around much longer. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Bibby's agent, David Falk, plans to meet with Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld on Monday to discuss a possible buyout. The person requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.
The two sides have had preliminary discussions, according to two league sources, but no formal proposals have been made. Bibby makes $5.8 million this season and is on the books for $6.4 million next season. Bibby would have to sacrifice a lot of money and get waived by Tuesday in order to be eligible to join a playoff team this season.
Portland, Miami and Boston are reportedly interested in signing Bibby if he can reach an agreement. Grunfeld has said he wouldn't close the door on any situation as it relates to a buyout. According to a league source, the Wizards tried to move Bibby again, almost immediately after acquiring him from the Hawks, but were unable to get anything done before the trade deadline.
Bibby, who turns 33 in May, was upset about being dealt from a playoff contender in Atlanta to a lottery team at the trade deadline. Bibby expressed his disappointment on Friday about not being informed of his involvement in the deal until shortly before he was swapped -- along with Maurice Evans and Jordan Crawford -- in exchange for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong.
Bibby hasn't shot well, but he has eight a.ssists in relatively limited minutes as he adjusts to having more a playmaker role off the bench in Washington. "In Atlanta, they didn't let me create too much. I'm just trying to get back to the pick and roll game and get everyone involved," he said.
The Wizards (15-43) acquired Bibby, the No. 2 overall pick in 1998, with the hope that he could a.ssume a role as mentor for rookie John Wall. Coach Flip Saunders said the Wizards wanted to have a veteran around to help Wall learn about the position and how to carry himself as a professional.
Bibby hasn't experienced much losing since his first three seasons in Vancouver, making the playoffs in each of the past eight seasons. "I'm just going to help as much as I can. You also have Sam Cassell here," he said. "I think us two will work good together."
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