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The last word on the trade deadline

The trade deadline is tomorrow, and the Wizards still seem to be fielding calls on potential Etan Thomas trades, but it doesn't look like anything is going to get done.

Marty Burns of Sports Illustrated has a last-ditch possibility involving the Portland Trailblazers.  

[Jamaal] Magloire remains in limbo as the Blazers try to find a deal for the 7-foot former All-Star. The Wizards made queries, according to a league source, but it is unclear if an offer was made. The likeliest deal would involve Etan Thomas and Jarvis Hayes. Would the Blazers take on the remaining three years and $20 million due Thomas? Probably not. Also, Magloire would have more value in a sign-and-trade next summer than would Hayes."

Hell, that deal would be incredible, but I really can't see it happening.

More likely, as Ivan Carter says, Thomas and everyone else are going to be here for the rest of the year.

The NBA trade deadline arrives at 3 p.m. today but, barring the kind of offer that is simply too good to turn down, the Washington Wizards' lineup will look the same when tonight's game against the Sacramento Kings tips off at Verizon Center.

Despite several injuries, including forward Antawn Jamison's sprained left knee, the Wizards (30-21) are in good position to earn the top seed going into the Eastern Conference playoffs and have a shot at posting the franchise's first 50-win season since 1978-79.

Many people, including ESPN's Greg Anthony and the Washington Post's Tom Boswell, say that the two feuding centers (Thomas and Brendan Haywood) are ultimately going to drag the Wizards down.  Of course, they've been feuding for the last two years, and the team has still been relatively successful, but they definitely hate each other more than ever, considering they're, as Thomas says, "talking through different channels."  

Ideally, I think Ernie would trade Thomas, but his huge contract (yes, the one Ernie signed Thomas to in 2004) makes it difficult.  Ernie and Eddie Jordan are spinning the whole thing to say they love their roster, but deep down, Ernie probably wants to do more to make this roster better.  Just my two cents.

Bottom line is, don't expect anything by tomorrow.  

Update [2007-2-22 0:18:42 by Pradamaster]:: Wizards Insider clarifies the whole situation.