Either that, or the Wizards are huge, huge fans of Hedo Turkoglu.
Ernie Grunfeld to me, July 15, 2009.
MP: You see a lot of the moves that the other teams have made, like Boston, Orlando and Cleveland. How does that play into your decision-making?
EG: We’re just trying to care of our own business and let [other teams] take care of their business. They made some moves, but we also made some moves. We were the first to make a move, so everybody’s following us (chuckles).
MP: But knowing what they’ve been doing…
EG: What have they been doing?
MP: Well, the trade for Vince Carter, Rasheed Wallace … Does that make you want to make another move?
EG: No. If you look around, Orlando traded for Vince Carter, but they lost [Hedo] Turkoglu, you know what I’m saying? We’re going to do what’s in our best interests, and everybody does what they feel is in their best interests. Orlando went out and got Vince Carter, but they didn’t re-sign Turkoglu. How that whole team comes together remains to be seen, but we’re not going to react to everybody else, we’re just going to look at our own situation. We really feel that we really have that talent this year.
Flip Saunders to the Sports Junkies, July 20, 2009. (Summary via Wizards Extreme):
Junks: Big moves in the East - which was the best:
Flip: Washington picking up Miller and Foye was #1, and then drops the hammer that all the other teams who made "big" moves will have either equal to or less wins than last year.
Thinks Toronto made the best move by picking up Hedo.
What do I make of this? Nothing, really, besides me disagreeing. I just think it's funny. Why single out Orlando and Turkoglu so much?