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Daily Digits: Resolving drama takes time

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Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we take a look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add some context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.

Today’s stat is how long it took after the Wizards’ infamous card game in 2009 for the team to make their first move to start rebuilding — trading Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson to the Mavericks — which was...

56 days

There are plenty of parallels between this season and the 2009-10 Wizards. They were both expensive teams led by a trio of talented players that had gotten stagnant playing together.

Everyone remembers how GunGate was the last straw that forced the team to go into a full-scale rebuild, but it's easy to forget the team was 8-17 when everything started to unfold between Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton. The incident between the two solidified what we already knew about what direction the team was headed.

The other thing that's easy to forget is that even after everything happened, it took nearly two full months for the next shoe to drop. Gilbert Arenas' suspension facilitated the process of moving on, but it took weeks for the team to officially make a move.

So before you head over to the trade machine to figure out what the Wizards should do with their roster, just remember it might take some time before it pans out.