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Old 07-24-09, 05:27 AM
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Fabricio Oberto is a Washington Wizard

Oberto Agrees To Join Wizards

I just hung up the phone with Fabricio Oberto's agent, Herb Rudoy, who informed me that his client has agreed to sign with the Washington Wizards. I spoke with Rudoy earlier today and he told me that Oberto was "very interested" and would make a decision by early next week, but Oberto apparently only needed a few more hours. He informed Wizards President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld of his intentions a few moments ago.

Oberto called Rudoy to tell him that he was going to join the Wizards. Oberto provides a veteran big man who can play either power forward for center. I asked Rudoy what pushed Oberto toward the Wizards and he said Oberto "thinks they have a chance to have a terrific team. He analyzed the teams that were interested in him and he felt that in Washington, one, he had a good chance to play, two, they have a new, experienced coach and they have terrific players, which is what he was used to in San Antonio. He figured it out. He thinks it is a great opportunity for him to continue winning."

Oberto chose the Wizards over Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Sacramento and the Lakers. He was hopeful for a return to San Antonio, where he spent his first four seasons, but the Spurs signed veteran center Theo Ratliff on Thursday.

Oberto Agrees To Join Wizards - Wizards Insider
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Old 07-24-09, 05:32 AM
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Fabricio Oberto is a Washington

Michael Lee has the news, but not the contract figures. I assume Oberto's signing for the biennial exception (about $2 million), but I don't know if it's for one year or two years.

A legitimate argument could be made that the Wizards should have spent a little more money to get Rasho Nesterovic or one of the other big men that were signed by other teams. You could also say that the Wizards should have kept waiting for somebody to sign for the minimum, since the market gets cooler every day. Finally, you could argue that DeJuan Blair for $400,000 or whatever his second-round salary would be is better than Oberto for $2 million.

To respond to each of these, I'd say the following.

* Nesterovic would have been better, but we have to potentially plead ignorance with the Wizards' overall budget. Perhaps the low-level exception was the most Ernie Grunfeld could spend. If so, and if spending less to get Oberto means we can spend more on more important pieces down the road, then this is a brilliant signing because we're talking about a bench guy.
* Waiting any longer may have further limited our options.
* The Blair thing is a bit of a dead horse, and I don't feel like getting into the argument anymore. At this point, we're basically engaged in a philosophical debate about the "ready-to-playness" of a rookie against the "sure thingness" of a veteran. The answer to the age-old question is, well, sometimes rookies are ready to play, and sometimes veterans are washed up. It's management's job to figure out which rookies are ready to play and which veterans aren't washed up. He picked Oberto, I would have picked Blair, whatever. Anyway, lots of the pro-Blair crowd wanted Blair and a veteran like Oberto, not one or the other.

Ultimately, I don't think there's really much anyone can quibble with here. So what are we getting in Oberto?

Star-divide

It all depends on his heart, literally. Earlier this season, Oberto missed a couple games due to an irregular heartbeat. This wasn't a new thing, according to this San Antonio Express article.

Oberto, 34, has suffered three bouts of the arrhythmia, called atrial fibrillation, since April 2007, with the most recent episode coming during a practice in March. The condition caused a butterfly feeling in his chest.

Each time, he would visit the Spurs medical staff, which would perform a procedure to electroshock his heart back into time. Typically, he would miss one or two games while doctors continued to monitor him.

Eventually, the Spurs had enough and sent him to a heart specialist. In June, he underwent some procedure called an ablation, which is supposed to eliminate all the electrical abnormalities in a heart. He was let out of the hospital four days later, but I can't find anything else on his status. He was supposed to have a four-week rehab and be able to resume strenuous activities normally thereafter. It's late July, and I haven't heard of him working out anywhere. Hopefully he is okay and is not a major injury risk. If he is, this sucks. I'd say here that I'd hope the Wizards did their homework on that, but I'm not sure I can trust them on issues related to injuries.

Assuming he can still play, what are we getting? Well, it depends on whether we receive the 2007/08 Oberto or the 2008/09 one. Here are some key numbers side by side.
Stat Oberto 07/08 Oberto 08/09
PER 13.8 10.6
TS% 61.5 59.5
REB% 15.4 12.5
TO% 13.6 24.1
DRtg 101 106



For two years, Oberto was the classic "greater than the sum of his parts" player. He did a lot of the little things -- passing, rebounding, cutting, setting screens, getting under people's skins on defense, etc. It showed in his offensive rating (125), which was eclipsed only by Brent Barry on the 2007/08 Spurs. If we are getting that Oberto, then this is a truly outstanding move. We need a guy who can bang around for a few minutes off the bench and will do all those little things necessary to win.

However, this will not turn out particularly well if Oberto's 08/09 season is just the start of a massive decline. Looking at his numbers, the turnover percentage seems flukey, but the drop in rebounding is concerning. I also worry that he's lost any athleticism he once possessed, meaning he literally is too slow to guard anybody anymore. In which case, he's really only good for being the guy who gets under your skin. If that. That would be a relatively expensive end-of-the-bench investment.

My hope is that last season turns out to be a bit of an aberration due to the heart troubles and that he'll be closer to his 07/08 production. I don't expect him to be as good as he was in 07/08, but somewhere close to a 12 PER, a 14% rebounding percentage and a 59% true shooting percentage without using many possessions seems appropriate.

The bottom line, though, is that Oberto's a way better investment as a fifth big than Darius Songaila. That's not to say Oberto is better than Songaila, because he probably isn't, but for less than half the price and (assuming it's only one year) half the years, he's a much better bargain. If you look at the 07/08 Oberto compared to the 08/09 Songaila, you could legitimately argue that Oberto comes out way ahead. Oberto can also guard bigger players better than Songaila, though he lacks Songaila's shooting touch. Realistically, after using Songaila to help upgrade our guard rotation, we have now replaced Songaila with someone half as expensive and likely just as good, assuming a clean return of health.

Hopefully, the new coaching staff doesn't use Oberto like the old coaching staff used Songaila. There has been a lot of time and confidence invested in JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche, and while having Oberto is good insurance, I hope Flip doesn't go too often to the "bench the athletic youngster for the grizzled veteran to teach the young guy a lesson" trick. Occassionally is fine, and Oberto's going to be a pro no matter what. Too often would be bad. I trust this won't become a major problem, but it could. Then again, this is a potential problem no matter who we signed, unless the guy is a better player.

The bottom line is that we've replaced Songaila in our rotation with Oberto for much less. Oberto's better guarding centers, though he may not be better overall. Because of that, this is a very positive signing.
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Old 07-24-09, 06:03 AM
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good luck to him.
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Wish Fab the best he always gave his all and played hard for the Spurs, in fact you could say he played his heart out for them.......
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That's nice...

He did not even go to Houston to kill us with Scola..

Best of Luck to Fab...he got his ring now go have some fun and get some PT..
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thanks fab, better you a wizard then a sun or faker.
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I thought the wizards had enough centers. Bad move IMO.
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I thought the wizards had enough centers. Bad move IMO.
maybe u're right.

Wizards have 3 centers like Haywood,Blatche y McGee.

the other team offers like Suns have only Frye and Robin Lopez as center or Hornets with Chandler.

Wizards don't seem the best move for Fab but who knows...

he'll be fine anywhere. go Fab!!!!!
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You can't blame the guy for signing with the Wizards. He didn't have a lot of option imo even though reports say otherwise. He obviously wanted to return to the Spurs, but the FO was going in a different direction in looking for a backup shot blocking center in Ratliff. The FO could have also been worried about his heart and future health issues as well. I hope he does well in Wizards and at least he will be on a competitive team in the East.
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Oberto coming to D.C.

Oberto coming to D.C.

By Mike Jones on July 23, 2009 into Outlet

Francisco Oberto's agent believed his client would decide early next week about his future, but when the San Antonio Spurs signed Theo Ratliff today, wiping out chances for a Oberto return, obviously, the 34-year-old Argentinian didn't need any more time to think.

Oberto, according to agent Herb Rudoy, informed the Wizards that he would accept their one-year offer. Oberto gives the Wizards the veteran presence they sought, and comes at a relatively low cost ($1.99 million) for the Wizards, according to insiders, because Detroit still must pay the $1.9 million guaranteed portion of Oberto's contract, which they inherited as part of the three-team trade that sent the center out of San Antonio.

So now, the Wizards' roster balances out to seven guards, four forwards and three centers. And a few of those players are capable of playing multiple positions.

So, expect the Wizards' depth chart for the coming season to look something like this:



Point guard

Gilbert Arenas

Randy Foye

Javaris Crittenton

Mike James



Shooting guard

Competition between Mike Miller, Nick Young, Randy Foye for starting spot with DeShawn Stevenson (coming off back surgery) somewhere in the mix as a backup.



Small forward

Caron Butler

Dominic McGuire

Mike Miller



Power forward

Antawn Jamison

Andray Blatche

Dominic McGuire

Mike Miller

JaVale McGee?? (The Wizards announced his USA Basketball mini-camp invite as "center/forward JaVale McGee")



Center

Brendan Haywood

JaVale McGee

Francisco Oberto

Andray Blatche



So where will it rank them? Much better than last year's debacle, and back in the playoff race, but still probably just outside of the Eastern Conference's elite circle (Boston, Orlando, Cleveland); probably battling Miami for the fourth spot.

Oberto coming to D.C. - Outlet - Washington Times
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Franscisco Oberto? Don't tell Fabricio you called him that.
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Oberto is Argentinian
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I guess it is time for me to change my avatar...
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