Lee cites anonymous sources who say the Wizards have no intention of letting Saunders go. The coach is under contract through the 2012-13 at a pretty penny (more than $4 million per season). The Wizards are the league's only winless team and have set franchise records with 16 consecutive losses going back to last season and 25 straight road losses. The Wizards were pummeled by the unspectacular Minnesota Timberwolves by 21 points in D.C. on Sunday; Ricky Rubio did much of the damage. The Wizards had traded the 2009 No. 5 pick that became Rubio for spare parts, only to begin rebuilding in earnest that season.
Even if Wizards brass feels Saunders is doing his job adequately and that the players are to blame, don't rule out a mercy expulsion. The New Jersey Nets were on their way to a record 0-19 start in 2009 when the franchise fired Lawrence Frank in order to prevent him from "earning" the sour mark.