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Butler-to-Mavs 'looks like it will go through'

Posted on: February 12, 2010 5:56 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2010 7:50 pm
 

DALLAS -- After weeks of discussions, taking the Wizards through various trade proposals that would put them on the path to rebuilding, Washington has revived a deal that would send Caron Butler to the Mavericks as part of a package that includes Josh Howard going to the Wizards, CBSSpports.com has learned.

The deal "looks like it will go through," according to a person with direct knowledge of the discussions. The Butler-for-Howard scenario was revived in the past 48 hours after Dallas owner Mark Cuban initially balked at the idea, the source said. The discussions, described as "lively and serious" by one person involved, expanded to include Brendan Haywood going to Dallas along with DeShawn Stevenson, with Drew Gooden heading to the Wizards, sources said.

The Wizards were deeply involved in discussions with Boston that would've sent Butler and Haywood to the Celtics for Ray Allen, but that deal apparently died for a combination of reasons. The Wizards were reluctant to include Antawn Jamison in the swap, and the Celtics were concerned about taking on large contracts as they try to position themselves to remain a threat down the stretch and also to improve in future seasons.

Barring a snag, Butler would add to the Mavs' offensive potency -- assuming he will return to his previous All-Star level with a change of scenery. But the deal also will add $14.8 million to the Mavs' 2010-11 payroll -- the price Cuban was willing to pay to make a championship run this season.

Howard was virtually a lock to be traded before the Feb. 18 deadline because he's unhappy with his role and has a team option for next season at $11.8 million. The deal has the potential to save the Wizards nearly $15 million in 2010-11 cap space if they decide not to pick up Howard's option.

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Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2010 7:19 pm
 

Butler-to-Mavs 'looks like it will go through'

Well i think this year they are playing about even. Butler is only scoring about 5 more points in 13 more minutes per game. Now would i rather have Butler, yes of course, but i dont think the talent is that much different between the 2. But if i was the wizards i wouldnt loose butler or jamison they are easily the entire team. 



Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2010 7:17 pm
 

Butler-to-Mavs 'looks like it will go through'

I remember when Howard was a feared defender.  Then he started to get complacent.  It is sad, he could have made himself a nice career a la Bruce Bowen.



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2010 7:09 pm
 

Butler-to-Mavs 'looks like it will go through'

You lost all credibility when you referred to Josh Howard as literally nothing. Do you even watch the NBA?



Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2010 6:58 pm
 

Butler-to-Mavs 'looks like it will go through'

Wizards = Please don't do this.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2010 6:48 pm
 

Butler-to-Mavs 'looks like it will go through'

Since Washington is carving up its team, Cuban should package Thomas, Dampier and Najera together, and send them to the Wizards for Jamison and Haywood.  Haywood is a much better big man than Dampier and Jamison "easily" replaces Gooden and Najera combined.  This would position the Mavs to better compete with the Lakers as well as the Nuggets.

I like the move of Howard for Butler.  Butler will add some much needed firepower to the SF slot, as well as allow the Mavs to run more.  Butler is a better defender than Howard, and he plays full throttle all the time.  Howard has been an eyesore for the past couple of seasons.

Good riddance "Howard"!!!




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2010 6:41 pm
 

Butler-to-Mavs 'looks like it will go through'

uh, yeah, good luck with the wizs trying to entice anyone. the best idea was an opportunity to get wall. after that they should try to keep jamison.



Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2010 6:33 pm
 

Butler-to-Mavs 'looks like it will go through'

I disagree.  They are trying to free cap room for this upcoming ridiculous free agent class.  They also have a shot at John Wall to put on that roster.  They don't really have much talent at all.  They should get what they can in either the form of young talent, a proven veteran star, or potential cap space.  They seem to be opting for the cap space.  By ridding themselves of Arenas' contract (which they are trying to do) and trading away Butler they will only have $25 million on the books for next year.  Lots of space to try to entice LeBron or DeWayne Wade.



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2010 6:21 pm
 

Butler-to-Mavs 'looks like it will go through'

You do realize Josh Howard is a $10.8 million dollar salary cap space for the summer?



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2010 6:19 pm
 

Butler-to-Mavs 'looks like it will go through'

I agree.  Back to the times when we suck.  I feel bad for AJ, he plays his ass off every game.



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2010 6:19 pm
 

Butler-to-Mavs 'looks like it will go through'

Josh Howard is not "literally nothing." You show your lack of NBA intellect with that statement.
Teams have reasons for giving up "very good players". Both teams have their reasons.
Howard is a very good player, when he wants to be. It's tme for him to move on.


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