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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, 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.


Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2010 6:16 pm

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

I don't see how this helps the Wizards long term.  They do need to rebuild but Butler should be a key part of that rebuilding process.  He is younger than Jamison and simply getting Josh Howard in return doesn't seem like much.  If they moved Jamison then they could possible get a young player and a draft pick. 

The Cavs would definately listen and I think a team like the Bobcats could really use a veteran like Jamison and would give up a pick if necessary.  The Rockets seem like a nice destination as well.  They could trade Tracy McGrady and a pick to the Wizards for Jamison.

Not a good deal by the Wizards in my opinion.

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

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

So, another NBA trade where a bad team (Wizards) give up a very good player (Caron Butler) to a good team for literally nothing (Josh Howard). 

The Wizard fans should revolt against their ownership.  The very fact they want to "blow up" their team just shows they have no idea how to run a sports franchise.  yes, the Gilbert Arenas incident hurt your image, but move on and keep the good players you have and TRY to make your team better!

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