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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: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2010 10:48 pm

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

Technicality...  Did either Dirk Nowitski or Kobe Bryant play for the Bucks or Hornets respectively? They made draft day trades, or some equivalent, to acquire them. Nevertheless, the idea is that you can't build teams on free agency alone. Kobe has suited up as a Laker for every game of his career and Dirk with the Mavs. Find me the player on the Wizards that they drafted that could be a legitimate building block?

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2010 8:01 pm

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

"Draft rights traded by Bucks with draft rights to Pat Garrity to the Mavericks for draft rights to Robert Traylor on draft day".......just to correct that assumption that the Mavs drafted Dirk.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2010 3:55 pm

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

Ever since the arrival of Shawn Marion, Josh Howard hasn't really fit in Dallas. I expect his numbers to go up in Washington. Butler has some similarity to Howard, Mavs might be running into the same problem.
I was just starting to like Drew Gooden. I'm not sure Haywood and Stevenson are worth him. 
I'm a Mavs fan and I'm not too sure about this trade.

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2010 2:53 pm

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

Wow - lots of passion here...for the Wizards!? That is bizzare! Anyway, for those of you thinking Washington can lure a top FA such as Lebron, Wade, Bosh et al...ARE YOU NUTS!? Nobody want to play for the Wiz. Jamison and Butler would've been gone already if not for their long term deals. Additionally Washington D.C. does not have a millionaire-friendly personal income tax rate. The Wizards stink and always will. This deal helps the Mavs, but probably not much more than a second place the West. The Lakers will be in the finals again regardless of what other teams in the West do.

How about the reported deal earlier between Washington and Boston...Boston was getting Haywood, Jamison, and Butler with Washington getting Allen, Scalabrine, Giddens and a bologna sandwich! These bogus deals are only occurring in the NBA due to the policy that salaries have to match up for trading purposes. The NBA's policies keep bad teams bad. Poor personnel decisions also hinder teams...examples Utah matched Portland for Milsap and he mostly sits on the bench unless Boozer is hurt. The Magic matched the Mavs for Gortat...what!? That's a lot of cabbage the Jazz and Magic are out now, for what?

Maybe Washington would trade Haywood, Jamison, and Butler to Philly for Dalembert, Brand, and a cheesesteak!!

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2010 2:51 pm

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

You'd better think again.  If you think Dallas didn't draft Dirk I'd be interested to know just who you think did?

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2010 2:49 pm

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

Houston throw in a pick with McGrady?  You are as stupid as they come if you think that is going to happen.  The rockets have the single most valuable trade piece on the market in the entire league, a $23.0M per contract on the eve of the greatest free agent class in the HISTORY OF SPORTS.  They are going to get way more talent without including the pic than Jamison.  He is a good player but really?  People are paying to get the contract and giving tons of talent to do so, they arent trying to dump McGrady and have to give something up to do it.

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2010 2:48 pm


Next time don't comment on something you know NOTHING about. Memphis traded Pau Gasol for draft choices and Marc,his brother. Memphis could not win a playoff game with him in the lineup. Now Memphis is back in the playoff hunt and have Zach Randolph-much beter than Pau and Marc upfront and THREE first round draft choices and Much Money under the cap. Great trade for Memphis. Pau is too finesse. Look who leads the league in offensive rebounds-NOT Lakers.

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2010 2:44 pm

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

Yep!  Lebron is going to Washington when Cleveland can offer him the most money and Chicago, New York and even New Jersey are out there with the space to add him.  Miami could even sign he and Wade to max deals.  There is no way any big free agents end up in Washington.

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2010 1:58 pm

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

I think (hope) he means that the Wiz won't negotiate an extension and therefor get zero return back.

Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2010 1:50 pm

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

I don't care what happens to the NBA teams.  I have Caron Butler on my fantasy team, and you can ship him to the Clippers as long as it improves his fantasy value.
Does Dallas help or hurt Caron's fantasy value?
Let me know what you think.

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