NBA Playoff Watch: New Arrivals Spark Mavs, Cavs

March 4th, 2010 by Gabriel Taylor Leave a reply »
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Dallas Mavericks found some essential human capital in Washington at the trade deadline, tuning up their squads as they attempt to accelerate toward a franchise-first NBA championship.

In an effort to beat the Orlando Magic, the Cavs went to the Washington Wizards to acquire All-Star forward Antawn Jamison and Los Angeles Clippers guard Sebastian Telfair in exchange for center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, a first-round pick in June, and the rights to Emir Preldzic.  

Not far from the White House, the Mavs found and obtained the best Butler in the NBA, Washington All-Star forward Caron Butler, in a trade that also welcomed Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson in exchange for Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, James Singleton, and Quinton Ross.

Neither team had to trick the Wizards, who are looking to rebuild after two tumultuous years that included several injuries, plenty of losses, and a debacle involving two teammates, gambling, and handguns.

Dallas is on a nine-game winning streak and has served notice to NBA playoff contenders, defe ...

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