NBA Trade Deadline: Josh Howard for Caron Butler Could Put Mavs Over the Top

February 12th, 2010 by Alex McVeigh Leave a reply »
Greetings from the Super 8 Motel in Hope, Arkansas, birthplace of the 42nd president of your United States, and my stop on night two of my trip to Dallas for the All-Star game.

While driving today, my phone began to blow up with the news of a multi-player deal between the Washington Wizards and the Dallas Mavericks, with Josh Howard as the centerpiece.

The goal behind this trade for the Mavericks? Get better.

The goal for the Wizards? Start the re-building process.

Here's the deal as rumored: Josh Howard, Drew Gooden and role player A (Tim Thomas, James Singleton, or Quinton Ross) to the Wizards for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson.

What does this mean for the Mavs? Is this the fabled "Gasol trade" that the Mavs have been seeking?

It's pretty close.

After all, the Mavericks weren't getting much from Howard, and Butler comes in out of a bad situation (where he was rumored to have more than one clash with Arenas and the rest of the team) into a team that needs his skills to win a championship.

But the real money in this for the Mavericks is Brendan Haywood. Living in Wa ...

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