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Report: Wizards, Mavericks agree to deal

Feb 12, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for nba_butler_250.jpgUpdate 8:15 pm: According to the twitter of ESPN’s Marc Stein, the deal involves Josh Howard and Drew Gooden going to the Wizards in exchange for Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, and Brendan Haywood, although it likely will not be finalized before Monday.

6:53 pm According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizards have agreed to a deal that would send Josh Howard to the Wizards and Caron Butler to the Mavericks.

For the Wizards, the goal is to cut costs as they prepare to rebuild. Butler is owed 10.5 million dollars next season, and the Wizards would have a team option on Howard’s 11.9 million dollar deal next year. There have also been rumors that the Wizards are trying to unload DeShawn Stevenson in the deal, who is averaging 2.2 points and owed 4.1 million next year.

This deal represents an on-court upgrade for the Mavericks. Both Butler and Howard have had somewhat disappointing seasons, but Butler has averaged significantly more points, assists, and rebounds than Howard on better shooting from the field and the line. He’s also had some of the best defensive statistics in the NBA thus far.

This effectively shuts down the rumors of a Ray Allen for Butler/Jamison swap, but Wojnarowski reports that the Celtics and Wizards are discussing a “scaled down” deal for Jamison.

  1. Randall - Feb 13, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Wow, crappy deal for the Wiz. You’d think they could get a better offer for those pieces. They’re gonna end up with a crapload of cap space, and nobody worthwhile to sign, since there’ll be nobody for Superstar FA to play with.

  2. Jay - Feb 13, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Thus insuring yet another sub .500 season for the Wiz next year…

  3. Ben - Feb 13, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    How disappointing for being a huge Wizards fan every knows that they could get so much more then this crap for Caron Butler and Haywood. I guess its better then the BS deal that would send Jamison and Butler to the Celtics for a washed up Ray Allen god i don’t know what the Front Office is thinking Cap Space is one thing but atleast get some value out of getting rid of 2/3 of the big three and then cutting Gilbert later will destroy this whole franchise

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