Saturday, February 13th, 2010 at 9:26 pm  |  51 responses

Mavs Acquire Caron Butler in Multi-Player Trade

Washington has finally done it. Weeks of a rumored trade, rumors that began with the onset of Gilbert-gate, have finally come to a close, as the Wiz sent Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson packing. Their trade partner? Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks, who in return sent Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross and James Singleton to the nation’s capital.

So what did each team get out of the trade? According to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski, “The trade strengthens the Mavericks’ frontline while giving the Wizards greater financial flexibility to rebuild in the wake of Gilbert Arenas’ suspension.”

Mark Cuban had been upset with Dallas’ end to the first half of the season and had hinted at coming changes. Howard had been struggling, and the change in scenery may help him refocus his fire. Landing Caron Butler will help the All-Star Weekend hosts on D, and Brendan Haywood will bolster their frontcourt. As for Washington, they’re trying to flip the script on a their current roster, and saw this as a step in the correct direction.

According to many, Washington is still looking to make changes, possibly one involving All-Star Antawn Jamison. Now people in Dallas can go back to focusing on the Dunk Contest and All-Star Game.

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  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Cuban making sure the spotlight is on Dallas all weekend.

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    interesting. isnt haywood the exact same thing as dampier?

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    YES! Finally some help on D (Haywood) and on O (Tough juice) for Dirk. Me like.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    @nick but more athletic, 5 years younger, and a better shot blocker and rebounder.
    This is HUGE for Dallas. Haywood’s been having a career season. This puts them (once again) over the Spurs.
    Lakers are no. 1
    but.. Nuggets and Mavericks are about equal now.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    @nick – nah. Haywood is a ‘defensive-minded player’ and solid on the boards yet with limited offensive activity facing the basket, whilst Dampier is… oh.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    @saber Caron guards people too.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    james singleton will probably be able to establish himself over in washington. there’s some fresh blood headed their way, and whats more, i think this could help promote a winning attitude in D.C. for the next season.

  • michael scorn

    The Wizards needed more high character guys like Josh Howard after the Arenas incident.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers


  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    i think dallas will challenge utah and denver with this sh1t

  • LCD screen cleaner

    I was very impressed they got marion, and now im just as impressed they got butler AND haywood. wow; on it’s face, dallas got everything they wanted in this trade (except stevenson perhaps).

    there may be some chemistry issues this year, and maybe some “our PG was born before watergate” issues next year, but I really can’t see how this trade affected Dallas negatively in any way that matters.

    I hate the Dallas franchise, and I love to see them lose. It’s always nice to see your enemy always strong yet always losing. Gives your sporting personality purpose.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    @sporting – I dont think this trade has ‘dropped’ dallas to utahs level :P

  • dario

    awesome, haywood played 10 more games than dampier because he’s actually healthy and having a career year … there is your difference i guess! can’t wait to see how the mavs will look like – Feb 19th vs Orl and Feb 24th ver LAL – sweet …

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Anyone else find that the dunk contest was… oh I don’t know … TERRIBLEEEEEEEEE

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    worst dunk contest, DONT LET SHANNON DUNK . COM

  • http://nationalhighway.blogspot.com jaywalker

    Dunk contest disappointed big time!!! After all the hype, shannon had this to offer!!?!?!?!?!! :o

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    if the wiz wanted to rebuild they SHOULD´VE HAD ASKED FOR: 1-DRAFT PIKS, 2-YOUNG TALENT. they got jack, sad freakin trade, at least the Gasol gate gave the Grizz draft picks and young talent(lil Gasol)

  • The D Train

    As a Mavs fan…love it. Butler is Josh Howard minus the ever-present injuries, and hopefully not as flighty. Haywood adds to the front-line to match-up (as well as you can) with Bynum and Gas-hole. are we able to beat the Lakers now…probably not. But I definitely feel better about Dirk and Co’s chances today than I did two days ago. A small ball line-up of Dirk, Marion, Butler, JET and Kidd sounds pretty nice. More traditional: Haywood, Dirk, Marion, Butler and Kidd. Or a bit smaller: Haywood, Dirk, Butler, JET and Kidd. If nothing else it seems like this trade adds a nice amount of flexibility to the Mavs squadron.

  • Joe

    @michael scorn lol, i hope that was sarcasm….howard is not high character at all…he effing admitted to smoking weed…

  • J-Ro

    I think all star Saturday was boring period.

  • Joe King


  • LCD screen cleaner

    I’m a little worried though that the entire thing won’t work without Jason Kidd at the helm. Well, in case kidd retires, they can always give Nash a call back.

  • Al

    Too many cooks in the kitchen. No matter who plays for them and how much money Cuban spends, the Mavs will never be champions.

  • http://wealwayswin.net Hersey

    Don’t see very many midseason deal turn into championships but Dallas is definitely better.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    GREAT trade for dallas. they have a very talented and versatile team. haywood is 50 times better than damp. caron same vs josh. i think they can challenge la now. dirk must be so excited.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Lakers should trade Shannon for Shaq! :-)

  • KCremin14

    So whats the deal with DeShawn?Kidd has #2….so is he just gonna run around the place with a new number or is he taking another trip to miami ink?

  • http://none The Philosopher

    At least Butler can get his own shot consistently. But Kidd was always a point guard who flourished when he was surrounded by pure atheletes. Dallas still lacks that prime time athelete. They will be decent in the half court set, though. And in NBA playoff basketball, you have to be able to execute in the half court, as everyone already knows.

  • rawr

    I think that, for the wizards, anyone who wanted caron had to take stevenson in a package deal, kc.

    looks like its time to blow up the wizards.

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    This trade is huge!!! Oft-injured J Howard for Caron?? Gooden for Haywood?? How did Cuban pull this one off?? They got exactly what they needed…another horse and all around beast Caron Butler to run wit J Kidd and, well…beast! Haywood can hold it down and i think will play hiss A$$ off now that he’s on a good team. Even picking up Stevenson is wassup…he can start and Jet Terry can do his thing and light it up off the bench. Thats how u reload!

  • OneStep

    At the end of the dunk “contest” Chuck looked like he could’ve killed the four lame contestants for wasting his Saturday evening.

  • Shem

    great deal for dallas but why do this for the wiz? They are rebuilding and josh howards overpriced contract is not the way to go.. Why not just trade for some picks or cash?

  • TyMo

    Agree with most of the stuff everyone on here has already said. 1) The worst dunk contest in the history of basketball. 2)Good trade for Dallas, questionable trade for the Wiz. They want to rebuild but didn’t get players worthy of rebuilding with. 3) Worst dunk contest of all time. (figured that was worth saying twice)

  • Orlando Green

    worst dunk contest ever!

  • Al29

    I was hoping DeShawn would end up in NY, so he could be in the same starting lineup as Chris Duhon.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    what a pile of crap that dunk contest was… I could do all those dunks when I was 13 playing on a 9 foot hoop… Watching Mark Cuban in the celebrity game was wayy more entertaining!!

  • JoeMaMa

    Dallas got 3 players who D up, and one who can put the ball in the hole. For what?
    If Dallas can put this together (and having Kidd will help that ALOT) then we’ve got a new, serious contender.

  • rav

    “Don’t see very many midseason deal turn into championships”

    only ones i can think of are houston in 95 (drexler) and detroit in 04 (sheed)

  • doyouwantmore

    Dallas just got way dangerouser.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    nice to see a trade that should help both parties.. Bot does that mean Oberto will start for Was. now? And for Dallas who starts at the 3 Butler or Marion.. Or does Butler move to shooting guard?

  • a_whiteman_23

    shannon brown=worst dunk contestant ever, darrell armstrongs layup was better

  • Vegas

    Wasnt josh Howard a drugee?

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    kidd, caron, shawn, dirk, haywood. jet, jj, damp, etc off the bench. wow. theyve got until kidd retires 3 years? to win a chip. was will not keep josh next season. foye, young, blatche, uh. jamison must be sad.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    Jamison will be gone soon too…

  • http://www.lebronswitness.wordpress.com lebronsiwitness

    click my name to check out my website, I talk about the dunk competition (how much it sucked), the best dunks of all time, Barkley’s funny comments, and some dope underground hip hop. Click my name or visit http://www.lebronswitness.wordpress.com …. leave a comment, thank you.

    BTW, wiz fans lets hope we draft Cousins or John Wall in the next draft.

  • VA


    those are some dope tracks, and nice choice of dunks….

    And about the Wiz, they’re gonna draft a solid player and hopefully sign a couple of big names, so they are in ok shape.

  • Dallas Stokes

    Can Slam talk about how good its gonna be when the new deal sets in and guaranteed money is out the door like the NFL? Bye bye NBA Bums!!! Play for your money!!!

  • J

    the dunk contest was soooo booorrriinnggg.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com TADOne

    The Wiz are going to be pretty awful next season.

  • http://www.behindtheb.blogspot.com Sam Raphael Chadwick

    Surely Dallas can now have a starting line up of J.kidd, Butler (at the 2), Marion, Dirk and Haywood with jason terry and eric dampier off the bench sounds like achampionship contender to me.

  • http://www.lebronswitness.wordpress.com lebronswitness

    Butler at the two? No way, it will be J.Kidd, Terry or barea, butler, marion, and dirk. But I could see alotta shifts in their roster.