Mavericks-Wizards Trade the First of Many?

The Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks have completed a massive trade as far as the Western Conference playoffs landscape goes.

Here’s the breakdown:

Mavericks get Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson

Wizards get Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross, and James Singleton

My preliminary opinion is that this trade is Washington’s official towel throw-in, and the Mavericks’ official heave to improve before the second half of the season continues. Or fourth quarter of the season, to be more accurate. The Wizards will most likely get out of the Gilbert Arenas contract soon due to a potential breach(I mean, how do you word his situation in a contract? Player will not point a gun at teammate? Blaise, help me out on this one). That means that things could get dicey for Cleveland-Washington talks, since DeShawn, the biggest LeBron-hater in the league, is not there to stop management from pulling the trigger on an Antawn Jamison-for-crap trade that would vastly improve Cleveland’s already solid team.

Please don't send that award-winning smile Cleveland's way, Washington. For me.

The Mavericks get more of the same with Caron, who is a player that seems to need to have the ball in his hands to be effective. That makes yet another player that Mark Cuban will attempt to reconfigure at a late stage in his career(ala Dirk when they traded for Kidd). The problem with Dallas is that yes they get better, but they still lack the definitive shooting guard player. Deshawn improves their shooting-guard-by-commission program, but not to the point where they could hang with guys like Brandon Roy or the Black Mamba.  The one thing they do get is a big body that can do more than their current big body(Erick Dampier) can do in Brendan Haywood. Brendan is having a fantastic season on a crappy team, and will add to the depth of the Mavericks’ bench.

They’re now more equipped to deal with the bigs of Denver and Los Angeles, but just the same, equally less equipped to deal with the guards of Denver and Los Angeles.

I wouldn’t call it lateral, but I wouldn’t call it monumental, either.


4 Responses to “Mavericks-Wizards Trade the First of Many?”

  1. Blaise Says:

    “Do not commit crimes. Including but not limited to threatening to kill your teammate in the locker room in an attempt to protect your child from your gun.”

  2. Blaise Says:

    “In an attempt to protect your child from your gun” should probably be in quotes. Absurd comments always belong in quotes.

  3. sam Says:

    I wouldn’t call it lateral, but I wouldn’t call it monumental, either.

    exactly my thoughts

  4. Anthony Burrola Says:


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