Butler, Haywood dealt to Mavs for J. Howard, Gooden

February 14, 2010|By Sports Digest

Washington traded Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday as a part of a seven-player deal, signaling the breakup of a disappointing Wizards team. The Mavericks dealt forwards Josh Howard and Drew Gooden and two other players to the Wizards. Dallas also got guard DeShawn Stevenson and cash considerations. The Wizards expected to contend for a playoff spot and instead have endured a miserable season that made it likely they would be active in slashing payroll before Thursday's trade deadline. "We're all disappointed in how our season has gone. We need some freshness and we're getting proven players who will help us, and it gives us some flexibility down the road," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. "We want to remain competitive, and maybe this group can provide a spark. The group had gotten stale, and we needed a change." James Singleton and Quinton Ross also went to the Wizards to round out the deal. Butler averaged 16.9 points and 6.7 rebounds in 47 games this season. Haywood was the Wizards' top rebounder with 10.3 per game. Butler thanked the Wizards and their fans in a statement and said he would, "continue to play with the same desire and intensity that I have had throughout my entire NBA career."

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