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Mrs. Pollin called Caron Butler about trade

With fans continuing to wonder about the Pollin family's level of involvement in the deconstruction of the Wizards, I found Caron Butler's explanation of how he learned of his trade particularly noteworthy.

"It's been going on for like the last month, the rumors and everything," Butler said during a Thursday morning phone appearance on ESPN2's First Take. "Probably that Thursday, before All-Star, I got a phone call from Mrs. Pollin, just talking to me about the state of the team, the future of the team, that something might happen. She had a great deal of respect for me, just like I have for her and her family, and she reached out to me and let me know first-hand."

Dana Jacobson then asked Butler about his comment that the trade was a breath of fresh air, and he repeated his previous thoughts.

"It really was," Butler said. "Because particularly this season -- last year we went through a lot of adversity as well -- but particularly this season, we went through a lot of adversity. It's just been a real emotional roller-coaster. And I felt like after you work, when you go home, that's a time when you get away from your job, and that wasn't the case in Washington. After basketball, we still had to go deal with court issues and things like that, and it was just wearing on all of us. So this is a great situation for me now with a Class A organization, and I'm just happy to be a part of this new organization."

In an odd twist of fate, Jacobson asked Butler about DeShawn Stevenson's '80s party and giving dap with the black-hand side, nuggets that were both two years old but which she suddenly thought of this week. And she asked Butler whether he texted Antawn Jamison after learning of the trade that sent Jamison to Cleveland.

"Definitely," Butler said. "I texted LeBron earlier too, and just thanked him for the opportunity to get Antawn over there and have him competing for a title as well. Because at this point in his career, that's all we work for. We wanted to compete for a title every season. So it's a great situation for him and his family and I know he's very excited, not excited about leaving Washington but excited to be in a great situation to be winning and compete for a title."

Caron Butler texting LeBron James to thank him for pushing for Antawn Jamison. What a strange, strange world.

(Jamison discussed this whole thing in an interview with Michael Lee; here's the relevant passage:

"It's not weird now. Knowing those guys and knowing how much we didn't like them and the battles that we had and the most important thing, coming up on the short end of the stick. But to be a part of it now, it speaks volumes," he said. "This is a team we didn't like and we just had a rivalry, but that's behind us. It's a business, we know that. Just happy that I'm getting my opportunity to fulfill my dream, which is to go deep in the playoffs and win a championship."

He also discussed the issue with Mike Jones at CSN Washington.)

Anyhow, in two games with the Mavs, Caron is averaging 14.0 points and 5.5 rebounds, despite two nights of poor shooting. Jacobson asked him what he would bring to Dallas.

"I mean, just a guy that can score the ball," he said. "Obviously get my own shot, make other guys better, and bring leadership, toughness and just the passion to win. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to win, and obviously I know we've got a legit shot, night in and night out, to compete with anybody. That's what we're gonna do, and we're competing for a title."

(Thanks to @chaddukes for the heads-up.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 18, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  Media , Wizards  
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The current state of the NBA stinks. I will continue to take a pass on such a clearly inferior product. Man I miss the NBA of the 80s and much of 90s. At least this town has the Caps.

Posted by: tylerdurden1 | February 18, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

While there are some undesirable part of the NBA - salary dumping, tanking - the talent level of the NBA as a whole is close to an all time high. I wouldn't consider myself a huge NBA fan but I've been intrigued and interested all season.

In short, I'm going to have to disagree with you tyler.

That is all....carry on....

Posted by: fushezzi | February 18, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

NBA Basketball is as fun to watch as ever.

It's truly a great sport and I will never think otherwise.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | February 18, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Classy move by Mrs. Pollin. You don't hear of ownership doin that all too often.

Posted by: walkdwalk | February 18, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

The more I read..the happier I am about the trade. I actually like the team that we ended up with and the cap space. It is apparent from last night's game aginst Minesotta that the Wizards were hindered by Butler and Jamison. I am sorry to see Haywood leave and believe he would have been more productive scoring without such selfish behavior from both of those guys.

Posted by: bobilly2 | February 18, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I've been following the Bullets/Wizards since the days of Earl,the Pearl,Monroe.And I've always thought their ownership was classy.They just had the most bad luck and more decisions that looked good at first and turned bad than any team in the NBA.And I'm glad Mrs. Pollin is proving they're still involved with the players with class,even when things aren't looking good.

Posted by: allwethrfan | February 18, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

In an odd twist of fate, Jacobson asked Butler about DeShawn Stevenson's '80s party and giving dap with the black-hand side

Uh oh - watch out, Dan and Dana. Referring to the Wizards fun seasons between '04 and '07 will invoke 6 months of mockery from Kornheiser.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 19, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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