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New Maverick Caron Butler talks about the trade

Hey, Brendan and DeShawn. You went from worst to first; not the other way around. It's okay to smile. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson arrived in Dallas and quickly had to get prepared for their season debuts with the Mavericks on Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

Butler will go back to wearing No. 4, the same number he wore his first two seasons in Miami. Haywood will wear the familiar No. 33 and Stevenson will wear No. 92, a combination of the numbers he wore in Utah, Orlando and Washington (I wonder if he decided to take some advice from his friend, Drew Gooden).

The trade is still rather new, so it's seems kind of surreal to see these guys in another jersey so fast, but here is Butler talking to about his role with the Dallas Mavericks.

By Michael Lee  |  February 15, 2010; 8:51 PM ET
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As the Portland Trail Blazers make trade proposals around the league, one name keeps popping up: Steve Blake(notes).

This time, Blake has been offered with Travis Outlaw(notes) to the Los Angeles Clippers for center Marcus Camby(notes), a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

It’s also believed that the Blazers will add cash to the bid. All three players have expiring contracts, so it would likely take an additional ingredient – cash and or a second-round draft pick – to convince the Clippers to give up Camby for this package.;_ylt=AgKxQs_qkruNkLRTBUxJAHi8vLYF?slug=aw-blazersclips021510&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Posted by: anacostia85 | February 15, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

The San Antonio Spurs’ front office is working with Roger Mason’s(notes) agent to trade the veteran guard to a team where he can have a significant role.

“Roger had a terrific season last year after the Spurs had a bunch of injuries, and now that everyone is back healthy and his minutes are limited, the Spurs are trying to do the right thing and find a good spot for him,” Mason’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, told Yahoo! Sports on Monday.

Mason, 29, is averaging 19 minutes and 7.4 points per game. He averaged 30 minutes and nearly 12 points a game a season ago. Mason is in the final season of a two-year deal with Spurs.

One league executive says there’s “significant” interest from other teams in dealing for Mason.;_ylt=As1hNczmiOTOn9hcNtXcGSG8vLYF?slug=ys-masonspurs021510&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Posted by: anacostia85 | February 15, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

"deshawn stevenson brings toughness and is a great 3 point shooter" wow... earl k sneed needs to see that j in person I guess

Posted by: bford1kb | February 15, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Happy to see Caron Happy

Posted by: brandonjamal13 | February 15, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse


best line of the season...keep up the good work lolololol

Posted by: joerutgens72 | February 15, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse


Wasn't he the REDSKINS #1 pick in 1961?

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 15, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Of course Caron is smiling. The Mavs have already said he's going to be a starter.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 15, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Brendan and DeShawn don't look very happy.

Posted by: washwiz | February 15, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse


Are you going to have a press conference with the millions of dollars the pollin family will save from not having to pay the luxury cap?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 15, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Where's the press conference for the Wiz new players?

Posted by: ptp23 | February 15, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Where's the press conference for the Wiz new players?

Posted by: ptp23 | February 15, 2010 11:26 PM |

Good question.
Maybe they're not gonna be here too long.

Posted by: VBFan | February 15, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Where's the press conference for the Wiz new players?

Posted by: ptp23 | February 15, 2010 11:26 PM |

Stop playing LOL

Posted by: anacostia85 | February 15, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy for them, but it just doesn't seem right. I guess it didn't hit me until I saw them in a new uniform.

Posted by: musicman65000 | February 16, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Butler's heart is still in Washington, but winning will cure that ill!

Posted by: musicman65000 | February 16, 2010 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Here's a thought:

Maybe in negotiating the new CBA, there will be a lockout or better yet, a strike and we can win the championship next year because everyone will be playing with teams made of guys that didn't make the cut.

I bet we could field a team with Juan Dixon, Antoine Walker, LaRon profit and so on. Maybe JR Rider will join us.

And, instead of drafting for next year, we use the 5th pick (you don't really think we can get higher than that do you?) to pick the guy who will be the #1 overall in 2011.

Seriously, a guy can dream can't he? It's our only hope.

Posted by: Blurred | February 16, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

You know we will shortly find out whether their is any iota of a winning strategy to any of this going forward for the future.

Many are saying that in order to get better and put this franchise on the winning street, it had to be blown up and started anew.

Maybe this is the correct blueprint.


Whether or not this current bunch can read a blueprint will soon be revealed.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 16, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

No press conference so far is really classless.

But we can see that no one is really stepping into the ownership void for the Wizards.

You would think that Ernie would arrange the PC thing and put on a good face for the Wizards and the newly acquired Gooden, Ross, and Singleton.

It's almost like Ernie and the Wizards have accepted the loser mantra.

And what impression does that give Gooden, Ross, and Singleton. Isn't is just good common professional courtesy to welcome in new people in the press.

It is like they brought them in the back door, but everybody knows they were coming and are here.

I guess maybe they will be introduced to the Fans at the VC tonight.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 16, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

With an obvious change in venue for Haywood, Butler, and DeSteve, I am very interested in how a different coaching philosophy affects or not affects their games.

Particularly Haywood, he is mostly going to be the back up, but with the way Dallas UpTemPo's the ball and runs the floor, I think he will be a much better transition player than Erik Dampier.

In my comments over the past to posts that the Wizards should have long ago gotten rid of Haywood, I would always say that the Wizards would not be a better Team without Haywood. Haywood on the floor for them I always said made the Wizards a better Team. Maybe, it did not add up to what most wanted, but the fact is irrefutable.

Now, under the current circumstances, it would only be fair to judge Haywood's performance with the Mav's and not what the Wizards do.

If Haywood fails, I will never sugarcoat it, but I have a feeling that Brendan will exceed expectations for the Dallas Mavaricks.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 16, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

There you go again, making up things no one said, shooting them down (not very convincingly, either), then doing acting like you actually did something.

No one said the Wiz would "be a better Team without Haywood." What we did say, quite clearly and without ambiguity, is that (contrary to the delusions of some) whatever value Haywood added was so marginal as to not be worth all the fuss made over him. Pretty much everyone agreed the Wiz, as constructed, were a better team with Haywood than with the available alternatives to Haywood. But the unavoidable conclusion to be drawn from that was, "so what"? That simply meant that (A) the alternatives to him were even more mundane than he was and (B) they were mediocre without him, and only slightly less mediocre with him.

Now under the current circumstances, who gives a rat's ass what he does with the Mavs? Judging Haywood by how he performs as Dampier’s backup (which is the role most of us who weren’t on the kool-aid thought he was suited for to begin with) for a potential contending team in no way, shape, or form, disputes, diffuses, or disarms the quite justified criticisms of his deficiencies as a full-time starter for the Wizards.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 16, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I agree with larry about BH.BH was in this team with out a true point gard.No one was looking for him to pass. His game with one of the best PG in NBA is going to be good.
his defense and offensive put back are going to be apriciated.i wish him good sucess in his career.

Posted by: gtefferra | February 16, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse


Haywood is going to be starting with the Mavs. It's his to lose, but he is younger and more effective than Dampier in rebounding and scoring, and equal to or better in blocking shots.

It's definite that Brendan will be starting this week, because Dampier is injured. Damp's getting 26 minutes so far this year, and I expect them to go down by 5-10 minutes, even when he's healthy again. Why would the Mavs take BH if he was going to ride the bench?

Posted by: bigtriumverate | February 16, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Well, I hope that trio has great success in Dallas. They were some of the best players to root for in previous years - this year just doomed everybody in Wiz nation.

Posted by: bbtgrl | February 16, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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