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Caron Butler's statement

Caron Butler just released a statement about his trade to the Dallas Mavericks:

"I have had a great four and a half years with the Wizards and will only have the best memories. I just want to thank the organization, the city and most importantly, the fans for embracing me and my family the way they did while we were here. I am looking forward to my new opportunity with the Mavericks and will continue to play with the same desire and intensity that I have had throughout my entire NBA career."

By Michael Lee  |  February 13, 2010; 9:45 PM ET
 
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Caron Butler added "Thank you God"

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 13, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

He's in a better place now.

Posted by: and_1 | February 13, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Definitely gonna miss you Caron and thanks for bringing tough juice to the Wiz
hopefully you can get a ring out this.

Posted by: NesbitTron | February 13, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I remember all the nights you were interviewed for the postgame show during the "glory days" where you filled up a box score over and over and over again. Best wishes to you.

Posted by: tgerbracht | February 13, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

*REPOST*

World Cup 2010!

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/293441-the-world-cup-of-hot-chicks

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 9:59 PM


No. 25 - We have a winner, folks!

Posted by: artiesliver | February 13, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Even though the team chemistry and the season as a whole did not work out this year, Caron always remained a great example of a home team player it was easy to cheer for and support. He's enthusiastic about winning, and that is contagious. Ultimately, I hope the trade works out for all and I'm fine with it, because something had just turned very wrong here with the group of players making up the team, and so new scenery and new combinations all around are needed.

I'm infinitely happy the Wiz have Grunfeld and Saunders to guide the re-build. That braintrust is far better than any likely alternative.

Mike Miller - please stay here for 2010 - 2011. It will get better!

Posted by: ragtop4spd | February 13, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Caron Butler was nothing but a CLASS ACT and competitor the entire time he was with with the Wizards. Best of luck to you, Caron!

Posted by: ntlekt | February 13, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Brown coulda had that had he jumped 2 feet earlier.

Posted by: Vicc | February 13, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

"Even though the team chemistry and the season as a whole did not work out this year, Caron always remained a great example of a home team player it was easy to cheer for and support. He's enthusiastic about winning, and that is contagious. Ultimately, I hope the trade works out for all and I'm fine with it, because something had just turned very wrong here with the group of players making up the team, and so new scenery and new combinations all around are needed.

I'm infinitely happy the Wiz have Grunfeld and Saunders to guide the re-build. That braintrust is far better than any likely alternative.

Mike Miller - please stay here for 2010 - 2011. It will get better!"

Nice Post!

Caron was a nice player, but I have to say there have been instances where his passion and level of commitment was questionable especially when the loses piled up. A change of scenery is good for both parties at this point.

Posted by: rphilli721 | February 13, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Caron Butler continue to show your love and desire for the game. I will miss coming to the games and seeing you play in a Wizards uniform. Also, glad my nephew and I were able to get your autograph and take a pix of you after one of the practices. Who knew! I will still follow you in Dallas. You are a classy guy.

Posted by: jvd1 | February 13, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to see a Class Act leave like Caron, but he's going to a place where they've been a winner for a long time and will always be a contender. Sorry to see Haywood leave as well, but he's also boing to a better place.

Posted by: wizfan89 | February 13, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Good luck Caron, wishing you well and I will follow you and Brendan in Dallas and hope you do well in the playoffs.

Posted by: washwiz | February 14, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

While things didn't work out for Caron and co. in Washington, I will always remember the night Caron Butler sucked the life out of Cleveland, and single handedly extended the Wizards season by one game. One of the most determined performances I have ever seen, and he's going to be a real asset in Dallas.

Posted by: NWDC3 | February 14, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Oh and from that night I will always remember the chant "DC STAND UP! DC STAND UP!"

Posted by: NWDC3 | February 14, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm trying to be happy for Caron but man this one is hard for me to stomach.

I just can't see trading CB. Stevenson fine, Haywood-Not sure about that either..But Caron..no way.

And as noted he doesn't play along with the Clown. Which to me is another reason it's hard to accept this.

But I just wish Caron could've been more vocal on and off the floor, because Caron has Super Star Ability/Character.

I am of the belief that Arenas is the major screw that is loose with this franchise, so I would've flushed Arenas, Blatche, Stevenson, James, and kept
Jamison, Haywood, Butler, Nick Young, and everyone else.

Looks like Jamison is next..

I hope this somehow falls through, I'm gonna miss CB..

Posted by: kevenjones | February 14, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

I'm trying to be happy for Caron but man this one is hard for me to stomach.

I just can't see trading CB. Stevenson fine, Haywood-Not sure about that either..But Caron..no way.

And as noted he doesn't play along with the Clown. Which to me is another reason it's hard to accept this.

But I just wish Caron could've been more vocal on and off the floor, because Caron has Super Star Ability/Character.

I am of the belief that Arenas is the major screw that is loose with this franchise, so I would've flushed Arenas, Blatche, Stevenson, James, and kept
Jamison, Haywood, Butler, Nick Young, and everyone else.

Looks like Jamison is next..

I hope this somehow falls through, I'm gonna miss CB..

Posted by: kevenjones | February 14, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

For what its worth, i'm a fan who doesn't like the trade. I thought we should have built around Butler and Miller. Miller is a playmaker with the tre', and Butler still has the potential to be the next Charles Barkley. Flip couldn't figure out how to use him.

Butler, best of luck to you and thanks for all your contributions to the community.

Posted by: normalPerson | February 14, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

I am trying to be happy for Caron because I know he is going to a more stable team. The opportunities are boundless in Dallas.

However, it seems as if EG is grasping for straws with this trade.

Thank you, Caron, for the good times at the Verizon Center. You will certainly be missed.

Best wishes for a successful season and post season. Be blessed.

Posted by: syvetteavery | February 14, 2010 2:02 AM | Report abuse

if i was going to say anything about caron butler they would only be good things, but i'm not going to say anything........except the wizards got suckered................................... again.............watch and see

Posted by: joerutgens72 | February 14, 2010 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for all the great years Caron. Good luck.

Posted by: noptov | February 14, 2010 6:17 AM | Report abuse

Good luck Tuff Juice! I lliked you from the fist game you played as a Wiz. Sorry it had to go down like this but hopefully some good will come out of this situation for all of you! Godspeed to you Caron! Thanks for the many good memories!

Posted by: ivyleague | February 14, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

People,
Some of you just don't understand this isn't the NFL, you can't simply "flush" your bad players. The rest of the league isn't stupid. In order to trade players somebody has got to wan't them. The only three Wizards players mentioned in the various trade senarios have been Butler, Haywood, and Jamison. There were zero offers for anybody else on this roster. The fact that Arenas is owed $80 million and might be on his way to jail makes him un-tradeable at this time. The Wiz had to beg Dallas to take Stephenson, the likes of James and Blatch, forget it!

Dallas is built to win now with Kidd & Nowitzki, that's why they wanted Butler and Haywood. The Wiz aren't winning, if they were this wouldn't be happening. Butler will be 30 in march, Haywood is already 30, so both are in their prime as tradable assets. They had to be dealt now. The Wizards are a minimum of three years away from winning.

Don't discount the importance of receiving salary cap relief with the salary cap, and luxury tax for next season projected to go down. Plus there's a looming work stoppage in 2011. A reduced payroll also gives Ted Leonsis and a new gm greater flexability to rebuild the team going forward.

Posted by: wbjking | February 14, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Tough to see a class act like Caron leave town. The Wizards now owe it to Jamison, another class act, to allow him to be in a better place. The dismantling has begun.

Posted by: anw821 | February 14, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Caron Butler is an insperation in the way he played, carried himself, and the hurdles he overcame to get into the NBA. The odds of getting into the NBA are in the millions but when you factor in those already in prison...it's gotta be almost impossible. Strangley, he still maintained his toughness, staying true to who he is but showing tremendous restraint. I wish him the best.

BT was a solid center who has evolved significantly the last four years. His loss with also be significant because we don't have a legit ready to go center. Steveson, although a good teammate and a tough competetor (always coming ready to play) hasn't regained his confidence and flow since his injuries. God Speed to the all....

Posted by: FLC-Woodbridge | February 14, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Caron and Brendon have always been class acts and always left it all on the floor.
Good luck guys- it's been a pleasure.

Posted by: dcperspective | February 14, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

As others have mentioned, Caron is a class act.

His opportunity to begin anew on a more stable team was long overdue. I wish him all the best.

Posted by: fansincebullets | February 14, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I believe that Caron, Brendan deserve to be on a winning team. But I think this was a bad trade. Come on, what can Josh Howard and Drew Gooden do that Mike Miller and Andray Blatche can't? And the other two unknowns, are they any better than McGuire and Young? These four are temporary, one will be gone (waived) after a couple of practices. The other three will be gone at the end of the season. SALARY DUMP!!!

Posted by: rickgonz | February 14, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Caron, for representing the team and city with dignity and dedication on and off the court. Watching you practically single-handedly beat the Celtics down 16 with six minutes left a couple years back is my fondest ever Wiz memory in 30 years of watching the team. You were insane that night, literally defending every Celtics player as if you were playing one on five. I'm sure you will do the city of Dallas proud as you have us. It is lucky to have you.

Posted by: SammyT1 | February 14, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I believe Dallas made the bad moves in this trade. The Mavs picked up Caron to play the shooting guard and we all know how that worked here. The Mavs are also a team that has an outstanding point guard in Jason Kidd. How do you think he's going to feel when they are running down court and he passes the ball to CB and CB starts to dribble to create his shot. We know that dribbling will be taking away the assist. Brendan. Haywood wasn't able to get consistent minutes from 3 coaches’ .The Mavericks also took on an extra 16 million dollars for next year and this is without Brendon Haywood’s contract. The Wizards on the other hand have picked up contracts that are very appealing to other teams as trade bait. They can also use some of that money to pay off the salary of the soon to be fired coach Phillip (Flipper) Saunders and the best part of the whole deal is Debrick will never wear a Wizard uniform again. I also believe that the wizards could be trading AJ to the Cavalers and Big (Z) and a draft pick will be coming. I don't believe JJ HIckson will be coming though.

Posted by: specialg7master | February 14, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I do not like this trade. We get expiring contracts for Caron. The team could have been rebuilt with Caron, Mike, and a top 5 draft pick. Caron will be an all-star again with Jason Kidd passing him the ball. I do like dumping DS.

We should have waited a few more days and held out for a draft pick even though it would be late first round.

Posted by: Bailey51 | February 14, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I still held some hope that we could gut this fish without getting rid of caron but he's easily the most desirable player we had, I wish you nothing but the best cb, playing with a pure passer in kidd should be good for you

Posted by: bford1kb | February 14, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I'll miss Caron, who's been my favorite Wizard since he got to Washington. And although I haven't been a real Haywood fan, I do feel he's been our most consistent player this year (I don't care that he's in a contract year), so I'll miss him too.

Hope they're both happier and more fortunate than they were in Washington . . .

Posted by: nmik | February 14, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is sad to see Caron go, but no one is writing much about Haywood. Who has ever seen a player become significantly better every year for his first 6 years in the league. Haywood became a dominant defensive center. We dumped him before he even reached his peak as a player. Jordan messed up years with the Haywood-Etan show. But, after Gilbert went down, Haywood became the MOST important player on the team. He single handedly beat Toronto and Bosh on the road earlier this year. We just didn't want to pay him what he will be worth after the year is over. Having a top defensive center is like a great goalie in hockey. It is very hard to find and we gave him away. SAUNDERS has been a terrible failure. He misused and overworked Butler and Jamison and never gave McGee a chance. Leonsis first move should be to dump him. He won with KG at Minnesota and an all star team at Detroit. With a less talented group, he has shown his lack of teaching and coaching. He is the only coach we have ever seen who calls out his players all the time. HE has single handedly cost the Wiz at least 1/2 dozen games with horrible fourth quarter decision making and playing Jamison into the ground. New AJ can play 25 minutes for Dallas and regain his all-star form. And Caron will be special in Dallas as well. Dallas just got a hundred thousand DC area fans and the WIZ, well, I wouldn't want to be selling ads on Comcast for Wiz games.

Posted by: smallwhiteforward | February 14, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm really sorry to see Caron go. . . he definitely is a class act. I think the team should have built around Antawn, Caron, Miller, Boykins, and Nick Young. I lost confidence in Grunfeld after he fired Eddie Jordan. So, this is just further proof of that point, because the Wiz got the losing end of yet another Grunfeld trade.

Posted by: JB44 | February 15, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

It's laughable that the Wiz chose to blow up the team...hey how about trying to get a couple 50 win seasons first and not be delusional about blowing up the roster to compete for a championship later on. Teams do this and sound so matter of fact about it, like they don't have 29 other teams to contend with. Might as well trade Antawn and really alienate all the fans at this point.

Posted by: HOOLIE1 | February 15, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm a 57 yr. old Grandma and I started watching the Wizzards this season. It has been so much fun watching Mr. Butler. He is one of my favorites on the team. I actually got really sad hearing he was going elsewhere. I wish him all the best. This fan is going to miss him!

Posted by: terpmomfranny2 | February 16, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

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