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New Mavericks talk about their old team

Morning brew

Former Wizards Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson faced the media in Dallas on Monday for the first time. Butler said going to the Mavericks was "a breath of fresh air."

Michael Lee also talked to Coach Flip Saunders as he reflected on the season so far and gave his opinion of the new-look Wizards.

Mike Wise caught up with Butler over the weekend, and the two-time all star shared more thoughts about his time here in Washington. Meanwhile, Michael Wilbon said the trade was a necessary first step for the Wizards.

And in case you missed it on Saturday, Dan Steinberg's D.C. Sports bog offered this fond farewell to "the first D.C. sports team that really captured my imagination after the creation of this blog."

Catching up a little on other reaction to the trade ...

A couple of days ago, Bullets Forever's Mike Prada said the big trade was an epic fail. Yesterday he offered this follow up.

Truth About it wonders which Wizards ownership group might be giving Ernie Grunfeld his team management orders.

And Mike Jones rated the Wizards' side of the trade.

The trade deadline is Thursday at noon. What should the Wizards do next? Weigh in here.

The Wizards practice today at 3 p.m.

Around the League ...

The all-star break is over, and there are 10 games on the schedule tonight. But, of course, trade rumors are still swirling. Here's a nice roundup from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.

By Alexa Steele  |  February 16, 2010; 10:22 AM ET
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Comments

Looks like dallas became my team on the western conference. Kidd, Butler, Marion, Nowitzki, Dampier thats a heck of a starting line up with Jason terry and Haywood off the bench.

I hope they get to the western conference finals

Posted by: jefferu | February 16, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Hey Mike, thanks for the segway to Truth About It, on who's ownership biddings are being carried out.

I posted a few blogs back that the trades as currently being done actually strengthens the bottom line of the franchise and cannot be in the interest of Ted Leonsis.

I questioned whether Ernie was making these trades in the interest of competitiveness or was he acting in the interest of the Pollins so that the Team would appraise higher.

I got only one response from the bloggers here. It seems that most here are convinced that Ernie is solely acting to make the Team better, but I questioned whether that is really the bottom line.

The Appraisal Process IMO is the most important thing for the Pollins and the Wizards right now.

Erasing salary off the books increases the sale price of the Wizards and the Pollins must sale, they don't have an option not too.

Anyone thinking that this isn't the primary focus of the Pollins now, and not the Team itself, is sleeping. Ernie has the perfect excuse to dump salary now and the Pollins, I believe have directed him to do so, in order to get a higher appraisal price for the Team. Ted cannot be liking this.

Hell, they haven't even had a press conference for Howard, Ross, Singleton, and Gooden yet.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 16, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I questioned whether Ernie was making these trades in the interest of competitiveness or was he acting in the interest of the Pollins so that the Team would appraise higher.

I got only one response from the bloggers here.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 16, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Larry,

Every move ever made by this organization has been based on the bottom line...as in how much ca$h will go into the Pollin family pockets!

I have been telling everyone that for years and they thought I was either a disgruntled fan or a racist.

I'm neither I am just a person who can step back, take the blinders off and see things for what thet really are.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 16, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I'm neither I am just a person who can step back, take the blinders off and see things for what thet really are.

Posted by: bulletsfan78

So do you think BTH will be getting "23 touches a night" with the Mavs?

Posted by: divi3 | February 16, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Mike,

I guess you can tell by the lack of posts on here the real answer to the. What should the Wizards do next? Poll...

is I don't even care anymore

The only problem has been that Abe and his familt have never cared and they are going to leave this mess to Ted.

I for one will buy season tickets again after Ted buys the team and hopefully the fans will fill up the Verizon Center and show the Pollin family all (some of the fans) we ever wanted was an owner who wanted to win a championship as much as we do.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 16, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

So do you think BTH will be getting "23 touches a night" with the Mavs?

Posted by: divi3 | February 16, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Not even close.

BTH is now a part of a team that has a true point guard.

Knowing Jason Kidd if BTH is working his tail off on the defensive end and getting rebounds he will make sure the ball goes inside to reward the big guy for his efforts.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | February 16, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

team's sucess in playoff is usualy a game insde the box.their point gard knows it very well.BH is not going to stick on the ball,he will kick back to who ever open to take a shoot, this increase a trust on him.There is a high chance for BH to have a better 30 game and good playoff compitativnes.He will use every opportunity to maximize his value for long term contract.

Posted by: gtefferra | February 16, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

BTH is now a part of a team that has a true point guard.

Knowing Jason Kidd if BTH is working his tail off on the defensive end and getting rebounds he will make sure the ball goes inside to reward the big guy for his efforts.

Posted by: bulletsfan78

Don't let your "hate" discredit you. I do not mean to say that Kidd is not a better pure point guard than Gilbert because he is. But Haywood got his touches with the Wizards. When comparing touches in regards to games played and minutes, Haywood got more touches with the Wizards than Dampier gets with Dallas, and Dampier shoots a higher percentage. He got more than enough considering his skill level. Gil couldn't turn Haywood into Dwight, Shaq, Olajuwon, Ewing, or anyone else. Kidd won't be able to do it either. He is going to get no more touches and you know it. His minutes may drop a lil too as he is similar to Dampier in productivity.

Posted by: G-Man11 | February 16, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse


Clippers trading Camby to Blazers
Marc J. Spears

By Marc J. Spears, Yahoo! Sports 34 minutes ago

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Los Angeles Clippers center Marcus Camby(notes) unknowingly attended his own farewell dinner on Monday night.

The Portland Trail Blazers agreed in principle Tuesday to acquire Camby from the Clippers, league sources said.

The deal only needs approval from the league office to be completed.

The trade proposal, which was first reported by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, sends Camby to Portland in exchange for forward Travis Outlaw(notes), guard Steve Blake(notes) and $3 million.
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In town in advance of their Tuesday game against the Trail Blazers, the Clippers were having a team dinner at Portland’s Ringside steakhouse Monday night when Camby received a call on his cell phone from his agent, Rick Kaplan. Kaplan informed Camby that he would likely be traded to Portland.

After taking the call from Kaplan, Camby immediately walked out of the restaurant.

Camby isn’t the only one upset.

Said one Clipper: “All the guys are upset because our best defensive player got traded basically for a backup point guard and money.”

Posted by: anacostia85 | February 16, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

BulletsFan78, I knew you understood that comment the other day. You made somewhat of a similar comment yourself.

But, I was surely surprised how so many are eating all these moves that Ernie is pulling of as a way to be competitive and don't realize also that it is very possible that the Pollins have their fingers all over this just to sell the Team for a higher price.

You see BulletsFan78, as you have been saying all along, WINNING starts at the top, and their may be a hidden agenda here to win off the floor for the Pollins financial future and less to due with a winning Team on the floor.

Ted Leonsis may be a forgiving man, but if this bottom line belt tightening ends up costing him millions in the appraisal process, I would not want to be Ernie Grunfield.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 16, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

larry and b78, you're just sore that you're favorite player was traded away to backup 87yr old erik dampier's bad knee.

read the headlines, the nba is on course to lose $400million this season. Wizards are far from the only team looking to shed salary after a failed attempt has run its course. We got Debrick off the books! That alone is a miracle.

Nothing wrong with clearing CAP when you stink and there's no short-term solution to your problems

Posted by: divi3 | February 16, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"Looks like dallas became my team on the western conference."

Me too, said that right after the trade.

"Every move ever made by this organization has been based on the bottom line...as in how much ca$h will go into the Pollin family pockets!"

Very true. This is why I will be SO happy when Ted finally takes over whenever the heck that will be.

Mike any word on that?

"So do you think BTH will be getting "23 touches a night" with the Mavs?"

No, he's not going to start from what I can tell. Not until he learns the offense anyway. I think you will see him get rebounds still, and I think he will get some sweet passes from Kidd. You're prolly getting 8/8 a night, but not that he has people around him he should be pretty good defensively.

"I would not want to be Ernie Grunfield."

I've said it before Ted Leonsis is one of the BEST owners in sports and he's very smart. EG days are numbered in Washington.

No sense to worry about "who got who" right now. This franchise is in dire need of a reboot. For Ted to take over a team and start from scratch would be the best possible thing for him. Imagine if this all happend a few years down the road instead of now?

The only thing I wish they had is more picks for the draft, but maybe that will come in the next few days.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | February 16, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Ol' Faithful gushes out another one.

Musing that Grunfeld is acting in the best interests of the Pollins and not Leonsis is hardly breaking news. As I've stated many times before, until the deal is made and the papers are signed and approved, Leonsis has no stake or say in the team's finances or business dealings. The team is owned by the Pollins and Grunfeld works for them. Everything he does is, by definition in their best interests, because that's whose interest he's paid to act in.

As for the deals being about the bottom line and improving the team's profitability on the eve of a sale . . . Again, not really a revelation. Of course it's what they're doing. It's fairly common practice when a team gets soled. Hell, it's fairly common practice when anything gets sold. The seller's primary interest is maximizing the profit received on the sale, which means minimizing the seller's cost in preparing the asset for market.

Basic business 101.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 16, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Latest deal is Ilgauskas, Moon, and 1st round pick for Jamison and James

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AoYeAWaQYx9JU2gix1pegMO8vLYF?slug=aw-cavswizards021610&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Posted by: arenasmvp | February 16, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

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