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League source says Boston remains in talks w Wiz for Jamison, but Miami also now among teams w...

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League source says Boston remains in talks w Wiz for Jamison, but Miami also now among teams w interest.

Mike Jones. Miami surprises me, in that I don't see them taking on long-term salary. Maybe we can somehow pry Beasley or one of their two first-rounders from them for a Jamison/Josh Howard package.

The Wizards' desire to move Butler has only increased in recent days, since they found out they...

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The Wizards' desire to move Butler has only increased in recent days, since they found out they will indeed get some cap relief from the NBA this season after losing Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton to suspension for the rest of the season. Washington's cap number will be reduced almost $4 million, according to sources -- pro-rated amounts of the remainder of Arenas's $16.1 million and Crittenton's $1.47 million salaries -- taking its cap number to a little more than $74 million. The cap threshhold is $69.9 million, meaning Washington could avoid paying tax if it can pare another $4 to $5 million in salaries off its books. That means Butler, though I suspect the Wizards will ask inquiring teams to remove Mike James and/or DeShawn Stevenson from their payroll as well. Butler winding up somewhere in Texas is most likely, with Washington probably deciding between Dallas' and Houston's competing offers before next week's All-Star Game. The Wizards are determined to get a young player back, though, and the Mavericks' only non-geezer is rookie guard Rod Beaubois -- while Houston has a young guard like Kyle Lowry and an expiring big man contract in forward Luis Scola to pair with McGrady's $22 million expiring deal.

David Aldridge. He also says Portland is interested in Butler and that the Wizards aren't looking to move Jamison and Haywood right now. I'll have more later on why moving Butler before Jamison is a misguided strategy.

For weeks we've assumed that Antawn Jamison is the Wizard most likely to be moved, but that's not...

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For weeks we've assumed that Antawn Jamison is the Wizard most likely to be moved, but that's not true, according to GMs who have had conversations with the Wizards. They say the team is reluctant to move Jamison, a franchise cornerstone. Butler, on the other hand, is very much available, and the Wizards shouldn't have much trouble finding interest: Butler has only one year remaining on his contract and he can still play, at age 29 (he turns 30 on March 13). One issue that could slow negotiations is the fact that the Wizards don't want to just give Butler away; they want both cap relief and a young asset. But that might be a heavy price in this market.

Chad Ford. Groan.

The Mavericks have their eyes on Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala and Sacramento’s Martin, but a sou...

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The Mavericks have their eyes on Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala and Sacramento’s Martin, but a source says they’ve lost interest with the Washington Wizards’ Caron Butler over his so-so season.

Adrian Wojnarowski. On the to-do list today: update the trade thread. On the to-do list for this weekend: a longer deadline post.

Kevin (Omaha) Thoughts on the Nets moving Devin Harris, and if so, what will it take to get...

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Kevin (Omaha) Thoughts on the Nets moving Devin Harris, and if so, what will it take to get him? Chad Ford (1:25 PM) As I've been writing for the past 2 weeks, he's available. The question is ... for what? The Nets are going to want something serious back in return. One idea I've heard floating around is Caron Butler for Harris.

Chad Ford chat. Hmm... (Also posted in the rumors thread).

There has been considerable Internet chatter the last two weeks that Caron Butler's days with the...

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There has been considerable Internet chatter the last two weeks that Caron Butler's days with the Washington Wizards are numbered. There have even been rumors Butler, the former Park High School star, could be headed to the Milwaukee Bucks. That would indeed be a great move for the Bucks, who desperately need a prime-time small forward. What's more, Butler has said in the past he wouldn't mind playing in Milwaukee and being closer to his family and friends. But don't look for Butler to be dealt anytime soon. I'm hearing Butler, a two-time NBA all-star, figures prominently in the Wizards' plans and could be with the team for years to come.

Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal-Times in Wisconsin. This strikes me as posturing, but who knows. Even if Butler isn't traded this year, he does only have one more year left on his contract.

With Yao and TMac out, Houston's season is a lost cause. Furthermore, they'll have an eye toward...

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With Yao and TMac out, Houston's season is a lost cause. Furthermore, they'll have an eye toward 2010 free agency if they can shave a little more salary. Also, they just signed Ariza to a long term deal which creates a log jam at SF. With that the case, I think they'd be open to a Battier trade. Battier is 31 and won't be in his prime by the time Houston manages to rebuild. I'd love to add Battier to our roster. We're still a bit overweighted on offense and lack quality defenders in our starting lineup. If we could somehow swap Miller for Battier, it would really vault us into "contender" status. So how do we make it happen? A simple trade of Miller for Battier plus Brent Barry would work, but I don't think Houston does that. They'd ultimately be just giving Battier away for an expiring contract. They're gonna want more. What about: Washington trades: Miller, Stevenson, Young Houston trades: Battier, Barry, B.Cook

A trade proposal from Real GM regular and BF sometimer nate33 on the Real GM Wiz board. I like it. This will be today's trade idea.

But the writers of CSI should set to work on a script that explains Miller's lone season in...

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But the writers of CSI should set to work on a script that explains Miller's lone season in Minnesota, which was one of the most perverse, distasteful wastes of a player's tailor-made role on a ballclub that I've ever witnessed. Instead of Mike Miller, the Wolves got a second-rate Jason Kidd, a guy who played like he wanted to patent the no-look inbounds pass; who frequently drove through three opponents in traffic so that he could leap at the hoop and then suddenly contort-spin himself for a zip-pass to an increasingly less surprised Telfair for a clanked trey; who angrily cited the fundamentals of hoops inventor James Naismith to a hapless beat writer who dared to ask why one of the game's best shooters wasn't shooting; who lay on the court in writhing agony at least 20 times during the course of the season (I don't think I'm exaggerating), then would either crawl on his belly to the bench, get helped off by teammates, or, most frequently, move as if walking on glass shards for a good two or three minutes, yet never allow himself to be taken out of the game. Miller was TOUGH and he was UNSELFISH, goddammit, and the more I watched him chew the scenery like Nicholas Cage as Macbeth while the triple-teamed Jefferson and the Wolves sank to the bottom of the league in FG%, the bigger the shingle I hung out as a Mike Miller hater.

Britt Robinson of Secrets of the City, a Minnesota-area magazine. I believe people have cited this quote already on here, but I had to bump it back up because Britt's one of the best reporters we have out there and because it pretty damming.

Multiple sources have confirmed that the Wizards engaged in conversations with the Phoenix Suns...

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Multiple sources have confirmed that the Wizards engaged in conversations with the Phoenix Suns about acquiring all-star forward Amare Stoudemire last month, but the talks stalled when the Suns demanded Butler. Another league source added that Golden State and Portland have also attempted to land Butler, but Grunfeld hasn't budged.

Michael Lee. If I could be sure that Amare was healthy and was re-signing after next year, I'd probably give up Butler for him.

There has been plenty of trade speculation and rumors involving Amaré Stoudemire lately. But unlike ...

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There has been plenty of trade speculation and rumors involving Amaré Stoudemire lately. But unlike the week of the February trade deadline, none of this talk actually has involved the Suns. Reports that the Suns have been engaged in trade talks that would send Stoudemire to Boston or Washington are conjecture. They also probably are not the last of trade rumors for Phoenix, which is just as apt to move Shaquille O'Neal or Jason Richardson. "There's a lot of stuff flying around out there that has no basis," Suns General Manager Steve Kerr said. "There's just a ton of speculation but there really is nothing substantial going on. "With most of these deals being speculated about, I haven't even had a conversation with the opposing team. I read this stuff and laugh."

Arizona Republic. Obviously, Steve Kerr is going to say something like this, but it is worth noting that Kerr and the Suns were very open to admitting they were shopping Amare at the trade deadline.
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