With the NBA trade deadline drawing closer with each passing day, NBA teams in need of salary cap relief or a player to make a final push are getting into crunch time.
Now is when the blockbuster deals go down, the big names get thrown into the mix, and the rumor experts sound off.
The latest rumor Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks" target="_blank">involving the Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks is no exception.
In fact, according to ESPN, this rumor isn't just some buzz, but actually has a lot of life to it.
In what is appearing to be the beginning of a long rebuilding effort, the Wizards are reportedly set to trade Caron Butler" target="_blank">Wizards are reportedly set to trade Caron Butler , Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson to the Mavericks, while getting Josh Howard and Drew Gooden in return.
It is being reported that the trade has been agreed upon in principle, and barring any minor details that could nix the deal, it could go through as early as Monday.
This trade would be the first "big" deal of the trading season since Charlotte traded for Stephen Jackson earlier this year, and will likely create a domino affect for the remaining teams that are looking to strike a deal.
The most interesting aspect is that Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood were generating some solid interesting, and with them potentially no longer available, team's options for trade packages either shrunk, or just got more interesting.
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The Mavericks aren't the only team the Wizards are talking to, as they have reportedly also been discussing options with the Boston Celtics .
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