Caron Butler of the Dallas Mavericks underwent surgery yesterday to repair his ruptured right patella tendon. Unfortunately for Caron and the Mavs, he'll be out for at least the remainder of the season.
This team has already been hit pretty hard by injuries and losing Butler for the whole year creates a hole that needs to be filled.
The Mavericks have depth at the center and both guard positions, but they're relatively thin at both forward spots (especially after this injury to Butler).
They need to go after a versatile player that can at least play small forward, and possibly even play both forward positions.
The Mavericks could also use someone who can provide some consistent offense. It has become painfully obvious since Dirk Nowitzki went down that the Mavericks need at least one more scorer. That hole is gaping even more now, following the loss of Butler.
One guy who could help the Mavs land the kind of player they need is Brendan Haywood. He doesn't seem to be living up to the contract he signed this past summer, but his size and experience is still something that a lot of teams may be interested in. Plus, it looks as though the young Alexis Ajinca may be ready to assume the role of backup center soon.
The Mavericks also have four trade exceptions totaling over $11 million. They may be able to bring in a high-salary veteran player that can help them stay in contention this year.
Here are some possibilities...