Dallas Mavericks' Fan Diary: Feb. 12 and 13

Janet KesslerCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2010

DALLAS - JANUARY 30:  Forward Josh Howard #5 of the Dallas Mavericks takes a shot against Jerryd Bayless #4 of the Portland Trail Blazers on January 30, 2010 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Feb. 12, 2010
Dear Diary,
I Learned today that point-guard Jason Kidd is going to the All-Star Game.   He was picked to replace injured Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant.  That saves Dallas the embarrassment of being a host city with only one player on the team.
I also watched the opening ceremonies to the Winter Olympic Games tonight.  Fantastic show, a tribute to Canada's rich and diverse culture.
Dirk Nowitzki's buddy Steve Nash one-upped him tonight.  He was one of four notable Canadians that simultaneously lit the Olympic cauldron...WOW!

Feb. 13, 2010
Dear Diary,
I read some news today that was like an over-due doze of anti-depressant:  The Mavericks are going to make a huge deal before the Feb. 18 trade dead line.
Their partner in this trade is the "needing to rebuild" Washington Wizards.  The disaster with Gilbert Arenas left the Wizards badly in need of cap relief, since the team has to show the suspended Arenas' salary on their books. 

The Mavericks made the Wizards a deal neither team could refuse, and possibly resuscitated their critically-ill season. 

Granted, the deal won't be finalized till after Monday. 

But it could go down like this:

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Dallas will send Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, and possibly Quinton Ross to the Wizards.  In return, Washington will send Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson to the Mavericks. 

This move should eventually prove to be a good thing for Howard.  From what I have seen, he seemed to no longer fit here in Dallas.  A fresh start might jump-start his game again. 

Gooden's hustle and energy will be missed though. 

Caron Butler should work well at the wings as a tandem with Shawn Marion. 

Brendan Haywood maybe that elusive big man that the Mavericks have been searching for for so long, and the timing couldn't be better with current starting center Eric Dampier losing playing time with a bad knee. 

So for now Diary, I have something to look forward to the second half of this season: a great sigh of relief for the moment.

Will it last?  Will this trade finally right the ship known as the Dallas Mavericks?  Will this finally put my Mavericks over the top and on the march for a championship?