Friday, February 12, 2010

Looks Like J-Ho's Gonna Go

And I thought I would be blogging about all sorts of All-Star media day dish.  Bugger!

It looks like the trade's going to happen.   Stein has the details here.  Fish has thoughts here.  Sefko has more detes here.

We reported Thursday night on TXA21 that deal  originated as a trade that would send Josh Howard and a spare Mav for Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson.  Dallas didn't want Stevenson but Washington insisted.  Dallas balked.  Sources have repeatedly confirmed as much.

The Wizards have sweetened the pot.

CBS11/TXA21 Producer Cody Winstead is the brains behind this department.  He did a little salary analysis with a couple of player variables using ESPN.com's Trade Machine:
Mavs
Josh Howard  1 year  10,890,000
Drew Gooden 1 year 4,500,000
Quinton Ross 1 year 1,033,342
James Singleton 1 year 1,030,189

Wizards
Caron Butler 2 years 9,780,970
Brendan Haywood 1 year 6,000,000
DeShawn Stevenson 1 year 3,883,929

So the Mavs would have cleared 17.5 million of the books with Howard, Gooden and Ross.

Now they'll clear just under 10 million (Haywood and Stevenson) and they still have Dampier at 12,115,500 as well.  Of course they have Butler next year who will come off the books.


I offer this cautionary tale: Remember 2008.  Jason Kidd was pulled from a Nets game after they thought the trade with Dallas was a done deal.  We had interviews with New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank commenting on the contributions Kidd made to the team.  Then Mark Cuban warned us with some always-excellent piece of advice: it's not done till it's done.   Of course, it eventually happened but it took a few detours before it finally reached an end point.

This one may still have little details left to iron out or perhaps a bigger sticking point could arise.  The real takeaway patience.  Nothing will be official until next week since the league office is shut down and in town for the All-Star game.

This I do know and it's what Cuban told us on Thursday at the NBA Jam Session ribbon cutting ceremony.  "We know the parameters of which we would make a deal.  If it meets our parameters we'll pull the trigger but if not we're not gonna do it."

There is no doubt in my mind the Mavericks won't be gun shy.
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