Wizards Hope to Trade Caron Butler, but Keep Antawn Jamison

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Caron Butler is figured to be moved before this month's trade deadline.

The Washington Wizards have been one of the worst teams in the league this season with a 16-30 record. Wizards management appears set to blowup the current roster and try to get a few players built around Antawn Jamison. Caron Butler figures to be the best trading asset right now and the Wizards will be looking to trade him over the next couple of weeks.

There should be a number of teams in the market for a player as talented as Butler, however there are a few teams that Butler could help get over the hump. Here are a few teams that Butler could help either get into the playoffs, or contend for a championship.

1. Toronto Raptors - The Raptors could send Jarret Jack, Rasho Nesterovic, and rookie Demarr DeRozan to the Wizards in exchange for Caron Butler. The deal could show Chris Bosh that the Raptors are serious about building a contending team around him, and possibly make a push for the Finals this season. The Wizards would get back a viable starting point guard in Jarret Jack and a potential star player in Demarr DeRozan.

2. Houston Rockets - If the Wizards wanted salary relief, Tracy McGrady would be the guy to give it to them. The Wizards could send Butler, along with Mike James and Brendan Haywood to Houston in exchange for Tracy McGrady’s $23 million dollar expiring contract. The Rockets would get Haywood and James, who are both in the final year of their deals, and Butler who could provide some much-needed scoring pop for the Rockets. Haywood would actually be serviceable for Houston this year as well, since Chuck Hayes (who is only 6’6) has started games at center for them.

3. Boston Celtics - The Celtics could acquire Butler, Brendan Haywood, and Mike James from Washington in exchange for Ray Allen. The Celtics have been rumored to be in the market for a trade most of the season and this could be one that catches their eye. The C’s would get a more athletic swingman who is a slightly better defender than Allen, and some interior defense with Brendan Haywood. Boston could really use another big man to give Garnett some rest down the stretch, and Butler could be a more viable option than Allen over the next couple of years.

Whoever makes a trade for Caron Butler will no doubt have a better chance to get into the postseason or the NBA Finals. The most logical destination of these three may be Boston, as they seem most likely to try and make a move to better their chances of winning a title this season.

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21 comments
Douglas Ritchey
Douglas Ritchey

Hey, Those look like Butler's stats. LOL. You raptor fans are killing me. That trade is as fair as they get. DeRozan may have talent but he is no sure thing. He wil probably average 15 pts and 7 asts the nest 6 yrs and then slowly go down hill. Butler is a stud. Butler would be averaging 22+/- if he wasnt in Flip Saunders offense. He would give Toronto the best front court in the east and maybe in the NBA. With the good play you guys already get out of your C/PF, he would complete the trifecta. Nice Article. If Houston made that trade, I would be happy. I hope Haywood would resign though, We would have the best back up center in the league next year and Brooks/Butler/Landry would give us alot of scoring options.

Bendit
Bendit

Dont stop being a student.You must think an awful lot of Butler. Newsflash (from Toronto): Come visit us sometime...we are not a bunch of blathering idiots...at least not since our gm of the day Babcock traded Vince Carter for a bag of shells.Good luck rebuiding your team.

Dave
Dave

DeRozan and Jack combined average: 18.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5.3 apg, not the most productive starting backcourt in the league.

Dave
Dave

Jarret Jack plays 28.4 minutes per game, it is hard to consider Jarret jack untradeable. He may be a valuable member to the team's success but I don't think anyone would be surprised if he were moved if they could get a better player for him. The Raptors probably don't have a point guard on their roster that Brian Colangelo considers the "point guard of the future", thus will eventually look to upgrade that position, and Calderon's contract could be difficult to unload. To advance to the second round of the playoffs shouldn't be the "goal" for the Raptors this season. A trip to the Eastern Conference Finals or NBA Finals may sway Bosh to stay, although I think he signs elsewhere this summer. Again, I suggested this trade is a possibility - I never said it was the best idea for either team. The Celtics would be the best suited team for a trade for Butler as I suggested in the article.

Bendit
Bendit

Dont stop being a student. You must think an awful lot of Butler. Newsflash (from Toronto): Come visit us sometime...we are not a bunch of blathering idiots...at least not since our gm of the day Babcock traded Vince Carter for a bag of shells. Good luck rebuiding your team.

inferno's light
inferno's light

Toronto giving up it's starting (and productive) backcourt for a guy who plays the 3 spot? Doesn't Toronto have a high priced starting forward...so where does Caron play because he's not really a 2.And you think that with Jose starting agan and Marcus Banks backing him up, that's a stronger team than they have now?What a stupid suggestion...either know the team before you comment, or leave it to someone that does.

Dave
Dave

Jarret Jack plays 28.4 minutes per game, it is hard to consider Jarret jack untradeable. He may be a valuable member to the team's success but I don't think anyone would be surprised if he were moved if they could get a better player for him. The Raptors probably don't have a point guard on their roster that Brian Colangelo considers the "point guard of the future", thus will eventually look to upgrade that position, and Calderon's contract could be difficult to unload. To advance to the second round of the playoffs shouldn't be the "goal" for the Raptors this season. A trip to the Eastern Conference Finals or NBA Finals may sway Bosh to stay, although I think he signs elsewhere this summer. Again, I suggested this trade is a possibility - I never said it was the best idea for either team. The Celtics would be the best suited team for a trade for Butler as I suggested in the article.

inferno's light
inferno's light

Toronto giving up it's starting (and productive) backcourt for a guy who plays the 3 spot? Doesn't Toronto have a high priced starting forward...so where does Caron play because he's not really a 2. And you think that with Jose starting agan and Marcus Banks backing him up, that's a stronger team than they have now? What a stupid suggestion...either know the team before you comment, or leave it to someone that does.

tradebosh
tradebosh

"Not to mention he is Chris Bosh's best friend on the team"What are we, little children playing in the sandbox. Grow up. Bosh does not care about Jack. He is only interested in Money and Fame.

tradebosh
tradebosh

They played one year together. Bosh should thank Jack. He is a leader that Bosh was never able to live up to.

tradebosh
tradebosh

I think many fans in Toronto could care less if Bosh goes or stays. He is 20/10 player like Zach Randolph that can not play defense. Colangelo is not going to trade Demar or Jack. A sign and trade for Bosh will most likely happen. Colangelo can't trade him because the team is doing so well

earthjuice
earthjuice

Mr. Liddle, If you had any familarity with the Toronto Raptors, you would realize that Jarrett Jack has become the heart and soul of the team this season. Not to mention he is Chris Bosh's best friend on the team. You think they would trade a future star in DeRozan? Bryan Colangelo is not stupid. He is not going to mortgage the future in a failed attempt to win a championship this season. The Raptors have a longterm goal to field a championship team. That goal is not for this season. This season, the goal is to advance to the second round of the playoffs. To expect more would be foolhardy. Baby steps. The rumours have been Jose Calderon and Butler as the core pieces. That would make more sense than the perposturous trade you have suggested. Your suggestion would send Bosh running for the airport.

tradebosh
tradebosh

"Not to mention he is Chris Bosh's best friend on the team" What are we, little children playing in the sandbox. Grow up. Bosh does not care about Jack. He is only interested in Money and Fame.

tradebosh
tradebosh

I think many fans in Toronto could care less if Bosh goes or stays. He is 20/10 player like Zach Randolph that can not play defense. Colangelo is not going to trade Demar or Jack. A sign and trade for Bosh will most likely happen. Colangelo can't trade him because the team is doing so well

Dave
Dave

Bosh and Jack actually played at Georgia Tech

LoA
LoA

dont see the raptors giving up the starting point gaurd or derozen in that deal. Butler is a really good player but isn't enough to put the raptors or any team into contender status. DeRozen is definitely viewed as a potential star by toronto fans, and others around the league. He's learning quick and it came as a suprise to everyone that he wasn't included in the rookie softmore game. If there is an exhange with Washington, look for toronto to offer Jose Colderon, and possibly reggie Evans or Amir Johnson or maybe just Jose and money. Highly doubt they'll part with Jack for a long time. The chemistry between Jack and Bosh is way to great as a result of their years playing together in Georgetown.

LoA
LoA

dont see the raptors giving up the starting point gaurd or derozen in that deal. Butler is a really good player but isn't enough to put the raptors or any team into contender status. DeRozen is definitely viewed as a potential star by toronto fans, and others around the league. He's learning quick and it came as a suprise to everyone that he wasn't included in the rookie softmore game. If there is an exhange with Washington, look for toronto to offer Jose Colderon, and possibly reggie Evans or Amir Johnson or maybe just Jose and money. Highly doubt they'll part with Jack for a long time. The chemistry between Jack and Bosh is way to great as a result of their years playing together in Georgetown.

Dave
Dave

DeRozan and Jack combined average: 18.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5.3 apg, not the most productive starting backcourt in the league.

tradebosh
tradebosh

They played one year together. Bosh should thank Jack. He is a leader that Bosh was never able to live up to.

Douglas Ritchey
Douglas Ritchey

Hey, Those look like Butler's stats. LOL. You raptor fans are killing me. That trade is as fair as they get. DeRozan may have talent but he is no sure thing. He wil probably average 15 pts and 7 asts the nest 6 yrs and then slowly go down hill. Butler is a stud. Butler would be averaging 22+/- if he wasnt in Flip Saunders offense. He would give Toronto the best front court in the east and maybe in the NBA. With the good play you guys already get out of your C/PF, he would complete the trifecta. Nice Article. If Houston made that trade, I would be happy. I hope Haywood would resign though, We would have the best back up center in the league next year and Brooks/Butler/Landry would give us alot of scoring options.

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