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.