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Mavs moving in on Butler

Reports out of Dallas [1] and Washington [2] indicate that the Mavericks are closing in on a deal that would get them Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood [3] and DeShawn Stevenson [4] in exchange for Josh Howard [5], Drew Gooden [6], James Singleton and Quinton Ross. (The Washington Post had a could of different names at the end of the deal, but the principles, Butler and Howard, are the same).

The hot rumor Friday [7] morning involved the Celtics [8] trading Ray Allen [9] to the Wizards for Butler and Antawn Jamison [10].

Jamison is still very available and has been linked to the Cavaliers [11] among other teams.