The Washington Wizards traded away Center Brendan Haywood, Forward Caron Butler and Guard DeShawn Stevenson to the Dallas Mavericks this week. The Wizards gained financial flexibility as well as players Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, James Singleton and Quinton Ross. So let me get this straight, the Wizards traded away Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson and lost part of their soul in exchange for… well, not much.
1. Better options seemed to be on the table
2. It’s truly the end of an era.
Over at Bullets Forever, Prada cites Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports who reported that the Portland Trail Blazers were offering: Steve Blake (yeah, the guy from that Terps championship team who actually made it in the NBA) , rookie Jeff Pendergraph (young potential) and a first-round pick (always a good thing) for Haywood. Instead we got Gooden, Howard (an all star 3 YEARS ago) and two no namers? That’s almost embarrassing to think about.
Haywood was a rebounding machine this year and someone you could count on to bring his best every game. He wasn’t an offensive juggernaut, but the man brought board game better than Parker Brothers (compared to what we’ve had before) and played some pretty decent defense.
Butler, has always been one of the toughest guys on this squad. He’s got grit and guts and even though he hasn’t been on offensively much this year, he’s been one of the only ones on the Wizards willing to play defense. I’m not sure what wasn’t working out with Flip Saunders’ offense and Caron but I think he was starting to catch on the past two weeks.
To be honest, I’m going to miss DeShawn Stevenson for purely nostalgic reasons. I will miss him for his hatred of LeBron James, for his amazing defense on some of the best offensive players in the game and for his “I can’t feel my face” taunt after his three pointers. I loved everything about DeShawn. I understand the past two years he’s had it rough, and I get that people call him Debrick… Yeah yeah, but he was to me, the most exciting underdog of this team. Media darling LeBron James was Goliath and Michael Vick jersey wearing DeShawn was our David. Alright, DeShawn didn’t have the virtues of a regular hero but I’d be damned if you said he didn’t have fight.
A few months ago, after the Wizards got schalacked by Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena (where I unfortunately witnessed it first hand), LeBron James said the “rivalry is over”. The comment was infuriating to Wizards fans. Some thought it was acknowledgment of more than just the poor state of the franchise but also of the fact that Antwan Jamison could be a part of the Cavs sooner rather than later. This team will be unrecognizable in about a month and even though they’ll have more salary cap room, what have we really gained? I know I’m not the only Wizards fan that is looking forward to the end of the season and is hoping that Leonsis is able to buy this team and right this wreck of a ship.
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