RUMOR: Warriors and Blazers tried to trade for Wizards swingman Caron Butler

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Michael Lee over at the Washington Post has the details and more in Wizards Rebuffing Inquiries for Butler:

About half of the teams in the league have spoken with the Wizards, according to a league source, and most of those discussions have revolved around the draft choice. Some teams, though, have also asked about the availability of the Wizards' top players, with most focusing on Caron Butler.

Multiple sources have confirmed that the Wizards engaged in conversations with the Phoenix Suns about acquiring all-star forward Amare Stoudemire last month, but the talks stalled when the Suns demanded Butler. Another league source added that Golden State and Portland have also attempted to land Butler, but Grunfeld hasn't budged.

I must I say I am a Caron Butler fan. I remember back on Draft Day 2002 when he slipped to the #10 spot. There were questions about his character and what not. Seven years later I don't think there's really any doubt that he should've gone much higher in that draft. Jay Williams, Mike Dunleavy Jr. Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Dajuan Wagner, and Chris Wilcox all went ahead of him. Think those teams would like to have an All-Star caliber swingman who's good for close to 20-7-5 plus 2 thefts when healthy? I also want to highlight that (as far as I can tell from the Left Coast) Butler has been a model citizen. Give this man his props.

I'd be willing to pretty much trade anyone not named Rudolph, Moped, or Andris to bring Butler to the Bay. I'm a sucker for some irrational Anthony Randolph hype right now and I don't see that stopping till opening night when the Warriors lose by 20. I'd be perfectly happy to see Ellis shipped out in a trade for an All-Star, but I fear Butler's best days are behind him and Monta shouldn't be sold off the lot when his value is so low (all his own doing of course). I'd rather have Butler than Biedrins if I was picking players for my team, but I have very little faith that the Warriors can easily replace the lost glasswork in the middle. Warrior-killer Marcin Gortat might be available this offseason though.

Make sure to head over to Bullets Forever to see what some real deal Washington Warriors insiders think Butler and the Bullets. They drink Tough Juice like we sip Hyphy Juice.

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FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2008 - Caron Butler 67 38.6 7.3 16.2 45.3 1.0 3.1 31.0 5.1 6.0 85.8 1.8 4.4 6.2 4.3 3.1 1.6 0.3 2.5 20.8


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