Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on January 28, 2010 under xOther | 2 Comments to Read

  • Jeff “Skin” Wade has put together an excellent piece at ESPN Dallas, detailing the complications of trading Josh Howard this summer. Josh may not be attractive at all to teams this summer; after all, if teams are looking for savings to cut cap, why would they take back Howard’s substantial deal when smaller or unguaranteed contracts could be had? Skin also offers up a suggestion for a deal focusing on the Wizards’ Caron Butler. I can understand the allure, but Butler has had trouble giving up the ball this season. And though his scoring and shooting would appear to be better than Howard’s this season, the per minute numbers indicate otherwise. Josh Howard is actually a better per-minute scorer than Caron Butler is in ’09-’10. Josh also gets the edge in FTAs per minute, and the two are equally turnover-prone. It’s hard to make perfect sense of the stats coming out of Washington given the situation there, but this has not been a great campaign for Caron Butler.
  • Art Garcia grades the Mavs’ season to date, and the report card looks pretty, pretty, pretty, prettay good.
  • A notion that the Mavs might be better served resting Erick Dampier tonight. No argument here.
  • Jason Terry wants in for the three-point contest. Jason Kidd does not. Either way, you can fully expect JET to be part of the weekend’s festivities as an ambassador.
  • Tom Ziller with a compelling argument that contract length is much more destructive than contract size.
  • Rick Carlisle seems impressed with what he’s seen from Rodrigue Beaubois, meaning the rookie could again be a regular part of the rotation.
  • Speaking of, Jason Terry isn’t shy about heaping praise on Roddy (via Tim MacMahon): “More important than Josh is going to be the rookie…The rookie steps instantly into my shoes. You see what he provides. He’s a spark. He gets up and down the court quick. He may make a mistake, but he’s going to make more good things happen.”
  • Kirk Henderson

    On the plus side, Butler loves Mountain Dew!

    But seriously, Butler’s professional attitude could fit in so well with the Mavs…

  • preet

    rob i glanced over that j ho trade article, and it seems like they are saying his contract is guaranteed for next yr… i thought it was a team option? which nobody is likely to pick up hence making his an expiring contract… am i wrong?