I was reading recently (ESPN, I think) about the Wizards and their disappointing start. In case you didn't know, wow, they're $24 million over the cap. It stands to reason, If they're still doing poorly as the trade deadline approaches, they'll want to find ways to dump some of that salary...
So I started looking for trade ideas involving Rasual Butler. (Not that I wouldn't love to see him turn things around, but like many others, I've grown increasingly skeptical). I believe a trade of mutual interest might be Rasual (and maybe a pick) for Mike Miller, or maybe even Caron Butler. Miller's contract expires this season, while Caron's expires next season. Acquiring Miller might be both more realistic and in some ways more attractive, but I'm also thinking that Caron might be as good a fit as any we'd realistically find through free agency.
I went on ESPN's Trade Machine (for the first time) to check out the legalities, but frankly I'm having trouble getting it to work. I've got my two teams selected, but now the page won't recognize the players I select. Does anyone know how to work that thing? I must be missing something simple.
In any case, I want to put the idea out there. Would you do it? And maybe more pressingly, would the Wizards? Is there a better balance to be struck? Are there trade technicalities that I'm not seeing? etc etc
So I'll be cheering against the Wizards in the meantime. It's cathartic to imagine trading Rasual away for someone better. Of course, the larger issue is how to take advantage of situations like we might see with the Wizards. If you have a good idea, whether it involves Rasual or not, then let's hear it.