Caron Butler should learn today whether he’ll be changing NBA teams.
Butler, the Washington Wizards’ standout small forward from Racine, has been the subject of trade rumors for several weeks.
Friday, it was reported by several media outlets that the Wizards had
agreed to trade Butler, a two-time All-Star, to the Dallas Mavericks in
a multi-player deal.
In the proposed trade, Washington would send Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson to Dallas for Josh Howard and Drew Gooden.
However, I was told late Friday night the trade hasn’t been finalized and that there was still a possibility the deal might not be consummated.
* Whether veteran Bucks point guard Luke Ridnour is dealt to the New York Knicks before the Feb. 18 deadline remains to be seen, but there is little doubt the Knicks are keenly interested in his services.
I was told by an NBA executive that the Knicks "want a guard bad.’’
There have been some rumblings the Bucks would receive point guard Chris Duhon – who once played for Bucks coach Scott Skiles in Chicago — from the Knicks, but that apparently isn’t the case.
* Bucks reserve guard Jerry Stackhouse won’t be in Sunday’s All-Star game, but his son, Jaye, will be.
Jaye Stackhouse, a seventh grader who lives in Atlanta, will be a ball boy for Sunday night’s All-Star game.
"He’s been a ball boy before; when I was in Dallas, he did the games,’’ Jerry said. "But this is his first All-Star game. He’s excited, obviously.’’
Stackhouse, by the way, said he hasn’t given much thought to playing beyond this season.
"I’m day to day,’’ Stackhouse said, smiling.
However, Stackhouse made it clear there is one factor that would prompt him to call it quits.
"If anything significant happens again, as far as injuries, I would come to that point of retiring,’’ Stackhouse said. "But, hopefully, I can help the Bucks get into the playoffs and then come back next year with them. That would be a no-brainer.’’
* Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings, who acquitted himself quite well in Friday night’s Rookie Challenge when he scored 22 points and had eight assists, was asked the difference between his torrid start this season – which included a scintillating 55-point outing against Golden State — and his recent shooting struggles where shots 30 percent in his last six games.