Josh Howard, Caron Butler traded in 7-player deal

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the
team has acquired Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, James Singleton and Quinton
Ross from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Caron Butler, Brendan
Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson.

“This trade gave us a good opportunity to change our short-term future
and improve our long-term future,” said Grunfeld. “It accomplished two
goals by giving us financial flexibility and bringing a new look and
energy to the roster.”
Howard has averaged 12.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in 31 games for the Mavericks this season. He has missed a total of 21 games due to injury ( five due to left wrist surgery, 14 due to left ankle surgery and one each due to a left thigh contusion and stomach illness). The seventh-year swingman holds career averages of 15.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in 431 games (all with Dallas) and was named to the 2007 All-Star Team. He was originally acquired by the Mavericks in the first round (29th pick) of the 2003 Draft.

Gooden, in his eighth season, has averaged 8.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 46 games with Dallas this season. The 6-10 forward/center has career averages of 11.8 points and 7.8 rebounds over 556 games in stints with Orlando (twice), Memphis, Cleveland (twice), Chicago (twice), San Antonio, Sacramento and Dallas. He was signed as a free agent by Dallas prior to this season and was originally a first round draft pick (fourth overall) by Memphis in 2002.

Ross, a 6-6 swingman, has averaged 2.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in 27 games with the Mavericks this season. He is in his sixth season overall and holds career averages of 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 397 career games with the L.A. Clippers, Memphis and Dallas. Ross, who was undrafted out of SMU, was signed as a free agent by Dallas prior to this season. Singleton, a 6-8 forward, has averaged 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 25 games this season. He holds career averages of 3.3 points and 3.1 rebounds over four NBA seasons (two each with the Clippers and Mavericks). Singleton, who was undrafted out of Murray State, has played overseas in Spain and Italy and was originally acquired by Dallas as a free agent prior to the 2008-09 season.

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