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Mavs Hope Trade Helps Them Contend

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The Dallas Mavericks’ trade for Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood doesn’t have their Western Conference rivals trembling just yet.

The Mavericks acquired Butler, Haywood and guard DeShawn Stevenson from the salary-shedding Washington Wizards in exchange for forwards Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, James Singleton and guard Quinton Ross on Saturday night. Physicals have been waived for the trade and the rejuvenated Mavs will debut at Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Although the Mavericks added three players who have been starters most of their careers – and who should improve Dallas’ scoring and depth – last season’s two Western Conference finalists didn’t seem too concerned.

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