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Washington close to a deal ... with Dallas

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  February 12, 2010 08:54 PM

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The day started with rumors from Yahoo! Sports of a trade that would send Ray Allen, Brian Scalabrine and J.R. Giddens to Washington for Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison. Now Yahoo! Sports reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, has Butler going to Dallas for Josh Howard with other moving parts involved.
 
Ainge shot the Allen talks down yet again this afternoon along with talks of a deal that would send Rasheed Wallace to Charlotte, telling the Globe, "There is no truth to either one of those. I have had conversations with a lot of teams but those have never been discussed. There are a lot of things I would like to do but I don't feel a need to do something. I am always looking to upgrade the team, if possible."
 
He added, "All speculation. It's only a month ago (that the team was performing well). We need to play better and I think we can."
 
Earlier today on 98.5 The Sports Hub with Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti, Wojnarowski defended the accuracy of his story, which mentioned the possibility of Washington dealing with Dallas.

This is how it goes. I break a story on the Celtics, Danny denies it and then everybody finds out it’s accurate. It’s also been confirmed by some other people out there. The story’s 100 percent accurate. They’ve talked. Danny’s thing was you can go back and perhaps talk to ownership or bring it to them, or that’s just what he said. But they’ve talked, names have been exchanged and it’s exactly how I portrayed it. I didn’t say it was imminent. I didn’t say it was about to happen. It’s exactly what happens this time of year, which is a trade discussion. Last week or 10 days ago when I said they’re shopping Ray Allen, and they said, ‘No, we’re not.’ Well, guess what? They’re shopping Ray Allen. This idea that they’re taking calls on Ray, it’s not accurate. Every GM in the league will tell you, they’re actively looking."
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