Commentary

Will deal put Mavs over the top?

How much does this trade help the Mavs and Wiz? That depends, writes John Hollinger

Updated: February 13, 2010, 8:47 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Caron Butler & Josh HowardGlenn James/NBAE/Getty ImagesCaron Bulter is headed to Big D while Josh Howard will lose his surprised look and go to D.C.
DALLAS -- Let's cut right to the chase: I like this deal better for both teams if it's not the last one they make in the final few days before the trade deadline.

From the Dallas side, the big question at the moment is this: Does the acquisition of Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood put the Mavericks over the top in the West?