In a dramatic move that would resuscitate their fading championship hopes, the Boston Celtics are discussing a deal with the Washington Wizards for forwards Antawn Jamison(notes) and Caron Butler(notes), league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Friday.
The proposed deal would send the expiring contracts of Ray Allen(notes), Brian Scalabrine(notes) and J.R. Giddens(notes) to the Wizards, a move that would signal the start of Washington’s rebuilding process.
The trade isn’t imminent, but talks have progressed and Celtics GM
Danny Ainge has positioned his organization to make one of the boldest
trade deadline moves in years. For the Celtics, ownership would have to
agree to take on an additional $24 million in salary next season
between Jamison and Butler. Jamison makes more than $15 million in
2011-12, but most owners are discounting those salaries because of an
assumption that there will be a labor lockout and some, if not all, of
that money will never be paid to the players.