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Breaking down the Western Conference contenders' moves

By Mike Baldwin Published: February 19, 2010
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Dallas
→Added: SF Caron Butler, C Brendan Haywood, G DeShawn Stevenson

→Subtracted: SF Josh Howard, PF Drew Gooden, G Quinton Ross, F James Singleton.


→Impact: Butler gives the Mavericks a scoring option to complement Dirk Nowitzki. Haywood, an inside force in the paint on both ends, arrived on the same night Erick Dampier left with an injury. Howard hasn’t played well and Gooden is a solid bench player, but Dallas upgraded, giving the Mavs a legitimate shot to compete for the No. 2 or 3 seeds.

Houston
→Added: SG Kevin Martin, PF Jordan Hill, SF Jared Jeffries, C Hilton Amrstrong, right to swap first-round picks with Knicks in 2011 and Knicks’ first-round pick in 2012.

→Subtracted: PF Carl Landry, SG Tracy McGrady, PF Joey Dorsey

→Impact: Martin, who has averaged 20 or more points four straight seasons, complements guards Aaron Brooks and Kyle Lowry. Landry, a Sixth Man award candidate, was the Rockets’ second-leading scorer (16.1) and third-leading rebounder (5.5). Jeffries is a role player. Hill is a project. Armstrong is a non-factor who has played in only six games. Houston will miss Landry. With Martin and the draft picks, this trade is geared towards the future as much as this season.

Portland
→Added: C Marcus Camby

→Subtracted: PG Steve Blake, SF Travis Outlaw, cash

→Impact: The Trail Blazers filled their inside void (Camby) after losing centers Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla to season-ending injuries. Camby is a premier shot-blocker and rebounder. But trading away Blake and Outlaw, with Brandon Roy nursing a hamstring injury, affects their depth.


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