Teams also remain in hot pursuit of Caron Butler. Someone told me on Friday that the Wizards were talking with the Houston Rockets
about using Butler as the key piece in a deal for Tracy McGrady's expiring contract, but the talks came to a halt after Arenas's "bang-bang" performance in Philadelphia.
I'm not sure what other pieces were included in the discussions to match up McGrady's $23-million salary, but I've been informed that it wasn't Mike James, since Houston has declined any deals involving him. A league source said any deal involving McGrady probably won't get done until closer to the trade deadline.