Butler writes good-bye letter to Wizards fans


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The Dallas Morning News has a post up today with a transcript of the good-bye letter Caron Butler had published in the Washington Post.

Here’s the beginning of the letter:

“When you get traded, you don’t get time to say goodbye. More important, you don’t get the opportunity to say, “Thank you.”

Thank you, to some of the best fans in the world. Representing you and representing this city has been an honor I will always cherish.”

It’s heartwarming to see a player feel the type of connection to a fanbase that Butler feels with Wizards fans. Fans are used to being let down when one of their favorite players switches teams; Butler’s letter shows that players sometimes feel the same way. Antawn Jamison gave a similar message to the fans after he was traded, saying “I love them more than they love me.”

Even with the Wizards having a year to forget in a lot of ways, it’s clear that Jamison and Butler both appreciated the support they received from Wizards fans right up until they were traded.

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.