WATERCOOLER CHAT: BETSY ON THE TODAY SHOW, NBA TRADE DEADLINE

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Josh HowardIn the NBA, with the trade deadline just 48 hours away, we can expect to see some major action.  We’ve already seen the 7-player trade between the Wizards and the Mavericks.  The Wizards shipped out three “problem” players in Caron Butler, Brendan Heywood, and DeShawn Stevenson, and in return they got former all-star Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross, and James Singleton.  This gives the Mavs some great pieces to compete in the playoffs, and the Wizards get a fresh look and shed a ton of cap space.  They are going to be the new look Wizards, and will definitely try to land a major player in the off-season.

Elsewhere, the LA Clippers have parted ways with Marcus Camby sending him to the TrailBlazers.  The Blazers were looking for a middle piece to replace the loss of Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla for the season.  In return, the Clippers got point guard Steve Blake and forward Travis Outlaw.  For the Clippers, this was more of a salary move, and they are getting ready for next season.  In the winter, the Clips will have their #1 pick Blake Griffin back, and could also land a major player in the biggest free agent summer ever.

Elsewhere in the NBA, some sad news.  It looks like Denver Nuggets head coach, George Karl, has been diagnosed with throat cancer.  This is not the first time that Karl has had to fight cancer.  He had prostate cancer in 2005.  Karl says he wants to keep coaching the Nuggets as long as possible while fighting the cancer with radiation and chemo therapy.

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