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Grunfeld Talks Trade, But Might Stand Pat

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By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 8, 2009

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said Friday that he is receiving a steady stream of calls from rival general managers and team presidents interested in discussing trade possibilities but added that he is not actively looking to make a major move involving two key franchise cornerstones: forwards Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison.

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The trade deadline is Feb. 19 and as usual, chatter among teams has led to rumors involving several big-name players.

"I've gotten a lot of calls about a lot of our players and that's a good thing," Grunfeld said. "That means our players have value around the league. That means other people around the league value their abilities, but if you take the long view, we have a good nucleus of players and once we have all of our guys back, we feel that we can be a very competitive team. Now, you always have to consider any move that is going to improve your team but we like our group. We just have to get healthy."

ยท ABOUT THE PACERS: Tonight's opponent, Indiana, improved to 20-31 with a 107-102 win over Orlando on Friday night and remains on the fringe of the Eastern Conference playoff picture along with Chicago, Toronto, Charlotte, Milwaukee, the Knicks and New Jersey.

In the teams' first meeting this season, on Dec. 15 at Verizon Center, the Pacers rode 27 points from Danny Granger and 45 bench points to a 119-98 victory. Like most teams with sub.-500 records, Indiana's problem has been poor defense. Entering last night's games, the Pacers were allowing the third-most points in the league (106.8) and the 10th-highest opponent field goal percentage (46 percent).

Up Next Tonight vs. Indiana 6 p.m. Comcast Plus SportsNet, WTEM-980 Tuesday at Atlanta 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980

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