Paperwork issue sidelines new Mavs

Updated: February 16, 2010, 10:24 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The three players acquired by the Dallas Mavericks in the All-Star Weekend's blockbuster trade weren't allowed to practice Monday.

Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson were forced to be observers because the paperwork had yet to be finished for the seven-player deal that sent Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross and James Singleton to the Washington Wizards.

"The hope is that we can get this thing done officially by the morning and they can participate ...

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