Monthly Archives: February 2010

Amare close to being a Cav?

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns are closing in on a deal that
would send All-Star forward Amare Stoudemire to Cleveland, according to
sources with knowledge of the negotiations.

The Cavaliers would send Zydrunas Ilgauskas and J.J. Hickson to Phoenix
in exchange for Stoudemire, one of the league’s most dominant big men.

While Cleveland remains in talks with several other teams, the club,
from management down to the players, has settled on Stoudemire as its
first choice.

Caron Butler should hear today if he's being traded

Caron Butler should learn today whether he’ll be changing NBA teams.

Butler, the Washington Wizards’ standout small forward from Racine, has been the subject of trade rumors for several weeks.

Friday, it was reported by several media outlets that the Wizards had
agreed to trade Butler, a two-time All-Star, to the Dallas Mavericks in
a multi-player deal.

All-Star Zach making trades look fishy

Donnie Walsh’s two bold trades 15 months ago cleared cap space to sign an All-Star in 2010.

How ironic. As it turned out, Walsh traded an All-Star in his cap
pursuit. Congratulations Zach Randolph, whose winning and excelling in
his new home in Memphis. Randolph is averaging 20.5 points and 11.6
rebounds, a shade better than David Lee.

Amar'e speaks at length

Paul Coro

There was more to what Amar’e Stoudemire said Friday than what was
included in Friday’s article. Out of a 35-minute media session, the
rest of the conversation was as scattered as the trade rumors about him.

Here are more of Stoudemire’s words, pertinent or not.

Josh Howard, Caron Butler traded in 7-player deal

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the
team has acquired Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, James Singleton and Quinton
Ross from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Caron Butler, Brendan
Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson.

“This trade gave us a good opportunity to change our short-term future
and improve our long-term future,” said Grunfeld. “It accomplished two
goals by giving us financial flexibility and bringing a new look and
energy to the roster.”

Trade winds howl: Amare Stoudemire copes with assortment of rumors

Reports have linked Suns forward Amare Stoudemire to seven teams, and the Heat is one of the contenders.

BY MICHAEL WALLACE

DALLAS — With the trade deadline a week away and speculation swirling
around him like a tornado, Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire has
experienced feelings from confusion to betrayal to anger to resignation.

On Friday, Stoudemire felt something new during the media session for Sunday’s All-Star Game.

Amused.

Ainge: 'No deals'

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Friday he
has not discussed trades involving the Charlotte Bobcats or Washington
Wizards.

"There is no truth to either one of those," Ainge said. "I have had
conversations with a lot of teams but those have never been discussed.
There are a lot of things I would like to do but I don’t feel a need to
do something. I am always looking to upgrade the team, if possible."

Mavericks reach tentative deal to trade Howard, Gooden for Wizards' Caron B

Josh Howard’s tenure with the Mavericks, which began with quality
production but eroded into inconsistency and controversy, is coming to
an end.

The Mavericks have reached a tentative agreement to send Howard, Drew
Gooden and two other players to Washington for swingman Caron Butler,
center Brendan Haywood and guard DeShawn Stevenson, numerous NBA
sources said Friday.

Some trade talk

Mike Wells

Some of you have asked what’s been discussed between the Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Talks are in the very early stages. The two teams haven’t even discussed what the Pacers would be getting in return for Murphy.

I’ve been told that the Pacers are looking to acquire some young
players that could possibly fit into their future plans or get expiring
contracts in return for Murphy when talking to teams.

Mavs, Wizards talking multiplayer deal

By Marc Stein

The Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks are closing in on a
multi-player trade that will launch Washington’s long-anticipated
rebuilding project in earnest and send Wizards mainstays Caron Butler
and Brendan Haywood to the Mavericks, according to sources close to the
situation.

Although the deal could take until Monday to be finalized, sources said
that the teams have essentially agreed on the principal pieces: Butler,
Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson to Dallas for Josh Howard and Drew Gooden.

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