Monthly Archives: February 2010
Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer
At the moment, All-Star Weekend is turning into an elaborate game of Spy vs. Spy.
The amount of information and disinformation flying around is at a
fever pitch as teams jostle for position in escalating trade talks. The
Cavaliers, as would be expected, are right in the middle of it.
In a dramatic move that would resuscitate their fading championship
hopes, the Boston Celtics are discussing a deal with the Washington
Wizards for forwards Antawn Jamison(notes) and Caron Butler(notes),
league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Friday.
The proposed deal would send the expiring contracts of Ray
Allen(notes), Brian Scalabrine(notes) and J.R. Giddens(notes) to the
Wizards, a move that would signal the start of Washington’s rebuilding
Knicks president Donnie Walsh said a misperception exists that his
interest in the Rockets’ Tracy McGrady is solely as a rental to inject
life into a dying season.
"There’s reasons other than that," Walsh told The Post.
Walsh declined to specify, but a source said the Knicks would like to
see if McGrady is someone to consider re-signing in July. At least
they’d have a fallback candidate if McGrady excels and they are unable
to land one of the top free agents, LeBron James or Dwyane Wade.
At 25-26, the Bulls’ record is three games better than last season’s after 51 games.
However, this season could feature a trade based more on saving money than salvaging a season.
Last season’s bold acquisition of Brad Miller and John Salmons
rejuvenated the Bulls, led to a 17-11 finish and, of course, the
stirring seven-game playoff loss to the Celtics.
This year, Salmons, Kirk Hinrich or Tyrus Thomas could be moved for
anonymous, non-impact players whose best attribute is their expiring
Brian T. Smith
A league source confirmed to The Columbian on Thursday that the
Portland Trail Blazers are highly interested in Chicago Bulls forward
The source said the Blazers’ are intrigued by Thomas’ youth and his
shot-blocking abilities. In addition, Thomas would fit in well with
Portland’s timeline and current roster needs.
Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer
As negotiations hit their homestretch ahead of next week’s trade
deadline, there seems to be a point crystallizing when it comes to the
League executives who have been speaking with the Cavs and other
sources also involved in talks say that whether or not the Cavs make a
deal may come down to J.J. Hickson. Simply, several teams want Hickson
included in any trade package and, to this point, the Cavs have been
balking at many of them. Hickson is not untouchable, but the team has
made it clear in talks that it would take a special offer to get him.
After the Chicago Bulls suspended forward Tyrus Thomas(notes) for
losing his temper with coach Vinny Del Negro, an interesting thing
happened: More teams started calling the franchise’s front office
wanting to talk about a trade.
Everyone understood Chicago executives are now determined to move
Thomas, and a clear price has been established for suitors: Expiring
contracts and a 2010 or future first-round draft pick, league sources
told Yahoo! Sports. The Bulls are also exploring ways to package Thomas
with guard Kirk Hinrich(notes) to free themselves of his contract.
If the Knicks deal for Tracy McGrady by next Thursday’s NBA deadline,
it will have to be a three-team trade, with Al Harrington headed to the
Wizards, a source confirmed.
A source familiar with the situation said talks between the Rockets,
Knicks and Wizards are continuing, but the source did not sound overly
optimistic they would be able to get it done.
By Rick Bonnell
The Bobcats have plenty of feelers out with a little over a week left until the NBA’s trade deadline.
I know they’ve had plenty of discussions, including with the Celtics (
Rasheed Wallace or Glen Davis?), Bulls ( Tyrus Thomas?) and Knicks (
Jordan Hill?) in pursuit of depth at power forward.
Thomas is probably the longest shot – the Bulls want a lot to give him up.
Donnie Walsh acknowledged last night it will be nearly impossible for
the Knicks to clear more 2010 cap space by the Feb. 18 trade deadline.
Walsh is trying to make a deal in the next eight days — with acquiring
a point guard and Houston’s exiled Tracy McGrady their chief priorities.