Cavaliers may not wait until deadline to make a trade decision

Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer

Technically the NBA’s trade deadline is February 18th at 3 p.m., which means there’s 15 shopping days left.
But for the Cavaliers, who are one of the more active teams examining the market, that may not turn out to be the case. According to various league sources, the Cavs may compress their time schedule and make a decision on whether or not to make a trade by the start of next week’s All-Star break.

As it is, the vibe the team has been giving in talks lately is that they are willing to make a deal, but do not feel it is necessary. Over the last two months, the front office has been in talks with various teams about good shooting forwards and good shooting guards with defensive skills.

With Mo Williams, Delonte West and Leon Powe all scheduled to return from injuries right at or shortly after the All-Star break, there’s a feeling the Cavs want to make a move sooner rather than later to limit the turbulence to the roster with so many players coming back and roles changing.

The Cavs are usually quite conscious of team chemistry and consider it before making any move.

Part of the thinking may be the demanding schedule that comes after the current seven-game homestand. After getting a week off for All-Star festivities, the Cavs will play six games in nine days and all are against potential playoff teams. They will host the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Hornets and play at Charlotte, Orlando, Boston and Toronto.

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