Cavs await Suns trade decision

While he was walking through the halls of Quicken Loans Arena prior to
a recent game, Danny Ferry paused to let LeBron James pass into the
Cavaliers’ locker room.

Every move Ferry makes seems to be geared toward his superstar.

Now as James’ pending free agency nears this summer, Ferry could be
facing his most challenging moment in his five years as Cleveland’s
general manager.

The Cavaliers are again center stage amid trade speculation as Thursday’s 3 p.m. EST deadline looms. Last season it focused on Shaquille O’Neal, whom the Cavaliers tried to acquire from Phoenix on deadline day. Both teams passed during the season, only to strike a deal over the summer.

Now they’re at it again.

Cleveland is trying to acquire Amare Stoudemire, although Suns general manager Steve Kerr believes the decision on whether to trade the All-Star forward will probably come down to Thursday’s deadline.

"Nothing has changed," Kerr said Tuesday. "I’m still gathering information."

Along with Cleveland, Miami and Philadelphia have been linked to the Suns as potential trade partners for Stoudemire. As Phoenix prepared to play at Memphis on Tuesday night, coach Alvin Gentry questioned whether his star forward would even be dealt.

"I’ve been in the league 21 years and they talk about all these blockbuster deals being made," he said. "In 21 years, I think there’s been three or four of them. So we’ll see what happens."

The Cavaliers exit the All-Star break with the NBA’s best record at 43-11 and riding a 13-game winning streak. Now Ferry must decide whether another roster shake-up is needed for Cleveland to win its first championship and persuade James to remain with his hometown team.

Ferry is no stranger to deadline deals. He has made Cleveland one of the more active participants over the last five years.

He made a pair of minor moves in 2006, his first season on the job, and flirted with the O’Neal trade last season. But his biggest swap came two years ago, when he dealt half the roster one minute before the deadline.

Ferry traded away six players as part of a three-team, 11-player trade that netted Cleveland Ben Wallace, Joe Smith, Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West.

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