Cavs face plenty of speculation before trade deadline

By George M. Thomas – Beacon Journal staff writer

CLEVELAND: Trade season in the NBA is akin to trying to sift out plot
points in a soap opera. The rumors and innuendoes fly from every
direction, most fueled by rampant speculation and fan desire.

In the past couple of seasons, the Cavaliers have been a curiosity in
the process. They went from a blockbuster trade two years ago —
acquiring Ben Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West — to not
making a move last season.

Most outside of the organization believe the Cavs are desperate to make
any kind of move before the Feb. 18 trade deadline to ensure LeBron
James doesn’t leave as a free agent after the season. History shows,
though, that General Manager Danny Ferry will ultimately make a
decision that’s in the best interest of the franchise.

Trade partners

As for willing trade partners, the Cavs have been connected to several in recent weeks.

If the Cavs are truly looking for that ”stretch four,” as the athletic power forwards are called in the NBA, several come to mind.

At the top of the list is Antawn Jamison of the Washington Wizards. What makes that scenario problematic is the history the two teams have. There’s not a lot of love between the two, courtesy of contentious playoff battles that the Wizards lost and the animosity carrying over to the regular season.

Jamison fits the mold of players that the organization likes. He’s got the offense — currently averaging 21.9 points and 8.7 rebounds. His defense is a weakness, but even if he gives an effort, Cavs coach Mike Brown would have little problem with him.

He is termed a ”character guy,” which is always a bonus.

He also has stated publicly that he would love to play for the Cavs. The Cavs aren’t talking but if the possibility of playing with Jamison is mentioned privately, there are more than a few smiles.

What are the prospects of getting Jamison? With owner Dan Gilbert’s willingness to make moves, Ferry would have an opportunity here. But if the Wizards make Jamison available, a lot of teams would be interested.

It could help that the Wizards are looking toward rebuilding and a future without Gilbert Arenas — and approximately $10 million in a luxury tax bill — that could help this deal. Jamison has two years beyond this season left on his contract worth about $28.4 million.

Another fire sale is reportedly happening with the Indiana Pacers. They are playing poorly and are over the salary cap but not subject to the luxury tax. It has been reported that only All-Star Danny Granger in untouchable.CLEVELAND: Trade season in the NBA is akin to trying to sift out plot points in a soap opera. The rumors and innuendoes fly from every direction, most fueled by rampant speculation and fan desire.

In the past couple of seasons, the Cavaliers have been a curiosity in the process. They went from a blockbuster trade two years ago — acquiring Ben Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West — to not making a move last season.

Most outside of the organization believe the Cavs are desperate to make any kind of move before the Feb. 18 trade deadline to ensure LeBron James doesn’t leave as a free agent after the season. History shows, though, that General Manager Danny Ferry will ultimately make a decision that’s in the best interest of the franchise.

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