Cavs talks with Wizards intensify

Adrian Wojnarowski

The Cleveland Cavaliers have made significant progress in trade
discussions with the Washington Wizards, offering Zydrunas Ilgauskas,
Jamario Moon and a No. 1 draft pick for Antawn Jamison and Mike James,
sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Some league sources believe this is a deal that is preferable to some
members of the Cavaliers’ management and coaching staffs over Amar’e
Stoudemire(notes), but Cleveland still hasn’t made a decision on which
trade to ultimately make. Other trade proposals that intrigue the Cavs
are still emerging on the landscape, but the focus now is on Jamison or

Washington is still trying to squeeze possibly another pick or young player out of the Cavs, but sources say it’s possible a deal could get done without J.J. Hickson(notes). As it stands, both sides believe they have the framework of a workable deal.

Despite LeBron James’(notes) desire for Stoudemire, sources say some within the Cavs aren’t completely sold that acquiring the Phoenix Suns All-Star forward is the best move at the trade deadline. The front office and coaching staffs have to walk delicately when dealing with James on these trade scenarios, because ultimately he has to buy into the move they make.

“I don’t think that Phoenix believes that its deal for Amar’e is Cleveland’s No. 1 choice anymore,” says a league source briefed on both team’s discussions.

Some Cavs officials are intrigued with Stoudemire, but believe that Jamison – and potentially other targets – could be a better fit. Stoudemire would bring dramatic change to a team that has won 13 straight and currently owns the NBA’s best record.

The Cavs may still do the Stoudemire deal, but not without some level of pause.

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