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Cleveland reportedly close to trade for Amare Stoudemire

T’wolves could make bid for Thomas

Adrian Wojnarowski

As the Chicago Bulls prepare to trade forward Tyrus Thomas(notes) before Thursday’s deadline, the franchise’s front office has suggested to prospective bidders that they have a solid offer of a middling first-round pick and expiring contracts, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets made bids for Thomas over the weekend, league sources said. The Nuggets have actively searched for a big man in recent weeks, working to pry younger (DeAndre Jordan(notes)) and older ones (Antonio McDyess(notes) and Ben Wallace(notes)) without success.
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After losing out on Caron Butler(notes) to the Mavericks, Houston has gotten serious with bids for Thomas and Washington’s Antawn Jamison(notes), sources said.

Nevertheless, here are two developments to watch with Thomas: Several league executives suggested the Minnesota Timberwolves could be a sleeper for him. Minnesota general manager David Kahn has been researching Thomas and has plenty of assets – three 2010 first-round picks, multiple second-rounders and a host of expiring contracts – to make it happen. Once the Timberwolves trade Al Jefferson(notes) this summer, they can re-sign Thomas and plug him into the frontline with Kevin Love(notes). Jefferson is expected to be traded for a talented, young small forward.

Trading for Thomas would be a way to get a long, athletic power forward with upside, and the Timberwolves could easily re-sign him this summer.

Here’s something else to watch: The Portland Trail Blazers were telling teams over the weekend they had a chance to acquire Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic(notes) and wondered whether teams might have an interest in obtaining him. This prompted several executives to suggest the Blazers were working on a three-team trade, including one Eastern Conference general manager who had been told the elements of the package included Thomas and Vujacic to Portland, the Bulls’ Kirk Hinrich(notes) to Los Angeles and the Lakers’ Adam Morrison(notes), another expiring deal and a first-round pick to the Bulls.

“What has, or will kill this,” one GM said, “is that Portland just won’t take Vujacic on.”;_ylt=AhZhR4BFP_DnmZp2OiCEW6DTjdIF?slug=aw-tradebuzz021510&prov=yhoo&type=lgns&print=1

Trade Deadline Buzz

Ken Berger

Tracy McGrady’s chances of being traded to the Knicks are "50-50," according to a source, as team executives return home from All-Star weekend Monday to strategize before Thursday’s trade deadline.

The Knicks and Rockets are engaged in active discussions that would send McGrady, a former All-Star trying to come back from microfracture surgery, to New York as part of a package that would be likely to include Al Harrington. Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni is said to be in favor of the move, which he believes would give the struggling Knicks a boost as they try to get back into the playoff hunt.

Due to McGrady’s massive, $23 million expiring contract, efforts are under way to recruit a third team to complete the deal. Those teams include Cleveland, Miami, and Philadelphia — all franchises that are engaged in discussions with the Suns for Amar’e Stoudemire. The dominoes are likely to begin falling by Tuesday as those three teams try to come forth with a proposal that will entice Phoenix to part with Stoudemire in exchange for much-needed luxury tax relief and future assets.

The Suns, hamstrung by uncertainty over whether Stoudemire will exercise his early termination option after the season, are weighing whether to take a chance on retaining him or securing assets they can build with in his absence. When Suns owner Robert Sarver told Sunday night, “It’s definitely an important decision,” he wasn’t kidding.

Given that the Suns are telling rival executives that retaining Stoudemire remains on the table as an option, Cleveland has maintained contact with the Wizards amid strong indications that Washington is now committed to moving Antawn Jamison for a package that will yield not only financial flexibility, but also a young asset. The Knicks, another source said, also remain involved with the Bulls regarding Tyrus Thomas — among the most likely players to be traded by Thursday because of his problematic status as a restricted free agent after the season. Denver, Houston, and Charlotte also have inquired about Thomas, and the Spurs are believed to quietly ready to pounce with an offer in their bid to add much needed length and athleticism to their frontcourt.

Source: Stoudemire doesn’t want to play in Cleveland

By Bob Finnan

West All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire, of the Phoenix Suns, dunks during the West All-Star team practice on NBA basketball All-Star Weekend Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Many around the league are holding their breath until the Amar’e Stoudemire trade to the Cavaliers is announced.

But there could be one major road block.

A source said the five-time All-Star center let it be known that he does not want to come to Cleveland.

The Cavs have reportedly been informed of that news and have gone in another direction.

They had reportedly offered center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, promising young power forward J.J. Hickson and another player to the Suns for Stoudemire.

The source said judging from the changing winds of the NBA, it’s not totally out of the question that the Cavs could still make a deal for Stoudemire.

But the 6-foot-10, 249-pound Stoudemire has little desire of joining LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal on the Cavs, even if it meant bringing home an NBA championship.

One thing that could change Stoudemire’s thought process, the source said, would be if the Cavs offered a contract extension. Stoudemire is supposedly seeking a three-year, $60 million extension.

He will earn $16.4 million this season and has a player option on his 2010-11 contract worth $17.7 million.


Blazers offer Blake to Clippers for Camby

Adrian Wojnarowski

As the Portland Trail Blazers make trade proposals around the league, one name keeps popping up: Steve Blake.

This time, Blake has been offered with Travis Outlaw(notes) to the Los Angeles Clippers for center Marcus Camby(notes), a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

It’s also believed that the Blazers will add cash to the bid. All three players have expiring contracts, so it would likely take an additional ingredient – cash and or a second-round draft pick – to convince the Clippers to give up Camby for this package.

Camby, 35, is averaging 7.7 points and 12.1 rebounds for the Clippers.

Outlaw played only 11 games this season before breaking his left foot, and has just been cleared to return to practice. He could be ready to return to games within seven to 10 days. Some in the league believe that GM Kevin Pritchard wants to clear the way for his first-round draft pick, Jerryd Bayless(notes), to get more time in the backcourt with Andre Miller(notes), and that’s part of the reason for shopping Blake.
< br>The Blazers have been searching for some inside help to deflect the blow of losing centers Greg Oden(notes) and Joel Przybilla(notes) to knee injuries.

Cleveland reportedly close to trade for Amare Stoudemire

Ben Bolch

Reporting from Arlington, Texas – The balance of power in the NBA may be tilting toward the Eastern Conference, and it has nothing to do with a two-point win in a meaningless All-Star game.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly closing in on a trade in which they would acquire Amare Stoudemire from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Zydrunas Ilgauskas and J.J. Hickson.

If the deal is completed before Thursday’s trading deadline, the 6-foot-11 Stoudemire would provide a high-scoring complement to LeBron James and bolster the team with the best record in the NBA.

After scoring 25 points to help the East secure a 141-139 victory over the West on Sunday night at Cowboys Stadium, James said he did not address the trade rumors with Stoudemire.

"That’s the last thing I wanted to bring up with him," James said. "He’s one of the premier athletes that we have in our game, but you know, we’ll see if it happens."

James reportedly would prefer a deal for Washington forward Antawn Jamison, who is averaging 20.5 points and 8.8 rebounds. Stoudemire averages 21.2 points and 8.6 rebounds.

If Cleveland and Phoenix are unable to work out a deal, the Cavaliers reportedly have agreed to acquire Indiana forward Troy Murphy for Ilgauskas and Hickson. The team that picks up Ilgauskas would probably waive him, allowing him to go back to Cleveland in 30 days while providing salary-cap relief.,0,2607531.story

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