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Cavs set to trade Ilgauskas and Hickson to Phoenix for Amare Stoudemire

Sources: Teams sweeten Amare offers

T-Mac trade is unlikely

If Pistons are rebuilding, the time for moves is now

Heat owner says team hoping to keep Beasley along with Wade, RileyCavs set to trade Ilgauskas and Hickson to Phoenix for Amare Stoudemire

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are ready to trade center Zydrunas Ilgauskas and power forward J. J. Hickson to the Phoenix Suns for All-Star power forward Amare Stoudemire, if Phoenix agrees to the deal, reports, as according to sources it has spoken with.

Ilgauskas, now the backup to Shaquille O’Neal, is a two-time All-Star and Cleveland’s all-time leader in games played (760). His 14 seasons with the Cavaliers — including two full seasons missed while recovering from two of his six foot surgeries — is the 10th longest stay in Cleveland for any player in Cavaliers,

Sources: Teams sweeten Amare offers

Chris Broussard

While Cleveland has zeroed in on Amare Stoudemire, it benefits the Suns to let the process play out until the last hours before Thursday’s deadline.

Sources with knowledge of the negotiations said Saturday night that the Cavs and Suns were in serious talks about a deal that would send Zydrunas Ilgauskas and J.J. Hickson to Phoenix in exchange for Stoudemire, one of the league’s most dominant big man.

Stoudemire is averaging 21.2 points and 8.6 rebounds on the season.

But reports that the five-time All-Star Stoudemire could be headed to Cleveland have led other clubs to spice up their offers to Phoenix, according to sources.

The ball is now in Phoenix’s court.

The Suns are mulling over whether the financial relief provided by Ilgauskas’ $12 million contract — they’ll likely waive Ilgauskas after the trade — and the young and talented Hickson are enough for them to part with an impact player like Stoudemire.

And the Cavaliers have to be fairly certain that Stoudemire would be willing to re-sign with them before giving up the fast-improving Hickson.

However, according to sources, Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala, appears to be the Suns’ top choice.

So far, the Sixers have been leery of giving up their best player for Stoudemire.

While Stoudemire has good relationships with LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal, some close to Stoudemire believe Miami — where he lives during the summer — is his first choice.

T-Mac trade is unlikely

Though Danilo Gallinari and Nate Robinson were gearing up to participate in Super Saturday, the Knicks were getting bad news on the Tracy McGrady front.

A source in Dallas told The Post the Mavericks and Wizards were much more likely to pull off a deal that would include Caron Butler and Maverick Josh Howard. Butler was supposed to be the most vital piece in a Knicks’ three-way trade between the Wizards and Rockets in which McGrady would get to New York.

Agent Arn Tellem was supposed to be with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey last night in Dallas to discuss other scenarios for McGrady. A source told The Post two days ago a deal with the Knicks, Wizards and Rockets might be tough to do because all teams couldn’t "hit their goals."

Gallinari acknowledged he will not be at 100 percent tonight when he competes in the 3-point shooting contest during All-Star weekend in AmericanAirlines Arena and still doesn’t know what is wrong with his right forearm.

Gallinari, who participated in last night’s Rookie-Sophomore game, said the mysterious right forearm injury he sustained in the Knicks’ pre-break finale Tuesday night in the Sacramento loss was still bothering him.

"It’s not perfect yet," Gallinari told The Post at the morning shootaround yesterday. "I still feel some discomfort and weakness. It’s getting a little bit better. Hopefully it will be perfect [today]. Every hour it seems to improve."

After the game Gallinari said he lost feeling in his forearm after tumbling to the court late in the third quarter. He missed the entire fourth quarter.

Gallinari said he had a similar incident in early December in Orlando, losing sensation. The worst part is Gallinari doesn’t have a diagnosis yet or if it’s related to any prior disc problems last season.

"It’s just probably a muscle overworked," Gallinari said. "It’s tough to find the right reason. It’s tough to find it. It’s not a big problem. In 3-4 days, it will be back normal. It’s happened already so we know how to treat it."

If Pistons are rebuilding, the time for moves is now

Terry Foster / The Detroit News

Richard Hamilton wants to retire as a member of the Pistons.

But is that realistic in today’s NBA?

The Pistons are rebuilding, their dominance of the East over. And in that mind-set, Hamilton and possibly Tayshaun Prince, cornerstones of the dynasty, could see themselves wearing something other than the Pistons’ colors.

Hamilton and Prince are the most likely players to be traded before Thursday’s deadline, although Pistons president Joe Dumars insists he wants to take a longer look at his team that has been devastated by injuries, before making any decisions.

But there are five players who could bring the Pistons some youth and pop for the future via trades — Hamilton, Prince, Ben Gordon, Kwame Brown and Ben Wallace.

Chances are the Pistons won’t make a deal. But just in case …

Kwame Brown

Contract: 2010, $4,100,000

Trade him: Brown isn’t happy with his playing time and considers himself a top-end defensive center. Pistons coach John Kuester disagrees. Big men are always coveted, and at 6-foot-11, Brown can find at least one taker who believes in him.

Keep him: The Pistons are going nowhere, so what’s the harm in playing him? Plus, he gives Ben Wallace a breather.

Buyers: That’s tough. Brown hasn’t shown he can help anybody, but there could be a desperate team looking for a backup. Denver inquired about Pacers forward/center Jeff Foster before back surgery sidelined him. What could Brown do for them?

Ben Gordon

Contract: 2010, $10,000,000; 2011, $10,800,000; 2012, $11,600,000; 2013, $12,400,000; 2014, $13,200,000

Trade him: Only if you get something back that’s amazing. The Pistons just acquired Gordon and want him to be a cornerstone. He hasn’t been healthy, but teams recognize his scoring ability.

Keep him: Imagine Rodney Stuckey and Gordon together … Which player do teams double? This could almost be as good as Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton. The Pistons can build around them.

Buyers: The Celtics want a young scoring guard, and he’d be great match with Rajon Rondo. The Pistons could get back into the free-agent market by taking on the $19.7 million expiring contract of Ray Allen, but may need to throw in Chris Wilcox.–the-time-for-moves-is-now

Heat owner says team hoping to keep Beasley along with Wade, Riley


DALLAS — The Miami Heat is heavily involved in trade discussions with multipl
e teams, but it is not inclined to deal forward Michael Beasley before Thursday’s deadline.

Heat owner Micky Arison confirmed Saturday that Miami is in the middle of numerous proposals, but he denied that Beasley is being shopped in any of the deals being discussed.

“We’ve never put him out there,” Arison said as he watched the East team practice for Sunday’s All-Star Game. “I know I’ve read about him being put out there. I can tell you this: We have not put him out there. The media has. We like Michael and see him as a part of our core going forward.”

Arison not only plans to see Beasley remain with the Heat, but also he envisions guard Dwyane Wade and team president Pat Riley sticking with the team beyond this summer.


Wade, set to play in his fifth consecutive All-Star Game on Sunday, reiterated Saturday his priority is to opt out of his contract July 1 in favor of signing a six-year, $124 million deal with Miami. He then would recruit another top free agent or two.

But Wade’s ultimate commitment could be influenced by Riley’s decision regarding his own future. Riley, who turns 65 next month, plans to oversee the summer overhaul in the final months of his contract. But he also has been contemplating retirement.

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