The NBA Trade Deadline is today at 3:00, and we will be doing our best to provide you with full coverage of everything that will be going on today. We will be giving you details and updates throughout the day, but there will be a live blog over at MVN that I will be participating in from 2:00 to 3:00, and a podcast this evening at 8:00 regardless of whether the Cavaliers do a trade or not, so stay tuned for those details.
Update 1:00 pm – Ok, so by now I see you guys are already talking about the potential Shaq deal. This would be an interesting trade because it begs the question, how do use Shaq and Z in a lineup together? Do you play Shaq at the 4? Do you ask Z to come off the bench? Do you ask Shaq to come off the bench? I would actually lean toward doing this trade if I were Ferry. I worry a little about the loss of Ben’s versatility on defense, but as has been pointed out a lot lately, his defense the past few weeks has been pretty bad anyway. Also, it sounds like some talks have picked up with Richard Jefferson again, but I think that will be a last second deal if it happens because Milwaukee wants a better deal than what Cleveland is offering.
Update: 2:00 pm – Not much happening on the Shaq front at the moment, but for the next hour, I will be live blogging over at MVN. You can follow along if you want at Cavalier Attitude.
On the Cavaliers front, there’s a lot of noise about nothing right now. The latest is that the Wizards don’t want to trade Jamison and the Clippers want legit players rather than expiring contracts for Camby. The Cavaliers aren’t going to do anything like that for Camby’s services, so that deal sounds dead.
At the moment the team you keep hearing the most is the Bucks. There’s some talk that the Cavs have asked about Richard Jefferson. I’m not sure how likely this is to happen. For one thing, Jefferson plays the same position as LeBron does, which means someone is going to have to play out of position. The obvious move would be to put LeBron at the 4, then, but that seems like a pretty dramatic change that could have unpredictable results. How would Jefferson and LeBron work together on the court at the same time? It’s hard to say, really, because even when LeBron is playing the 4, he has a tendency to still play de facto PG. Furthermore, it sounds like the Bucks are being offered better packages than what the Cavs are willing to do.
The most interesting thing to happen so far has been the nixing of the Tyson Chandler trade. This is interesting on a couple different fronts. First of all, as Brian Windhorst pointed out this morning, it puts Chandler back into play. When healthy, Chandler is one of the best defensive big men in the game, and his presence could work quite well in Cleveland. Obviously, though, the Cavs have to question both Chandler’s health as well as his longer term contract which has a player option for the 2010-11 season. If the Cavs were confident in Chandler’s health, he could be a possible long term replacement option for Zydrunas Ilgauskas. I would imagine this would be an intriguing option for Danny Ferry. The Hornets may decide to stick with Chandler now anyway, and the Cavs may not have what the Hornets want to make that deal happen, but it’s an option to keep our eye on.
The other interesting point is that Joe Smith is back in Oklahoma City. At first, when I heard about this, I was overjoyed. I have long thought Smith was exactly what the Cavs needed. A solid, dependable veteran big guy who already knows the Cavaliers well and could step right into the rotation, and his contract wouldn’t be an issue. So, I thought perhaps by him being back on the Thunder, he could now either get traded somewhere else where he could get bought out, or else perhaps he could force a buyout in Oklahoma City. Then, he would naturally come back to Cleveland…..
….but not so fast. Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com is reporting something very different, and something very worrisome for Cavalier fans:
A source who has been in the know for years tells me that Joe Smith is keeping his fingers crossed that the Thunder do not find another trade for him now that he’s back in Oklahoma City.
Obviously, this scenario would be tough for the Cavaliers to stomach. Not only would the Cavaliers lose out on a player they want, but he would go to their prime conference rival. Perhaps there were more hard feelings over the Cavaliers sending Smith into the exile that is the Oklahoma City Thunder. Not sure how true this is, but if Joe Smith goes to Boston, there’s a very decent chance the Cavaliers will long regret the fact that the Hornets trade fell through.