You have to admit that, for being a Cleveland sports site and being “rivals” of the Washington Wizards, we really haven’t taken too many cheap shots at the Wizards over this whole Gilbert Arenas fiasco. Perhaps because in truth, I’ve quietly been watching from afar, just waiting for this thing to spiral out of control to the point that Washington will get serious about moving their pieces.
Well, that time is now. Chris Mannix of SI.com wrote an article about the fallout of the Arenas scandal and how it will affect other teams in the league. In the article, he points out that literally every single player on the Wizards roster can be had, writing:
“According to multiple league sources, Washington is making its entire roster available and is open to all trades, including for players who bring less talent but have shorter contracts.”
That has to be music to Danny Ferry’s ears. As I pointed out earlier today, the Cavaliers offense has not always been what it should be this season. Picking up someone like Antawn Jamison is, as we’ve pointed out time and time again, precisely what the doctor ordered for the Cavaliers. The problem has always been the Cavaliers lack of solid young talent to sweeten any pot. But if the “including for players who bring less talent but have shorter contracts” line is to believed, this trade rumor may heat up sooner than we thought.
Later on in the Mannix article, he hypothesizes how a potential deal might look:
“Sources said the team would prefer to move Jamison, 33, a good soldier and automatic 20-point, eight-rebound performer every night. The free-spending Cavaliers have long been enamored with the versatile Jamison, and they might be willing to absorb the final two years of underachieving Andray Blatche’s contract to get him.”
Now, if this were a fantasy world, I would say the Cavs should offer Shaq for both Jamison and Butler. Obviously that would never happen. But if the Cavaliers are indeed looking to acquire Jamison and the Wiz want them to take Blatche as well, a potential Ilgauskas and Hickson for Jamison and Blatche swap would work.
As always, the problem hinges on Washington’s willingness to help the Cavaliers win a Championship. Cleveland doesn’t want to move Ilgauskas without word that the other team will buy out his contract so Big Z can come back to Cleveland. I’m not sure this is something Washington would do.
For now this is clearly all speculation and we’ve yet to see any word that anything is in the works. Knowing Danny Ferry, though, I have a feeling he’s going to be making some calls to the DC area this week, and with any luck, maybe Ferry can pull off one last masterpiece to top off this roster. Keep your eyes open on this one.