After a subpar dunk contest (but some sweet wipeouts in the skiing and short track skating in the Olympics), attention has turned back to the NBA trade rumors. Though no breaking news occured after the Washington/Dallas trade took place, we have been offered up the following details from Brian Windhorst in an article posted last eve:
1) The Cavs are contacting numerous teams, likely try work a quasi-Danny Ferry-esque three team trade. Teams contacted thus far include Washington, Indiana, Phoenix, Philadephia, Utah, and Chicago.
2) The trade talks with the Suns have gone beyond the early stages and have evolved into discussions of many of the small financial details that accompany personnel swaps. Per Windhorst:
“It has even gotten to the point that the sides have discussed small details like payment schedules and salary reimbursement options. At this time of year, because many contracts are pro-rated differently, there are such things to work out in a trade.”
3) LeBron has signed off on the idea of either Stoudemire or Jamison coming to the team.
Add to this the fact that ESPN’s Chris Broussard has hinted that the Cavs are very close to trading Z and JJ Hickson for Stoudemire (first place I’ve seen details listed), and we’ve got an interesting development on our hands indeed:
While Cleveland remains in talks with several other teams, the club, from management down to the players, has settled on Stoudemire as its first choice.
The ball is in Phoenix’s court. The Suns are mulling whether the financial relief provided by Ilgauskas’s $12 million contract and the young and talented Hickson are enough for them to part with Stoudemire.
This is the most recent info that’s out there. We’ll be sure to update as things develop. So much for sleep :/