August 26, 2014

NBA Trade Rumors: Cavs to Stay Put?

As the NBA trade deadline is just over 48 hours away, sources close to WFNY indicate that the most likely scenario will be Chris Grant and the Cleveland Cavaliers remaining as currently constructed for the remainder of the 2010-11 season.

The 10-46 Cavaliers have long been rumored to be shopping several players while receiving phone calls about others, but sources says that the front office is not currently looking for late draft picks, and what teams are currently offering the Cavs does not match up with what the Wine and Gold are asking for in return.  Much of the potential stalemate revolves around the pending expiration of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, but the rest hinges on the fact that the team is fairly confident that it could purchase late first- or second-round draft selections if needed.

Shooting guard Anthony Parker (14.5 USG, 11.01 PER) has long been named within the rumor mill as a player who could be finishing his season elsewhere.  With an expiring contract and 35-years of age, Parker is widely considered to not be a part of the Cavaliers’ future.  However, given the teams stance that they will not merely make a trade for the sake of such, other teams are now looking in other directions to suit their short-term needs. 

The Chicago Bulls have been one team frequently linked to the Cavs with regard to Parker, but have become very unwilling to part with any players to fill their need of a three-point threat.  The Bulls have also been linked to players like Denver’s JR Smith (19.6 USG, 15.38 PER) and Houston’s Courtney Lee (16.9 USG, 12.77 PER) – both players who would likely command more than Parker in the open market – but Chicago’s front office has been (at least to this point) unwilling to part with any young players in these instances as well.

The Boston Celtics, looking to fine tune any potentially weak areas following the injuries to Delonte West and Marquis Daniels, are also in the market for a wing players. Given the Cavaliers’ stance mentioned above, the Celtics appear more willing to deal with the abovementioned Rockets for small forward Shane Battier (12.0 USG, 12.89 PER).  Like Parker, Battier is a veteran wing with an expiring deal and a penchant for draining the long ball.  Unlike Parker, Battier is a solid defender and may not command a young, considerable-upside player in return.

Other Cavaliers like Antawn Jamison (23.1 USG, 16.44 PER), Anderson Varejao (12.2 USG, 15.15 PER) and Ramon Sessions (22.03 USG, 19.06 PER)have all garnered various levels of interest through the league.  With regard to Jamison, the team’s value of the veteran forward has been well-documented throughout WFNY.  The other issue, aside from the uncertainty surrounding the CBA, is the inability of other teams to acquire Jamison by including salaries within the league’s matching criteria.  Other franchises have hopes that the Cavaliers would buy out Jamison who has one year and approximately $15 million remaining on his current contract.  However, the Cavs have indicated that a buyout is not being considered as they feel his expiring deal will be a highly coveted asset come next season.

Sessions’ latest bout of play has understandably increased his exposure througout the league, but the Cavaliers view the recently-acquired guard as a piece for the future.  Sources indicate that all talks regarding Sessions have been one-sided and they are merely other teams inquiring about the Cavs leader in PER. While there are hopes that Sessions could provide the team with a solid offensive contribution off of the bench going forward, he has more than shown his ability to play the starting point guard role if needed.  Given Byron Scott’s work with point guards in the past, a team would have to overwhelm Chris Grant if the 24-year old Sessions would be moved.

And while he recovers from his surgically repaired tendon in his right foot, Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will likely garner considerable interest in this off-season.  The feelings of his representation have been documented and other contending teams continue to long for an active big man to compliment their current crop of players.  Varejao would have to pass a physical to be traded, so expect a long lull that will pick up come this offseason.

While things could change given the recent trade of Denver’s Carmelo Anthony to New York, sources infer that the Cavaliers’ asking price for Parker will ultimately leave the Cavs utlizing the upcoming offseason to begin the rebuilding process when players like Varejao and Jamison become more intriguing to other teams.

Chief among offseason assets will be the team’s $14 million traded player exception.  While teams like the Charlotte Bobcats and New Jersey Nets have been rumored to be entertaining the idea of sending a player and a draft pick to Cleveland in exchange for cap relief, the exception’s value will likely become clearer as the league heads closer to the draft.  The current CBA issues have all but rendered the TPE a massive risk as league executives are rife with uncertainty.

Presently, there is a growing feeling throughout the league that the Charlotte Bobcats would in fact include a draft pick if a team would be willing to take either Gerald Wallace (18.5 USG, 14.89 PER) or Stephen Jackson (25.1 USG, 15.04 PER) off of their books.  While this is an avenue which the Cavaliers have been down before, it appears that they are not one of the two teams currently in the mix for either of the players in question.

As with most things that have happened to the Cavaliers this season, it is merely unfortunate timing that the CBA issues have effected the value of an exception that would have had other teams pounding down Chris Grant’s door.  The team continues to hold out for most value, and is using past TPE-based deals as a benchmark for value and will not be deterred by the current landscape.

While it is understandable that fans of the Wine and Gold will not be very happy if their 10-win team makes nary a deal leading up to 3pm on Thursday (despite having three expiring contracts), the chance of this happening is becoming more of a reality with each passing hour.

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  • kevin

    it’d be nice to get a draft pick in the first round for anthony parker… even if it’s a low pick. There always are some good players left out! And as it has been said in the past, it is the greatest asset for a rebuilding team.

  • stin4u

    Anything of this rumor that the cavs are interested in dealing for Gallnari from Denver?

  • Roosevelt

    Well, this colors everything the Cavs have said up until now as BS. Maybe they should try to squeeze other teams who are interested in Parker, but if they can’t, they should give him up for a bag of balls. Is anyone coming to games to see Parker? Is the 1/2 win difference that he might provide worth it? What exactly is the purpose of holding on to him? Trade him for past considerations, at least someone will be happy.

    I didn’t blame the Cavs for the Lebron debacle, as some did. I didn’t fret when they stunk this year, because I bought the “nice pieces” and “lots of flexibility” crap. But if they have assets that contending teams need, that are worth exactly NOTHING to the Cavs, and they can’t turn it into a bag of balls, I’m going to have to believe that they are indeed as incompetent as some are saying.

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com Scott

    The Cavaliers are most certainly interested in the young swingman, but may not have the assets to get the deal done. The Nets, Clippers and (I think) Raptors are supposed to be interested as well.

    I don’t foresee a situation where they ship him off for cash/TPE space, which is presently the Cavs’ biggest chip.

  • mike

    Yeah, saw the Dano thing, but it was in passing on ESPN.com. What would Denver want for him? I wouldn’t mind having him, hes a decent player.

  • The Conductor

    Chris Grant wears women’s underwear.

  • Roosevelt

    Oh, and BTW has anyone else noticed that since Windy is gone, Scott’s the closest thing to a Cavs beat writer that we have?

  • mike

    Here’s my thing about Parker, if the Bulls want him, and won’t give up their late 1st for him, keep him. Why help other teams if they won’t throw you a bone? It’s not like the Bulls pick is 15, its probably going to be 25 or later.

  • 216in614

    i’d rather stay put and not deal anyone. you don’t want to turn into the Indians where no one is ever gonna offer you very little in return because they think you are desperate.

  • Roosevelt

    @8 Mike Here’s MY thing about Parker – If the Bulls want him and won’t give up a late first for him, trade him for a late second. Trade him for a cheerleader, to anyone but Miami. WHAT DO YOU LOSE?

  • http://www.twitter.com/davepurcell Dave P.

    I understand not jumping at any deal, but the Parker thing is puzzling. Like Roosevelt said @3, I’d take just about anything for him. Dude is 35! Crazy.

  • Roosevelt

    @9 216in614 – here’s another idea: don’t go 10-46, so teams won’t think you’re desperate. Actually, the Indians are the PERFECT analogy. they are scared to do anything because it might go wrong and they can’t afford mistakes. Then when all the stinkiness rewards them with a few good players, and they all come togather at the same time, and everything is better than perfect, they make a token move for an over-the-hill player before falling short, rolling up the tents and starting again from scratch. Orlando Cabrera/Anthony Parker FTW!

  • mike

    Yeah but don’t make yourself look desperate. That’s all. I mean, under the pretense of, Parker is 35 lets trade him for a second, isn’t half of the Cavs roster worth a 2nd rounder? Why not have a fire sale (and whenever I think of fire sale, I think of Tobias Funke) and sell everyone off!

  • Roosevelt

    Here’s how I’d diagram it, @13 Mike:

    Making a worthwhile move (Gerald Wallace/Greg Oden/Danilo) > Trading the entire team except (see * below) for second round picks > making no move at all.

    *Players that should not be moved for a 2nd rounder: Hickson, Eyenga, Varejao

  • mike

    Really, I agree with what your saying Roosevelt, and I am glad I can have an intelligent sports discussion with someone. For the most part, I feel we need to use the Trade Exception first, then do what is necessary to build the team. Really late 2nd rounders mean nothing in the NBA, so why not screw the Bulls and the Celts, and don’t give them the wing player they need. In all actuality, I feel one of these two will eventually give up their late first for Parker. Because, to them, they don’t really need it. We do. Badly.

  • Lyon

    WE’RE HAVING A FIRE….. sale

  • http://exiledclevelander.wordpress.com Adam

    Right now the Cavs want the rest of the league to think they aren’t going to move anyone in a (lame) effort to try to drive up the cost of guys like Parker who they clearly ARE willing to move. The rest of the league knows this, which is why the Cavs won’t get more than a low second rounder for him. If that ends up being the final offer, I’d still take it if I was the Cavs. Low second rounders don’t often pan out, but you could use it to take a guy in Europe and stash him over there or package it with other picks to move up in the draft.

  • http://www.heyhokie.com Vengeful Pat

    @mike because only Parker has an expiring contract at the end of this season… he’ll be gone anyway, so I’m with Roosevelt. Either you get SOMETHING for him, or you’re going to wind up getting nothing at all and he’ll leave anyway.

  • Nate_3

    I’m on the “trade Anthony Parker for anything” bandwagon. The guy is old and he has no value to this team beyond this year. I agree that 2nd round picks are not great but do some scouting and find a young guy to develop into a contributor.

    Tobias Funke- the worlds first analrapist (analyst + therapist)

  • architrance

    I’m all for trading Parker, but not at all costs. This is not a deal we HAVE to make. It’s not going to devastate the organization/fanbase if he walks away over the summer and we get nothing in return. We can supposedly just buy late first round draft picks next year. How much could a late second rounder possibly cost? I firmly believe that this team is not desparate and will and should not give away any single piece for nothing. Now is not the time to just start “making moves just to make moves.” They have to be smart and bide their time. This team is exactly where it needs to be and the future can only get better. I am still convinced that this team with a couple of young additions, better luck, and fewer injuries could be much better next year. (Although I’m hoping for another very high draft pick)

  • mgbode

    i’d gladly take a late 1st for Parker (that smells like a Jiri Welsch deal to me). I don’t care if you can “buy” one later, it’s not guaranteed plus we could potentially use that late 1st and the $$$ to move up in the 1st round if that is the route we want to take.

    and I would gladly take Gerald Wallace from the Bobcats. I have always liked him as a player. but, I would push really hard for them to take Jamison+$3mil for Gerald+top10 protected 1st round pick and I would make it for 2012 not this year’s draft which will likely be weaker (more players staying afraid of a potential lockout). Bobcats get out of 1 year of paying Wallace, Cavs get a player that fits in with Scott’s athletic style (he can play defense too) and for only 1 extra year of cap-hold get a 1st round pick.

  • Roosevelt

    There’s nothing wrong with making a move just to make a move, if you don’t lose anything.

  • The Conductor

    Once again, Chris Grant wears women’s underwear.

  • Roosevelt

    Um… really weird situation – when I’m on my laptop, The Conductor’s comment doesn’t show up. But on my desktop it does. Hypotheses?

  • The Conductor

    @Roosevelt

    Your laptop is gay?

  • Shamrock

    Grant won’t do anything watch the Cavaliers are a reactive not a proactive organization. I guarantee that they never could have done a deal like Denver just did even if LeBron James told them exactly his intentions. The Cavaliers can’t use $$$ as an excuse because Gilbert said he would spend anything to win so it must be bad personnel decisions. That’s the Browns losing formula in a nutshell. Well until Holmgren at least.

  • Roosevelt

    As much as I hate to, I agree with Shamrock. The Cavs will either do nothing, or something grossly disproportionate, e.g. Ramon for a good team’s second rounder. If they do something noteworthy, even a bunch of late picks for Anthony Parker, Antawn Jamison, or the trade exception, it would do a lot to bolster my confidence in them.

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com Scott

    “Hypotheses?”

    Your laptop is doing you a favor.

  • http://ato.com jermaine

    @scott – lol!!