August 16, 2014

Punishing Donald Sterling, Browns wide receivers and Kevin Devine rocking… While We’re Waiting

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Assuming reports are true and the sale goes through, this is the only way the Donald Sterling saga could have ended… One of the most popular Internet pass-times is reveling in what should happen to people as punishments. Whether it’s a local crime or some world leader who has committed wrong on an international stage, there will be countless commentators who go through various scenarios of what their version of justice might look like. It’s pretty immature and generally it’s not very creative or interesting. I saw many such conversations occur with regard to Donald Sterling, but this is the way it’s supposed to work if Steve Ballmer buys the team.

Donald Sterling’s membership in the NBA was revoked. He is no longer allowed to continue to operate that business and reap future profits and asset gains, but to think that there was any standing by the NBA or anyone else to actually confiscate his equity in the team is goofy.

So no I don’t get a sense of “justice” from Donald Sterling selling his team for massive profit, but that’s not what this is about. The justice is in his disgraced exit from the league. The justice is that some of the richest most successful people in the world ousted him from their private club. The justice is how the rest of the world will consider him and choose to deal with him on an ongoing basis until the end of his life.

That should be good enough.

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As for the reported $2 billion price tag, that’s more than enough… According to those same reports, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer bid $400 million more than the next highest bid. That’s insane. Ballmer is reportedly worth $15.2 billion so he can afford it, but that doesn’t mean he should afford it.

Obviously Forbes isn’t the be-all end-all in terms of true valuation of sports teams, but it’s instructive that their estimate was $575 million. Obviously the revenues and profits don’t justify a $2 billion valuation. Pro sports teams are a scarcity, so it’s reasonable that they should get an overbid when they’re sold. Still, this seems to be one crazy overbid.

At the same time, if the asset value is truly $2 billion and it won’t shrink from that valuation, then that’s exactly what the Clippers are worth, I guess. It’s just hard to believe that in a world where Sterling bought low for $12.5 million in 1981, that Steve Ballmer didn’t just buy really really high. Like probably way too high. Brian Spaeth and I were just talking about the sports valuation bubble…

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Discussion of new Browns’ wide receiver contracts… While I was getting ready for my holiday weekend last week, the fine folks at Dawgs By Nature were writing about Miles Austin and Earl Bennett’s new contracts with the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns have done really well throwing a bunch of stuff to the wall hoping for something to stick. Not even including Andrew Hawkins, the Browns have committed less than $3 million to Miles Austin, Nate Burleson, Earl Bennett and Anthony Armstrong in an effort to shore up their receiving corps.

These are the kinds of tidbits that look really bad later when two of the guys are hurt and another two aren’t performing at all and the Browns still don’t have any pass-catchers, but I like it anyway. It’s a solid attempt to improve the group that included Davone Bess and Greg Little a year ago.

Now, if Josh Gordon can somehow not be suspended this year…

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Last but not least, here’s my music for the weekend and it’s not new… As I’ve gobbled up new music in 2014, I kind of let some of my favorite stuff from last year slip away. This week I went back and started listening to it again, which meant Kevin Devine. That led to a loop of videos on YouTube, which led me to this really good quality video of Redbird from Houston. Love this song. Love this performance and the energy at the end of the song.

Enjoy the weekend folks!

Jarrett Jack wants fellow players to boycott until Clippers are sold

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Collective protests are tough to organize. Similar occupation rarely equates to similar viewpoints or emotion—even the most devout unions have scabs during strikes. This hasn’t stopped Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack from envisioning (and attempting to rally) a league-wide boycott of playing the game of basketball until the Los Angeles Clippers are pried from the billion-dollar hands of headline-making racist and all-around scumbag Donald Sterling.

On Thursday, Jack took part in an interview with the Bay Area’s 95.7 The Game in which he laid out the following plan of action:

“The thing I would propose is that nobody plays another game for the Clippers as long as that man is in control period point blank. And we don’t play another game until that man is removed. It’s not a Clipper issue, it’s a league issue and we should all take a stance on it.”

Jack is due $6.3 million next season, so his boycott would understandably be without cost. The issues which arise, however, are that there are players in the league who would be walking away from considerably more dollars; there are those who have not had the luxury of playing (and thus accumulating) for as many years as Jack; and the entire sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, if it were to ever happen, could be an incredibly long process.

As Yahoo!’s Kelly Dwyer astutely points out, not only is there pride at stake, but Sterling would be forced to cough up a check around $300 million to satisfy the tax bill. Sterling bought the Clippers for only $12.5 million 30-plus years ago; he would be on the hook for one-third of the difference between that figure and for whatever he sells the franchise for, which is estimated to be north of $1 billion.

There are plenty of grumblings surrounding the sale, which could potentially be stretched out until after Sterling’s passing—he turned 80 this past April. If this were to be the case, and players were to boycott for even a fraction of its duration, there would be plenty of lost wages to go around.

Jack undeniably means well, but the liklihood of his vision actually taking place would have to be categorized as increasingly slim.

[Related: Will Leitch discusses Donald Sterling, Chief Wahoo and podcasts]

(Photo: Scott Sargent/WFNY)

Cavs and Clippers talking Zeller-Bullock swap

(4pm EST Update: This didn’t happen.)

As the Cavaliers look to get something of substance for Luol Deng, they appear to be also discussing back-up plans at the small forward spot. ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst, who continues to crush the Cavs beat from 500 miles away, reports that David Griffin’s team is exploring a deal that would net them Reggie Bullock in return for center Tyler Zeller.

Bullock, a 6-foot-7-inch swingman out of UNC, has all of the tools required for a small forward in the Cavaliers offense, excelling in catch-and-shoot situations as well as in transition. He has unlimited range on his jumper, has good size for his position and is a solid wing defender thanks to a 6-9 wingspan, but is very raw from an NBA standpoint. Selected 25th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, Bullock has been relatively buried on the Clippers’ bench, but has averaged 10 points and five rebounds on a per-36-minute basis.

Interestingly enough, ESPN.com’s Chad Ford pegged Bullock to the Cavs with the 19th-overall pick this past summer, the one that was eventually used on Sergey Karasev.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers reportedly liked Zeller back when he was the coach of the Celtics and the Clippers have no depth behind DeAndre Jordan at center (Sorry, Ryan Hollins.) The Cavs, as you may have heard, recently acquired Spencer Hawes from the Philadelphia 76ers. Moving Zeller would seem to infer that Anderson Varejao’s wonky back is not as bad as it may seem. What this would mean for next season, when Hawes is a free agent and Varejao is one year older, remains to be seen.

Cavs vs. Clippers Behind the Box Score: Rebounding and defense continue to be Cavs’ winning formula

They say box scores don’t tell the whole story. Behind The Box Score is a new series where from time to time we will attempt to look behind the box score and tell more of the complete story of what happened in the game.

Tristan Clippers23.7 - Points below the Clippers’ season average the Cavaliers defense held them to in Saturday night’s win. The Clippers attack that is used to flying up and down the court, and is in the top five in the league in scoring  started off the game well, but had the clamps put on them in the second half by the Cavaliers’ defense. The Cavs led the Clippers 50-49 at the half way point before the game was slowed down to the grind it out slug it out affair that was just what Mike Brown wanted. The Clippers managed just 33 points in the second half compared to the 37 the Hawks jumped out to in the first quarter on Friday.

13 - Field goal attempts for Andrew Bynum. In Bynum’s last three games he’s had games of 14, 15, 14, and 13 field goal attempts. Before that stretch the big fella had only attempted double digit field goals  twice on the season. Bynum continues to show flashes of the the form that made him a force back in his Lakers days. Time and again on Saturday Bynum found himself getting a catch deep in the restricted area, allowing for an easy drop step and jump hook for two.

Bynum logged 24 minutes on his way 16 points and 7 rebounds, but was subbed out of the game late in the third quarter and did not return.

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NBA News: Clippers talk contract with Byron Scott

ESPN’s Chris Broussard is reporting that the Los Angeles Clippers have initiated contract discussions with former Cavalier coach Byron Scott. Broussard tweeted:


Scott was fired by the Cavs on April 18th, just one day after the Cavs finished the season. The Cavs finished the year on a six game losing streak that brought Scott’s overall record with the Cavaliers to 64-166 (.278). The Clippers fired Vinnie Del Negro following their 4-2 second round loss to the Memphis Grizzlies (losing the final four games following goin. The Clippers have been involved in very public talks acquire current Celtic coach Doc River (as well as Kevin Garnett). Those talks broke down this week after the two teams couldn’t agree on a compensation package for Rivers.

Scott’s potential move to the Clippers could reunite him with Chris Paul (assuming Paul doesn’t leave as a FA this summer. Which would be ironic). Scott coached Paul while he was with the New Orleans Hornets from 04-09.

[Related: Talking Myself into Mike Brown]

Box Score: Cavaliers 89, Clippers 105

“I think we saw one of the most underrated, unsung teams in the NBA tonight.”

That was the comment from FOX Sports Ohio’s Jeff Phelps after the Cavaliers’ tough 105-89 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers tonight. Head coach Byron Scott certainly was not as eloquent or long-winded after the contest, which snapped an 10-game losing streak by the Clippers (43-18) at Quicken Loans Arena.

After a hot burst from Dion Waiters in the mid-third quarter brought the Cavs (20-39) within three at 62-59, it was all Clippers from there. And, there even were some decent moments from former Clevelander Ryan Hollins (while it was mostly the Jamal Crawford show). But it was a tough final 17:48 for Cavs fans.

Overall, like the ckise Heat game last week but certainly not as dramatic, it’s hard to take away too many negatives from this loss. This was the 5th game in 7 days for an improving yet still very young Cavaliers team. This is a tough stretch in the schedule — even if they’re lucky to at least have five straight at home, through next Friday, March 8.

All one can hope is that the late-game collapse doesn’t become a typical trend and that the team can remain competitive against closer opponents. The Clippers, although still maybe underrated on the national radar despite ironically being in LA, remain one of the five best teams in the league. The Cavs, on a good day, on leaning toward mediocrity. They’re just going to lose these games, for now, more often than not — especially with Kyrie Irving still being out.

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS — 43-18 (won last 4)
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS — 20-39 (lost last 1)
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
LAC 31 23 17 34 105
CLE 23 22 17 27 89

LA Clippers

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Chris Paul
G 32:47 4-11 1-4 2-2 +19 1 3 15 0 1 0 0 1 11
Chauncey Billups
G 16:30 2-5 1-4 0-0 -5 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 5
DeAndre Jordan
C 19:53 5-6 0-0 0-4 +3 0 5 0 1 0 1 0 3 10
Blake Griffin
F 29:18 7-12 0-0 2-5 +13 5 11 3 0 3 3 0 2 16
Caron Butler
F 21:10 5-10 1-4 2-2 -1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 13
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 43-83 7-25 12-20 11 39 26 10 10 9 2 20 105
Percentages .518 .280 .600 Team Rebounds: 13
Matt Barnes
28:07 2-7 1-5 1-2 +13 1 2 2 1 1 1 0 5 6
Jamal Crawford
27:11 8-14 3-5 5-5 +26 0 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 24
Lamar Odom
22:57 5-8 0-1 0-0 +22 2 7 1 0 1 1 1 2 10
Ronny Turiaf
18:16 1-1 0-0 0-0 +3 2 4 2 0 0 2 0 2 2
Eric Bledsoe
15:13 2-5 0-1 0-0 -3 0 1 0 3 1 1 0 2 4
Ryan Hollins
4:19 2-2 0-0 0-0 -5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4
Willie Green
4:19 0-2 0-1 0-0 -5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Grant Hill
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Trey Thompkins
DNP – Inactive

 

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Shaun Livingston
G 33:18 4-9 0-0 2-4 -17 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 4 10
Dion Waiters
G 27:49 6-11 1-3 4-4 -5 0 0 6 2 0 1 2 3 17
Tyler Zeller
C 30:09 4-10 0-0 1-2 -7 4 5 1 0 0 0 1 2 9
Tristan Thompson
F 30:36 6-13 0-0 3-4 -11 4 12 2 2 0 0 2 3 15
Alonzo Gee
F 19:25 1-4 0-2 0-0 -6 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 2
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 33-74 5-16 18-28 11 32 18 16 5 2 9 23 89
Percentages .446 .312 .643 Team Rebounds: 15
Wayne Ellington
30:34 3-7 1-3 2-2 -15 0 1 3 2 1 0 0 3 9
C.J. Miles
27:02 5-10 3-7 3-6 -13 1 6 0 1 3 0 0 1 16
Marreese Speights
17:51 4-8 0-0 2-4 -9 2 3 1 3 0 1 2 2 10
Luke Walton
15:13 0-1 0-1 0-0 -8 0 3 2 4 0 0 0 1 0
Daniel Gibson
5:52 0-0 0-0 0-0 +8 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Jones
2:11 0-1 0-0 1-2 +3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Omri Casspi
DNP – Appendectomy
Kyrie Irving
DNP – Sore/hyperextended Right Knee
Josh Selby
DNP – Inactive
Anderson Varejao
DNP – Inactive

Instead of Fixing Tanking, NBA Should Remove the Lottery

Tanking has been quite the topical conversation starter in the NBA this season. Maybe it was because there was a shortened 66-game season that ESPN, TrueHoop and several websites hammered on the topic ad nauseaum over the past few months (even on this site, quite eloquently by Ben). But, realistically, in order to solve the issue of tanking, one thing should be fixed instead: the draft lottery.

Obviously, basketball is unique because it has a perfect schedule length and draft setup for tanking to be a possibly effective strategy for teams. With only 82 games (usually), as opposed to the NFL’s 16 and MLB’s 162, there’s a possibility that a 6-10 game stretch or more could significantly alter a team’s drafting position. The same is then true in the National Hockey League, but, for some odd reason, despite that league’s similar use of a draft lottery, not as big of a media deal is made of tanking. [Read more...]

Cohesive Cavs Stun Complacent Clippers

Upon emerging from the trainer’s room, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul spent approximately 15 minutes having a heated yet professional exchange with two of his assistant coaches, Robert Pack and Dean Demopoulos. Verging on animated, Paul appeared to be discussing specific plays, potentially mixing in some team philosophies, both contributing to their seven-point loss to the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers.

Paul was forced to debate with assistant coaches, and later teammate Randy Foye, because their head coach Vinny Del Negro was long gone. The Clippers’ main man chastised his team for a complete lack of aggression, stating that they were out-manned by a team that happened to be on the second night of a back-to-back. Del Negro wouldn’t categorize the team’s effort as complacency — something that could have easily set in following the announcement of Kyrie Irving’s absence — but his team, on this night, was clearly the less physical. [Read more...]

Anderson Varejao: The Fans Make me Feel Like I’m From Cleveland

Since I got to Cleveland, the fans have taken to me. I didn’t speak any English, but every time I would get in a game, I felt like I had somebody behind me, helping and motivating me. The fans did that for me when I got here. And now that they know me, I just want to thank them for everything they’ve done for me. [...] I feel like my football team is the Browns, my basketball team is the Cavs, and my baseball team is the Indians. That’s all I know. I feel like I’m from here.

- Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao following the team’s win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Varejao finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

[Related: Revisiting the Anderson Varejao Trade Discussion]

Tired and Short-Handed Cavaliers Try to Bounce Back vs Chris Paul and the Clippers

Chris Paul has made a huge impact on the Clippers

***UPDATE: Daniel Gibson will play and will start tonight against the Clippers. So kindly disregard comments below about Gibson likely not playing.

***UPDATE #2: Kyrie Irving has concussion like symptoms and will not play tonight. Great. Just great.  

The Cleveland Cavaliers (9-14, 10th in the East) begin their longest home stand of the season Wednesday night as the new Los Angeles Clippers (15-7, 2nd in the West) visit The Q.

This is certainly a matchup that is not lacking for storylines. Chris Paul playing his old coach and mentor, Byron Scott. Kyrie Irving vs one of the players he seems to be compared to a lot in Chris Paul. Mo Williams making his return to Cleveland.

Beyond the storylines, though, I expect a rough night for the Cavaliers. The Clippers, though on the 3rd game of a road trip, are well rested having had the previous night off. The Cavaliers played shorthanded in Miami last night, ran up and down the court at a frantic pace for much of the game, and then had to fly back home. [Read more...]

WFNY Photo Contest: Winner Gets Tickets to Cavs-Clippers

We have the fortune of having come across a pair of tickets to the Cavaliers’ upcoming contest against Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the rest of the Los Angeles Clippers set to go down on February 8, and we want you to have them.

In a bit of a twist, however, we won’t be asking for haikus or answers to sports-related questions.  This one will take a bit of extra effort.  Gather ’round… [Read more...]

The Boots: Cavs Future, 2011 NBA Draft, Basketball Parity, Carmelo’s Knicks

The Boots are my method of applauding or criticizing various newsworthy events in the world of sports. The word “Boot” refers to a torturous childhood nickname, and thus, now serves as my own personal sports writing payback. More of these features can be found with the University of Dayton’s Flyer News, and topics for future articles can be sent to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

Boot Up: Building Blocks – There’s no question in my mind that last week’s trade with the Los Angeles Clippers assured the Cleveland Cavaliers of a more straight-forward rebuild process. Yes, you can go ahead and read Kelly Dwyer’s drivel all you want, but you really can’t afford to contradict yourself so many times.

Dwyer makes the point that Mo Williams should have been traded months ago, but then he’s overweight anyway. He says Baron Davis is a team cancer, but that he will actually be a major aspect of the Cavs’ future. That’s my criticism for Dwyer because it’s simply obvious that Davis is not a long-term solution to anything here in Cleveland. [Read more...]

Developing News: Clippers Trade Not Yet Official… More Picks Coming?

(The LA Times later reported this morning that Baron Davis did indeed pass his physical. He is expected to play for Cleveland tonight.)

The recent trade between the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers still has not been declared official as of Sunday at 9 a.m., according to multiple news sources.

Reports, including those from ESPNLA.com, indicate that the MRI knee results from new Cavs point guard Baron Davis are potentially taking a little longer to process than normal. While the Clippers are currently not worried about the trade passing completely by today’s 5 p.m. deadline, rumors are circulating that Cleveland could be in position to request more pieces in the deal.

Ben Maller was one of many outlets to cite from sources saying that the Cavs still might ask for additional draft picks in the final workings of this deal. Stay tuned for any more updates as the day continues here at WFNY. Mo Williams and Jamario Moon supposedly passed their physicals Friday, but had not played in the past two L.A. games because of this final complication with the trade.

(Photo above via AP File)

Per Byron Scott, Baron Davis is Saying All the Right Things

Though those close to Baron Davis have told many members of the media that the veteran point guard is unhappy with his trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the two-time All-Star (!) is saying all of the right things to his new head coach.

During Friday morning’s shootaround, Byron Scott said that his reunion with Davis appears to be getting off on the correct foot despite the Cavaliers sitting at 10-47 on the season. 

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Cavaliers Take Major Step In Rebuilding Process With Mo Williams Trade

Not many teams have had much sympathy for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season. After a couple seasons of racking up the NBA’s best record and players dancing on the bench as the team executed blow out after blow out, teams were licking their chops this year to exact some revenge on the LeBron-less Cavaliers.

When it comes to the Los Angeles Clippers, though, they seemed to be feeling quite charitable towards our beloved Cavaliers. First, they were kind enough to give the Cavaliers the win to snap the infamous losing streak. Now, it appears they have decided to give the Cavaliers a 2011 top-10 draft pick.

The move comes as somewhat of a surprise, as many of us were bracing ourselves for the Cavaliers to stand pat and not make any moves. As is often the case with the Cavaliers, though, moves come out of nowhere when you least expect them. [Read more...]

2010-11 NBA Blogger Previews – Pacific Division

Yep, it’s that time of year again already. Once again, CleticsBlog are hosting the annual Blogger Previews for every team in the NBA. How this works is simple, every day a certain NBA team is up and bloggers who write about said team will offer their previews for that team in the upcoming season. Then, once a division is completed, all the bloggers throughout the NBA who are participating will post links for all the previews for that division.

Next up is the Pacific Division. All the previews are linked below, and I encourage everyone to take a few minutes, click on the links, and check out what writers from across the nation are saying about their own teams. We will be posting the Cavaliers preview later today, so stay tuned. [Read more...]

The Financial Impact of LeBron James

Behind the scenes we get barraged with emails from a variety of strange sources.  The strangest of all of them is when we get an email from someone who has interests directly opposite of ours as Cleveland sports fans.  People create things and in an attempt to promote them, they not only send them to sympathetic sites, but also to sites that are likely to be ticked off about it.  The thinking in this internet age is that all hits are good hits when looking to make something go “viral.”  That isn’t really how we operate here.  Even during the football season when we look for takes from opposing teams’ blogs, it is about the analysis more than trash talk or getting in each others’ faces.  To the point, yesterday we got a video and a campaign from New York’s Mayor Bloomberg looking for attention.  I am mentioning it only because one of the pieces of information caught my attention.  Part of Bloomberg’s campaign indicates that NYC estimates the financial impact of LeBron going to New York would be about $3.6 million per year and as much as $57.8 million if he helped deliver a championship.  That had me thinking. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… The Clippers Plan, Immortal Omar and Fighting Irish-Big Ten Rumors

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com

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Clippers can Dunleavy, do not name replacement: “It’s one reason the Clippers are likely to leave both their head-coaching position and the general manager position open until after the start of free agency July 1. Neil Olshey, presently the assistant general manager, will run basketball operations, until a replacement is named.

The Clippers, according to another source within the organization, are hoping to persuade [LeBron] James to come if he also can pick his coach, and possibly his general manager.” [Tim Potvak/NBA FanHouse]

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Summer Free Agents 2010: Are NBA Teams Relying Upon This Too Much?

95705409JM187_2010_NBA_All_This Web site has yet to directly address the impending doom that is the salary cap space of the several teams in the Summer of 2010 until right now. Analyzing how recent NBA finalists have reached the promised land however, it shows how planning through and relying upon the free agency period is not common at all.

What I did for this study was to look at the past 10 franchises that made the journey to the NBA Finals. Franchises that did not make the Finals are not worthy of this discussion since that is certainly the goal of the Cleveland Cavaliers currently as well as the teams aiming to spend big in the summer of 2010. From these 10 teams, I analyzed all of the various players on their playoff roster as well as the number of minutes each one of these individuals played. What this does is to get an introductory look into how successful playoff teams are built over the course of time. The results give us a hint about how successful teams in the NBA generally treat free agency.
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NBA Trade Deadline Day: Cavs Trade for Antawn Jamison – Timeline

Antawn JamisonThe Cavaliers have dominated nearly every minute of the Cleveland headlines for the past week without playing a game.  The week was one of the more hectic and tense weeks of the LeBron James era as the Cavs sought a trade to improve for their championship run this spring while also considering the underlying specter of LeBron’s impending free agency.  At 6PM Wednesday, the week came to a climax when the Cavs completed a trade for Antawn Jamison.  Let’s take a look at how the trade for Jamison developed and materialized over the course of Wednesday.

By Tuesday night, things had seemingly reached a plateau of serenity relative to the rest of this past week.  The Cavs had allegedly put their cards on the table and were waiting for a call back from Steve Kerr and the Phoenix Suns.  The Cavs were believed to have offered Z, JJ Hickson, one other peripheral player, and a draft pick for Amar’e Stoudemire. 

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