Posted on: February 14, 2010 3:03 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2010 1:10 pm
By Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer
Right now, multiple sources have said, the Cavs are still working hard to assemble three-team trades. They have been in direct talks with the Phoenix Suns about Amare Stoudemire, the Indiana Pacers about Troy Murphy and the Washington Wizards about Antawn Jamison.
But they also are involving the Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers in trying to set things up. In recent weeks the Cavs have also had expanded talks with the Chicago Bulls about making them a partner. If that seems like a wide net, it is supposed to be.
There's often such expansive talks at this time as teams attempt to satisfy numerous needs with bigger deals. Usually, though, if anything gets done it is just between two teams. General Manager Danny Ferry did pull off a three-team deal at the deadline two years ago, however.
Sources have indicated the Cavs have gotten "pretty far down the tracks" in talking to the Suns about Stoudemire. 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.
Posted on: January 21, 2010 4:26 pm
By Ronald Tillery, The Commercial Appeal : The Grizzlies are discussing a potential trade in which they would acquire guard/forward Ronnie Brewer from the Utah Jazz.
It is the latest development in the Grizzlies' quest to improve their bench.
The teams have mainly talked about which future first-round pick the Jazz would receive in return for Brewer. It is not known whether other players are involved.
Memphis is not willing to part with its own 2010 pick. The Griz have made available their late first-round selections (via Denver and the Los Angeles Lakers) for the right deal. The Jazz may also be seeking a 2011 pick. The Griz have also shown interest in dealing for Miami's Dorell Wright.
Brewer earns $2.7 million and will be a restricted free agent this summer. A qualifying offer would cost $3.7 million. The team that employs Brewer will have the right to match any offer sheet he receives in free agency.
Posted on: January 15, 2010 2:46 pm
By Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer : The pressure on LeBron James to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest over All-Star Weekend next month is increasing. But the Cavaliers star doesn't seem to be moving from his spot on the fence.
"I'm still 50/50," James said before the Cavs played the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.
When James first had the idea he said he hoped friends like Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and former dunk champ Dwight Howard would take part.
But all of them have backed out, Howard being the last to do so this week.
James has not ruled it out and seems to believe he's got plenty of time to make up his mind. But it also continues to seem like he's going to skip it.
"I haven't made up my mind yet," James said. "If I decide to do it, they might let me do it."
Posted on: January 5, 2010 12:24 pm
By Marc J. Spears, Yahoo! Sports : Concerned about a lackluster start that has left them in ninth place in the Western Conference and motivated not to pay a hefty luxury-tax bill for moderate success, the Utah Jazz appear willing to trade anyone on their roster but point guard Deron Williams, multiple league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Jazz have a payroll exceeding $77 million with five players making at least $9 million this season. Their dilemma: While they would like to shed some salary, they want to remain competitive enough to at least contend for a playoff berth.
Carlos Boozer, who is making $12.6 million in the final season of his contract, has attracted interest, but sources said the Jazz have yet to enter any substantive trade talks involving the forward. Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has told management he’d prefer to keep Boozer for the season to help with the team’s playoff push, but ownership wants to avoid paying as much luxury tax as possible.