Monday, December 24, 2007

Please, Tell me this is True

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Branson Wright reported today that the Cavaliers are on the verge of dealing G Larry Hughes. Branson "Wrong" has less sources than we do, trust us on this, and he has been known to stray from the truth from time to time (like the dearly departed Roger Brown), but I cannot imagine GM Danny Ferry not trying to dump the overpaid combo guard.

According to "Wrong's" source "Hughes will be gone way before" the February 21st trading deadline. In an unrelated (or possibly related) news, the Akron Beacon-Journal's Brian Windhorst, a Cavs beat writer with real sources, says
The Cavs have spoken to the Sixers about Point Guard Andre Miller.

Per Windhorst: Cavs General Manager Danny Ferry and Miller were teammates with the Cavs in the 1999-2000 season and have a good relationship. According to sources, new 76ers General Manager Ed Stefanski has hinted he is willing to trade Miller, perhaps packaged with another player, for expiring contracts and a draft pick. The 76ers are in position to have salary-cap space next summer and may want more. The Cavs have some expiring contracts, but would probably need to put together a multiplayer deal to acquire Miller.

Whatever happens, something must change. The Cavs again were bounced at home last night by Golden State. The angry crowd booed. In Windhorst's game wrap, he said the booing sent one message; some silence sent another. After the game, for the first time in his career, LeBron James did not address the media. He took his clothes out of the locker room, dressed in the training room and left through a back door.

There was nothing for him to say that hasn't been said already.

All of the common symptoms of the Cavs' monthlong malaise were prevalent: the shoddy defense, the glazed looks, the slumping shoulders.

The roster needs a shakeup as this team is not jelling the way they did last year and the defense is non-existent. Windhorst wrote a great column discussing the team's poor performance of late on Sunday. Its's a great read:

Cavs Just Aren't Clicking Like Last Season - Brian Windhorst, Akron Beacon-Journal

Cavs Lose Big; Fans Just Boo - Brian Windhorst, Akron Beacon-Journal

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