Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Cavs and the NBA Trading Deadline

Lebron James just spent back to back nights notching triple-doubles, and the Cavs had yet another injury, as Boobie Gibson went down with an ankle injury in the same game he nailed all five three-point shots he took. Here's the bottom line: Lebron needs help. We all know and so does Danny Ferry. But what can be done about it? Seemingly not much with the crappy contracts the Cavs are saddled with. That will all change this offseason as six Cavs will have expiring deals. But that is then. The trading deadline is just a few short hours away and perusing the websites, we came across this rumor:

They're still trying desperately to upgrade the team. One league source told that the Cavs are making one last push to try to acquire Mike Miller and Kyle Lowry from the Grizzlies. They don't have much to offer, so to sweeten the pot, they are willing to take back Brian Cardinal as part of a deal. Memphis has been trying to push him in a deal for a while, but hasn't found any takers on the remaining $13 million left on his contract after this season.
The deal, as described to me by a player agent, would send Miller, Cardinal and Lowry to the Cavaliers for Ira Newble, Donyell Marshall, Shannon Brown, Cedric Simmons and Dwayne Jones along with cash and at least one first-round pick from Cleveland. If the Cavs can pull that off, it would be an immediate upgrade of their roster. But they face stiff competition from a number of teams for the services of Miller and Lowry.

Lowry is stuck on a team that just drafted Mike Conley #3 overall and traded for another first round PG from the 2007 class, Javaris Crittendon. He's on the rookie scale so his long term future can still be decided. He is also a guy Mike Brown would love because he is a tenacious defender. Miller on the other hand is a stud shooter who has played with Lebron on Team USA. He is a 6'8 two guard who can absolutely score at will. Cardinal's contract is awful, but then again, so is Marshall's. You'll lose nothing in dumping any of the other players involved. Sounds like it's not going to happen, but if Danny Ferry pulls this off, it's a genius move.

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