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Report: Cavs "very involved" in talks for Amare Stoudemire

Feb 13, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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2/13 10:33 am At a press event tied to All-Star Weekend, Amare Stoudemire said that there was a 50/50 chance he would be with the Suns past the trade deadline. When asked if he would opt out of his current deal at the end of this year (he is owed $17.6 million next year but can choose to leave), he said his focus was on being somewhere he can win a championship.

2/12 7:26 pm The hits from Adrian Wojanrowski’s twitter page just keep on coming. He is now reporting that the Cavaliers and Celtics will go “head-to-head” for Antawn Jamison, and that the Cavaliers are “very involved” in talks for Amare Stoudemire.

The key to the Cavaliers completing a deal may be sophomore forward JJ Hickson. The 21-year old prospect had perhaps the best game of his career last night, scoring 20 points in a win over the Magic. Hickson’s play has been a revelation in the last month or so. The question is whether Danny Ferry will use this as an opportunity to sell high or thinks that Hickson fits into the Cavs’ long-term plans. The Cavaliers are currently enjoying a 13-game win streak, and Ferry may be cautious about tinkering with the team’s chemistry.

Ever since Ferry took over as GM of the Cavaliers, he has managed to pull off trades while giving up almost nothing by way of assets. After Joe Smith returned to the Cavs at midseason last year, they effectively got Mo Williams for Damon Jones. This summer, all they had to give up for Shaquille O’Neal was Sasha Pavlovic and Ben Wallace.

The Cavs are definitely in “championship or bust” mode this season, but they may have an eye on the future in their deadline dealings. Stoudemire is only 27, and could give the Cavs a young core that would entice LeBron James to stay in Cleveland even if the Cavs have a disappointing playoff run. For that same reason, the Cavs could be reluctant to give up Hickson for a man 12 years his senior.

Another wrinkle in a Cavs deal for Jamison is the issue of Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ buyout. The Cavs are expecting that whichever team trades for Ilgauskas’ expiring contract will buy him out and allow him to return to the Cavaliers. However, the Cavs’ past history with the Wizards franchise has them worrying that Washington would not do them the favor of buying out Ilgauskas. What happens with the Cavaliers before the trade deadline could come down to how many risks the conservative Ferry is willing to take with the roster of the NBA’s best team.

  1. donniev007 - Feb 12, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    the key to the deal is that Cleveland would have to take on Jason Richardson’s salary if they want Amare. this would mean the Cavs would sign Wally Szczerbiak and trade him along with Z, Hickson, Danny Green.

  2. Tsunami - Feb 12, 2010 at 11:43 PM

    I doubt Ferry will trade Hickson or Danny Green.

  3. Billy - Feb 13, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    For a talent like Amare, Danny Green will get traded without a thought. It might take a few seconds to make the same decision about Hickson.

  4. chris - Feb 13, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    Hickson has the POTENTIAL, and MAY be what Stoudemire is NOW. deals done if the suns want it. With China backing the cavs $$$ ain’t no thang

  5. terrell - Feb 13, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    stoudemire needs to come to cleveland so he can get what he wants and so lebron can stay a cavalier and we can win a championship.

  6. Tony Silva - Feb 13, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Money can’t buy you love. And it can’t buy you championships either. Danny Ferry would be wise to proceed with extreme caution relative to making any major aquistions before the deadline that could negatively affect the teams chemistry. The Cavs are winning cuz they have rhythm. They have rhythm cuz they’re having fun. Having the “best players” thing is over rated and the sports graveyard is full of those type of teams that never made it to the promise land. Winning a championship is as much about beliefing as it is any thing else. The Cavs are at a point were the owners, the management and the players need to hold hands, actualize their belief in one another, a go for it hard. It’s us against the world kind of thing. No one else comes in and no one there leaves. The power of “one”.
    The off season will be here soon enough.

  7. Shaker Zaky - Feb 13, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    My honest opinion, the Cavs will not win a championship with the current coach. It needs a talented coach to manage a team with all these talents. He does not know how to manage a game. Watch all the previous years, it showed how inexperience he is to manage a game. His game plan is to give the ball to Labron and he will score. He never used the other four players to to support Labron. Watch past years and this year Labron had many points every year and no one else. Let us at the Lakers, there is Bryan Koby and several players work to defend him and help him to score. He has a very good supporting group.
    This coach never know how to use the supporting group, that why they will not(I assure you) win a championship. You can give them all the supper stars and without a good coach to get them together, they are not going anywhere. Trust me.

  8. Shaker Zaky - Feb 13, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    My honest opinion, the Cavs will not win a championship with the current coach. It needs a talented coach to manage a team with all these talents. He does not know how to manage a game. Watch all the previous years, it showed how inexperience he is to manage a game. His game plan is to give the ball to Labron and he will score. He never used the other four players to to support Labron. Watch past years and this year Labron had many points every year and no one else. Let us at the Lakers, there is Bryan Koby and several players work to defend him and help him to score. He has a very good supporting group.
    This coach never know how to use the supporting group, that why they will not(I assure you) win a championship. You can give them all the supper stars and without a good coach to get them together, they are not going anywhere. Trust me.

  9. Hank - Feb 13, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    I agree…The Cavs need a new coach! They may win with Mike Brown, but it will be in-spite of him, not because of him. LeBron is more coach than MBrown. He appears clueless most of the time and it’s in crunch time and the playoffs when you need a top notch coach.

  10. silkypimp - Feb 13, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    You need to learn how to spell and use sentence structure. Your not talking to your homeboys on the corner. Horrible command of the English Language.

  11. joe - Feb 13, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    You’re is the correct spelling. Stop throwing stones mr glass house.

  12. Brent - Feb 13, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    I think they ought to get Stoudemire if they want to try and contend against the Lakers. I also wish they would get a better coach. I can only imagine if they had a Riley or even Doug Collins someone that knows more about the game. I would not give up Green he is going to be spectacular I believe at least for a dead on shooter.

  13. Al55 - Feb 13, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    How would you know this, what makes you an expert on what they need and what money changes hands?

  14. ANDRE CAMPBELL - Feb 13, 2010 at 10:16 PM

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  15. HOWARD DOMINGUEZ - Feb 13, 2010 at 10:29 PM

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  16. Steve R - Feb 14, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    You sound like evryone last year when we could have had Shaq and an NBA finals appearance but we sat pat. We need to go to extreme measures to win the world championship. Plus we’ll get Z back so the karma is good.

  17. Athlean X - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    The cavs are goin nowhere fast without lebron now…

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