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Windhorst: Cavs extremely active in trade talks

Jul 1, 2010, 1:24 AM EDT

UPDATE 1:16 AM: ESPN.com’s Marc Stein: “Yes: Brendan Haywood is potential S-and-T piece for Mavs. But Mavs sources insist there is ‘no chance’ he moves in sign-and-trade for Shaq.”
Just after 12 AM Eastern on Thursday morning, Brian Windhorst’s twitter feed absolutely blew up with Cavalier-related rumors. The Cavaliers are obviously waiting on LeBron James’ free agency decision with bated breath, but they’re not just sitting around while they wait for his decision. Cleveland knows that it will have to make some real changes to its roster if they want to keep LeBron, and they don’t seem to be wasting any time in trying to improve. 
According to Windhorst, the Cavalier front office has been speaking to other teams about making the following moves:
-After watching Shaquille O’Neal struggle to keep up on defense during the Eastern Conference semi-finals, the Cavs are reportedly discussing a “double-sign-and-trade” that would send O’Neal to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for center Brendan Haywood. 
O’Neal’s post scoring was supposed to give the Cavaliers a new dimension, but more often than not he stopped the ball on offense. Defensively, Shaq struggled to keep the faster players in the league in front of him, particularly when he was put in the pick-and-roll. If the Cavs move Shaq for Haywood, it would be a step towards the defense-first/drive-and-kick mentality that Cleveland had during the 2008-09 season. 
-The Cavs are also looking for an upgrade at the two; according to Windhorst, the Cavs are looking at Ray Allen, John Salmons, and Mike Miller in free agency. Allen would likely be their #1 choice, but with Doc Rivers returning it seems unlikely that Allen will leave Boston. 
Delonte West was a revelation at the two-guard position during the 08/09 season. Unfortunately, he never returned to his 08/09 form last season, and Anthony Parker was merely passable as a starting two-guard. Parker was a solid defender and made open threes, but the Cavs are clearly looking for more scoring punch in their backcourt. 
-Cleveland has interest in Chris Bosh and Amar’e Stoudemire, but it is unlikely that either would come to Cleveland if LeBron doesn’t re-sign with the team. Since LeBron may leave Cleveland unless the Cavaliers get a player like Bosh or Stoudemire, this could become something of a Catch-22. 
-The Cavaliers have also reportedly shown some interest in contacting Al Harrington. I can’t think of a very compelling explanation for that one. 
These rumors help to confirm what most NBA fans suspected: The Cavs are looking to make moves, and everything can be made available for the right price. That’s what can happen when a team finds itself in an all-or-nothing situation. 
  1. GRiZZ - Jul 1, 2010 at 7:08 AM

    YEAH, because getting BRENDAN HAYWOOD is exactly the kind of move that will make Lebron stay.
    Does you guys not remember the playoff series between those two a couple years back? They did everything but kill each other. I don’t see those two playing on the same team.

  2. eric - Jul 1, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    Shaq blows……mmm byrant and artest couldnt play together either and we see how that ended up

  3. AJ Gallo - Jul 1, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    And when it comes to Amar’e Stoudemire, I strongly suggest that the buyer beware.

  4. Jerry W - Jul 1, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    SHAQ has 4 Championship rings and Haywood has…0 Who relly blows on that deal?

  5. jgc711 - Jul 1, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    shaq will not go to dallas…he does not like cuban…and vice versa…

  6. Jorge - Jul 1, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    says who?

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