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Cavaliers working hard to trade anyone, everyone

Feb 16, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

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The Cleveland Cavaliers do not really have a championship roster.

You probably figured that out somewhere during the 26-game losing streak. Well, you probably figured it out seconds after LeBron James talked about taking his talents south for the winter. Dan Gilbert figured it out later.

What matters now is we are all on the same page. Cleveland sucks and needs to get picks, get young players and start from the ground up.

And so it makes sense that the Cavs are working the trade lines hard, as Ken Berger reported at CBSSports.

The Cavs are aggressively testing the waters to see what kind of assets they can expect to accumulate by volunteering to use their $14.6 million trade exception from LeBron’s departure as a parking lot for other teams’ unwanted contracts. Cleveland is seeking to use that cap space to acquire draft picks and young players — a sound strategy, especially considering that the Cavs can use all the room without putting themselves in luxury-tax jeopardy.

It is a sound strategy, but maybe poorly timed. With the uncertainty of the net Collective Bargaining Agreement looming — nobody knows what is around the corner — teams are tending to hold on to their young players and picks. Even if it means keeping a bad contract on the books a little longer. Teams are being conservative and that doesn’t help the Cavs.

So, they are looking to move players as well, Berger notes.

Sources say the Bulls and Celtics are widely expected to make a move before the deadline, and each is seeking wing help. The Cavs’ Anthony Parker would be an ideal fit in both places….

The Hawks are looking for guard help, and sources say they may be interested in the Cavs’ Ramon Sessions. The feeling among rival execs is that the Hawks may be willing to spend up to or perhaps even a bit beyond the luxury-tax threshold if there’s a deal that would significantly improve their chances in a playoff series with Boston, Orlando or Miami.

Um, I’m a bigger Ramon Session fan than most. He does help the Hawks against the Celtics, Magic and Heat. Not even close. The brain trust in Atlanta continues to think they have a good team that is just a tweak or two away from contention. What they have is a good team that would need major work to take the next step.

But the fact that Sessions, Jamison and Parker are all on the market shows the Cavs are getting that they may need to get even worse to get better. And that they should.

  1. bigtrav425 - Feb 16, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Im pretty sure Dan knew his team was worse without The Trader…i think what he did and said was more like a prep talk from a scorned businessman to the team,fans and city…i also think they think WAY to highly of Anderson V..totally overrated and overpaid..i just hope they can trade 1 or 2 guys off this team just to get a head start on a fresh start/rebuilding

    • hnirobert3 - Feb 16, 2011 at 2:04 PM

      Trader or Traitor?

      • ibejeph - Feb 16, 2011 at 3:24 PM

        From what I understand, LeBron doesn’t import fine Indian spices, Caribbean rum or exotic Chinese silks. Definitely not a trader.

      • loungefly74 - Feb 16, 2011 at 4:15 PM

        hahahah! good one. actually, technically, not a traitor as well. sure, he could have made his intentions known from the beginning to give the cavs a chance to pick up some marquee FA’s but hey, it is what it is. LBJ’s contract was up…totally up to him where he wants to go.

      • bigtrav425 - Feb 16, 2011 at 9:24 PM

        hahaha sorry about that..i deserve any criticism or smart ass comments

  2. loungefly74 - Feb 16, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    ugh…cavs are in bad shape. no superstar wants to go there. their only chance is to get a group of guys together with great chemistry…kinda like the pistons from the mid 2000’s. that team had stars in billups, rip, etc and had a very deep bench…but no lebron-type superstar guy. i know…i know..easier said than done!

    • hnirobert3 - Feb 17, 2011 at 7:44 AM

      You’re absolutely right. With Dan Gilbert’s meltdown, and the fact that the team has never been a top choice of any free agent, the only way they’ll be able to get back to being relevant is by drafting well and building a solid core of players, nothing too flashy, but a good unit with chemistry.

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