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Cavaliers reportedly trading Alonzo Gee to Pelicans, which could lead to Omer Asik trade

Jul 11, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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LeBron James signing with the Cavaliers might push Chris Bosh to the Rockets.

And not just for the reason you think.

Of course, LeBron leaving the Heat gives Bosh more reason to move on. He outwardly enjoyed playing with LeBron in Miami, and that’s no longer an option.

But for the Rockets to make Bosh a credible contract offer – not a max deal, mind you – they must trade Omer Asik.

As we’ve covered, the previously reported Asik-to-the-New Orleans trade won’t work without the Pelicans stretching Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans, Ryan Anderson or Eric Gordon (likely not an option) or another team helping them.

The Cavaliers, their plans set with LeBron, might be that other team.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Gee was originally headed to Charlotte for Brendan Hayward in a trade agreed upon draft night, but the Hornets might not mind altering the deal. Gee has has an unguaranteed contract, according to ShamSports.com, and I suspect Charlotte might have just waived him. However, the Hornets might have wanted Gee for his value in a trade, and if so, they’ll probably want some compensation for not getting him.

To the Cavaliers, it makes little difference where Gee goes. They still get Brendan Haywood, who has a low $2,213,688 salary this year and then has a fully unguaranteed $10,522,500 salary for the following season. In a year, he’ll be a very valuable trade chip if Cleveland is willing to add salary.

So why would Cleveland go the trouble of trading Gee to the Pelicans rather than the Hornets?

New Orleans must be sending the Cavaliers an asset for Gee. The Pelicans would want Gee to facilitate the Asik trade.

A simple way would be trading Austin Rivers or Alexis Ajinca, both on guaranteed contracts, to the Cavaliers. Cleveland could accept either and still have room to give LeBron the max.

The Cavaliers might not value either Rivers or Ajinca, though, so New Orleans might have to go another route.

Instead of creating enough cap room to absorb Asik, the Pelicans could aggregate enough salary to trade for him. In this salary range, teams can receive 150 percent plus $100,000 of outgoing salary in a trade.

New Orleans already has Melvin Ely, Luke Babbitt and Jeff Withey on unguaranteed contracts. Add Gee in a trade package, and that’s almost enough to get Asik.

Cleveland has two other players on fully unguaranteed contracts too – Scotty Hopson and Matthew Dellavedova. Adding either to New Orleans’ trade package for Asik would make the deal work. So, I strongly suspect the Cavaliers will send Hopson or Dellavedova to the Pelicans, too.

Then, New Orleans can make the Asik trade. Technically, it would be structured as three-way trade with Cleveland, New Orleans and Houston, because Gee and Hopson/Dellavedova couldn’t be immediately aggregated in another large deal. Maybe the Hornets get involved to make it a four-way trade and clear everything up at once, but that’s not as essential.

One more catch: Ely can’t be traded with other players until Sunday. But if everything is lined up in advance, the Rockets could complete this trade and still have time to sign Bosh and then match Chandler Parsons’ offer sheet.

There’s a lot are a lot of moving pieces in this Gee trade, but here’s the simple reality: LeBron going to Cleveland makes it easier for the Rockets to unload salary and pay Bosh.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    I thought Gee already got traded somewhere last week?

    • twinfan24 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Did you read the article?

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        No

  2. jvw1982 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    As the domino’s begin to fall…..let the off season begin….thanks Lebron for not dragging this on until next week….

    • rrhoe - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      It’s not over yet,now Melo will want people waiting outside his house.

  3. rrhoe - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    NO needs to do whatever they can to kill/alter this trade,at least try and get their draft pick back for helping Houston dump salary. Even the Lakers/Sixers/Bucks had the common sense to want a draft pick attached to their deals,their GM is an idiot.

    • rohlo - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      the draft pick i nthe hpuston trade of lin is the one they are getting from new orleans..reason pelicans are givign a first round pick is that asik has value as a starting center.lin not so much value!

      • rrhoe - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        It’s a salary dump,while he has value he’s also a FA next year so if they feel that strong about why not just wait ’til then and keep the pick. Their GM is an idiot…..

  4. rohlo - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    cavs and rockets workign hand in hand..alot of what the cavs are doing is helping the rockets alot! thanks cleveland!

  5. thetooloftools - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    I got a slight headache trying to even remotely figure out this story.

    • zoomy123 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      I have no idea what was just written in this article.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        I’m with you guys, and tell me how haywood has a 2mil. salary this year and next year it jumps to over 10mil., that’s impossible.

      • zoomy123 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        LOL! According to both HoopsHype and Basketball-Reference Haywood is an unrestricted free agent; he doesn’t have a salary for next year.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        zoomy123, I believe he was amnestied by dallas last year and picked up on waivers by charlotte for 1.8mil. I think he still has one more year at 10mil left on his contract for this year but i don’t know if it is non-guaranteed or has a team option or none of the above. This article was hard to follow.

      • zoomy123 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        I believe the article said it was completely non-guaranteed.

      • zoomy123 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        Edit: He is getting $2 M next year but he’s a free agent after 2014-15.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:08 PM

        zoomy123, He has a contract for 2013-14 and 2014-15 for 7.7mil each year but was claimed by charlotte for 2mil so dallas pays the rest for this year and next year must be non-guaranteed or team option.

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