Let’s discuss the Cavs potential trades and if they should pull the trigger. I’m starting to write this at 2:25 so that leaves 35 minutes for something to happen as I write.
One of the first trade talks about the Cavs was them getting Amare Stoudemire was ridiculous. I never wanted him and he didn’t fit in with the Cavs since he doesn’t play defense or go after rebounds and loose balls. However, the same lack of defense was brought up with Mo Williams and he’s bought into the system. But this trade is not happening so who cares? The Cavs are a better team with who they got than who they’d have to give up to get Amare.
Then there’s talk about Awtawn Jamison and/or Caron Butler. I’d be good with either of those, or both. I don’t know who the Cavs would have to give up but it would have been worth it. Mo, Butler, LBJ, Jamison and Z/Andy would be a lethal line-up to run out there. But this trade is dead too.
I guess so is the Marcus Camby deal which would have been sweet.
Now the Cavs are going after Shaq. I know I just dogged Shaq yesterday but doesn’t he fit in perfectly with this team? He would only have to play 20-25 minutes a game. He’s playing great ball this year and every time he gets on a new team he plays amazing b/c he feels he has something to prove. Shaq would love to play with LeBron and get him his ring. Can you imagine LBJ/Shaq vs Kobe in the NBA Finals? Would that not be the best/highest rated Finals of all time? The media would have 12 inch boners for months. Shaq would average 22/12 just to stick it to Kobe and then either retire or win another one with LeBron in 2010. Giving up Wallace and Sasha is well worth it in this case. However, the Suns want Wally and the Cavs don’t want to give him up. But my inside sources tell me a third-team has just been brought into the mix and a deal may happen by 3. Stick to J Beanie for all the updates. I’m on top of this.
In other trade talk, I think my favorite trade so far has been Sam Cassell being traded for a second-round pick… in 2015. When I read that I just laughed. What do you think the people on Cassell’s home planet think of that? He got traded for a pick six years in the making. Who does that? Isn’t that worse than being cut? Isn’t a can of soup and a $20 bill more valuable? What’s the over/under on how many times this pick gets traded? I’m starting the line at 17.
Even with their semi-resurgence, how do we know the Knicks are the worst run franchise in basketball? They traded for Larry Hughes. At least this means LBJ isn’t going there if Hughes is on that team in 2010.
Hughes was the second former Cavalier to be traded as Drew Gooden was shipped to Sacramento. I almost feel sorry for D-Good. Two years ago he was playing in the NBA Finals with the best player in basketball. Now he’s the best player on the worst team in the NBA. Gooden is the new Chris Gatling of the NBA. He’ll be with 10 teams (some more than once) over the next 8 years.
UPDATE: It’s now 3:02 and it appears there is no trade for the Cavs. No big deal. Getting Shaq would have been fun (can’t believe the NBA didn’t make the Suns do the deal) but we’ll be just fine without him. Unlike past years, LeBron hasn’t lobbied for a trade and says he can win a championship with this team. I believe him. When everyone is healthy (and stops playing football on sheets of glass), with the chemistry this team has (I love how when someone is hurt, no matter how minor, the whole team comes on to the floor to check on him), they can win the NBA title. No one can stop LBJ in a seven game series. NBA title here we come (unless David Stern screws us again).