On Friday I managed to fully ignore some of the NBA trade rumors erupting off the twitter wire. Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler to the Celtics for a box of basketballs being the main one. And you know who you are that reported that nonsense too. I won't put your name out there because you did write my favorite basketball book of all time about a basketball family from Jersey City, New Jersey, so we'll just decide to move forward as if that never happened...because that never did happen.
What did end up happening though, according to Cavaliers beat reporter Brian Windhorst, is that the Cavs have moved closer towards a deal with the Suns to bring Amare Stoudemire to Cleveland.
"Sources have indicated the Cavs have gotten "pretty far down the tracks" in talking to the Suns about Stoudemire. It has even gotten to the point that the sides have discussed small details like payment schedules and salary reimbursement options. At this time of year, because many contracts are pro-rated differently, there are such things to work out in a trade. Also, a source said that James has signed off on trading for Stoudemire."
Just a few hours ago, Brian updated that report in an interview with ESPN 850 WKNR by saying the proposed deal would involve the Cavaliers sending Zydrunas Ilgauskas and JJ Hickson to Phoenix for the services of the All Star Center Stoudemire.
He followed that interview up with a tweet saying that it won't happen today however, and the Cavaliers hope to hear back in the next couple days from Steve Kerr and the Phoenix Suns.
"Sources say no Stoudemire trade today, he’s playing in All-Star Gm for PHX after all. But Cavs hoping for yes or no by early in week."A Deal That's Done...Wizards - Mavs...
via SI.com's Ian Thomsen yesterday:
"The Dallas Mavericks have acquired Caron Butler in a seven-player trade with the Washington Wizards, SI.com has learned. The Mavs will send Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross and James Singleton to Washington, saving the Wizards (17-33) up to $13.7 million next season should they choose not to exercise their option to pick up Howard's $10.9 million option next season. In return, Dallas picks up a trio of players -- inluding Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson..."
Update (Sunday evening)...
Teams Sweeten Offer for Amare - via ESPN, Chris Broussard:
"...The Suns are mulling over whether the financial relief provided by Ilgauskas' $12 million contract -- they'll likely waive Ilgauskas after the trade -- and the young and talented Hickson are enough for them to part with an impact player like Stoudemire. And the Cavaliers have to be fairly certain that Stoudemire would be willing to re-sign with them before giving up the fast-improving Hickson. However, according to sources, Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala, appears to be the Suns' top choice...some close to Stoudemire believe Miami -- where he lives during the summer -- is his first choice..."
If you're asking me, where Amare wants to eventually resign aside, there has to be a team in the NBA that can do better than Z and Hickson for Stoudemire. Igoudala straight-up would be a place to start. Me personally, I hope this latest chatter has a similar effect on the Wizards and their asking price for Jamison, as it reportedly has on the rest of the NBA and their offering price for Stoudemire. More as it develops...
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