Category Archives: NBA Rumors

Cavs are close to deal Z and Hickson for Stoudemire

Amare StoudemireDanny Ferry has been working very hard the past few days trying to put a deal together to bring All-Star forward Amare Stoudemire to join Shaq and Lebron in Cleveland.

According to various reports close to the negotations, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns are closing in on a deal. The deal would send Zydrunas Ilgauskas and J.J. Hickson to Phoenix in exchange for Stoudemire.

The Cavaliers are also invovled with several other teams including Troy Murphy from Indiana and Antawn Jamison from Washington.

However, Stoudemire is first on Cavs general manager Ferry’s list. By bringing another All-Star to play along side Lebron, Danny Ferry and Cavaliers owner Gilbert hope that would make the Cavaliers a championship contender for many years to come and make the job of re-signing Lebron James much easier.

The Suns will likely waive Ilgauskas, which would allow him to be re-signed by Cleveland after 30 days. The Cavaliers are also prepared to sign Stoudemire, who has one year and $17 million remaining on his contract, to a long-term contract extension once the season ends.

Amare has been linked to seven other teams inlcuding the Miami Heat. Amare on all the rumors:

“I was telling one of my friends earlier that this is like being in high school again, trying to figure out what college you’re going to go to,” said Stoudemire, who skipped college and entered the NBA in 2002. “So, you just make sure you go to the right program. You have to have fun with it. Every top player has gotten traded before.”

Amare is 27-years old and averaging 21 points and close to 9 rebounds per game this season.

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Deal for Stephen Jackson may involve Delonte West

The Cleveland Cavaliers have shown interest in Stephen Jackson. However, dealing Zydrunas Ilgauskas for Jackson was off limits for Danny Ferry. However, recent reports suggests that Delonte West might go in a deal to bring Jackson to play along side Lebron and Shaq.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein:

“If/when the Cavs and Warriors do reach that point, you can almost count on Delonte West’s inclusion in the deal. In spite of the considerable off-court tumult in West’s life already this season, I’m told that Golden State is not averse to taking him in a Jack deal. Especially not when West’s $4.5 million salary in 2010-11 can be bought out for $500,000 as long as he’s waived by Aug. 2, 2010.”

Mark Montieth says: “Jackson would give the Cavs another legit scorer and, more important, another stout-hearted defender. He respects coach Mike Brown, who was an assistant during Jackson’s first season with the Pacers, and would defer to LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal, just as he deferred to Reggie Miller in Indiana”

Cavaliers are interested in Antonio Daniels

nba_g_danielsAccording to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavaliers are close to signing free agent guard Antonio Daniels.

The 14-years veteran was waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves following a contract buyout. Daniels can play both guard positions. He averaged 4.1 points, 4.2 assists and shot 42 percent with the Wizards and Hornets last season. To make room on the roster, the Cavs would release either Jawad Williams or Coby Karl, who have non-guaranteed contracts.