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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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Could the Cavaliers land Antawn Jamison?

Antwan JamisonThe trade deadline is coming this Thursday and Danny Ferry made it known that the team and the coaching staff are happy with the current roster.

Cavs GM Danny Ferry told Marc Stein on Sunday night that he’d “be surprised if they did anything at this point.” However, when Ferry made the deal for Szczerbiak, one of the big selling points was that the Cavs could use the contract as an asset this year.

A deal for Antawn Jamison would give the Cavaliers the size they need at the 4 spot and a dynamic scorer. The Wizards are one of the worst teams in the NBA and they will not get much better when Gilbert is back. The Wizards owner is wasting money on a bad team and dealing Jamison will put them slightly below the cap next year.

However, Jamison might give the Cavaliers what they want now and maybe next year. He is 32 now and has 3 years left on his contract after this season. Can he stay healthy and continue to play at such a high level for the next three years?

With the current economic downturn, it makes you wonder if Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is feeling the heat. The Cavaliers are paying close to $19 million in luxury taxes this year. But next year they will go under the luxury-tax threshold if they let Wally walk.

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Lebron James Triple-Double in New York Taken Away

The NBA decided to review Lebron’s historic performance at the Madison Suqar Garden last Wednesday and decided to take away his 10th rebound and awarded it to Ben Wallace instead.

James scored a season-high 52 points and had 11 assists Wednesday in the Cavaliers’ 107-102 victory at New York. He was believed to have a triple-double when he grabbed what went down as a 10th rebound with less than 2 seconds left.

The NBA usually reviews calls at each game and adjust stats. However it took them two days to make this adjustment and it might be fueled by the heated remarks from Cavs owner Dan Gilbert late Thursday in which he called Stern’s decision to shun Williams “stupidiculous, idillogical and preposterageous.” Also, Cavs General Manager Danny Ferry said that Stern “maybe doesn’t appreciate how important Mo has been to our team.”

The NBA decided Wallace had controlled the ball and passed it to James. The NBA basketball operations staff, headed by league Vice President Stu Jackson, had the final call on the adjustment.

“We followed a procedure in which we review plays to make sure the stats are accurate to protect the integrity and history of the league,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.

“the ruling was inconsistent with the stat crew’s tallies during the game. Wallace tipped a handful of rebounds to teammates, a tactic he’s perfected during his career and has been dubbed the “Ben back-tap” by Cavs play-by-play voice Fred McLeod. Most of the time at arenas around the league, Wallace gets credit for these as rebounds” Brian Windhorst, Cavs beat writer said.

“Yet the stats crew gave Wallace just one rebound in the game before NBA intervention while Wally Szczerbiak, who grabbed several of Wallace’s tap-backs, ended up with an anomaly of 13 rebounds, the second-highest total of his career. The review of the film by the NBA, though, did not change any other of Wallace’s uncredited back-taps or Szczerbiak’s rebounds.”