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Will Murphy, Randolph or Jamison
have the chance to play with James?
Recently, the Cleveland Cavaliers are said to be targeting a few players to help improve the squad. Among them are Antawn Jamison(Wizards), Anthony Randolph(Warriors) and Troy Murphy(Pacers). While acquiring any of the mentioned players will definitely improve the Cavaliers, the golden question would be who can the Cavs offer in return?
Ilgauskas and O'Neal in action
Shaquille O'Neal and Zydrunas Ilgauskas are the team's only expiring contracts. These two players will garner the most attention, however either one of them are unlikely to move. Trading either one will leave a big hole on the Center position since they are the only true center the Cavaliers have. If another quality center is involve in the trade, the chances of Cavs giving up one of them will be higher.
Varejao, Gibson and Williams look on as Ilgauskas rebounds
Cavs have 4 players who's contract run for at least 3 more years. Maurice Williams and Jamario Moon are close to untouchable while Daniel Gibson won't attracts much interest. Anderson Varejao mostly will attract some teams, but his contract stretching all the way until 2013/2014 will makes team to think twice before making any trades.
Are West and Hickson attractive trade chips?
The Cavs have plenty of players with 2 years or less left on their contract. However, aside from JJ Hickson the rest won't have significant trade value. Hickson is making about 1.5million and that's not even anywhere near the value of the targeted players. Maybe Delonte West is another trade option, but his ongoing personal issues decrease his trade value.
Roster change for the Cavs anytime soon?
In short, if the Cavs want any trade to work, they will surely need to include one of the center. Something like Ilgauskas and Hickson for Jamison and Oberto works financially. Maybe even Ilgauskas, Hickson and Williams for Foster and Murphy. That might work but its all down to how desperate the Cavs wants a solid PF.
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