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During the last three years, this week has been a hectic one for the Curse of Cleveland staff as well as most Cavaliers fans around the world. There have been countless rumors, several nearly-completed trades, and a couple of big deals done during this week leading up to the deadline. Between J.V. and myself, there have been thorough discussions, minor disagreements, hundreds of text messages, and several hours of sleep lost. This year is no different.
As the rumors swirl around the NBA that the Cavaliers are "down the tracks" and "close" to acquiring All-Star forward Amar'e Stoudemire from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for "Mr. Cavalier 2.0", Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and J.J. Hickson, my stomach is in knots, torn between two conflicting thought processes. Thought #1: "Amar'e Stoudemire? NO! He's selfish, he doesn't work on defense, he's injury prone, and he's going to walk after the season for Miami." Thought #2: "Amar'e Stoudemire! YES! He's an All-Star in his prime, and you can throw this title in the bag with him. LeBron will get him to stay, and he, Amar'e, and Mo can win multiple championships in Cleveland over the next decade." As the hours tick down before the deadline, I find myself excited and terrified at the same time. The right deal could help drive the Cavaliers to their first title, but the wrong deal could disrupt the Cavaliers' current role and position atop the NBA, leaving LeBron's return in doubt. Then, there's the uncertainty that comes with not making a deal at all and running into an unforseen buzzsaw like the Magic last season. To be honest, I just don't know.