The Cleveland Cavaliers had a chance to trade for Shaquille O'Neal at the 2009 NBA trade deadline and decided to stand pat. Fast forward to the Eastern Conference Finals, and the Cavs had a huge matchup problem with Orlando's Dwight Howard.
The Cavs finally made the deal for Shaq this past off-season. The other problem they had with Orlando was their size and athletic prowess on the perimeter. The Cavs brought in Jemario Moon and Anthony Parker to fill that need.
The Magic also helped the Cavs with that matchup issue by not re-signing Hedo Turkoglu.
The rumor spreading now is that the Cavs can send Zydrunas Ilgauskas and J.J. Hickson to the Phoenix Suns for Amar'e Stoudemire.
This trade would look good for a fantasy roster but it would not make the Cavs any better. The Cavs play great team defense and that is not what Stoudemire is known for. The Cavs have great team chemistry and have won 13 straight games. Any trade would create a re-shuffling of that chemistry.
Is it worth the risk? I say no.
After a 3-3 start to the season, there was a lot of worry about all of the new pieces around LeBron James. They have gone 40-8 since their rocky start. Coach Mike Brown has the deepest roster in the East and can push the Lakers depth if the two teams meet in the NBA Finals.
Leon Powe might be healthy and he adds a defensive presence that would be as good as any trade the Cavs could make.
LeBron James is going to leave for the bright lights of New York next year. It will be a mistake as he will be back where he was when he came into the league but he isn't worried about winning as much as he is about off the court things.
Bringing in another superstar like Amar'e Stoudemire will not keep James in Cleveland and do the Cavs want Stoudemire for the long run? The Suns don't want him for their long run and they are in a re-building mode. It seems that Stoudemire would be a nice piece to build your team around but the marriage between him and Phoenix appears to be over.
The future is now for Cleveland. They have the best team they have ever had. They are led by a selfish superstar who has won nothing. The Cavs are more than likely going to look very different next year but the re-building can start after a title run this year.
Kobe Bryant might have his faults, but at least he is all about winning. He leads LeBron 4-0 in rings. LeBron needs to cash one in this year because his choice to be a global icon is going to put him back to square one in terms of NBA championships.
LeBron James is the new age of superstar. The money is not out there like it used to be so he has to make choices that will show him the money. If his motivation was to win rings, he would have re-signed with the Cavs for a max deal and get ready to win multiple titles over the next decade.
He's not that kind of winner, so the Cavs are thinking about making a deal that they do not need to keep a guy with one foot already out the door.
Just deliver us a ring on your way out LeBron. I'm a Cleveland fan, not a LeBron fan, and I hate the way you are doing us.
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