Why didn’t the Cavs make a deal?

On last night’s TNT coverage, Charles Barkley and David Aldridge talked a little bit about Cleveland’s attempts to swing a trade. First up is Aldridge:

“(The Cavaliers) tried (to make a trade), they really did try. They were all over the place. They tried to get Antawn Jamison from Washington, they tried to get Amar’e Stoudemire, they tried to get Richard Jefferson, they tried to get Shaq. I can tell you this, they were more interested in Shaquille O’Neal than they were in Amar’e Stoudemire. That’s a fact. They wanted Shaq badly and they really tried to get him.”

Then there’s Barkley:

“The Cavaliers made a mistake (by not making a trade)…They should have said, ‘We’re going to keep LeBron (James), we’re going to keep Mo Williams, you can have anybody else we got.’ If they would have done anything to get a big body they would have been better off.”

Rookie J.J. Hickson is just 20 years-old and has shown great potential. He’s 6’9″ (which is the optimum size for a power forward), athletic and has a few polished moves down low. I would have thought that a deal that included Hickson, Wally Szczerbiak’s expiring contract and maybe a first round pick might have netted a player like Amare Stoudemire, but a similar offer from the Bulls that included Tyrus Thomas didn’t get the Suns to bite. Take away the first round pick and maybe a Hickson/Szczerbiak package might garner Richard Jefferson or Vince Carter. I don’t know if Hickson was on the table — his name really didn’t come up in trade conversation, other than on The Scores Report — but if I’m a team looking to cut salary and rebuild, a Hickson/Szczerbiak combo would be very enticing.

Szczerbiak’s contract will expire this summer, so it’s not worth anything anymore. Wally has played better in recent weeks. He shot 58% from long range in January and is averaging 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in seven games so far in February. He can contribute to the Cavs playoff run if he’s shooting well. If he’s not, he’s pretty useless because he isn’t a good passer and can’t guard anybody on the ball.

I find it strange to hear Aldridge say that the team was more interested in Shaq than Amare — I think if they were able to score Stoudemire, they wouldn’t have to worry about LeBron leaving next year.

Alas, unless the Cavs acquire Amare this summer, we’ll never know for sure.

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