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Section 109: Biggest Name in Trade Rumors: Pat, as in Standing

February 9, 2010
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This is what it’s like in February, every NBA team’s GM playing chicken at the trade deadline, waiting for their counterparts to make the first move. Only this year, I predict there won’t be as much moving. The biggest name on February 18 this year may be Standing Pat.
For example, Houston would like to move Tracy McGrady, and while some teams would like his expiring contract, they might have to clear half the bench to match his salary. Boston has the same problem with Ray Allen. Everyone is looking at the Nets to start the dominos falling by taking a big expiring contract like these, but if you’re a team trying improve for the 2010 playoffs, which three or four guys do you want from New Jersey?
Unfortunately for the salary dumpers, the teams with younger players and cap space may be more conservative this year as they try to gauge the outcome of newly launched talks on the league’s labor agreement.
What about the Cavs, who are still being labeled as a potential trading partner? I think they will choose that guy I mentioned before, Standing Pat. Danny Ferry already went out and got O’Neal, Moon and Parker. Gibson is making last year’s mediocre season fade into memory. Hickson is starting to mature, and Jawad Williams and even Danny Green are helping off the bench.
Wouldn’t they like one more player to put them over the top this year? Let’s see, what problems do they have right now: Winning percentage 33 points higher than any other team in the league; best road record in the league; 11-game win streak with two key rotation players injured; the league MVP; two bona-fide centers; three of the best three-point shooters in the league. Clearly, the guy they need right now is Standing Pat.
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2010 5:11 pm

    Great post! I feel confident about the Cavs and love the way they seem to be meshing on all cylinders.

    • February 9, 2010 5:19 pm

      I would hate to see them trash the great chemistry they have with a unneeded trade at this point.

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