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RUMOR: Warriors trying to get Cavaliers to take Corey Maggette for Zydrunas Ilgauskas (i.e., expiring contract)

UPDATE (11:54am): My man Seth has a great related piece Making Sense Of All The Amare Stoudemire Trade Rumors and Extension Talks over at Bright Side of the Sun.


Now that the Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizards have completed their Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, James Singleton, and Quinton Ross for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson swap (see 2010 NBA Trade Deadline story stream), the hottest topic in the NBA scene is a brewing trade between the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers involving Amare Stoudemire and Zyndrunas Ilgauskas.


LeBron and Big Z don't like the smell of things, but I'm not sure why.


BUT something else could go down for the Warriors. JUMP to find out!

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"They're going to need some hand sanitizer after that!"

Chris Broussard writes on Sources: Hickson, Ilgauskas to Suns:

The Cavaliers would send Zydrunas Ilgauskas and J.J. Hickson to Phoenix in exchange for Stoudemire, one of the league's most dominant big men.

While Cleveland remains in talks with several other teams, the club, from management down to the players, has settled on Stoudemire as its first choice.


Cleveland is also talking with Washington about acquiring Antawn Jamison, as well as Indiana about Troy Murphy. Meanwhile, Golden State is trying to entice the Cavs into taking Corey Maggette for Ilgauskas.

I'm sick of seeing endless salary dumbs dumps by this team, but this one makes a lot of sense. Unlike trading Andris Biedrins right now (see RUMOR: NBA teams talking Anthony Morrow + Warriors asking price for Andris Biedrins too high) there isn't a more opportune moment of Corey Maggette's 5 year $50 million deal. He's netting nearly 21ppg in less than 13 attempts from the field and has only missed 4 of the Warriors 51 games this season. That's as good as it gets. There is virtually no upside to Maggette at this point and it's not like the Warriors are winning a ton of games with his maxed out production on a pretty lucrative long term deal.

If there's a time to sell high on Maggette, the time is now. Next season when he's 31 with a remaining 2 years on his deal at $21 million with additional wear and tear and most likely more missed games it's going to be even harder to move him. It might even be impossible and necessitate a contract buy-out which would have minimal benefits for the Warriors salary cap structure going forward.

A Maggette for Ilguaskas swap does not work straight up, so here's two possibilities:

  • Corey Maggette + Devean George for Zyndrunas Ilgauskas + J.J. Hickson [ESPN Trade Machine]- At least this way the Warriors get a nice young piece with Hickson.
  • Corey Maggette + Vladimir Radmanovic for Zyndrunas Ilgauskas + Jamario Moon [ESPN Trade Machine]: It's no secret that Nellie doesn't think Vlad is that rad. Maybe the Rad-man will have better luck in Cleveland with LeBron drawing double and triple teams.

* Remember the team that trades for Big Z will most likely buy him out. Big Z will then have to practice funky handshakes for 30 days by himself and then most likely re-sign with the Cavs.

On the Suns- If they pull off an Amare for Ilguaskas and Hickson trade that will cement Steve Kerr's status as one of the worst GMs of all time. Why would you ever make a trade like that? The Suns really aren't that far from collecting the 4th seed in the 2010 Western Conference Playoff bracket. Why blow up ship and rebuild now right after Nash was re-upped this past summer? Why take a salary dump trade like this when something along the likes of Andris Biedrins + Brandan Wright and more were on the table just a few months ago? Why not at least take Corey Maggette and try to do some damage this year? Simply put, what is Steve Kerr doing in Phoenix?

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