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Trade Machinations: Marion to Cleveland?

Feb 21, 2008 – 12:34 PM
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Tom Ziller

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With the NBA trade deadline looming, Trade Machinations rounds up real rumors (and creates fake ones) of moves that'd make the NBA a better, brighter place.

We have a contender for Cleveland's Mystery Superstar, the big but anonymous ticket rumored to be headed to the Cavaliers this morning. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Aldridge busts a move on his blog:
I was told by no less than six general managers during All-Star weekend that the Heat was shopping Shawn Marion around. ... If--if--it's Marion, that would certainly give LeBron James some serious help. My guess is that Miami would wind up with Mike Miller, and Memphis would get that Jason Williams-Ricky Davis slew of expiring contracts. But what would Cleveland donate to the party? That's what's stumping me.
What Cleveland would discard has stumped everyone, actually. With Udonis Haslem seemingly staying put, Drew Gooden would be redundant. This morning's rumor from the Akron Beacon-Journal said Zydrunas Ilgauskas has not been mentioned in any talks. Excepting Larry Hughes, Cleveland does not have much more to offset Marion's mammoth salary. (Free Damon Jones!)

Will it happen? I think it's rime to retire the 'will it happen?' line, because anyone who says they know is selling you bridges in Antarctica.
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