The Brooklyn Nets’ persistent efforts to land Magic center Dwight Howard are getting close to paying off, according to sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets and Magic are cautiously optimistic that the Cavaliers and Clippers will help them facilitate a four-way trade that lands Howard in Brooklyn.
- The Nets would receive Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark in the proposed deal.
- The Magic would get Brook Lopez, Luke Walton, Damion James, Shelden Williams, Armon Johnson and three first-round picks — two from the Nets and a lottery protected first from the Clippers.
- The Cavaliers would get Kris Humphries, Quentin Richardson, Sundiata Gaines, a first round pick from the Nets and three million in cash. The Clippers would receive MarShon Brooks.
According to sources, the complicated deal is “almost done.”
The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired point guard Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a multi-player deal that will bring the Cavs the Lakers’ 2012 first-round pick, according to league sources.
The Cavs also will send young wing player Christian Eyenga to the Lakers and veteran forward Luke Walton will be going to the Cavs.
The Lakers’ will keep their draft pick this year if they miss the playoffs. As part of the deal, the Lakers also will have the right to swap first-round draft position in 2013 with the Miami Heat’s first round pick, which the Cavs own.
Anderson Varejao will need four to six weeks to recover from his broken wrist.
There remains a chance Varejao’s season is over.
Byron Scott said it will depend on whether Varejao misses closer to the four weeks or the six weeks and where the Cavs are in the standings when he is cleared to return.
“If he’s healthy, Andy wants to play,” Scott said. “It would be hard for me to keep him out of there if he’s healthy.”
Knick coach Mike D’Antoni was asked about the Knicks looking into acquiring Ramon Sessions if things do not work out with Baron Davis. He did not dismiss the possibility.
New York does not appear to have enough tradable assets to entice Cleveland. D’Antoni said that, while nothing is imminent, interim GM Glen Grunwald is doing his ‘due diligence.’
“I’m sure [Grunwald’s] sitting there going, ‘Well, what can we do if Plan A doesn’t work? Plan B, Plan C — he’s looking at every possibility,” the coach said.
“Whether there’s possibilities now or not, I have heard any. I don’t think so. But I’m sure that it will be thoroughly discussed and looked at and whatever will make our team better, we’ll do it.”
Zydrunas Ilgauskas is back inside for the Cavaliers.
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The former center, who became one of the franchise’s most popular players during 12 seasons in Cleveland, has returned to the team as a special assistant to general manager Chris Grant.
Ilgauskas’ job responsibilities will include evaluating amateur and pro talent for the Cavs, who drafted the 7-foot-3 Lithuanian in 1996 and watched him overcome serious foot injuries at the start of his career to become a two-time All-Star. Ilgauskas retired after playing for the Miami Heat last season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have decided to waive Baron Davis through the league’s amnesty clause.
The Cavaliers announced Wednesday night that they’re releasing Davis in advance of Friday’s amnesty deadline after exploring both trade and buyout possibilities with the former All-Star.
Rougly $27 million of the nearly $30 million left on Davis’ contract is guaranteed. The Cavs would still have to pay Davis all that money if they send him away, but the amnesty clause in the new labor agreement — unlike the 2005 version — give teams salary cap relief as well as tax relief on a player released via amnesty.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas has told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that he will retire. Ilgauskas spent the 10-11 NBA season with the Miami Heat after playing for the Cavaliers since 1997.
Ilgauskas was an All-Star in 2003 and 2005 after fighting back from foot injuries early in his career that limited him to 29 games over three seasons.
“Personal tip of cap to Zydrunas Ilgauskas for going 13 years with those feet,” wrote former Cavaliers’ beat writer Brian Windhorst. “You can’t believe what he went through behind scenes to play.”
After the first few years of Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ career it looked like number 11 would never leave the bench, when the NBA Lockout is lifted the number 11 will never leave Quicken Loans Arena.
According to lithuaniabasketball.com, Big Z’s number 11 jersey will be hanging from the rafters as soon as the former Cavalier big man retires.
Reports started coming out after the Cavs’ number one draft pick, Kyrie Irving, asked to wear number 11 in the wine and gold. Irving was told that number was slated to be retired and couldn’t wear it.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired guard/forward Omri Casspi and Sacramento’s first round pick (protected) in the 2012 NBA Draft from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for forward/center J.J. Hickson, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today.
“We want to thank J.J. for his hard work and contributions to the Cavaliers, both on the court and off the court in the community. This is another step in our on-going process to shape and position our team and roster for future growth and a platform for sustained success,” said Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant. “We’re excited to add a young, talented, tough-minded player like Omri, that we feel is a good fit for our team and can help improve our perimeter group, while also being able to obtain another important asset with the additional first round draft pick.”
The Cavaliers are attempting to acquire a third lottery pick, according to sources.
Cleveland owns a $14.5 million trade exception and are trying to entice either the Kings or Pistons to unload their first round pick in exchange for a bad contract. The Cavaliers would like to end the day with Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Jonas Valanciunas.