Last night, news broke that the the Raptors and Mavericks were discussing a sign and trade deal that would send Shawn Marion to Dallas. In order for this trade to benefit the Raptors, a third team must be involved to help make the salary-cap math work.
If the Raptors and Mavericks can find a third party to help facilitate the trade, sources say Jerry Stackhouse would be heading to Toronto. Stackhouse, 34, is projected to make $7 million next year, however only $2 million is guaranteed. Though Stackhouse will go to Toronto, Bryan Colangelo will probably waive him when he is eligible, which is August 10th.
If this trade somehow works, the Raptors put themselves in an excellent position. The Raptors would apparently be able to retain their MLE, and will also be able to bring back Carlos Delfino or Anthony Parker. With Delfino/Parker, as well as $5.6 million handy, the Raptors will be able to put together an excellent bench, to go along with a very solid starting 5.
If this trade goes down, it will have to happen sometime today. Today's the day teams will have to renounce the rights to certain players, and tomorrow, free agent signings become official. So it will be interesting to see how it all goes down, but my gut feeling says that Bryan Colangleo has a plan for us, and this trade will indeed happen.
According to many sources, the Cavs desperately want Trevor Ariza. Ariza, who signed a 5 year/$33.5 million deal with Houston, is reportedly second guessing his decision, according to ESPN's Ric Bucher. Ariza has received phone calls from LeBron James, as well as Shaquille O'Neal. Ariza asked James about his future plans with the Cavs, in which LeBron said he plans in staying in Cleveland long term. "Trevor asked LeBron if he would be in Cleveland after next season," the source said. "And LeBron said, 'I'll be there. Of course, I'll be there.'
NOW, reports are saying LeBron has denied this statement, and didn't talk about the future with Ariza. Here's what I believe happened-- LeBron told Ariza he planned on staying in Cleveland past 2010, but then realized he shouldn't have said such a bold statement. And since LeBron would never admit that, I'm guessing he'd just deny it
With the pieces the Cavs have right now, I don't believe LeBron will re-sign with Cleveland. I think it's too much of a "one man show", and LeBron can't do it anymore. I wouldn't be surprised if LeBron signs with the Nets, considering they are relocating to Brooklyn. But who knows--with Shaq now in Cleveland, maybe it will be different.
I guess we'll just have to say tuned, and see how this all unfolds.