Why not offer LeBron James’ personal manicuring service to prospective trade partners?
After advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time in team history, the Cavaliers have apparently decided to stand pat for next season. In the meantime, there’s been a flurry of moves throughout the league, including the trade that sent Kevin Garnett to the Boston Celtics, and the yet-to-be-completed deal that would send Tim Donaghy to New Jersey’s Fort Dix Federal Prison.
What’s frustrating about this is that Cavs GM Danny Ferry, like many GMs throughout the league, appears to be ignoring tradeable assets sitting right under his nose. Minnesota made the same mistake: insiders say the T-Wolves were originally offered a “Yankees Suck” t-shirt, two pints of warm Guinness, and a smoking hot cheerleader to be named later. But GM Kevin McHale's adherence to conventional basketball wisdom – which strangely dictates that good teams are made up of actual players – led him to turn down this deal and pursue real-live men with far less potential impact.
Ferry appears to be making the same mistake.
What could the Cavs do if they shifted their thinking in this way? Plenty. Consider the deals they could make, if they could just expand their horizons:
Mortgage the Past:
Of all the players left from LeBron's first year, only Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Ira Newble remain. They are obviously viewed as the foundation upon which the organization stands. Many a GM has surely asked – pleaded, I’m sure -- but never have the Cavs given in. It’s time to finally let go.
Ira Newble, the rights to Ira Newble's offspring, an Ira Newble Fathead decal, and the chance to see Z mingle with the South Beach crowd.
Dwyane Wade, Shaq, and all of the organization’s 2006 championship rings. (Just in case).
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