After watching Lebron James dominate a series where his team lost 4-2 it brings back memories of a 2006-2007 Kobe Bryant when he first lost Shaq. We watched the once 3 time champ Lakers go down early in the playoffs. Then in 2008 the Lakers added Pau Gasol in a deal that allowed them to keep stars Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom. This trade vaulted them back to the finals in 2008 and in 2009. This time we are wondering who is going to be the Pau Gasol for the Cavs and allow stars like Mo Williams and Zydrunas Ilgauskas to stay in Cleveland even after a blockbuster deal. First, thing we must see is GM Danny Ferry realizing that Cleveland is a Very Good team that is missing 1 or 2 pieces to become a great team. Second we have to find a desperate Franchise that is not only wiling to give up a Star, but at the right price aka Minnesota in the Kevin Garnett trade to Boston. Finally, that team needs to have the right player to help Lebron James out.
1. Al Jefferson (Timber Wolves)
First team that comes to mind is Minnesota the same team that let KG go to Boston. Minnesota finished last season with a 24-58 record, which left them 24 games out of 8th in the Western Conference.More importantly, they have the ideal player that can come in and help James out. Al Jefferson finished last season 23.1 PPG and 11.0 RPG and with Kevin Love going into his 2nd year Al Jefferson might be expendable at a decent price.
2. Zack Randolph (Clippers)
Randolph hit a career bump when he was sent to the New York, but who hasn't. However, even in the fading light of New York Randolph was a 20-10 machine and once again in 2009 even after a trade that sent him to the Clippers he finished the season with 20.8 PPG and 10.1 RPG. The Clippers finished the season 19-63 and at the bottom of the conference once again. Randolph has been under raided and undervalued his entire career, so Cleveland could get a 20-10 player at a discount price.
3. Amar'e Stoudemire (Suns)
The only reason why Stoudemire isn't number one is mostly because getting him could cost the Cavs a lot more than they would want to give up. However, last year Stoudemire's name was on the trading block, and this offseason he could once again be apart of a deal to send him out of Phoenix. Also, the Cavs could be a good trade partner with Phoenix because they are a Eastern conference team with some young talent. In addition, Phoenix could be looking to get younger with 3 out of 5 starters in their mid to late 30s, and Cleveland has some young bench talent ( Varejao and Pavlovic) along with a picks or two could get the job done.
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