Links To The Present: February 18, 2011

February 18th, 2011 by Colin McGowan

“The perception of many is that these players have frequently given less than a full effort, and perhaps that perception is deserved. No matter what the reasons or causality may be, as the Cleveland Cavaliers head into the break, the team is a miserable 10-46.” [Andrew Schnitkey]

“The Nuggets have no desire to take on Troy Murphy’s $12 million expiring contract.  They want a 3rd team to get involved.  Enter Cleveland, and that sweet $14 million trade exception.  For their time, trouble and money, the Cavaliers would likely receive Murphy and one of the four Nets draft picks.  Not a bad haul for a team looking to acquire as many future assets as possible.” [John Bena]

“The question I have isn’t about Gibson deserving to be [in the 3-point contest], but rather should he participate given his injury troubles this year?” [Rick of WFNY]

“Cavaliers coach Byron Scott will be in Los Angeles for the All-Star break, but he won’t be at the game and he won’t be parked by the television set for All-Star Weekend.” [Mary Schmitt Boyer]

And here’s an aggregation of the latest Cavs trade news.

On The Twitters

“Potentially getting two first round picks for absorbing Troy Murphy’s contract would be awfully tempting for the #Cavs.” [Michael A. Young]

“Checking up on draft hopeful Jeremy Tyler and found out that Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is still balling in Japan at the age of 42.” [realcavsfans]

“I’m told that JJ Hickson has changed plans, opting to pass up a weekend of partying in LA to decompress in his hometown of Atlanta. #Cavs” [Scott Sargent]