Links To The Present: February 22, 2011

February 22nd, 2011 by Colin McGowan

“Hopefully, [the completion of the Melo deal] means the Cavaliers will be shaking things up a bit. There are rumors that they are pursuing Danilo Gallinari from the Denver and of course the Anthony Parker/Ramon Sessions rumors are still in play. Also, what will the Cavs do with that $14 million TPE? Nothing is official and nothing appears imminent, but with only 2 days left before the trade deadline, the other dominos need to start to fall soon.” [Conrad Kaczmarek]

“I still think an Antawn Jamison trade is workable, with the Dallas Mavericks being the right fit.  Jamison has played in Dallas, he would give the Mavericks another scoring option off the bench, and would be an expiring contract next season if things don’t work out.  The Cavs could even offer the guarantee that they would buy out Caron Butler’s expiring contract in exchange for the Mavericks throwing in a draft pick.” [Michael Curry]

As I stated yesterday, from what I have gleaned from articles, the Cavs front office is using the word “patience” a lot. As WFNY’s Scott Sargent reports, the front office is not interested in trading players for late-round draft picks. Because of this refusal to ship off players like Antawn Jamison, Anthony Parker, or Ramon Sessions for a couple lousy draft picks and a bag of stale Doritos, there’s a distinct possibility the Cavs have the exact same roster on February 25 as they do now.

In on-court news, Joe Gabriele provides a forecast for the next 26 games, and Mary Schmitt Boyer delineates what each Cavalier needs to work on in the season’s final months.

On The Twitters

“Three NBA front office types say Cavs have big deal in place for trade exception. None, however, would be more specific.” [Sam Amico]

“They’re inquiring, will come down to assets and cost RT @ThaRealPchopz@WFNYScott is it true the cavs could be trying to get Gallinari?” [Scott Sargent]

#Cavs shut out on [the Melo deal]- where they were once rumored to have their $14 million trade exception in play. Interesting what pieces fall next.” [Robert Attenweiler]

“there nothing on tv” [Alonzo Gee, who is unenthused]