Links to the Present: February 6, 2012

February 6th, 2012 by Colin McGowan

“Players and coaches around the league are starting to recognize how special Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao is. But will it be enough to earn him a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team? The All-Star reserves will be announced on Thursday. Varejao had 17 points and 17 rebounds in the Cavs’ 91-88 upset victory over Dallas on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena. He’s making a late push to be an All-Star by averaging 16.3 points and 17.3 rebounds in his last three games.” [Bob Finnan]

“Ramon Sessions is going to get traded before the deadline. We already know the Lakers are interested (although that is tied to the complex Dwight Howard trade situation), and there are a number of other teams that are interested in the point guard. Teams were a little concerned because Sessions is a two-year commitment, but he may make that easier by opting out of the last year of his deal. The price for Sessions will be at least a first round pick” [Kurt Helin]

“The upcoming schedule brings a battery of high-octane foes in Miami, the Los Angeles Clippers, your eight-seed Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlantic Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers. What the end result of these games are remains to be seen, but if the last two weeks of play are any indication, the win total may not be the deciding factor when giving this current Cavaliers team a year-end grade. Reading between the lines, it’s tough to argue that this team has not only turned things around faster than anyone deemed possible, but that Chris Grant and his litany of assets can only make things better.” [Scott Sargent]

“Cavs indeed getting calls from teams wanting Varejao, I’m told, but he’s played himself to near-untouchable status while all focus on Kyrie.” [Marc Stein]

“Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant has several monumental decisions facing him before the March 15 trade deadline. The biggest might be whether to trade center Anderson Varejao. Several contenders around the league would love to get their hands on the rebounding machine. They’ve given no indication whether they’ll deal him but might be inclined to hang on to their best defensive player. They’d likely be able to get a high first-round pick for him.” [FSOhio]