Trade Rumor Watch Part I

From Chad Ford:

Trade rumors keep coming hot and heavy, though most of them aren’t worth repeating.

But here’s one intriguing one I heard today: The Cleveland Cavaliers could trade Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Anderson Varejao and the No. 19 pick to Indiana for Jermaine O’Neal.

It’s an interesting idea, but when I called team sources to find out if there was any truth to it, they shot it down as bogus.

Still, I’d watch both teams closely. I think the Pacers will move O’Neal this summer if they can, and I think the Cavs are definitely going to try to strengthen the supporting cast this summer for LeBron’s sake. A healthy O’Neal could be a big boon for the Cavs, and head coach Mike Brown, formerly with the Pacers, should know how to get the best out of him.

I’d be willing to take on Jermaine O’Neal if the circumstances are right. Giving up two bigs and a pick for one injury prone big is not the right circumstance. Only a Cleveland team could trade a guy with a billion foot surgeries and find a away to get both older and more injury prone.

If the Cavs added another piece like Michael Redd and THEN traded for O’Neal (without giving up Z) I’d be OK. O’Neal can’t be someone that they absolutely depend on, simply due to his injury past. I’m OK with throwing Varejao in an expiring contract based deal, but there’s no way I’m taking on O’Neal’s salary AND giving up that much.

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