Which NBA team will make the biggest 2nd-half move?

Four Corners

February 16, 2010

Cavs will power up
Josh Robbins

Orlando Sentinel

The Cavaliers learned last May that not even LeBron James can win an NBA title without a decent supporting cast. They won't make the same mistake this time around, not with King James able to opt out of his contract and become a free agent once the season ends.

It's no secret the Cavs covet a a power forward who can shoot from long distance and create more driving lanes for James. It just so happens that the Wizards' Antawn Jamison and the Pacers' Troy Murphy can be had for the right price. The Suns' Amare Stoudemire also is a possibility.

All three would help the Cleveland offense. Jamison, in particular, plays well against the Magic, the team that eliminated the Cavs in last year's playoffs.

James wants the additional help, and the Cleveland front office will make sure James gets what he wants.


Cleveland is homing in
Barry Stavro

Los Angeles Times

The trade deadline is Thursday, so we won't know the real answer till then.

If the Cavaliers land either Amare Stoudemire or Antawn Jamison (LeBron James' choice), that adds plenty of firepower to their lineup and boosts their chances of winning the title. Stoudemire is a load to defend, and Jamison is a dangerous outside shooter and can rebound.

But let's say none of the elite teams lands a big name during the trade derby. In that case, the rest of the regular season is all about the race for home-court advantage in the playoffs. The Cavs (43-11) have a two-game lead over the Lakers (41-13), and each team plays 28 games.

The Cavs, however, have 14 at home and 14 on the road, while the Lakers play 16 of their final 28 on the road. So advantage, Cleveland.


Heat's road is smooth
Ira Winderman

Sun Sentinel

The nightmare ends Saturday, when the Heat head off the same court where they won the 2006 NBA championship.

The game at American Airlines Center in Dallas ends a 24-game stretch featuring a staggering 19 road games.

That's when the schedule opens up, with 11 of the next 13 at home for Dwyane Wade & Co.

Even more significant than that is the season's closing stretch. Starting March 31, the Heat play their final eight games against teams that could be eliminated from the postseason by then.

They have two games against the Pistons, two against 76ers and one apiece against the Pacers, Timberwolves, Knicks and Nets.

For the Heat, Wade's MVP award at the All-Star game could be just the start of a turn for the better.


LeBron, Cavs on mission
K.C. Johnson

Chicago Tribune

It's almost silly to write this, given that they own a 13-game winning streak. But with the Cavaliers poised to land either Amare Stoudemire or a space-the-floor shooting big man such as Troy Murphy or Antawn Jamison, they are going to run away and hide.

LeBron James is playing like a man on a mission - or someone who is still upset about bowing out early last season.

The Cavs are 24-3 at home, and that dominance isn't going anywhere. Give Shaquille O'Neal credit. After struggling early - and after coach Mike Brown ditched a disastrous experiment playing him with Zydrunas Ilgauskas - he has fit in well. The Cavs also will get Mo Williams back from injury, adding another shooter to play off James.

Look out.


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