The Cavaliers remained silent as the NBA’s trade deadline passed quietly Thursday. It was one of the rare years when the Cavs failed to complete a deal at the deadline, and the first time it has happened since 2009. “Not much for Cavs to do but not mess up space,” a rival front office executive said in the hours leading up to the deadline. Now they’ll turn their focus to free-agent center Greg Oden, who could sign a deal within the next week even though he isn’t expected to play until next season. Cavs General Manager Chris Grant confirmed the team’s interest in Oden, and a league source confirmed the team is expected to offer him a two-year deal with a team option for a third year. Then it’s up to Oden and his agent, Mike Conley, to decide if he wants to sign this season or wait until the summer when they can perhaps drive up the bidding since more teams will have cap space. The Miami Heat, another team in the bidding for Oden, cleared a roster spot by trading Dexter Pittman to the Memphis Grizzlies. “Obviously we’ve spoken to Greg, we’ve had him in, we’ve done a lot of due diligence with him,” Grant said. “He’s a great kid, wonderful heart. We’ll see. We’ll still talk to them and see what his position is and what his goals are. Just like any other free agent, if we’re able to make something happen that makes sense for us, we’ll do it. And if not, that’s OK.” The Cavs made their big trade last month when they acquired Mo Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby and a future first-round pick from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Jon Leuer. They still aggressively approached this trade deadline searching for one more first-round pick but lacked the assets to pull off a deal. Their most valuable players comprise the young core around which this team is rebuilding. The available veterans, such as Luke Walton, Daniel Gibson and Omri Casspi, were more attractive because of their expiring contracts than their on-court ability. But a number of “bad” contracts teams were trying to move this trade season were already expiring contracts, which compounded the Cavs’ struggles. They tried earlier this week to swing a deal with the Sacramento Kings that would’ve removed some of the lottery protections from their previous trade involving Casspi and J.J. Hickson, but the parameters of that deal crumbled Wednesday night when the Kings and Houston Rockets completed a six-player trade headlined by Thomas Robinson, the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Cavs remain quiet at NBA trade deadline, now turn focus to Greg Oden
Published On: Feb 22 2013 07:44:29 AM EST Updated On: Feb 22 2013 07:44:30 AM EST
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