Help on the way? As Thunder's Smith nears buyout, a 'surprise' name may interest Cavaliers

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  1. belle155

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    Joe Smith could be just days away from providing the Cavaliers with a needed talent injection.
    Multiple league sources said on Saturday that Smith and the Oklahoma City Thunder are making progress in buyout talks and there is a favorable chance thesides will come to an agreement by Sunday's midnight waiver deadline. It has also become clear that the Cavs would be Smith's top choice if all theterms can be agreed on.

    If all the hurdles can be cleared, Smith would be put on waivers on Monday and become an outright free agent by Wednesday morning.

    But there still may be some more drama surrounding the Cavs, who continue their road trip Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks in their second game since BenWallace broke his right leg.

    There was some growing chatter within NBA circles Saturday that another and more high-profile forward could also become a free agent via a buyout on Sunday.One source said the name would "surprise" a lot of people if it can get done and the Cavs would likely be interested.

    As for Smith, he and the Thunder have been exchanging some figures for the last several days. Insiders have indicated Thunder General Manager Sam Presti hasbeen showing some reluctance and has driving a hard bargain.

    Smith is still owed about $1.3 million of his $4.8 million salary this season by Oklahoma City. However, there are some indications the Thunder are lookingfor Smith to give up that amount and perhaps more, which may be what has been stalling the talks.

    [​IMG]Matt York/Associated PressAtlanta point guard Mike Bibby could miss Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.

    CAVALIERS AT ATLANTA HAWKS
    Tipoff: Sunday, 8 p.m.
    TV/radio: ESPN, FSN-Ohio; WTAM AM/1100.
    Notable: Mike Bibby (flu) is questionable for the Hawks. ... The Cavs have the fifth-best road record in the NBA at 19-10, but are just 10-8 in road games vs. the East, including a loss in their last visit to Philips Arena. ... The season series is tied at 1-1.
    -- Brian Windhorst
    The Cavs have a large pro-rated portion of their mid-level exception left that totals around $3.5 million. Sources indicate it hasn't just been theThunder and Smith who have been talking, but also the Cavs and Thunder over just how much money might end up in the Thunder coffers if a deal can get done.
    Presti and Cavs GM Danny Ferry have a close relationship. They worked together in the Spurs' front office and have already executed two trades in thetwo years Presti has been the Thunder's GM.

    Thunder coach Scott Brooks has said he would prefer Smith not be bought out. But the Thunder attempted to trade Smith at last week's trade deadlinebefore a deal with the New Orleans Hornets was rescinded. Smith is not hurt, but has not played since Feb. 10 as Brooks as left him out of the rotation.

    The 6-foot-10 veteran has averaged 6.6 points and 4.5 rebounds on 45 percent shooting in 39 games this season. Last year with the Cavs he averaged 8.1points and five rebounds off the bench in 27 games after a midseason trade. He was traded in the off-season as part of the package to acquire Mo Williams.

    Currently, the Cavs do not have a roster spot, but guard Trey Johnson's 10-day contract expires Sunday and he will likely be released. The Cavs couldfree up another roster spot when Eric Snow's disability claim is settled if they need one.

    Other than the Cavs, Smith could consider the Spurs if a buyout can be reached.
     
  2. willinc

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    We know, Cleveland is making big moves all the time.
     
  3. downtown43

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    ooh boy, Joe Smith to the Cavs! so threadworthy!
     
  4. cadillacflow

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    Joe Smith is still playing??
     
  5. belle155

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    idk who the surprise is though, ive heard anyone from shawn marion to rasheed wallace, who knows.
     
  6. i nasmatic i

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    Not exactly "high-profile" but maybe it's Drew Gooden?
     
  7. vctry20

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    what happened to that season thread [​IMG]
     
  8. 23mcpizzle23

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    [​IMG] i know he is but dudeis irrelevant to me[​IMG]
     
  9. tmoney85

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    @*+#$%# lakers havent even made any moves, cheap mother *@!*#%*.
     
  10. mjshoefanatic

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    Lebron needs Smith in his life right now that's for sure.
     
  11. acidicality

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    OMG if Joe Smith goes to the Cavs, just hand LeBron the NBA Finals MVP NOW![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  12. Los Angeles

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    the replies in here [​IMG]
     
  13. paul is on tilt

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  14. GaBeGRaMz

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    Cavs don't need Joe would be nice, but without him we good.

    J.J. Hickson. [​IMG]
     
  15. datznasty

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    I like Hickson and Jackson better for some athleticism. All Joe can do is hit mid range jumpers
     
  16. kash55

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    Y'all are sleeping on former Rookie of the Year, Joe Smith.
     
  17. paul is on tilt

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    Joe Smith didn't win Rookie of the Year. Damon Stoudamire won Rookie of the Year that year [​IMG].
     
  18. DYNAMICS

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    Fixed.
     
  19. mjdalegend

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    Joe Beast. [​IMG]
     
  20. belle155

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    he raps too
     
  21. koolbarbone

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    Hilarious.
     
  22. daprescription

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  23. kiddin like jason

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    Boozer?
     
  24. tmoney85

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    this is dumb.. i thought teams cant have inside info? i smell conspiracy. all i know is the lakers didnt do *+%$ and im pissed
     
  25. jdb1523

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    Bunch of people talking about Sheed or Boozer...who the hell knows.