Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Updating O'Neal, Williams Rumors

Both Michael Cunningham in Atlanta and Brian Windhorst in Cleveland have scuttled the earlier rumor of the Hawks and Cavs getting involved in a sign-and-trade involving Shaquille O'Neal.

The Marvin for Shaq sign-and-trade appears to be a non-starter. The Hawks have consistently said they like their core, and that includes Marvin. So they are not looking to move Marvin for Shaq when he’s playing under what they consider to be a reasonable contract for a starting 3 whom they still believe can blossom under L.D.
There were also various reports Wednesday that the Cavs were talking to the Atlanta Hawks about trading for small forward Marvin Williams. According to league sources, the Hawks are motivated to trade Williams and have been looking for takers and also have some interest in Shaquille O'Neal.

Cavs General Manager Chris Grant has a relationship with Williams from when he was in the Hawks' front office. But Williams had a poor 2009-10 season, averaging just 10.1 points and 5.1 rebounds. He also has four years and $30 million left on his contract.

A league source said that while O'Neal's representatives have been pushing the Cavs to look for a sign-and-trade with the Hawks, the Cavs are only mildly interested. It is believed O'Neal is looking for a two-year contract worth more than the $5.7 million mid-level exception and also plenty of playing time. Without cooperation from the Cavs, his options will likely be quite limited.


Bronnt said...

Somehow, this is a rumor, though the sum of both reports is that neither front office is particularly interested in this trade.

Bret LaGree said...

Exactly. I think that makes the source of the rumor pretty easy to assume.

Keith Box said...

Our lesson should have been learned when free agency opened. Michael Cunningham is very good at getting info from his sources and is typically spot on. I think all of us have a tendancy to jump at any rumor, but we should have learned early on that unless Michael reports it, chances are that the rumor isn't legit.