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February 15, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Chris Sheridan

Chris Sheridan
  (2:59 PM)

Good afternoon from New York, the former capital of the United States. In the current capital, Washington, the Wizards are not finished making deals. They are now trying to engineer a trade that takes an additional $2.7 off their salary cap, putting them below the luxury tax line. But their talks with the Cavs for Antawn Jamison have grown stagnant, with Cleveland having re-directed its attention toward Amare Stoudemire. But the bottom line is that the Wizards are motivated sellers and would do a lopsided deal to get under the tax threshold. (Jamison plus Mike James equals $18.1 million, so if the Wizards got offered a package in return worth $15.5 or less, they'd consider it.)

Troy (Arizona)

Do you think the Heat will make any trades before the deadline?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:02 PM)

Your question is quite timely Troy, because they might make one by the end of the day. They have a $4.26 million trade exception from the Marcus Banks deal, and it expires tonight at 11:59 p.m. As for their intrest in Stoudemire, it would have to be in a deal centered around Jermaine O'Neal going back, since Mickey Atison spoke so strongly over the weekend of Michael Beasley as one of the key foundation pieces.

webb (nashville)

Can Amare and Shaq co-exist? Is Bron good enough to do that when Nash couldn't?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:05 PM)

Amare would step into Hickson's starting role and slide over to center when Varejao comes off the bench, so in effect he'd be replacing both Hickson and Ilgauskas. That's why the trade makes so much sense for Cleveland and why the Cavs are trying to make it happen. There's a lot of talk around the league that if the Cavs stand pat, it'll impact LeBron's decision on whether he'll stay or go. So the Cavs have reason to be pro-active this week.

webb (nashville)

By this time next week, Tmac will be playing for the ________?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:09 PM)

Bulls or the Knicks. Depends on a couple things: including whether the Rockets could re-route Kirk Hinrich, since they don't want his long money, and get Brad Miller and Tyrus Thomas in return. New York is offering any of it players on expiring deals, but the Knicks also are awaiting word from the league office on whether they'll get salary cap relief for Cuttino Mobley's $9.9 million contract. If that relief is denied, and the Knicks learn that before 3 p.m. Thursday, his insurance-covered contract becomes a trade chip.

Christopher (Arizona)

Dude, J.J. Hickson and some salary relief, seriously? Is that all Kerr can get for Amar'e?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:11 PM)

He'd get the Cavs' No. 1 pick, too, presumably, and another piece, probably Jawad Williams, if Kerr can pry him away from his old buddy Ferry.

Mike (The U)

Chris I am sitting in PolySci class and need to know if my Charlotte Bobcats will make a deal. If so any likely trade partners?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:16 PM)

they are one of the few teams with an xpendable big man, but Tyson Chandler, DeSegana Diop and Nazr Mohammed all have very large contracts relative to what they contribute (although Nazr has been very. very solid lately as Prof. Hollinger pointed out in his Underrated Insider piece last week.) Portland is the team out there seeking a big man, but they are not offering a lot. I am told the best offer they make for Brendan Haywood was Steve Blake and the rights to Petteri Koponen. I'm sure they could get Diop for less, but he is owed nearly $21 milion over the next three years, so I don't see Portland or anyone else having much interest.

Eric (York)

Which playoff team or team contending for a spot is in the most dire need to make a move before the deadline?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:19 PM)

From the folks I'm talking to around the league, Boston best fits that description, winning by a nose over Cleveland. The Celtics' recent swoon and their record against Arlanta (0-4) and Orlando (1-3) are making them sweat.

Jake (Phoenix, AZ)

How do you think Robert Sarver would try to spin the Amare to the Cavs trade to Suns fans?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:20 PM)

He'd blame the economy.

E (Michigan)

Tayshon to charlotte for Chandler?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:23 PM)

Makes some sense if Chandler is healthy since the Pistons are looking for a big man who can score in the low post, but Chandler took twice as long as expected to come back from his recent foot injury, so I would expect Detroit would be hesitant. remember, the foot injury is what the Thunder used to void their chandler deal when they acquired him from New Orleans last season.

Brett (Cleveland)

This is 2 years in a row for the Cavs having a chance to get better at the deadline. Did they learn their lesson last year by not making a move? I just need a trade of some kind, will cle get it done?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:27 PM)

They'll at least make a minor move for another big man, someone like Kurt Thomas. But having Wally Szczerbiak as a sign-and-trade option is a heck of a tool to have at your disposal, and I expect Ferry to use it to get the best player he possibly can.

Mike (Peoria)

Boston could do Ray Allen and 1st for Jamison and Miller. Bucks seem to be somewhat involved in trade talks, any chance they end up with an improvement using only their expiring contracts?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:32 PM)

Allen's expiring deal and a No. 1 is not enough for Jamison and Miller. But if Boston also took back Mike James and gave up Glen Davis, that would re-load the Celts and get the Wizards under the tax line. By he way, it has been understated how much Miller is in play as a guy the Wizards would take back little in return for if it got them under the tax line of $69.9 million.

Michael (Chicago)

There's many opinions on what exactly T-MAC has left in the tank. Do you think he can still play or is he just an expiring contract?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:35 PM)

What's important in the McGrady situation is that there are some members of the Knicks organization who think McGrady can still play, others who want to go to Tim Grover's gym and take a closer look. As of last week, the Rockets hadn't granted anyone permission to inspect T-Mac in Chicago.

chase (arizona)

The Cavs are the best team in the NBA. Why do they need to trade anyone?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:38 PM)

That was sorta my argument in he column I wrote in Cleveland that ran in Friday's Daily Dime after Hickson and Varejao had monster games in that impressive win over Orlando. They're a pretty beastly bunch already, though I don't think they could get past the Lakers in the finals as presently constructed.

goyo (Keizer, Or)

Happy President's Day.Now that Haywood has been traded to Dallas, who do you think Portland will be able to get for some Size? Who will K.P. be willing to deal away? Thanks

Chris Sheridan
  (3:39 PM)

Travis Outlaw and Steve Blake have been the guys KP has been most willing to trade.

Mike (Boston)

All I hear is illgauskas would get bought out and return to clev in 30 days. Why cant the celtics and ray allen come to some sort of agreement like this as well. If a team like Wash picks him up whats there incentive to keep him instead of buying him out?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:40 PM)

You make a good point, Mike. If he's traded to Washington, I wouldn't be surprised to see that happen.

DJ (Pittsburgh)

Chris, Do you buy Stern's woe is me tales from the owners and losing $400M. Would think that if this was true, more owners would be trying to sell so they wouldn't lose more money. Sounds like "fuzzy math" to me.

Chris Sheridan
  (3:44 PM)

I always take David at his word. The union does not, and the union doesn't believe Stern when he throws that number around. That general atmosphere of mistrust will be a key factor as this labor situation moves ahead. I have a column on the subject that'll be up on the ESPN.com main NBA page later today, so please go give it a read.

Doug (NYC)

Any chance the Knicks will be able to unload Jeffries contract?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:46 PM)

Latest I've heard is no. And I have been checking diligently.

Brett (Seattle , WA)

Who says no first in this trade? Bynum, Walton, and Farmar/Vujacic for Al Jefferson and the draft rights to Ricky Rubio? And what do you think about this trade, it seems like it would work for all sides.

Chris Sheridan
  (3:46 PM)

Wolves giving up too much.

Matt (Chicago)

Which teams make the most money?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:48 PM)

Lakers, Bulls, Knicks. The Pistons made a lot of money during their six straight seasons of going to the conference finals. Bill Davidson not only owne the team, but owned the arena outright, too, which meant he made money off all the ticket sales, parking, concession sales, etc.

Taylor (TX)

What are your thoughts on the Mavs/Wiz trade? Do you think the Mavs will make any more moves before the deadline? They currently have two open roster spots.

Chris Sheridan
  (3:50 PM)

Love that trade for the Mavs. Butler is a big upgrade over Josh, who was giving them nothing, and Haywood is an upgrade over the Dampier/Gooden tag team that was in place. Great trade for Dallas.

goyo (Keizer, Or)

Of all the trade talk going on....which trade scenerio seems to you to make the most sense for teams to pull off?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:53 PM)

There will be a couple headscratchers that don't make basketball sense but make financial sense. The Wizards ($2.6 million over), Rockets ($2.6 million over) and Heat ($2.34 million over) are the closest to becoming non-taxpayers through salary dump trades.

Parish (Chicago)

How many trades do you see happening this week?

Chris Sheridan
  (3:55 PM)

I am notorious for setting over/unders too low, so with that caveat out of the way I will say the over/under as we sit here, 71 hours out, is 7 total trades between now and 3 p.m. Thursday.

Chris Sheridan
  (3:56 PM)

That's a wrap for today folks. We'll chat again next Monday.