While We’re Waiting…Still talking trade scenarios

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“The Cavs have about $10 million in cap room, making them a prime candidate to absorb salary as either a main player in a two-team trade or a facilitator in a larger deal. The prize here is obviously Anderson Varejao, an ace defender, rebounder, and passer who has hit a bit of a scoring rut after a hot start. Every team could use a guy like this on an affordable deal; the need is simply more urgent in some places. Cleveland GM Chris Grant is a huge Varejao fan, and he’ll be asking a ton in return. But with Saturday in the rearview, they also have two semi-intriguing players on cheap contracts that are now trade-eligible: Alonzo Gee and C.J. Miles.” [Lowe/Grantland]


For those interested in combing through draft prospects already, here you go. [AFC to NFC]


“Anderson Varejao’s overall production has started to wane slightly. At one point, Varejao was in the top 5 in the entire NBA in various composite production stats. That’s completely ludicrous, as he’s spent the majority of his NBA career being a “no-stats All-star”. He’s still killing it, but it’s more “All-Star” and less “1st Team All-NBA”. Since his otherworldly streak of double doubles ended, Wild thing has finished 4 of 6 games in single figure scoring, including an 0-9 stinkbomb. Since the last installment of this column, Varejao is shooting 36% from the field. To the naked eye, it seems that Varejao’s Kevin Garnett-like proficiency from 18 feet was a mirage. Wild thing is still swallowing up an obscene amount of loose balls. He leads the league by a country mile in offensive rebounds (this could have been the topic of today’s “outliers”) and total rebounds, and has just a slight edge on the rest of the NBA in defensive rebounds. Of note, I’ve watched a lot of Varejao this season and I’ve tried to verify if he, Byron Scott, or any of the Cavs are trying to pad his stats. The answer is an emphatic HELL NO. Andy concedes just about any rebound to a teammate if there are no opponents in the area, he doesn’t play garbage minutes, and the Cavs, as Nate has often pointed out, never runs plays for him, even if some think they should.” [Pestak/Cavs the Blog]


Your Browns snap counts. “With the amount of reps Dimitri Patterson received in a game like this, you just wouldn’t have pictured him being cut the very next day. I guess we’ll see a lot more of Buster Skrine again over the final two games after he only played one snap against the Redskins. You can bank on Trevin Wade being active again too.” [Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature]


Taking Jonathan Hankins’ spot– “Michael Bennett is the top choice to fill a big role in the middle of the defensive line, as he has seen extensive playing time on the unit. The problem with automatically slotting him in as playmaker is that most of his time has been spent at strongside defensive end, not defensive tackle. A current sophomore, Bennett battled injury throughout his second year on the roster, but still was able to be productive during OSU’s undefeated 2012 season. In eight games as a reserve, he had 11 tackles (1 for loss), a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a pass deflection.

That followed a freshman campaign where he played in all of the team’s 13 games, tallying 17 tackles (5 for loss) and 3 sacks, at times playing on the inside and showing the ability to be able to do so more frequently at some point in his Ohio State career. With Adolphus Washington stepping up at the end of the season at weakside end, it appears inevitable that Bennett will move to one of the inside spots left open by Hankins and Garrett Goebel, but will he be able to step up to the task? At 6-3/285, the staff if certainly going to want him to put on “good weight” while maintaining his speed, and if he can do that, he can be a force in both stopping the run and rushing the passers, possibly even giving Vrabel a more versatile player than either of his predecessors were.” [Gleitman/Eleven Warriors]

  • Garry_Owen

    Hoo boy. Let the deluge of mock drafting begin . . .
    I’ll be out for the next 4 months.

  • mgbode

    I hope Jamie Collins drops because of SoMiss terrible season, but I doubt it. He destroyed Houston in the C-USA champ game just a season ago (amazing how far both those teams fell). He’s actually more of a 3-4 OLB, but I could see him as a speed-rusher too (not quite on an Aldon Smith level though – Dumervil is probably his ceiling).

    I also really like Hawthorne if we can get him in round3. He’s the physical type CB that we need opposite of Haden. I picture him taking the physical Boldin’s of the NFL while Haden handles the speedy Torrey Smith guys.

  • mgbode

    don’t worry, i’ll comment for the both of us 🙂

  • porckchopexpress

    This draft is about to have the lid blown off. I don’t have the link yet, but Rolo Tomassi of the Daily MacGuffin is reported to be reportedly, reporting that Heckert never “took his finger off the RG3 trade”. As we all know from the rules of checkers and choosing cupcakes, your turn isnt over until you remove the finger. Apparently the incredibly shrewd Heckert has patiently waited -finger on the trade at all times – to see RG3’s development. It appears now he is willing to part with the necessary picks to acquire RG3. This is going to be the craziest draft season yet. Stay tuned

  • mgbode

    today is apparently Nick Swisher day at the PF

  • Jaker

    There’s the mgbode we all love. How about John Simon in round 3? Will he have the size/speed to be a legit starting DE in the NFL? I’m assuming we go Cb in round 1 at this point, but until the pick position is in stone it’s hard to tell

  • mgbode

    also, Chris Johnson earned a bunch more fans last night (and not for the long TD run):–nfl.html

  • mgbode

    it’s tough to say where we’ll go round1. I hope we go BPA to a large degree there. if Milliner is gone, then Moore (DE, A&M) could very well be the pick. hard to say as we may end up just inside or outside the top10 at this point.

    i’m notoriously pessimistic with Buckeye players. over-correction I think. but, Simon plays like a 3-4 DE, but has the size of a 4-3 DE. I have seen some thinking he might transition to 3-4OLB, but I don’t see that. I’d be happy with a middle round selection of him, but I also don’t think he’ll last that long (early 2nd is what most have him as).

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The understatement of the year! 😉

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Nice tribute but that 94 yd TD run got me into a championship too!

  • This is the latest into the season the draft talk has been held off for quite a while. I, for one, am pleased by this.

  • Kildawg

    Hopefully Swisher accepts the Tribe’s deal, knowing that he’ll be playing RF, hitting in the middle of the lineup, choice of jersey number (33 is available), instant fan favorite, and that he’s the highest-paid player on the team.

  • mgbode

    I do not want an Andy trade, but if we do end up trading Andy, then this is one of the more palatable trades I see out there:

    Andy, Pargo
    Tyreke, J.Thompson, J.Fredette

    +ease the Casspi pick restrictions to only top5 protected moving forward

    Kings really need a veteran willing to play defense with some urgency before it’s too late for their youngsters.

    I’m not a big fan of Jimmer, unless he’s just a scorer off the bench guy. J.Thompson is young and ripe to do better in a different environment. Tyreke fits our mold for what we want in our wing players. He also allows Waiters to come off the bench for now.