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News » Chemistry, trade talks don't mix

Chemistry, trade talks don't mix

Chemistry, trade talks don't mix
Cavaliers INSIDER

Already in the last couple of weeks, several trade rumors with the Cavaliers' name on them spread quickly around the Internet.

That is sure to continue over the next two months, especially with some valuable expiring contracts as assets, most notably Wally Szczerbiak. But Cavs coach Mike Brown said Thursday the team isn't even thinking about making a move right now because of the on-and-off court chemistry they've developed.

He said making any sort of trade now would involve a lot of risk.

"Any time you have a team that is playing well, whether you have chemistry and whether you don't, it's risky to break it up," Brown said. "We do have pretty good chemistry. That is something I don't even think about doing right now."

Brown isn't just blowing smoke. Teams that have been calling the Cavs recently to swap ideas have mostly been getting the cold shoulder. It is information gathering, and that is about it.

"It sure looks and sounds like they like what they have and are going to stick with it," said one NBA general manager. "They may just stand pat."

West doing better: Delonte West got heavy treatment on his back Wednesday and Thursday to alleviate the spasms that bothered him in Tuesday's win over the Houston Rockets. West had back problems at various times earlier in his career but this was the first time stiffness caused him to leave a game with the Cavs.

"The trainers did a great job getting me treatment - it has gotten better," West said. "I don't want to be missing any games this season."

Wardrobe malfunction: The Wizards came to Cleveland Wednesday from Charlotte as part of a road trip and brought with them their road blue jerseys. Which was a problem because the Cavs were wearing their alternate blue jerseys to match LeBron James' blue patent leather "chalk shoes." Somewhere along the line there was a communication breakdown.

A staffer was dispatched to Washington, and he brought the Wizards home white jerseys to town on a commercial flight in time for the game. Everything ended up matching, and Nike was happy.

No shame: Despite losing his spot in the starting lineup and shooting just 30 percent on the worst team in the Eastern Conference, Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson hasn't lost his touch. After making his first basket in the second quarter, Stevenson waved his hand in front of his face.

Stevenson, who was booed when he entered the game, started an off-court feud with James in the playoffs last season and then let it get onto the floor when he committed a flagrant foul on him in Game 4.

Dribbles: James wasn't the only one with special shoes for Christmas. Other Cavs with Nike contracts wore special all blue shoes including West, Daniel Gibson and Anderson Varejao. Mo Williams and Sasha Pavlovic wore green and red versions of adidas shoes. . . . James hosted more than 100 children and their parents from four different Akron community centers. The kids ranging from age 8-17 got shoes, T-shirts and tickets. . . . James' favorite Christmas present was from his girlfriend, Savannah. A back scratcher. "I always want my back scratched and she doesn't want to do it all the time," James said. "I wanted a back scratcher bad as hell."

James still leads: The NBA released its All-Star voting results on Christmas. James leads Eastern Conference forwards with 1.2 million votes. The Magic's Dwight Howard leads all voters with 1.4 million.

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