Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 3/11/12
CLEVELAND -- A few quick notes on the latest involving the Cavaliers: By now youve probably heard the rumor about the Cavs sending forward Antawn Jamison and his expiring contract to New Orleans for center Emeka Okafor and one of the Hornets two first-round picks. It was first mentioned by Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal. Okafor is a serviceable starting center when healthy, a veteran who plays hard and does the dirty work. But its hard to remember there was once a debate about who Orlando should choose with the No. 1 overall draft pick: Okafor, or Dwight Howard. That was back in 2004. So, would the Hornets really go through with a deal like that just to rid themselves of Okafors contract (two years left after this one for around 28 million)? Probably not. But maybe. Again, the Hornets own two first-rounders: Their own, and Minnesotas. Both are likely lottery picks. The Hornets very well could be in the top five, or even three. One New Orleans fan asked why the Hornets would need to trade Okafors contract when they could just use the amnesty clause? Its a good question -- but the answer is if the Hornets just amnestied Okafor, they would still have to pay him (even though his salary wouldnt count toward the salary cap). But if they traded for an expiring deal (such as Jamisons), the contract would come off the books entirely. So they would owe nothing to no one in July. Personally, while nice to talk about, I dont see the trade happening. Two lottery picks in this years supposedly deep draft should be considered absolute gold. As one GM said, Ill give you a lottery pick for an expiring deal, provided you pry it from my cold, dead hand first. But what this rumor tells us, more than anything, is the Cavs will be very active in the four days left prior to the March 15 trade deadline. The goal is to fight for a playoff spot while building for the future. Its a difficult approach, but I can tell you Cavs GM Chris Grant seems to be handling it with a great deal of confidence. As for Hornets guard Eric Gordon, forget it. As I tweeted earlier, one NBA GM promised that Gordon isnt going anywhere, so cross him off your wish list. And, yes, Cavs guard Ramon Sessions also hears his name being mentioned in trade rumors. He also understands its all part of the business. I'm not really worried about it, not really too concerned about it," Sessions said before the Cavs-Rockets game Sunday. I'm here to practice, here to come to work. With my career that's the way it's been the last two or three years. The Cavs have also been linked to Charlotte, in a deal would also supposedly involve Jamison, but not return a draft pick to the Cavs. So it sounds like a lot of pure speculation, nothing more, said a Western Conference GM. The possibility also exists that the Cavs could let Jamisons contract expire this summer, then re-sign him to a smaller free-agent deal. And why not? Contrary to popular belief, veterans dont hinder the rebuilding process. The Cavs will tell you that Jamison has actually helped it this year. If the Cavs do make a deal, you can expect it to come at the same time as last year's trade involving Mo Williams (and resulting in Kyrie Irving) -- the last possible minute. That makes them no different than anyone else. But if they can't get a first-round pick, I'd be surprised if they make any moves at all. Either way, I'll provide daily (maybe hourly) updates in this very space. We will also be conducting a pre-trade deadline chat this week. Follow Sam Amico on Twitter @SamAmicoFSO
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