The rumors of a sign and trade of Drew Gooden are still swirling. They are asking for a starting quality 4 in return. In the case of the Celtics that would mean Ratliff or Gomes along with West. I think that price is too steep as I think Gomes will be more important to us than Gooden would be in the long run. Also, Ratliff is one of 3 centers on the team and if we trade him, we are left with Perk and D Jones. Very, very shaky. I would trade Wally and Allen. Or Wally and Scal... Scal could be their starting quality PF. (I can dream, can't I?) But don't want to give up West, Gomes or Ratliff in the deal. It may just be more rumors but usually where there is smoke, there is fire somewhere.
If the Cavaliers are forced to execute a sign-and-trade deal for restricted free agent Drew Gooden, they'll need to get back a starting-quality power forward.
One rumored deal has the Bulls sending Michael Sweetney and point guard Chris Duhon to the Cavaliers.
''It's a possibility we're interested in,'' agent Calvin Andrews told Chicago reporters. ''We haven't talked too much about that happening. It's up to the Cavs. If something would come up with the Bulls, it would interest us, definitely.''
Another possibility is to Boston for guard Delonte West and/or Theo Ratliff or Ryan Gomes.
One source said the Cavaliers don't want Gooden to accept the qualifying offer of $5.4 million because they'll probably lose him for nothing next summer. More] source:Morning Journal
I think Gooden can make more of an impact with our team than Ratliff. Gooden is a better rebounder, is younger, will be able to run downcourt and play the uptempo style better than Theo, and he's a better scorer to boot. Ratliff is a better shot blocker, and that is also a need of ours, but if you weigh all the positives together, Gooden has Ratliff beat.
I agree that Gooden will help us a lot more than Ratliff... but that leaves us very weak in the center. I just think we could maybe get him without giving up our only veteran center. I am not sure who would help us more... Gooden or Gomes... Gomes is more versatile and can run the floor and rebound is a very good shooter. Are we really gaining ground if we give up West and Gomes... Are we leaving ourselves vulnerable in the center if we trade Ratliff because then we are left with Perk and Jones. I have great faith in Perk, but Jones hasn't even been given playing time in Summer League and is so far unproven.