One of my favorite players for no specific reason, Gerald Wallace is said to be on the trading block. Chad Ford has the details here:
The Charlotte Bobcats seem intent on moving Gerald Wallace to a new team by the Thursday deadline and have aggressively courted the Mavericks, Rockets, Clippers, Pacers and Cavs. The asking price has been an expiring contract and a protected first-round pick.
So far they’ve been unable to get a team to bite, though there have been rumblings Wednesday morning that the Cavs may use their $14.5 million trade exception generated in the LeBron James sign-and-trade this summer to land Wallace by the deadline.
Not too sure why the Wolves wouldn’t be interested in picking up a veteran leader at the small forward position. He can shoot, rebound and, above all, play some of the best perimeter defense in the league. And if the price really is just an expiring contract and a protected first-rounder, the Wolves seem to fit that mold beautifully. Eddy Curry’s contract and the Utah Jazz pick for Gerald Wallace? I’d think twice about that one.
Also big news worth noting since it affects a former T-Wolf, Deron Williams looks like he’s heading to New Jersey. The package in return includes Devin Harris and Derrick Favors. Al Jefferson went from riding high and mighty on his Utah horse to being pushed off violently and being told to mentor a new up and coming power forward, the next Mail Man perhaps? It’ll be interesting to see how the Jazz can recollect themselves from this and make a playoff push at season’s end.