NBA Roundtable

Cavs Can Sign And Trade Wally

In Trade Talk on November 16, 2009 at 12:23 pm

ESPN reports reported earlier Monday that one scenario Cleveland and Golden State discussed would have involved the signing-and-trading of ex-Cavaliers forward Wally Szczerbiak — most likely packaged with troubled guard Delonte West — in a deal for Jackson.

Szczerbiak is a free agent after the Cavs elected not to re-sign him and recently underwent minor knee surgery. But the 32-year-old has not ruled out trying to make a comeback this season and would appear to be fully eligible to be plugged into a deal by the Cavs in a manner similar to Dallas’ signing-and-trading of Keith Van Horn in February 2008 in the Mavericks’ complicated trade to re-acquire Jason Kidd.

That is one heck of a trade asset for the Cavaliers to hold.

Quick recap on rules here

  • A player who is sign-and-traded must sign a contract of at least three years.
  • Only the first year of the contract needs to be guaranteed though. Creating an expiring contract.
  • The player must not have signed + submitted his retirement papers to the league — which Wally hasn’t.

Some more info from the Keith Van Horn situation

Added Nets president Rod Thorn: “Well, there is no requirement on how long he is required (to stay). As I said, Keith was, up until a year and a half ago, a good player in this league. Of his own volition, he didn’t play last year. … We’ll try to get him in condition and see if he is able to play NBA basketball. But there are no conditions to him whatsoever.”

There is no specific language in the collective bargaining agreement that requires a player, such as Van Horn, to join his new team for a certain number of days. But in recent discussions with the NBA Players Association, the league expressed a desire to establish a 30-day period to at least give the appearance that the player meant to stay with his new team and that the team intended to have him. However, that length is not official and could be reduced if the Nets see that Van Horn, 32, can’t play.

“If there is an intent on the part of the player to remain with his new team, then everybody is OK with it,” said a source familiar with the negotiations between the union and the league. “The big thing is that no one wants this to be seen as cap circumvention.”

  1. You gotta love the bizarre NBA CBA!!!

    Built in loop holes every where one looks!

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