Once you get past the opening paragraphs ripping on Peralta (a second year player!? lay off!) Brown discusses reasons why the Cavs won't trade Z:
Should it really surprise anyone that Cavaliers GM Danny Ferry is strongly denying talk that center Zydrunas Ilgauskas is trade bait? Or that Ferry keeps insisting Z remains among the NBA's best centers? Look, overall, we applaud Ferry's work as a rookie GM last season: His February trade for Flip Murray, for example, was among the NBA's best moves, period. But when it comes to Ilgauskas, a longtime pal and former teammate, Ferry clearly has a stubborn blind spot - whether it's giving Ilgauskas too much money and too many years in an outrageous free-agent deal last summer to defending Z's sluggish play during the recent playoffs. That blind spot won't go away anytime soon.Z staying, part 2:
Here's another reason the Cavs won't be getting rid of Ilgauskas for a while: It's becoming quite obvious Martynas Andriuskevicius, the much-hyped center prospect acquired last year, is nowhere close to being a credible NBA big man (much less a realistic second option to Z). Andriuskevicius played in the NBA's developmental league last year, and didn't wow too many folks.
Look, I've made this point before, if you trade Z (which I'm not totally opposed to) you need to have another option in the post. The Cavs don't. Plus, Z is above average. Sure he's slow and not as physical as some would like; but come on, he doesn't suck. So yeah, Brown agrees with me, saying he doubts the Cavs will trade Z. But when he says it, he rips on 2 Cavalier players and their GM.
(also, Marty was 'much-hyped'? Really? I thought the Cavs were happy getting a decent project in the second round, not exactly 'hyped'. Darko was 'much-hyped'. LeBron was 'much-hyped', Martynas Andriuskevicius was not 'much-hyped')
Well done Roger.