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My trade deadline prediction

Hoopshype reported that Zydrunas Ilgauskas will be bought out from Washington making him a free agent.  Cleveland now has Jamison, Shaq, Varejo and Hickson and meaning Z won't be going back to Cleveland. 

There are three teams that I could see going after Big Z once he is bought out; Dallas (Dampier was hurt the other night and if Gooden isn't bought out by LAC they will make a play for him), Atlanta (inquired about Kurt Thomas but was rejected) and Denver. 

Kurt Thomas will also be bought out by Chicago making him a free agent but with Big Z's size at 7'2 and ability to shoot and rebound,  I think Denver should target him. 

My prediction is that Denver stands pat through the deadline and then signs either Kurt Thomas or Big Z.  I hope that we could land big Z.  He is exactly the type of player Denver needs and Z teamed up with Shaq shut down LA when the Lakers played Cleveland earlier this year.  Also, if Denver were to play Cleveland in the finals, We can throw big Z on Shaw and let Nene and K-Mart take care of Jamison and the other two bigs.

I think if Denver signs big Z, not only will they have the fire in them from big George being ill with cancer, but they'll have their length to match up with LA and Cleveland in the finals and Denver will be the best team in the league.

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