Wednesday , Nov , 12 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Cleveland Cavaliers Courting Antonio McDyess

Numerous league sources – from executives to agents to fellow players – all say the same thing, the suddenly most-coveted free agent is likely headed back to the Detroit Pistons. But under league rules that cannot happen until Dec. 7, 30 days after the Pistons’ trade with the Denver Nuggets that involved McDyess became official.

In the meantime, the Cavs are going to get a chance to make their pitch. According to a league source, the Cavs were in touch with McDyess soon after his buyout became finalized Monday.

But their efforts will have to be in the standings, not just the balance sheet. Just offering the veteran forward the most money, which they may be able to do, isn’t likely going to be the difference.