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McDyess to Cleveland?

After he sits out the 30-day waiting period after his trade to Denver, Antonio McDyess, who subsequently was waived by the Nuggets, has been widely speculated to be returning to Detroit. Larry Brown, who's coached him before, wants to bring him to Charlotte. But my gut tells me: Don't rule out the Cavs, who need to go all in now to get LeBron James his championship before he leaves in 2010. Coach Mike Brown said as much on Cleveland's swing through New Jersey this past week, admitting that everything the Cavs do is geared toward winning now. "They can clear all the cap space they want," Brown said of the numerous teams courting James. "We're trying to win right now ... We want our organization to be a first-class organization that everybody can walk away from saying, 'Somehow, someway, I wish I could be a part of that.'"

AI Fallout

The impact of the Allen Iverson trade on the Pistons has been decidedly mixed. Detroit is 4-4 since acquiring him from the Nuggets, with victories over the Cavs and Lakers. Denver started 7-1 with Chauncey Billups, who has organized the halfcourt offense and renewed the commitment on the defensive end. This is pretty much how you expected it to go. The Knicks will get their first look at the Iverson-led Pistons on Wednesday night at the Garden. Iverson is averaging 14.8 points in Detroit's four losses and 25.3 points in their four wins.

Mavs Not Panicking . . . Yet

Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson spent a few minutes fielding questions from inquiring, national- NBA -writing minds after Dallas beat the Knicks last Sunday. Nelson insisted that he wasn't panicking in the wake of the Mavs' 2-7 start, which was interrupted by a 124-114 overtime win over the Knicks. Nelson didn't see an aging, overpaid - albeit Hall of Fame - point guard in Jason Kidd just hanging on by a thread at the end of his career. He saw a new system with a new coach (Rick Carlisle) needing time to adjust. Well, the Mavs promptly added wins over Charlotte, Houston and Memphis to run their winning streak to four. "We feel like we need to get a couple of wins to get some confidence back," Nelson said. That may be true; the Mavs still are very good, if not great in the deep Western Conference. I just can't see how they're going to be a factor deep into the playoffs with Kidd trying to keep up with Chris Paul, Steve Nash, Deron Williams and Tony Parker.

Redshirt rookie

Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan wisely brought Greg Oden off the bench for his first five games after he returned from an ankle injury suffered in the season opener. Portland has waited more than a year for Oden to get healthy and settle in, so what's the rush now? The Blazers entered last night 4-2 since Oden returned, with the "redshirt rookie" averaging a modest 10.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks through Thursday. Clearly, missing his rookie season with microfracture surgery has delayed Oden's development, and it makes you wonder how far behind Danilo Gallinari will be in 2009-10 if he misses his entire rookie season with back problems.

Martha Cuban?

Call me a Mark Cuban apologist if you want, but something doesn't smell right in the SEC's civil lawsuit charging the Mavs owner with insider trading. Cuban is a lot of things - outspoken, controversial and, at times, a nuisance to NBA commissioner David Stern. But clearly, a man who has amassed a $2.6- billion fortune could not be this stupid. Without boring you with the details, the key issue is whether Cuban illegally agreed to act on confidential information a CEO gave him about plans that would've diluted his ownership stake in an Internet search firm in 2004. Cuban obviously thought that wasn't the case. As a 5 percent stakeholder in the company, Cuban knew that any trades in the company's stock would have to be expressly reported to government regulators. There was no way to hide his actions. The question will be, did his actions constitute insider trading?

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