Varejao among attractive trade assets

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Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant has several monumental decisions facing him before the March 15 trade deadline.

The biggest might be whether to trade center Anderson Varejao. Several contenders around the league would love to get their hands on the rebounding machine.

They've given no indication whether they'll deal him but might be inclined to hang on to their best defensive player. They'd likely be able to get a high first-round pick for him.

One reason to trade him is that he'll be 30 years old this year. By the time the Cavs are ready to contend, he'll be past his prime.

Two other players could be dealt -- forward Antawn Jamison and guard Ramon Sessions.

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks would love to get their hands on Sessions. The Cavs have told teams they want a first-round pick in return. The Knicks can't offer that and have limited trade assets. The Lakers, however, have two first-round picks in the 2012 draft.

Before they do anything, though, the Lakers will have to extinguish all hope of trading for Orlando center Dwight Howard. If they can't pull that off, they might turn their attention to Sessions.

The Cavs probably can't get a first-round pick for Jamison. His $15.1 million expiring contract might be more valuable to them than anything else.

One other thing Grant might want to do: Extend forward Alonzo Gee before the season ends. He's become one of their best players already and will be a free agent at the end of the year. He had 12 points, four rebounds and two steals on Saturday in the Cavs' 91-88 win over defending NBA champion Dallas. The Cavs travel to Miami on Tuesday.

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