Trade buzz: Heat looking for trade partner

The Cleveland Cavaliers have spoken with the Golden State Warriors about swingman Corey Maggette, but as of late Tuesday afternoon the teams hadn’t talked for four days, league sources said.

If the Maggette-for-Zydrunas Ilgauskas talks don’t pick up, the Warriors are skeptical about their chances of making any deal before Thursday’s deadline.

– Marc J. Spears, 10:35 p.m. ET, Feb. 16

Bobcats keeping Augustin?

The Charlotte Bobcats sound like they would prefer to hold onto guard D.J. Augustin through the deadline. At the least, Augustin provides some level of security if Raymond Felton leaves the Bobcats as a free agent this summer.

– Marc J. Spears, 10:35 p.m. ET, Feb. 16

Heat fail to recruit Bobcats

The Miami Heat have failed to recruit the Charlotte Bobcats as a third team in trade talks for Amar’e Stoudemire(notes), league sources said. The discussions centered on Charlotte taking on Udonis Haslem(notes) in a deal, but the price ultimately made no sense for them.

It would’ve possibly opened the door for Miami to deal Jermaine O’Neal(notes) to the Suns and take back both Stoudemire and Jason Richardson(notes). The Suns have tried to include Richardson, who will make $14.4 million next season, in packages with Stoudemire.

– Adrian Wojnarowski, 6:08 p.m. ET, Feb. 16

Gooden could become free agent

Drew Gooden(notes) will likely negotiate a buyout with the Washington Wizards, sources said. Once a free agent, he'll have several possible destinations, including the Charlotte Bobcats, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets and a return to the Dallas Mavericks.

The Wizards acquired Gooden on Saturday in their trade that send Caron Butler(notes), Brendan Haywood(notes) and DeShawn Stevenson(notes) to Dallas.

– Adrian Wojnarowski, 6:08 p.m. ET, Feb. 16