Szczerbiak and Wallace hit Cleveland; Drew Gooden's Chicago

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The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to have beaten the NBA's annual trade buzzer to get LeBron James some of the fresh help he's been openly craving.

In a three-way, 11-player trade with Chicago and Seattle that has been submitted for league approval, NBA front-office sources say that Cleveland will come away with four new teammates for James, headlined by Ben Wallace from the Bulls and sharpshooter Wally Szczerbiak from the Sonics.

The league office was notified of the deal before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET trading deadline, sources said, and is currently reviewing the trade details as required for formal approval.

After Cleveland watched two longstanding trade targets land elsewhere -- Mike Bibby in Atlanta and Jason Kidd in Dallas -- sources say that the deal calls for the Cavaliers to receive Wallace, Szczerbiak, Seattle point guard Delonte West, Chicago's Joe Smith and a future second-round pick from the Bulls.

The Bulls, apparently abandoning their gamble on Wallace less than two seasons into the lucrative four-year deal they used to sign him away from Detroit, would get Cavaliers forward Drew Gooden and swingman Larry Hughes along with Cavs reserves Cedric Simmons and Shannon Brown.

The Sonics, shedding Szczerbiak in the name of additional payroll flexibility, come away with the expiring contracts of Cleveland's Ira Newble and Chicago's Adrian Griffin as well as Cavs veteran Donyell Marshall.

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this should be interesting...

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Good move by the Sonics to move forward. Wally World is a wasted contract on any team. Cavs got some proven players, but they still need to develop some young talent to help LeBron. Big Ben will only help for a few more years. I think he's already showing big signs of decrease. Delonte West might be a lot better than Larry Hughes for Cleveland. I never liked Hughes's style. He's a shoot first PG. West can shoot, but will be more likely to pass to his teammates. West, Gibson/Szcerbiak, James, Wallace & Ilgauskas is a decent lineup. They better get some talent in the draft behind these guys or King James will be sitting in a different throne.

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i think that...cleveland...made best---trade in nba this season(exept gasol trade!!)

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Very good trade....I agree. They got what we needed...a outside shooter and a point guard and some spare parts.

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