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For the stretch run of the 2008-09 season, several of the playoff-contending teams have made, or will soon make, signings to improve their depth.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs will sign forward Drew Gooden, perhaps most well-known for his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers that included an appearance against the Spurs in the 2007 NBA Finals. He's been hobbled by a groin injury most of the year, and he was traded last month from Chicago to Sacramento but only played one game with the Kings before leaving with an injury. He was bought out soon thereafter.

Only a couple days after LeBron James expressed hope that Joe Smith would return to the Cavs, he has done just that, signing a one-year contract with the leading team in the Eastern Conference. He played 27 regular-season and 13 playoff games with Cleveland last year, and was traded in the offseason in a three-way deal so that the Cavs could get guard Mo Williams-- who was named to his first All-Star game this season. So everything worked out pretty good for Cleveland in this case.

Veteran forward Stromile Swift, who has spent most of his career with the Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies (and split 91 games between the Houston Rockets and New Jersey Nets), has signed with the Phoenix Suns, giving them another big body to try and make up for the loss of Amar'e Stoudemire for the rest of the season. Trivia Fact of the Day: Swift was the last player selected by the Grizzlies (and second overall, at that) while they were still in Vancouver; they moved to Memphis in his sophomore season.

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...oh, but they traded that pick. Oops. The results: 1. Cleveland (from LAC) +++++++ 2. Minnesota - 3. Utah (from NJN) ++++ 4. Cleveland -- 5. Toronto -- 6. Washington -- 7. Sacramento -- 8. Detroit - 9. Charlotte 10. Milwaukee 11. Golden State 12.
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