The Cleveland Cavaliers have been very active during the trade deadline for many years. The main reason in years past was to try and find a complement to the self-titled “King”.
This year the reasons for trades were different. At 10-47, the Cavs are in the rebuilding process. Their first move, which is already well known, was trading Mo Williams and Jamario Moon to the Clippers for Baron Davis and their 1st round draft pick in this year’s draft. I think it is a great trade by Cavs GM Chris Grant and the rest of the Cavs front office.
Mo and Jamario will be missed greatly by Cavs fans and players alike. They both provided great energy and always gave 110% every time they were on the floor. Mo even sent out a tweet yesterday thanking Cleveland for a great tenure, which is a very classy move by him.
Some people in Cleveland, including fellow MSF writer Brandon Onda, don’t believe that Baron can help the team. They say that he is lazy and will lack effort on a bad team. I can only disagree with statements like those. Baron is averaging over 12ppg this year with 7 assists. He, along with Jamison, can help the younger players who are on the team.
The best part of the Baron trade doesn’t even involve him. It is the 1st round pick that the Clippers gave to the Cavs. The Clippers will surely be a lottery team as they have the 8th worst record in the NBA right now. That could leave the Cavs with two top-10 picks in the upcoming NBA draft.
The Cavs made another trade that was very under the radar. The Cavs received Luke Harangody of Notre Dame fame and 7-footer Semih Erden from the Celtics for a second round draft pick. The Cavs had to waive Leon Powe to create roster space for this deal. Powe could never keep the injury bug away after he came to Cleveland from Boston.
This deal will help the Cavs in the rebounding department after they were outrebounded 57-37 by the Rockets on Wednesday. Both players had limited playing time in Boston, but will be able to audition for more time on the 10-47 Cavs.
The new look Cavs take on the new look Knicks tonight in Cleveland but is is unlikely that the new players will be there. Baron is said to be in Cleveland tomorrow. It would not be worth it to try and get him here today anyway as it is an absolute blizzard in Cleveland.