Trades, Injuries and Draft Picks oh my!

The past week for the Cleveland Cavaliers has been arguably the most entertaining week of the year.  I planned on writing this post about the Cleveland Indians since spring training recently kicked off but I just couldn’t stay away from my Cavaliers. 

Baron Davis will make his Cavaliers debut Wednesday

The Cavs were involved in two trades that will help this team greatly in the future.  The Cavs first deal sent  Mo Williams and Jamario Moon to the Clippers in exchange for Baron Davis and their 2011 1st round pick.   The second deal sent a future 2nd round pick to Boston for back-up bigs Luke Harangody and Semih Erden.  Honestly, I feel that the Cavs got away with highway robbery in both deals.  Mo Williams and Jamario Moon probably would have gone elsewhere once their contracts expired and Baron Davis will probably do the same but he comes with a well needed draft pick.  The deal with Boston is just comical because we gave up basically nothing to get two young players. 

 

The trade deadline for the Cavs has been quite entertaining the past couple of years.  Last year there were talks about the Cavs making a move for Amar’e Stoudemire but ended up landing Antawn Jamison instead.  In 2008 there were talks about the Cavs picking up Shaquille O’Neal mid-season but got Ben Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West and Joe Smith.  The Cavs ironically ended up trading Ben Wallace after the season to pick up Shaq.  So we are accustomed to the Cavs making a move or two this time of year but no one could have predicted this.   

The Baron Davis trade broke around 1 a.m. on Thursday and sent shock waves across the league.  For those that don’t know, Baron Davis’s contract was considered immovable and of course he gets moved to Cleveland. He is supposed to make around 30 million for the next 2 years and he has never lived up to that massive contract since he signed it in 2008 with the Clippers.  But he is not the reason why I think this deal was great.  The 1st round draft pick they received from the Clippers was magnificent!  That pick most likely means that the Cavs will have 2 picks in the top 10 which is huge.  The only way this team is going to get better is with draft picks and they secured that with this trade. 

The Cavs move with the Celtics was also quite unexpected because of what little we gave up.  The Celtics must have been slightly intoxicated to trade two players in exchange for a 2013 2nd round draft pick.  Now Luke Harangody and Semih Erden may not be the answer to our problems but they are young and have potential.  I was extremely excited about this trade because they will hopefully take minutes away from Samardo Samuels and Ryan Hollins…They are pathetic. 

Antawn Jamison underwent surgery today

The trades that went down on Thursday gave this team the spark they needed to upset New York on Friday, but something bad just had to happen.  Antawn Jamison, the Cavs leading scorer, will most likely miss the rest of the year after undergoing finger surgery today. This really isn’t that big of a deal since this season is basically over but it would have been nice to see Jamison with the new additions.  Either way, I am excited to see what young talent we pick up in the upcoming draft.  It’s just ironic how last year we were excited for a playoff run and this year we are excited for next year.
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4 Responses to Trades, Injuries and Draft Picks oh my!

  1. Paul Potesta says:

    So who do the cavs use the 2 first round picks they have this year on?

    • ewilli38 says:

      If they get the top pick overall i can’t see them passing up Kyrie Irving from Duke. After that we need a PF/C because we are lacking a legit big man with Andy Varejao out and no one has stepped up in his absence. Jared Sullinger from OSU could fit those needs and Perry Jones could also help there to. My dream scenario would be to take Irving #1 and then Harrison Barnes with our 2nd pick. Barnes was the top high school recruit last year and he is starting to catch his stride with North Carolina. All of the players that i mentioned are freshmen and could pass up entering their names into the draft but lets hope that doesn’t happen.

      • Paul Potesta says:

        If you watched the cavs game tonight. they were interviewing ferry and he was saying how they were real close to getting another 1st round pick right at the deadline. could you imagine if that scenario worked out

      • ewilli38 says:

        I know that would have helped us out a lot. I believe we have 10 draft picks over the next 3 years so every draft pick helps. We also have that massive trade exception that we could use come draft time to get another high 1st rounder. The more draft picks the better! Every little bit helps!

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