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.
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.