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The newest Cleveland Cavalier is saying all the right things. Baron Davis posted a note of thanks on his Facebook page to Los Angeles Clippers while assuring Cavaliers fans that he is on his way to Cleveland:
First and foremost, I want to say thank you to the fans in LA and all of Clipper Nation. Not many guys get the chance to play at home in front of their family and friends the way I have been able to the past couple seasons, and I am grateful for that opportunity. My former teammates will always be my family, and I wish them and the organization nothing but the best.
I can’t wait to join my new team, bring good energy and help us win games. I’m ready to call The Q home and bring some excitement!!!
See you soon Ohio! The Beard is on its way!
Just as agent Bill Duffy said, Davis is saying and doing all the right things. Let’s hope it continues. I, for one, am ready to give him the benefit of the doubt.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired center Semih Erden and forward Luke Harangody from the Boston Celtics in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant announced today. The Cavaliers also waived forward Leon Powe.
“Semih and Luke are two young players that we’ve liked dating back to their respective drafts. Each has worked hard, continued to grow and proven themselves on the court this season,” said Grant. “Luke and Semih also understand what winning culture is about and we’re happy to have them as part of our team. We look forward to their continued growth with us.”
Erden, 24, has played in 37 games (seven starts) this season, averaging 4.1 points on .598 shooting and 2.9 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game. The 7-foot, 240-pound rookie from Turkey was selected with the 60th overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft. He has seven seasons of international experience, playing the last five seasons (2005-2010) with Fenerbache Ulker Istanbul of the Turkish League.
With the Celtics during the 2010-11 season, he scored in double figures on four occasions and grabbed seven or more rebounds in five games this season. Semih Erden (pronounced SEM-ee Err-DEN) posted a season-high 14 points on a perfect 5-5 shooting and added seven rebounds in 30 minutes versus Utah on Jan. 21.
Harangody, 23, is averaging 2.3 points on .394 shooting and 2.0 rebounds in 8.6 minutes per game in 28 games (zero starts). He was selected with the 52nd overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft after receiving All-American honors and being an All-BIG EAST First Team Selection in three consecutive seasons (2008-2010), including being named Big East Player of the Year in 2008, in four seasons at Notre Dame. The 6-foot-8, 246-pound power forward recorded his first NBA career double-double with 17 points on 8-11 shooting (.727) and 11 rebounds versus Toronto on Jan. 7.
The 2013 second-round pick headed to Boston was acquired by the Cavaliers from Minnesota on July 26, 2010 along with Ramon Sessions and Ryan Hollins in exchange for Sebastian Telfair and Delonte West.
Powe has played in 34 games (five starts) for the Cavaliers since being signed as a free agent before the 2009-10 season and averaged 4.4 points on .463 shooting and 2.9 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game.
“We thank Leon for his contributions on and off the court and our entire organization wishes him and his family the best in the future,” said Grant.
Erden, a 6-11 center, will provide the Cavaliers some size in the middle they are desperately lacking with the injury to Anderson Varejao. In limited time, Erden is averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.
Harangody is also a rookie averaging 2.3 points in 8.6 minutes per game. He was the Big East Player of the Year at Notre Dame in 2009.
“He was shocked by it, like everyone,” Bill Duffy of BDA Sports said. “He liked playing with Blake Griffin, they had a nice chemistry going. But the Clippers made a decision. Baron will go to Cleveland, and he will play and be a good soldier.”
Davis wasn’t the key part of the deal for the Cavaliers – they really wanted that 1st Round pick – but a Baron Davis that plays hard is still a Baron Davis that can fill up the stat-sheet, and Davis has 28 million reasons to play nice in Cleveland. We shall see…
ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that the Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors may be discussing a trade that would send F Antawn Jamison back to where his career started. While it is unknown right now who would be involved in the trade, Stein reports that a deal could work involving Troy Murphy and Andris Biedrins:
If such a deal featured Murphy going to Cleveland for Jamison, it’s believed that the Cavaliers would then buy out Murphy before next Tuesday’s deadline to keep the veteran power forward eligible to appear in the playoffs with another team.
That would mean the target for the Cavaliers in the deal would be some financial savings, as well as Biedrins.
With less than an hour remaining until the NBA trade deadline, the Cleveland Cavaliers are “down to the wire” in listening to trade offers for swingman Anthony Parker, says Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The 35-year-old has made 41 starts in 48 appearances for the Cavs this season and has connected on 41 percent of his three-point tries, making him a potentially valuable addition to a playoff team looking to spread the floor. The Boston Celtics, says Wojnarowski, are “still in the mix” for his services.
In his eighth season, the well-travelled Parker is respected around the league for his shooting, defense, and basketball IQ. Trading him would open up more minutes on the wing for the 21-year-old rookie Christian Eyenga, averaging 8.4 points this season. The rebuilding Cavaliers appear to have little use for a veteran like Parker. But, knowing his value is high right now, they’ve resisted dealing him as of yet.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired the Los Angeles Clippers’ first round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and guard Baron Davis from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for guard Mo Williams and forward Jamario Moon, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today.
“We’re excited to make this move. Baron is a very talented player at a position that’s a difficult position in this league,” said Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant. “We’ve also created another very good opportunity for ourselves as we continue to build this franchise moving forward with another high first round draft pick.”
Davis, 31, is averaging 12.8 points on .416 shooting, 2.8 rebounds, 7.0 assists (14th in the NBA) and 1.4 steals in 29.6 minutes per game in 43 games (35 starts) this season. In his 12 seasons in the NBA, he has career averages of 16.5 points on .409 shooting, 3.9 rebounds and 7.3 assists in 34.9 minutes per game in 791 games (669 starts). Among all active players, he ranks fourth (J. Kidd, S. Nash and A. Miller) in total assists (5,798) and is one of just seven players with over 13,000 career points and 5,000 assists (J. Kidd, S. Nash, C. Billups, M. Bibby, A. Miller and K. Bryant). The 6-foot-3, 212-pound point guard was named an all-star on two occasions (2002 and 2004).
The 2011 first round pick acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers is unprotected, meaning the Cavaliers own the pick in the upcoming draft no matter what selection it is.
“As an organization, ownership, all the way down, we’d like to thank Mo and Jamario and wish them and their families the best,” said Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant. “We appreciate their contributions to our franchise, both on the court and off, as they helped take us to some pretty high levels over the last two years.”
Williams is averaging 13.3 points on .385 shooting, 2.7 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 29.6 minutes per game in 36 games (34 starts) this season. In 186 career games (183 starts) with Cleveland, he averaged 16.2 points on .443 shooting, 3.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 33.7 minutes per game. He ranks second in franchise history in free throw shooting (.890), sixth in three-point percentage (.408) and seventh in three-pointers made (378).
Moon has averages of 4.7 points on .402 shooting, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 19.1 minutes per game in 40 games (13 starts) in 2010-11. In 101 career games (15 starts) with the Cavaliers, he averaged 4.8 points on .436 shooting and 3.1 rebounds in 18.0 minutes per game.
Cleveland Cavaliers GM Chris Grant is speaking about the Cavaliers acquisition of Baron Davis today when he admitted that there is still a chance that the Cavs could make another deal or two before the NBA Trade Deadline today at 3:00PM et.
According to a tweet from Cavs beat-writer Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavs are still working the phones:
The latest trade rumors surrounding the Cavaliers involve their $14.5 million Trade Exception they acquired in the LeBron James sign-and-trade with the Miami Heat. There had been plenty of speculation that the Cavs would use it at the deadline in order to acquire a major piece of the puzzle from a team looking for financial relief.
So far, the Cavs haven’t found a deal worth taking, and with the Trade Deadline coming up at 3:00PM et today it looks more and more like the Cavs will hold onto the big bullet in their chamber and wait for opportunities at the 2011 NBA Draft.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have finally made a trade, reportedly, though I’ll admit I didn’t see this one coming. According to various sources, the Cavs have acquired guard Baron Davis from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for guard Mo Williams and F Jamario Moon. The Cavaliers will also receive the Clippers 1st Round pick in 2011.
The reason the Clippers would send the Cavaliers a draft pick is simple – money. The deal saves Los Angeles a ton of cash. Davis is owed $28 million over the next two seasons while Williams has player options at $8.5 million and $9.3 million the next two seasons meaning the Clippers could be free and clear as soon as this summer.
Besides Davis, this deal could give the Cavaliers two picks in the Top-10 of the 2011 NBA Draft with the Clippers on their way to the lottery once again. The Cavs know that is the best – and fastest – to rebuild the team the right way.
“We know we’re going to have to build this team through the lottery,” the source said. “We hope Baron works out, but our primary focus was the pick. We really wanted two top-10 picks to infuse the team with young talent.”
ESPN’s Chad Ford and Brian Windhorst report separately the Cleveland Cavaliers have tried acquiring Gerald Wallace from the Charlotte Bobcats. Ford says the Cavaliers would simply absorb Wallace into the $14.5 million trade exception Cleveland received when it sign-and-traded LeBron James to the Miami Heat this summer. According to Windhorst, the Bobcats and Cavs “haven’t made significant progress” in their trade talks regarding Wallace.
Now in his 10th season, Wallace is averaging 15.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1 block per game for Charlotte. He earned his first trip to the All-Star Game last season, when he posted 18.2 points and 10 rebounds per game.
It’s unclear how Wallace, who has two seasons remaining on his contract after this one, would fit into the Cavaliers’ long-term plans. He turns 29 this summer and has averaged more than 3.45 minutes per game in each of the last five seasons, so wear-and-tear is a concern. On the surface, it appears as though he would make little sense for a team clearly in the rebuilding process.
Cleveland isn’t the only team bidding for Wallace, says Ford, as the Dallas Mavericks, L.A. Clippers, Houston Rockets, and Indiana Pacers have also inquired about the high-flying forward. We’ll know soon enough where he’ll end up, as the NBA trade deadline is tomorrow at 3 PM Eastern.
Did anyone see this coming? A few weeks after Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams won an apparent power struggle with long-time Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan, the Jazz have shipping him to the New Jersey Nets a day before the NBA trade deadline.
The Jazz will receive rookie Derrick Favors and guard Devin Harris, as well as draft picks in the deal that also involves the Golden State Warriors. Favors had been the centerpiece of a deal the Nets tried to pull to get former Denver Nuggets F Carmelo Anthony. He ended up being dealt to the New York Knicks yesterday.
Williams is averaging 21.3 points while dishing out 9.7 assists per game for the Jazz and is a two-time All-Star.
Rumor has it that it would be a three team deal, and that the Cavaliers were in talks to be that third team. They’d get the Nets center Troy Murphy and a first-round pick. However, either Golden State probably offered more, or the Cavs could have backed out at the last minute. Cleveland would have added a legitimate post up threat, though they’d be taking a hit wit his massive expiring contract. Details on who the Cavs would have dealt are unknown.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are open to trading any of their players for future draft picks, according to a Twitter update from Yahoo! Sports writer Marc J. Spears. Cleveland, which owns the league’s worst record at 10-46, apparently wishes to rebuild after LeBron James’ departure via the draft.
As prior updates in this StoryStream show, the Cavs have previously received interest in point guard Ramon Sessions (from Atlanta, Portland, and New York) and swingman Anthony Parker (from Chicago and Boston). Unfortunately for them, Anderson Varejao, whose skills as a defensive-oriented center would make him a popular trade target for contending teams, is out for the season with an injury to his right ankle.
We’ll learn soon enough if Cleveland’s efforts to bolster its collection of future draft picks will succeed, and which players they’ll lose as a result. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 PM Eastern.
It’s no secret the Cavs are sellers. But when they’ll be selling is another story. And as reported by Scott over at WFNY, that time might not be now.
While it is understandable that fans of the Wine and Gold will not be very happy if their 10-win team makes nary a deal leading up to 3pm on Thursday (despite having three expiring contracts), the chance of this happening is becoming more of a reality with each passing hour.
From one perspective, I can understand it. There’s no rush to use he TPE or trade guys like Mo Williams, Anderson Varejao or Antawn Jamison. The CBA is causing a lot of hesitancy around the league anyway. The summer can be used to reevaluate and feel out interest in these players. Jamison’s expiring contract will be very valuable, Mo can help a contending team with a hole at PG/SG and in need of a sixth man. Varejao will draw a ton of looks after his rehab. And Sessions is still a nice chip. Those deals can wait.
But what I don’t understand is why the Cavs would hold onto their players with expiring deals who are no part of the future. Take Anthony Parker, for example. Yes, the Bulls and Celtics might not outbid each other, yielding the Cavs some magical combination of a 2nd rounder and James Johnson, but if they can pick up even a second round pick, what is the point in keeping him around?
It’s like Travis Hafner with the Indians—all Parker is doing is blocking younger players from seeing minutes. Parker is old, he’s not going to be with the team next year, and he shouldn’t be seeing minutes on a 10-win team anyway. So if you can flip him for something, do it. This team needs every pick and every young player they can get in the hopes of rebuilding, and if guys like Parker, Powe or Moon can turn into anything at all, even a a box of crayons and a set of windshield wipers, a deal should be made.
Maybe they’re pretending to be content right now to drive interest up, but if the Cleveland Cavaliers end up seeing the deadline pass with the roster staying the same as it is today, they would be making a big mistake.
The longest trade negotiation in professional sports history finally came to an end tonight with Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets being dealt to the team everyone thought he would end up with all along, the New York Knicks. The pieces and parts of the deal seem to be exactly what has been reported for several weeks:
New York Knicks 2014 first round pick
Golden State Warriors 2012 second-round pick
Golden State Warriors 2013 second-round pick
$3 million cash
New York Gets:
The trade will likely morph into other deals with the Nuggets possible sending some of the pieces they acquired to the New Jersey Nets in a smaller deal to acquire some draft picks. Rumors have been swirling that the Nuggets could send Gallinari and others to the Nets for a pair of first-round picks, the same picks that would have been part of a 'Melo deal had the Nets been able to get Anthony to sign an extension with the team.
Unfortunately this is another sad reminder that it is the players, not the owners, fans, or anyone else that run the NBA. Based on what LeBron James and Chris Bosh were able to accomplish last summer, players now know they can end up with any team they want, no matter how the rules are written to keep stars at home.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reports the Cleveland Cavaliers have listened to trade proposals regarding guard/forward Anthony Parker from the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls. The two suitors, who rank near the top of the Eastern Conference, seek an additional three-point shooter who can spread the floor and sop up minutes at both wing positions off the bench.
Cleveland is willing to part witk Parker, says Stein, for “a quality draft pick or a young big man with promise.” The 35-year-old Parker, in his eighth NBA season, is in the last year of a two-year, $5 million deal he signed with Cleveland in the summer of 2009. He’s shooting 39.8 percent from three-point range, a good figure which nonetheless ranks below his 41.4 percent career mark.
Though both the Celtics and Bulls have their eyes on Parker, “it remains to be seen whether either of the two teams is willing to meet Cleveland’s asking price,” according to Stein. Based on the Cavaliers’ reported wishlist, the Celtics could potentially offer rookie center Semih Erden, while Chicago may be willing to part with either James Johnson or Taj Gibson, two young, energetic forwards.
The Carmelo Anthony saga rages on - nearly 5 months since trade talks first surfaced. On again, off again talks between the Denver Nuggets and the New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, and a bevy of other teams is nearing a climax with less than a week to go before the NBA Trade Deadline. I'm sure by now you know the details - Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov proclaiming that the Nets were out of the 'Melodrama, the Knicks claiming the Nuggets were asking too much for Carmelo.
And now, the return of the Nets, and this time they appear closer than ever to acquiring the 3rd overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, the same draft that saw the Cavaliers select LeBron James #1. Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday night that the Nets, in the latest iteration of the trade, are prepared to send Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four first-round picks along with Favors to Denver for Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Melvin Ely and Renaldo Balkman.
That's where the Cavaliers come in. The Nuggets have no desire to take on Troy Murphy's $12 million expiring contract. They want a 3rd team to get involved. Enter Cleveland, and that sweet $14 million trade exception. For their time, trouble and money, the Cavaliers would likely receive Murphy and one of the four Nets draft picks. Not a bad haul for a team looking to acquire as many future assets as possible.
All of this is far from certain, of course. The New York Knicks are still right in the thick of it, and could play a risky game of Russian roulette - pun intended - knowing that Carmelo wants to end up in New York anyway. The risk there, of course, is the uncertain labor future this summer. Carmelo may want to get his name on that 3-year, $65 million extension right now, knowing a new CBA could mean much less money for the players.
Whatever the case, the Cavaliers are expected to be right in the middle of the Trade Deadline action. With the NBA focused on the 2011 All-Star Game in Los Angeles, teams will be getting down to business and the Cavaliers have a huge bullet in their chamber, should some assets become available to fall in their lap.
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Ramon Sessions has drawn trade interest from the Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, and New York Knicks, according to a Twitter message from ESPN.com scribe Chris Broussard.
The four-year veteran, in his first season with the Cavaliers, is averaging 12.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 5.3 assists while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor, and given that he’s only 24 years old, it’s easy to see why teams looking for a boost in the backcourt would call the Cavs to ask about his services.
Cleveland can demand a high price for Sessions, however, as he’s still important to the team, averaging 35.5 minutes in six games this month. Broussard does not mention what players the potential suitors may offer in return.
The Cavs acquired Sessions, Ryan Hollins, and a future draft pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves this summer in exchange for Sebastian Telfair and the non-guaranteed contract of Delonte West. He is under contract for the next two seasons for a total of $8.9 million, a fair number, although he owns the option on the final year.
Sessions has scored in double-figures in 13 of Cleveland’s last 14 games, including a 32-point outburst on Wednesday night as the Cavaliers upset the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers at Quicken Loans Arena.
Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more Cavaliers trade rumors. The NBA trade deadline is 3 PM on Feb. 24.
With the NBA trade deadline just one week away, the Cleveland Cavaliers are active on the trade front, reports Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, who has several Cavs-related items in his latest “trade buzz” update.
First, it appears as though the Cavaliers are open to trading Antawn Jamison, with the New Orleans Hornets rumored to be a potential suitor, says Berger. The two-time All-Star is averaging just 17.7 points, but could interest New Orleans, which is looking for more offensive firepower. But acquiring Jamison might be difficult for the Hornets, as the NBA owns the team and might be reluctant to take on the $15 million he’s owed next season, the final year of the $50 million extension he signed in 2008. SB Nation NBA editor Tom Ziller took an in-depth look at the possibility of the NBA’s owners blocking a Jamison trade to the Hornets here.
Second, veteran Cavs swingman Anthony Parker could be on the move, with the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls interested in adding depth to their perimeter playing rotations. He’s scoring 8.9 points per game and, at 39.8 percent, still has an above-average three-point stroke. Injuries to former Cavalier Delonte West and Marquis Daniels have pressed the Celtics into playing journeyman guard Von Wafer, and GM Danny Ainge is reportedly “fielding calls” about potential trades as he looks to address his team’s lack of reserve guards and forwards.
The Bulls, meanwhile, simply don’t have much talent on the perimeter. Keith Bogans, the nominal starter at shooting guard, averages just 17.6 minutes per game. Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver are limited to defense and three-point shooting, respectively, so Chicago is in the market for another complementary, long-range shooter. Parker, as a veteran on an expiring deal, represents a low-risk, medium-reward prospect for both Boston and Chicago. Moreover, he’s more valuable to contending teams than to Cleveland, which needs to open up playing time for youngsters Christian Eyenga and Manny Harris on the wings.
Finally, says Berger, Cleveland is open to using the $14.6 million trade exception generated when it signed and traded LeBron James to the Miami Heat in order to serve as a third-party facilitator; the Cavs could essentially rent the trade exception to other teams looking to dump salary in a trade, and charge a fee—in the form of “draft picks and young players,” according to Berger—for providing the service.
The NBA Trade Deadline is a week away and sources continue to say there are few parts of the Cavaliers that are off limits to teams. Last week we talked about rumors involving Anthony Parker and the Chicago Bulls. Parker is still linked to the Bulls, though a deal like that wouldn't likely happen until after the All-Star Break.
Another trade rumor that is being reported involves the Atlanta Hawks possible interest in G Ramon Sessions. The Hawks would like some help at guard, and Sessions has quietly put together a nice season - especially considering the Cavaliers didn't have Mo Williams for a large stretch this season.
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How much help Sessions would provide the Hawks against the East's top teams like the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic remains to be seen, but the Cavaliers need to keep building assets and Sessions is not a part of the Cavaliers future.
The NBA Trade Deadline is two weeks away and the Cleveland Cavaliers are right in the middle of all the NBA Trade Rumors. The reasons are simple - the Cavaliers have lost 36 of their last 37 games, they have a huge trade-exception, which is like free money to NBA teams, they have some assets that teams looking to make a run this year may find attractive.
The names you are likely to hear in the coming days include Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison and even Anderson Varejao. Despite Varejao's injury, there seems to be plenty of interest - though any deal for Andy would be a long-term investment for the team that acquires him.
There is also, of course, veteran swingman Anthony Parker. Parker is attractive for a few reasons - he's a veteran that has proven he can play in the NBA. Parker can play a bit of defense. He's been to the playoffs in the past. Most importantly, Parker's contract expires at the end of the season. That is always attractive to NBA teams.
We are beginning to hear murmurs that the Chicago Bulls may have eyes for Parker, especially if he can prove his back is 100% after he missed 8 games in January. Parker wouldn't bring the Cavaliers much - likely a 2nd Round pick - but draft picks are assets, assets that can be used in a package for bigger assets.
Anthony Parker is obviously not part of the Cavaliers long-term plans, so getting anything of value for him now would be a great move for the Cavaliers.
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