Just reported on WKNR2. The Cavaliers have completed a trade with the Chicago Bulls and Seattle Supersonics. The Cavaliers get Ben Wallace and Joe Smith from Chicago, as well as Delonte West and Wally Szczerbiak plus an additional 2nd round draft pick. The Chicago Bulls get Larry Hughes, Drew Gooden, Cedric Simmons and Shannon Brown. Seattle receives Adrian Griffin, Ira Newble and Donyell Mrashall.
So here are the Cavs leaving- Larry Hughes, Drew Gooden, Cedric Simmons, Ira Newble, Shannon Brown and Donyell Marshall. Total value of contracts leaving- $29 million. Total value of contracts coming in- $34.869 million. Wow. Wallace is under contract for two years after this one. (The same as Hughes.) Wally is under contract for this season and next (an expiring contract for next season.)
Your starting five for the Cavs? LeBron, Zydrunas Illgauskas, Ben Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West at point? Does Daniel Gibson get a shot at PG again? What is your take on the trade?
The early word on the radio is this is a good trade for the Cavs. I have to step back from this one and think about it for a minute. The only player that I’m remotely excited about in this deal is Delonte West. And he is still quite unpolished. I don’t know if he’s ready to step in and be the trigger man for a championship team.
Tell me the next time the Cavs play the Bulls there won’t be a shimmer in Larry Hughes’ eye…
Here’s an interesting perspective. Next year, at the trade deadline the Cavs will have the following players to dangle as expiring contracts- Wally Szczerbiak $12.275 mil, Joe Smith $5.2 mil, Damon Jones $4.17 mil, Eric Snow $6.7 mil. That’s a little more than $28 million coming off the books after next season. Part of my fear with a trade was that the Cavs would be losing some of next year’s flexibility, but that appears to be safe for now.
Of course now we have to deal with not just resigning Daniel Gibson after the season is done, but also Delonte West if the Cavs are interested in keeping him. And of course there is the Andy Varejao contract dilemma.
Let’s bottom line this one, are the Cavs a better team because of this deal?