Supporting Cast Worthy of King LeBron James? Breaking Down Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, & Seattle Sonics Blockbuster Trade
Cleveland initiated today’s mega-trade to correct past mistakes and show James they’re serious about becoming perennial contenders. After all, his opt-out clause is looming and, even though he’s from Ohio, whispers persist that James will head for the bright lights and fat sponsorship contracts of New York …
The Associated Press is reporting the following three-way trade:
The Cavaliers will also get
My Quick Take: Three years ago, Cleveland GM Danny Ferry had heaps of cap room and a mandate from ownership to surround LeBron James with a supporting cast worthy of a King.
One way or another, Ferry invested a fortune in three players: Larry Hughes (60 million dollars), Damon Jones (18 million dollars), and Donyell Marshall (24 million dollars).
Hughes, Jones, and Marshall each had moments, but, on the whole, they fell well short of expectations.
Still, that day is years away, so let’s analyze this blockbuster.
Made This Trade … Cleveland
It was time for a change. There was a feeling the current Cavaliers peaked with last year’s appearance in the NBA Finals.
Wallace provides very little other than defense; Smith is a veteran throw-in. But the
Made This Trade … Chicago
A shake-up was necessary. Wallace’s defense and contract is out, Gooden’s post scoring is in. On the perimeter, the Bulls land Larry Hughes –a talented and well-compensated guard, who never fit with the Cavs. Cedric Simmons and Shannon Brown are throw-ins.
Made This Trade … Seattle
Wally’s World was a pleasant surprise in the Emerald City, but the Sonics clearly wanted out from his thirteen million dollar per year salary. Newble’s contract expires at season’s end, while
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