Monday , Aug , 04 , 2008 Oly Sandor

J.R. Smith and Kirk Hinrich won’t help LeBron James and Cleveland

Good organizations make forward-looking moves, while mediocre organizations make lateral moves. Not surprisingly, reports indicate the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking at trading for Denver’s J.R. Smith and Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich. These proposed changes aren’t enough -just like Donyell Marshall, Larry Hughes, Eric Snow, Ben Wallace, and Wally Szczerbiak weren’t enough …

J.R. Smith and Kirk Hinrich won't help LeBron James and ClevelandGood organizations make forward-looking moves, while mediocre organizations make lateral moves. Not surprisingly, reports indicate Cleveland is considering trading for Denver’s J.R. Smith and Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich.

These proposed changes aren’t enough –just like Donyell Marshall, Larry Hughes, Eric Snow, Ben Wallace, and Wally Szczerbiak weren’t enough. In a league built on constant improvement, Cleveland is freefalling from their perch as 2006-07 NBA Finalists (Sorry, couldn’t resist the white trash, Canadian link to my man T-Petty).

Acquiring Smith and/or Hinrich won’t help the Cavaliers regain their status as Eastern Conference contenders. And neither will get LeBron James asking where he signs that much discussed contract extension.

This isn’t a knock on Smith and Hinrich. Both are very similar to players on Cleveland’s roster.

Smith, for example, is instant offence. A headband wearing, tattooed-out Vinnie Johnson, jumping off the Nuggets’ bench to launch three-pointers without a second-thought or care. Gee, did the Cavaliers forget about Wally Szczerbiak? Here’s a refresher: he’s ‘The Dude’ acquired from Seattle at the trade deadline. And, just like Smith, he plays off the ball and never,ever passes up an open shot.

For the last few years, Hinrich has brought a blue-collar, workmanlike approach to his point guard duties with Chicago. The Kansas grad competes, distributes, and nails his share of open looks. Sounds like Delonte West, a restricted free agent acquired at the deadline, who reportedly will ink an extension with Cleveland.

Re-signing Lebron James will require more than recycling and reshuffling players. Then again, history has shown Cleveland’s front office isn’t much for forward thinking.

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