Report: Hughes headed to Cleveland
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly
agreed to a multi-year contract with unrestricted free agent shooting guard
The Akron Beacon Journal reported Friday that Cleveland and Hughes had agreed
verbally to a deal that is said to be for five years and will start at around
$12 million per season. The contract cannot become official until July 22nd,
the first day free agents are allowed sign.
Originally selected out of St. Louis by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first
round (eighth pick overall) of the 1998 NBA Draft, Hughes had spent the last
three seasons in Washington after signing as a free agent with the Wizards in
July 2002, The 6-foot-5 guard has also played one-plus seasons with the Sixers
and two-plus years with the Golden State Warriors.
The 26-year-old Hughes played 61 games for the Wizards last season and played
a major role in the Wizards earning their first postseason berth since 1997,
while posting career-highs in points (22.0 ppg), rebounds (6.3 rpg), assists
(4.7 apg) and steals (2.89 spg). He played just under 39 minutes per game and
made 43 percent of his shots from the floor. The St. Louis product also
averaged 20.7 points and 7.1 boards in 10 playoff games for Washington.
Hughes, who led the NBA in steals, was named to this year’s All-Defensive
Team. He has played in 444 games during his seven years in the league, and has
compiled career-averages of 15.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per
Cleveland had tried to lure Seattle’s Ray Allen and Michael Redd of the Bucks
away from their teams with lucrative, multi-year contracts, but were
unsuccessful in its attempts. The Cavaliers hope that Hughes can team with
superstar LeBron James to give them one of the most explosive and exciting
duos in the league.