Friday , Feb , 22 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Cleveland a Contender Again with Ben Wallace


A month of big surprises concluded at the Thursday afternoon trade deadline with blockbuster news of an 11-player deal that reinvented the Cavaliers by bringing Ben Wallace and three other rotation players to Cleveland. The three-team exchange elevated the Cavaliers’ overall base of talent, enabled the Bulls to overhaul their front line and provided the SuperSonics with a means of salary relief as they used the trade deadline to continue building for the future.

The Cavaliers gave up Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes (whom they had been trying to move for some time) and prospects Cedric Simmons and Shannon Brown — all of whom went to Chicago. Cleveland received Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West, Joe Smith and a second-round pick from Chicago. Seattle received Donyell Marshall as well as the expiring contracts of Ira Newble and Adrian Griffin. Click here for more from Sports Illustrated.com.