Big news came out just before the NBA trade deadline, not as big as Shaq going to Phoenix, Pau Gasol going to the Lakers, or Jason Kidd to the Mavericks, but it could have major implications in the weak NBA eastern conference.
The trade involved 11 players and three teams, but the Cleveland Cavaliers were the obvious focal point of the trade with Chicago Bulls and Seattle Supersonics.
The Cavaliers got Lebron James help inside and outside with the acquisition of center Ben Wallace, forward Joe Smith from the Bulls, forward Wally “World” Szczerbiak and guard Delonte West from the Supersonics.
To get Lebron his supporting cast the Cavaliers traded guard Larry Hughes, forwards Drew Gooden and Cedric Simmons, and guard Shannon Brown to Chicago and forwards Ira Newble and Donyell Marshall to Seattle.
Chicago also gave up a second round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft to the Cavaliers. The Supersonics will get guard Adrian Griffin from the Bulls as part of the deal.
Cleveland G.M. and former Duke Blue Devil, Danny Ferry was able to put this deal together just before the 3 PM. trade deadline. This trade is by far the biggest trade he has been able to pull off and might be a last-ditched effort to keep Lebron in Cleveland and prevent him from jumping in a couple years to the Nets (Jay-Z + Brooklyn + Lebron = awesome).
So what exactly are the Cavaliers getting? Well with Wallace they are getting a defensive force down-low. Wallace has averaged 8.8 rebounds and 1.60 blocks per game—Wallace is not a scoring threat as he is averaging only 5.1 points per game. Some feel that Wallace’s best days are behind him, his recent numbers are below his averages—for most of his career he has averaged double digit rebounds.
Szczerbiak is another role player who can shoot it from behind the arc. Wally is averaging 13.1 points per game and is shooting 42.8 percent from three-point land.
Again, is this enough to push the Cavaliers over the edge and keep Lebron in Cleveland?
I don’t think so, how big of an improvement is Wallace over Drew Gooden? Enough to help them beat the Lakers, Suns or Mavericks? I don’t think so.
To me this was a desperate move to do something, anything, to try and make their star happy.