Mo Williams Sent to Cavaliers as Bucks Work Three-Way Deal

Adam LindemerSenior Analyst IAugust 13, 2008

Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond continues the clean-up process to rid the 'mess' made by Larry Harris while he was GM.

The Milwaukee Bucks, along with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City franchise, made a three-team trade Wednesday afternoon, with the headliner being the Bucks' starting point guard.

Cleveland only gets Williams, who will provide LeBron James with much needed help at the point guard position when he returns from Beijing in late August.

Milwaukee gets two point guards in return; Damon Jones from Cleveland, and Luke Ridnour from Oklahoma City. They also receive Adrian Griffin from Oklahoma City. Jones is making his second appearance as a Buck.

Desmond Mason will once again return to Oklahoma City, where he played with the Hornets when they were driven out of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. Cleveland also sends Joe Smith to join Mason.

I believe that Ridnour will provide solid backup to last year's breakout player in Ramon Sessions, unless the newly signed Tyronne Lue shows great output prior to October.

From a Bucks fan standpoint, I always knew that a Mo and/or Redd trade was possible, even after Milwaukee acquired Richard Jefferson from the Nets.

The guy who is getting the rawest deal in all of this is Milwaukee's Desmond Mason.

He came to the Bucks in the Ray Allen trade, and immediately became a fan favorite in Milwaukee. After a couple of years, Mason was traded to New Orleans for Jamaal Magloire when Harris told him that no deal was in sight.

Mason went on to call Harris "a snake in the grass" for the double-cross.

The bad feelings apparently sub-sided when Mason was signed as a free agent by Milwaukee before the 2007-08 season by that same snake who traded him away.

The Bucks then drafted a couple of small forwards in the 2008 draft, putting Mason and often injured Bobby Simmons on the hot seat. But when the Bucks traded away Simmons to New Jersey, it appeared that Mason's job was safe, except that they received Jefferson in return.

All of Milwaukee should've seen a Desmond Mason trade coming, as he continued to move down the depth chart with each transaction made. It's just too bad though, because Milwaukee will now have to look somewhere else to provide pure energy off the bench.

I think we can officially say that the Milwaukee Bucks are now 'rebuilding'. And they are clearly building around Olympians Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut.

The organization is also hoping that this new group of talent can not only produce wins now, but in the future.