NBA Trade Deadline 2011: Why Things Are Looking Down for Baron Davis
Just a few hours before the countdown to the NBA Trade Deadline hit zero, Baron Davis was shipped from the L.A. Clippers, along with a first round draft choice, to the Cleveland Cavilers for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon.
If there is one guy to feel bad for in the NBA right now it is Baron Davis, who must be hating this move for a variety of reasons.
This slide-show discusses five reasons why Baron Davis may just want to get out of the NBA now and avoid going to Cleveland.
Feel free to comment below with why you feel bad for Davis.
Los Angeles is Slightly Better Than Cleveland
Los Angeles in the town of glitz and glamor, of warm beach days year round. Cleveland is affectionately known as "the mistake on the lake."
Instead of spending his time hanging out with movie stars and celebrities, Baron Davis will now get a taste of the Cleveland night life.
One can only hope that Davis likes Rock music, because the main attraction in Cleveland is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
All kidding aside, Davis will be going from the bright lights of one of the most famous cities in the whole world to a city that has been depressed by its sports teams for quite some time now.
Baron Davis will be reunited with an old coach of his in Cleveland in Byron Scott. While most players would be thrilled to play for an old coach, the history between Scott and Davis is pretty rocky.
The two did not get along at all when they were both in New Orleans, with Davis ending up forcing a trade.
Davis has already said he will play for Scott in Cleveland, but with this teams losing woes. something may boil over between the two soon.
This probably will not turn into a Deron Williams/Jerry Sloan situation, but who knows.
The Cleveland Cavaliers Are Worst Team In the League
The Los Angeles Clippers may not be having that good of a season, but it is nothing compared to how bad the Cleveland Cavilers have performed.
John Hollinger of ESPN.com actually has the Cavs as possibly going 10-72 in his Playoff Odds chart. (See here)
The Cavs had a well documented 26 game losing streak earlier in the season, and things are not looking any brighter in the future.
Baron Davis is now playing for one of the worst teams in basketball history.
Blake Griffin is one of the most exciting players in the NBA right now, if not the most exciting, and was a teammate of Baron Davis on the Clippers.
Davis was routinely featured on ESPN's Top 10 Plays for throwing passes to Griffin who then threw down some unreal dunks.
As pictured above, Davis even got to drive a car onto the court and throw a ball through the sunroof to Griffin during this years dunk contest.
Davis now has to say goodbye to Griffin, and join a roster of misfits with the Cavs.
Too Old For the Trade to Pay Off
The biggest part of this trade is that the Cavs are getting the Clippers first round pick, which should be top 10. With this pick, along with their own, they have a very good chance of winning the lottery for the first pick,
This all adds up to good players coming to Cleveland, but for Baron Davis that probably wont matter.
Davis is already 31 years old, and has a ACL tear on his milage. To think he will be around when the Cavs are good again would be pretty naive.
Who knows how much more juice Davis has in the tank, but playing in Cleveland may suck it all out of him.
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