The Cleveland Cavaliers recently traded for Ramon Sessions, Ryan Hollins, and a second-round pick, while giving the Minnesota Timberwolves Delonte West and Sebastian Telfair. West was only valuable because of his expiring contract and Telfair will likely be bought out.
West has had numerous off the court troubles during his career, and was expecting to be waived before Aug. 5, as his contract is not completely guaranteed. West may be a good piece on a championship team, but when you are trying to rebuild, he may become more of a liability than an asset.
Telfair can be solid off the bench at point guard, but he really wasn't a part of Cleveland's long-term plans anyway.
The Timberwolves were basically going for a salary dump in this trade, as they will waive West before his contract becomes guaranteed and Hollins was just a frontcourt reserve playing limited minutes.
Because the Wolves didn't really need Sessions, the Cavaliers got a good price for him.
Hollins is an athletic center that will come off the bench. He won't really provide any immediate relief, but could develop into a solid center with time. He will fit into Byron Scott's system, which is a plus.
The Cavaliers are definitely a great fit for Sessions. They run an uptempo offense, but don't have a true point guard to run it. Sessions is only 24 years old and has played three seasons in the NBA.
Trading for Sessions could allow the Cavaliers to continue to play Mo Williams off the ball and put Sessions at the point. Williams is definitely more of a scorer than a distributor, and while he is capable of running an offense, Cleveland could use him more effectively at the shooting guard position.
Even if Cleveland decides to bring Sessions off the bench, he should still see starter's minutes. Between Sessions and Hollins, the Cavaliers should get good production this season. Adding a pick in there can't hurt either.
The Cavaliers did well in this trade, acquiring young talent that should help them compete in the future. This is certainly not the end game for the Cavs, as they still have a lot of work to do before they can compete in the playoffs, but this is a step in the right direction.
Getting a true point guard like Sessions is something very high on the Cavaliers' agenda this offseason, and I guess you could call it the highlight of their offseason so far. Expect this move to be the first of many roster adjustments Cleveland will make over the next couple of seasons.