He really would have liked to see the Cavaliers make a deal for guard Jason Kidd, but LeBron James has to be satisfied with the deal GM Danny Ferry pulled off right before the NBA trading deadline this afternoon.
I’m not an NBA guru, don’t care to be one. However, I do remember how humiliating the sweep by San Antonio in the finals last year was and how much help James really does need in order to get to the NBA’s promised land.
It’s a sweet deal for Cleveland, even though I hate to see Drew Gooden leave. The Cavs picked up Ben Wallace and Joe Smith from Chicago and Wally Szczerbiak and Elonte West from Chicago in an 11-player deal.
Even though he’s 33, Wallace still has the inside game and I’m guessing he’s ready to return to the form that he showed when he was in Detroit. Szczerbiak, a Miami (Oh.) grad, is a sharpshooter that will hopefully be a significant player from the outside, helping take much of the constant double-teaming off James. I think Smith and West are players above the caliber of Donyell Marshall and Ira Newble, two of the players the Cavs let go. I’m not at all worried about Cleveland trading Larry Hughes. He’s certainly not been worth his contract since coming over from Washington.
I consider this trade the beginning of the second season for the Cavaliers, one in which they have closed the talent gap from themselves and Boston and Detroit in the Eastern Conference.