Now That Was a BIG Trade

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Talking to Long about this Cavs-Bulls-Sonics deal, it hit me that Cleveland’s starting line-up could be huge — literally, just massive. If the Cavs want, they can throw out a starting five where the shortest player is 6’4″ and every guy on the court has a sterling defensive pedigree. One possibility:

  • PG: Delonte West — 6’4″, once averaged 1.2 steals and 0.7 blocks a game while starting for Boston (from a PG!).
  • SG: Pavlovic — 6’7″, previous recipient of the Bruce Bowen Memorial Award for Owning Vince Carter in a Playoff Series, which officially became his when V.C. started picking up pouty-faced technicals.
  • SF: Lebron — 6’8″, built like the Bionic Man.
  • PF: Big Ben — 6’9″, his effort is the big looming question.
  • C: Big Z — 7’3″, nihilist.

6-4, 6-7, 6-8, 6-9, 7-3. I still can’t get over that.

Reid rightly points out that those five, on an off night for Lebron, could return the team’s offense to the horrors of Mike Fratello, but bringing Gibson, Wallyworld, and (in a desperate pinch) Damon Jones in for a scoring spark isn’t the worst option in the world. It’s going to be very, very interesting to see their team defensive numbers when Pavlovic and Varejao get back.

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4 Responses to “Now That Was a BIG Trade”

  1. Lan D. Ho Says:

    I saw that trade and thought, “Who cares?”

    The players the Cavs are getting are better than the ones they gave away, but their personnel problems run so deep that this isn’t going to make a real difference. The Cavs are clearly worse than the Magic, who are the third-best team in the East. How can this team beat Orlando, Boston, or Detroit in a seven-game series? Aside from LeBron, the team lacks in athleticism.

    The Bulls are garbage and are finally reaping the results of their hubris. The way they stuck with Skiles and his authoritarian ways was sickening. Giving away Tyson Chandler for nothing so you can sign Ben Wallace (!) was ridiculous. Trading LaMarcus Aldridge for Tyrus Thomas–the next Stromile Swift–is ridiculous. At least the Bulls got to unload that malcontent Ben Wallace. And why trade for Larry Hughes? Did Paxson finally want a normal-size shooting guard to pair with Hinrich in the backcourt? If you start Hughes, you’re stunting the growth of Sefalosha, who could emerge as one of the Bulls’ best players in the coming years (not such a hard feat when the current Bulls’ lineup is stacked with rubbish and their best player [Kirk Hinrich] is a third-tier player at best).

    Seattle gets a bunch of expiring contracts. Looks as if they’re the big winners here.

    As a side note, the Cavs starting five is garbage. There is no shooting in that five–how are they going to spread the floor? How are they going to score points? Does that mean that Wally is going to start? He will be much less effective here and Delonte West is average offensively. Running Wallace on the floor effectively means the other them can cheat on defense, double teaming Z if needed and shutting down the lanes, which makes things difficult for LeBron. Granted, as I mentioned, the Cavs’ roster is better now than it was two days ago, but getting a shit taken on your stomach sure beats having one taken on your face. Danny Ferry needs to get his ass fired; he’ll throw Mike Brown under the bus (rightfully so) to buy himself some time, but clearly his ass ought to be gone.

  2. Lan D. Ho Says:

    And one more note: sure, the Cavs’ size (in your projected starting five) is impressive, but how is it any better than any other good team’s starting five, especially when you take into account their (hammering the point home) lack of athleticism?

    Lakers: 6-1, 6-7, 6-10, 7-0, 7-1
    Pistons: 6-3, 6-7, 6-9, 6-10, 6-11
    Celtics: 6-1, 6-5, 6-7, 7-0, 6-10
    Rockets: 6-2, 6-8, 6-8, 6-9, 7-5

    etc.

    There is a lot of length in the league right now, but I think people who think the Cavs are legit (they got very lucky to get as far as they did the last two years [with what seemed like some very friendly officiating], and I think the 2006-07 Cavs were the worst team to ever appear in an NBA finals) are kidding themselves. Even after the trade, they are at best the fourth-best team in the East, which makes them, what, the fourteenth-best team in the league?

  3. Matt Wright Says:

    Any trade that gets rid of Marshall of Hughes and leaves the core of their Finals rotation intact is good for Cleveland, in my book. No, it’s not a perfect deal, and Cleveland is still a long, long way from the team to beat. But it will be interesting to see them go at it from this direction.

    And, for what it’s worth:
    West = career 37% 3-pt shooter
    Pavlovic = 40.5% from 3 when healthy in 06-07
    And off the bench Wally and Gibson are both over 40% from 3.

    So they have some shooting, but athleticism will be a big question, especially against quicker teams.

  4. Matt Wright Says:

    Sorry, I missed the part where I said they were contenders. All I’m saying is it’s an improvement and it’s definitely interesting.

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