I’m sure most of you who visit this site have heard by now that there are reports out there saying the Cavaliers were almost a part of a 3-team trade that sent Troy Murphy and a draft pick or two to Cleveland for the majority of our TPE. This was to be part of the deal that ultimately sent Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey.
I have a few thoughts on this and all of them are good. Troy Murphy is not a player I like, but it really isn’t a big deal because his contract is an expiring one. So, while we would use our TPE to get him we would get the cap space back at the end of the season. Secondly, this is exactly the type of thing I’ve been wating to use the TPE for. Take on a contract that someone else needs to dump for whatever reason (in this case to make room for Carmelo) and in return get a draft pick or two.
Now, according to Broussard, one of the reasons the deal hasn’t went through is because the Nets are reluctant to give up so much (they would be giving up a ton of first round picks + Favors + Harris) while not getting enough back in return, specifically a PG. The Cavs could agree to pull off a secondary trade which sends Mo Williams to New Jersey in order to help solve this problem. However, Mo Williams and our TPE for a couple of lottery protected picks seems a little much, right? Yes, it does, unless the Nets throw in their 1st round pick that they received from Golden State, which is only top 7 protected in 2012. In case you haven’t heard, the 2012 draft is shaping up to be completely loaded and it would be looking as if Golden State has a good chance by then to be picking outside of the top 7. If the Nets did tell the Cavs they would basically trade that GSW pick for Mo Williams in a secondary deal, (yes, more would have to be added to make salaries work) then I think the Cavs have to do it a.s.a.p.
This was not the only hang-up, though. Denver also wants that Golden State pick, and obviously if both the Cavs and the Nuggets want the pick, then it’s going to be hard to make a deal a work. Also, the Nets feel like they are giving up entirely to much in this process, and they are probably right. So, most of the problems in this situation are not within the Cavaliers control which means we should be very cautious about getting our collective enthusiasm up. No need to be screaming “GET IT DONE GRANT!!” when this is most likely not within Grant’s control.
Needless to say, this is shaping up to be a very interesting trade season for the Cavaliers.