Holy beast what a deadline this has been. Big, big, big, big trades going down all over the place. Nearly all of them have had some sort of indirect impact on the Cavs. Let’s discuss!
The two big ones: Melo to New York and Deron to NJ
The Melo trade obviously wasn’t much of a surprise. We saw this coming from a mile away. However, there was some hope that the Cavs could be the third team needed to facilitate a trade involving Melo in order to get a draft pick. Sadly, Kahhhnnn stepped in and proved once again how stupid he is. He decided to take on Eddy Curry in order to get…Anthony Randolph. You know, the guy who is supposed to break out every year and yet can’t find playing time even when playing for two coaches that don’t require defensive effort. Yea, that guy.
The second trade was a stunner. It saw Deron Williams being shipped out to NJ in return for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and a couple of first round picks. A second trade that stemmed from that was a trade that involved Troy Murphy being sent to Golden State. Again, the Cavs were hoping to be the team to get involved in a deal involving Murphy with the hopes of absorbing the final year of his contract and getting a pick in return for their help.
The trade that nearly made me cry
Carl Landry was sent to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Marcus Thornton. That all but ends any speculation about a chance of sending Jamidon to New Orleans. Sadly, that was the Cavs best shot at being able to move Jamison before the deadline. Now, it’s hard to see him being moved. They might have to actually pay someone to take him off of our hands, and I’m not sure they are going to do that.
On the flip side of that trade was Marcus being sent to Sacramento. Even though talks about Mo Williams to Sac. had died down over the last few months, that was still the most likely destination for him. This would also now appear to be dead.
The remaining possibilities
Obviously, Parker is still likely to get moved. As long as a team doesn’t require the Cavs to send anything else, then he’ll be traded. Makes no sense to hold on to Parker even if the Cavs get nothing back, because he won’t be back in the off-season. Some team will want him. Right now, the two most likely destinations are Chicago and Boston. I’m doubting the Cavs get what they’ve been asking for, which is a big man (Erdin or Asik) from either team considering both teams have experienced major injury problems to their big men already. But if they can just manage a 2nd round pick, they’ll make the deal before the clock strikes midnight (so to speak).
As far as Mo Williams goes, I still think there is a chance he ends up somewhere by the deadline. The Cavaliers are increasingly impressed with Ramon Sessions and there are quite a few teams in need of a PG. Out of all the teams, I’d have to say Atlanta is the best option. They’ve been inquiring around the league about PGs, and Mo Williams would fit them quite well. He can shoot the 3 like Bibby, and then basically do everything else better. Not sure we would get anything of great value in return, but if all we managed was a sideways move that saw us send Mo Williams to Atlanta for a younger guy in Marvin Williams, so be it.