Thursday, February 18, 2010

My take on the Cavs trade

Well, it looks like the hillariously funny LeBron and Kobe puppet commercial featuring the Large Lithuanian puppet (a.k.a. Zydrunas Ilgauskas) will have to be shelved, at least momentarily.

The Cavs have dealt Z, their 2nd round pick from last year and their first round pick next year for Antawn Jamison and Sebastian Telfair.

Here's my take on this trade.

The pros...
Jamison is a proven pro. He is a nice complement to the rim rattlers like Shaq and Hickson. He can hit the mid range J...baseline offense doesn't get any better than the way Jamison does it. He's also not a poison like so many NBA stars and he's not a diva like Stoudemire, which may prove to be a better fit because the Diva role is pretty nicely filled by the Bron and the Shaqtus.

The cons...

Jamison did not come to the cavs because of his defense, which could prove difficult if he gets matched up against some of the other 4 men in the league (Garnett/Sheed in Boston, Rashard Lewis in Orlando or Gasol/Odom in LA.)

Telfair is an odd throw in who doesn't seem to fit. Not entirely sure you'll see him on the roster by season's end.

There's nothing quite like tossing a guy a year before he's supposed to get his retirement package benefits. That's the feeling I get when I think of the hand dealt to Z in this trade. The guy has been a Cavalier since 1977. His entire career was played in Cleveland. He went through the darkest days of Cavalier History (b.l.) before lebron...and just as it appears that Cleveland has a legitimate shot at a title run, they toss the guy to the curb. Now I know that there's a chance after 30 days, that Washington can waive him and Cleveland can pick him up, which would be great, but even if that happens, I am not sure Z would see the surface of Quicken Loans Arena the rest of the year. With Shaq, Hickson, Powe, Jamison and Varejao all vying for time...I'm not sure how another big could fit into the mix.

Overall grade. C+

I know that this is supposed to persuade the Bron to stay in CLE, but the adage goes that if it ain't broke...don't fix it. And don't fix it by dealing away the most loyal guy to the Cavalier organization in the last 20 years.

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