Archive for February, 2011

Links To The Present: February 28, 2011

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Norman Chad writes a special to the Plain Dealer that discusses the implications of The Decision during the 2011 trade deadline.

“Now the Cavs enter this summer’s draft with two lottery picks and a couple more young big men, which was at the top of coach Byron Scott’s wish list. Scott was so happy with the job Grant did on deadline day, he gave his GM a big hug at the end of the night.” [Jason Lloyd]

“Thursday’s first trade that sent Mo Williams to the Clippers for Baron Davis and a first round pick will go down as the moment the Cavs finally started to turn the page from the LeBron era into a new age of Cavalier basketball” [Ricky Braun]

“[The] Cavaliers will now be rebuilding with some of their other younger existing parts and an additional draft pick this season. Williams and Jamario Moon were taking away too much time from Ramon Sessions, Christian Eyenga, Manny Harris and others, so I don’t have a problem with [the Baron Davis trade] one bit.” [Jacob Rosen]

In case anyone missed this, Rip Hamilton apparently turned down a trade to and subsequent buyout by the Cavs, who would have acquired a lottery-protected first round pick in next year’s draft in the process. Not a huge deal, I suppose, but it’s odd that Hamilton wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to get out of Detroit and onto the playoff roster of a team like Boston or Chicago.

“I can get back to my roots … even if I have to dribble in the snow to get to the gym.” [Baron Davis via Mary Schmitt Boyer]

“Scott and Davis didn’t exactly click when they were together in New Orleans in 2004. The Hornets traded Davis to Golden State that fall. They’ve since made up.” [Bob Finnan]

“While the veteran presence that Jamison provides on the court cannot be replicated, the injury gives the newcomers from the Boston Celtics a chance to immediately become acclimated with the team. For however long the Cavs are without Jamison, his 33 minutes per game will likely be spread among Erden, Harangody, and Samardo Samuels, providing the youngsters with the opportunity for even more on-court experience.” [Conrad Kaczmarek]

On The Twitters

“Sources say Pistons will not buyout Rip Hamilton or Tay Prince. Deal with Cavs could be revisited around NBA Draft time.” [Chris Broussard]

“#FanUp #FAIL RT @SimpleeKayla: Heat vs. Knicks crowd: 19,702. Cavs vs. Sixers crowd: 19,882. #JustSayin” [Eric Knappenberger]

“If the Cavs start Harangody at the 4 they will have the smallest starting 5 in the league since the 1948 Rochester Royals.” [realcavsfans]

Recap: 76ers 95, Cavs 91 (Or, Down goes Jamison, down stay the Cavs)

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Overview: Antawn Jamison broke his finger in the third quarter of a 91-95 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Ramon Sessions and J.J. Hickson combined for 42 points, and were the only players to score 20 or more points.

And now Jamison is gone bullets:

– Let’s talk about the Jamison injury. This is a potentially huge opportunity for the Cavs to get someone willing to work hard on defense in the starting lineup and finish the season/the first games of the Baron era on a respectable note. However, it remains to be seen if the Cavs’ wafer-thin frontline will be able to replace Jamison’s sheer shot creation. I think a replacement-level forward who works on defense would make the team better.

However, I’m not sure if Hollins, Harangody, Erden, or Samardo fit that bill, and I don’t know if Graham can guard fours. The best scenario I can think of is Hollins or Erden starting at center and moving J.J. to power forward, but I’m afraid of J.J. floating back to the perimeter at all. Maybe the Cavs should try and develop Eyenga into a LRMAM forward with his length? Probably not. Or just give Manny Harris the starting four slot. And start Baron at the three. Might as well have fun, right? I need to play NBA 2K less and sleep more.

– I am not saying anything about Jamison here, who by every account is the class act to end all class acts. I’m just saying that if the trade deadline had passed, I was on a last-place team, and I suffered a hand injury, I’d make ABSOLUTELY sure that hand was 110% okay before practicing again. I mean, really absolutely sure.

– Loving Hickson. More offensive rebounds (9) than attempted jump shots (4). Now we’ll see what happens to him without Jamison in the starting lineup.

– Oh, Ramon Sessions, how many more 20/10 games on 13 shots will you be allowed to have? In February, Sessions has averaged 19.9 points per game, 8.8 assists, and shot 56.3% from the field. I’m not saying Ramon doesn’t have serious problems, and I’m not even ready to definitively call him the point guard of the future yet. I’m just saying that if Jonny Flynn was doing this, people in Minnesota would be losing their collective poop.

– Gibson hasn’t been the same since that injury. Maybe Sessions should be the one getting pissed about Boobie calling himself the “King of Cleveland.”

– I’m hoping Parker’s 1-8 was an anomaly and not a “crap, I don’t get to play for the Bulls and Rasual freaking Butler does” thing.

That’s all for tonight/this morning. Until later.

Recap: Cavs 115, Knicks 109 (Or, New York, New Hope)

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Overview: The new-look Knicks fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. The Cavaliers mauled the Knicks on the boards, and J.J. Hickson led the Cavaliers with 24 points, 15 rebounds, and five blocks.

I think I like this bullets:

Okay, who thought the Cavs were going to beat the Knicks? And of those people, who thought the Cavs were going to beat the Knicks and shoot 42% from the floor?

It’s tempting to call this game a product of good old-fashioned teamwork and hustle prevailing over an unholy alliance of All-Stars, but it’s hard to reconcile that viewpoint when you consider that Chuck Hayes had nearly twice as many offensive rebounds as the Cavaliers did last night.

The defining factor in this game was that the Knicks have no idea what they’re doing offensively right now. They’ve yet to have a practice together, and they’ve barely gotten any sleep since Carmelo joined the team. Offensively, they were a mess. Their slipped screens got them nothing, they didn’t get consistent dribble penetration or deep position, and they basically swung the ball around the perimeter until Stoudemire or Anthony thought they could go ISO and fire up a mid-range jumper. Stoudemire, Anthony, and Billups got their points, but they had to work very hard to get them, and the supporting cast didn’t give the Knickerbockers anything.

On a Cavaliers note, HICKSOMANIA has returned. 24 hours after a terrible game. Not sure what to make of that. He was up to the challenge of Amare on both ends. He challenged every shot and had some incredible blocks, he crashed the boards, he attacked the paint, and he looked more confident with his left than he has all season. I don’t know how the Hickson experiment will ultimately turn out, but I’m glad he’s on our side. Although that beard has to go.

Razor Ramon was on his game. He took it to the basket every time, and he put a lot of pressure on New York’s defense by pushing the ball. He’s not going to make Steve Nash passes, but he forces the defense to collapse on him in transition and drops the ball off to the guy they’re not watching. That works for me. I honestly worry about Baron coming in when Ramon has been playing like a legit starting point guard.

Jamison was Jamison — 28 points on 25 shots, and a great game on the board. To his credit, he held his own against the Knicks’ bigs, and that does warrant a mention.

Eyenga’s shot selection and Boobie’s shooting slump have become causes for concern. Eyenga is a classic example of the “he’ll be legit next year, but may be hurting the team in his current state” paradox.

AP is legit. You have to think he wishes he was traded, but he’s playing his efficient brand of basketball anyways. Hopefully he keeps this up and gets a contract with a contender next season.

Don’t have much more for tonight. This was a great win. The Knicks had the All-Stars, but the Cavs worked harder and played cleaner, which is a great sign after the defensive and rebounding efforts they had against Houston. The Cavs have now won three of five. Sure, those wins have come against an exhausted Laker team, a Clipper team that sucks on the road, and a very confused Knick team, but THE CAVS HAVE WON THREE OF FIVE. We can build on this. Hopefully Baron won’t mess things up too badly.

Semih Erden — the best of all time?

Friday, February 25th, 2011

The folks at CelticsHub wonder if Semih Erden is the best Mr. Irrelevant — OF ALL TIME.

For the record, I’m fine with the trade. We’ll see if Semih can give the team something — even if he turns out to be Euro Hollins and Harangody is a stiff, the Cavs only gave up a second-rounder. Bummed that the Cavs had to give up on Powe, but it looked like he didn’t have much left. Hopefully he’ll have some more success before going overseas or hanging them up.

Links To The Present: Trade Deadline Edition

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

So, Mo Williams and Jamario Moon are gone; Baron Davis and his good friend Top 10 Draft Pick are now Cavaliers. We’ve had a spirited discussion on the merits of this trade in John’s post. Let’s see what the rest of the world thinks:

“[The] Cavaliers just sold their soul to a player who has shown absolutely no interest in living up to his abilities since he was drafted out of UCLA in 1999.” [Kelly Dwyer]

“I don’t see how this is a bad move for the Cavaliers in any way. They were never going to get more than a top 10 pick for Mo Williams, so credit to Chris Grant and crew for making this happen and getting it done. I think prior to this season, if anyone would told us the Cavaliers were going to get Baron Davis and a potential top 10 pick in the draft for Mo Williams, we would have found that hard to believe.” [Andrew Schnitkey]

“[The] Cavs just added a potential second lottery pick. For a team in a massive and desperate rebuilding project as it still digs through the rubble of LeBron James bolting for Miami, the fastest way out is assembling as many high draft picks as possible.” [Terry Pluto]

“The Cavaliers’ trade is only as good as the upcoming draft, and that, unfortunately, is not so good.” [Bill Livingston]

My abbreviated take on the Baron Davis transaction is that it is, on aggregate, a positive move. Davis will stifle the Cavs’ cap flexibility, but while the team is rebuilding over the next few seasons, I’m unsure that having cap room is a number one priority. No significantly talented player is signing a reasonable contract with Cleveland’s basketball franchise until the Cavaliers are competitive, and, over the course of Baron’s deal, there will probably be no reason for the Cavs acquire such a player via trade when it’s just going to improve their record to, say, 33-49. Chances are Davis’s contract will either have already expired or it will be a valuable expiring contract by the time the Cavs look to bolster their roster with players who make significant money. And the draft pick? To poach a term from Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti’s vocabulary: it’s an asset. We’ll be able to assess precisely how valuable it is after the lottery is over and college players start declaring for the draft.

Other Trade News

It appears the Cavs will hold onto their trade exception until the draft. Chris Grant and co. can use the TPE to essentially buy draft picks (or, theoretically, players) off of teams looking for cap relief on draft night.

Chris Broussard reports that talks between Cleveland and Charlotte regarding Gerald Wallace are dead.

Over at the Really Vague News desk, there are reports that the Cavs might not be done trading. Actually, the Really Vague News desk and the Extremely Obvious News desk are hashing it out as to whose jurisdiction this story falls under.

On The Twitters [Latest News]

“One offer on table: AP to Celts for Marquis Daniels. #Cavs would buy him out, send him back to Bos. But Cavs want Bos #1 next yr for helping” [Jason Lloyd]

“I’m told that the #Celtics have pulled ahead of the #Bulls in the Anthony Parker ‘sweepstakes.’ #Cavs eying up 2012 Draft.” [Scott Sargent]

“Grant also says he’s not sure if #Cavs are done with trade deadlined deals. He still has ‘stuff on the board.'” [Mary Schmitt Boyer]

On The Twitter Pt. 2 [Davis Deal News/Reactions]

“If you talk to people who were there for Baron-Byron in Nola, they can’t tell you enough stories of how brutal it was between them.” [Adrian Wojnarowski]

“If all of that nets the Cavs another lottery pick, great draft class or not, so be it. No one incoming or outgoing factors to future.” [Eric Knappenberger]

“As for this draft being weak… Compared to last years draft this one is 1984 all over again.” [realcavsfans]

“Dan Gilbert’s patience, it seems, just ran out. With $28 million left on Davis’ contract – and those picks – DG wants turnaround #Cavs” [John Bena]

“#Cavs tried also getting Minny’s unprotected #1 next yr, which LAC holds. LAC wouldn’t do it. Likes next year’s draft better than this year” [Jason Lloyd]

“I wanna say thank you to all Cavs fans. It’s been great. We’ve had some really good yrs and memories. I will never forget u guys” [Mo Williams, who also tweeted that he “love[s]” Dan Gilbert]

Scott Raab on the Baron Davis trade

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

When the Baron Davis trade was first announced, I had some opinions about what the trade meant re: hypocrisy that I felt would be received as fairly extreme. This blog’s mission statement is simple: it is a blog about why the Cleveland Cavaliers win or lose basketball games, not a site devoted to praising them.

That being said, I do recognize how passionate Cleveland sports fans are, and one of my greatest joys as a writer has been experiencing the kind of passion Cleveland fans have for their team. I tend to be more analytical than emotional in my writing, and currently reside in California, but I do recognize and respect what Cleveland sports mean to residents of the city. That is why I decided to email Scott Raab shortly after I hit “publish” last night and ask him for his thoughts on the trade.

Mr. Raab has written for Esquire Magazine since 1997, is the author of “The Whore of Akron: One Man’s Search for the Soul of LeBron James,” and is both an accomplished writer and an extremely devoted fan of Cleveland sports. These are his thoughts on the trade.

(Note: the only edits made were for language reasons)

I think the essential point — really the only thing that matters long-term — is that ‘now the team has hope for the future.’

I think it’s fairly safe to say that Maurice Williams had no chance of being part of the next Cavs team to contend for an NBA title. (I also think that that’s about the kindest thing I myself can find to say about Mo, who proved beyond debate that he was not a wartime consigliere.)

I don’t think Baron Davis will be a long-term Cav, nor do I think this dooms Ramon Sessions. I concur generally with JK’s opinion of Davis, and of Sessions. I think the Cavs have high regard for Sessions, too, and a realistic notion of what Davis can and can’t, and will and won’t, do.

(Still, if the head coach nails Ramon’s ass to the bench in favor of Baron — the more I puzzle over the riddle of Byron Scott’s tenure as Cavs coach, the less I understand — then I hope Chris Grant has sense and power enough to force Scott’s hand.)

But I think it’s mistaken to focus on the Baron/Ramon issue in view of the draft pick involved. Yes, there will be few, if any, can’t-miss options, but the Cavs’ odds of hitting a home run in the draft have just doubled, and, especially in the wake of LBJ’s departure and this horror of a season, that’s ALL I truly care about: Building the next Cavs team that can compete for an NBA title depends almost entirely on drafting well.

In short, the Cavaliers traded Mo Williams for a top-ten draft pick. I’m [freaking] thrilled about that.

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I’m less certain when it comes to addressing the issue of ‘rooting for laundry.’ I started working on a book about LeBron and Cleveland fanhood on Draft Day 2009, and I followed the team all of last season as a fully-credentialed media member. Though I had no clue up to the end of last season that the [person who has biblical knowledge of his mother] was outward bound, it took little time to see that the gap between James and the rest of the organization was huge, and growing month by month. I certainly was not the only one to see it; plenty of other folks, inside and outside of the team itself, knew far, far more than I did. But the dysfunction had long since become business as usual, the team was kicking ass on the court, nobody actually believed the King would leave, and no one was able or willing to cal bull[excrement] on LeBron.

What I’m saying — in additon to ‘Buy my book’:  — is that as fans, all we really can do is root for the laundry, and hope that the players wearing it do so with the kind of passion and loyalty that Cleveland fans deserve. I’m not defending Twan’s lack of effort D, and I share Krolik’s frustration with the fans, media, and coach for not calling him out on it; nor am I dumb or dishonest enough to dispute his claim that the Whore of Akron was the best player in franchise history by far.

But that’s a different discussion altogether. Comparing the impact of this deal to The Decision — whatever the emotions of the moment and however things turn out — strikes me as absurd.

Ignorance or stupidity aren’t the same as hypocrisy. Any Cavs fan who rushes out to buy a Baron Davis jersey knows nothing about basketball, or has learned nothing about the essential lunacy of fanhood — particularly Cleveland fanhood.

As for moral codes and sports, the older I get, the more I tend to embrace the philosophy of Al Davis: Just win, baby.

Cavaliers trade Mo Williams for Baron Davis

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

There are two ways to look at this. One is good, and one is less good.

The Good Way: The Cavs traded cap flexibility and Mo Williams for a lottery pick

The Cavaliers are terrible this year. They will likely be terrible next year as well. The only way the Cavs were going to be able to dig their way out of this hole was to give up their current assets for draft picks, and they did that. Mo Williams is a name, and his spot-up shooting ability makes him attractive to good teams. However, he was exposed this season. He cannot create his own shot consistently, his defense is porous, and he cannot get into the paint.

As bad as Baron Davis may/will be in Cleveland, he will not be significantly worse than Mo Williams was. He will cost the Cavaliers cap flexibility, but we don’t know what that will mean after the new CBA gets done. Also, Gilbert has shown that he is willing to spend money, copious amounts of money, on the team. A buyout or something similar may be in Baron’s future.

The bad news is that the Clippers only traded their pick because they believe, as most do, that this will be a very weak draft. Still, the draft is not an exact science, and it still represents the Cavs’ best chances to find the players that will bring them back to respectability. In order to save this franchise, the Cavs’ scouting staff is going to have to hit two home runs in a draft with few sure-fire prospects. No pressure, guys.

The Less Good Way: The Cavs just traded for Baron Davis

Ramon Sessions’ play at the point was essentially the only good thing the team had going for it. Now Ramon has just lost his starting spot to a low-efficiency chucker whose passing ability and savvy in transition play mean he only works on offense if he is surrounded by talented offensive players. He will not be surrounded by talented offensive players in Cleveland. Baron is still a fast-break virtuoso, but I don’t see that making up for all the quick-trigger threes he’ll almost certainly be firing in Cleveland.

Baron is a guy who doesn’t play well in bad situations, and situations don’t get much worse than the one in Cleveland. And he’ll be taking the starting job of the one guy who was playing his butt off every night (at least offensively) and making the Cavs look like a competent offensive unit. I have watched Baron Davis. I know Baron Davis. I named my first blog after Baron Davis. Based on the last decade or so of Baron Davis’ career, he is exactly the wrong guy to turn Cleveland around. And the Cavaliers now owe Baron Davis just under 42 million dollars over the next three years.

One more thing: The hypocrisy is ridiculous

I understand hating LeBron James. I respect hating LeBron James. I have mixed feelings about this team, at its highest levels, sending an official “screw LeBron James” message, and those feelings are even more mixed now. Yes, LeBron has an ego. Yes, LeBron made it about him rather than about Cleveland when he left. Yes, LeBron could have tried harder when the Cavs were getting blown out in game five. It’s fine to harbor resentment about those things, even though LeBron is the best player in the history of the franchise. I understand tearing down your LeBron posters and putting up posters of guys like Big Z.

What I don’t understand is how burning LeBron James jerseys and buying Baron Davis jerseys is anything other than cheering for laundry. Baron Davis has all the talent in the world, and he has made a CAREER out of putting his ego above the game and quitting on his teams. He shows up to camp out of shape. He launches threes and jogs back on defense instead of running the offense. He does everything he can to keep himself in the spotlight and the bare minimum to keep his teams competitive. And he shot 11-32 in the last two games of the Warriors/Jazz series.

And don’t get me started on Antawn Jamison, who plays offense like a 6-9 Nick Young and doesn’t play defense. You want to call LeBron a quitter? Antawn quits on defense EVERY FEW POSSESSIONS. OF EVERY GAME. And nobody says boo. And Jamison and Davis are now the faces of this new, post-LeBron, pure Cleveland franchise. Sure, the team might suck, but at least it has a moral code: “If you’re going to be selfish and not work that hard, that’s fine. Just don’t prove yourself to be really, really good at anything before you screw up, because then people are really going to hate you. Just be adequate. It’s alright to treat your girl bad, so long as she’s the one you came to the dance with.”

This is not my favorite basketball season of all time. But now the team has hope for the future. And Baron Davis. Until later, campers.

Recap: Rockets 124, Cavs 119 (Or, Another day, still no defense)

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Overview: The Houston Rockets got 76 combined points from Kevin Martin, Chase Budinger, and Courtney Lee, and Chuck Hayes had six more offensive rebounds than the entire Cavaliers squad. The Rockets scored 28 or more points in all four quarters.

Broken Record Bullets:

– Trying to outscore teams is not a sustainable strategy, and we saw that yet again tonight. The more possessions there are, the more chances there are for superior talent to win out, and the Cavaliers still cannot execute late. If the Cavs allow other teams to dictate the pace, they will continue to lose.

– More strong stuff for Razor Ramon, who got to the rim, ran the offense, actually held Lowry and Brooks in check, and continues to make a surprising amount of his mid-range jumpers.

– Again: there is no way this team can hope to win if it gets outworked. Embarrassing showing on the glass.

– Manny Harris has some offensive skills, and he can really shoot the ball. I do worry about his defense, though. Still, he’s a keeper.

– Anthony Parker with a wonderfully efficient game. AP’s favorite movie is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, his favorite food is deep dish pizza, and he believes that Kanye West is an extremely talented and important artist.

– Regression game for Hickson. I don’t think this guy will ever stop being a roller-coaster ride.

– That’s all I really have for tonight, guys. The team has looked competent recently, but they need to find some sort of defensive success before the season ends.

Links To The Present: February 23, 2011

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Trade News Roundup

“One thing [the Cavs are] talking about is trading veteran swingman Anthony Parker. They’d like Bulls center Omer Asik or Celtics center Semih Erden in return, but have been denied. They are now reportedly asking for a first-round pick for Parker.” [Bob Finnan]

“If you were listening [to WKNR yesterday], or heard about the ‘report’ as WKNR ran it into the ground on Tuesday, then I want to give you my opinion.  That ‘report’ was a joke.  Windhorst had no idea which team was involved or which player was involved, just that the Cavs were contemplating a deal. That isn’t reporting, it is the antithesis of reporting, and Windhorst should know better.  But in some strange desire to remain relevant in the Cleveland market, he threw out an amazingly flimsy rumor to get Cavs fans in a lather and give WKNR something to talk about on an otherwise empty sports day.” [Michael Curry on Windhorst's report that the Cavs could be involved in a major deal]

Terry Pluto would like to see the Cavs make a deal for Andre Iguodala.

And the prospect that the Cavs could trade for Devin Harris is now dead, because he’s headed to Utah in a trade for Deron Williams.

Other Stuff

Fear the Sword’s Conrad Kaczmarek ponders the merits of the Carmelo trade and the implications it holds for mid and small market teams.

Byron Scott kinda sorta abhors today’s NBA player.

On The Twitters

“I’d do that. RT @WFNYScott Gauging interest: how would #Cavs fans feel if the W/G took on Kaman and an unprotected first for the TPE?” [Michael A. Young]

“Icing: The Nuggets have received two traded player exceptions (TPE) in the Carmelo deal – one for $17.15M. Originally, it was FOUR.” [Eric Knappenberger]

“The rest of the East seems to be getting better. The Cavs? Apparently they are content to stick with their awful 10-46 team.” [Bob Finnan]

Links To The Present: February 22, 2011

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

“Hopefully, [the completion of the Melo deal] means the Cavaliers will be shaking things up a bit. There are rumors that they are pursuing Danilo Gallinari from the Denver and of course the Anthony Parker/Ramon Sessions rumors are still in play. Also, what will the Cavs do with that $14 million TPE? Nothing is official and nothing appears imminent, but with only 2 days left before the trade deadline, the other dominos need to start to fall soon.” [Conrad Kaczmarek]

“I still think an Antawn Jamison trade is workable, with the Dallas Mavericks being the right fit.  Jamison has played in Dallas, he would give the Mavericks another scoring option off the bench, and would be an expiring contract next season if things don’t work out.  The Cavs could even offer the guarantee that they would buy out Caron Butler’s expiring contract in exchange for the Mavericks throwing in a draft pick.” [Michael Curry]

As I stated yesterday, from what I have gleaned from articles, the Cavs front office is using the word “patience” a lot. As WFNY’s Scott Sargent reports, the front office is not interested in trading players for late-round draft picks. Because of this refusal to ship off players like Antawn Jamison, Anthony Parker, or Ramon Sessions for a couple lousy draft picks and a bag of stale Doritos, there’s a distinct possibility the Cavs have the exact same roster on February 25 as they do now.

In on-court news, Joe Gabriele provides a forecast for the next 26 games, and Mary Schmitt Boyer delineates what each Cavalier needs to work on in the season’s final months.

On The Twitters

“Three NBA front office types say Cavs have big deal in place for trade exception. None, however, would be more specific.” [Sam Amico]

“They’re inquiring, will come down to assets and cost RT @ThaRealPchopz@WFNYScott is it true the cavs could be trying to get Gallinari?” [Scott Sargent]

#Cavs shut out on [the Melo deal]- where they were once rumored to have their $14 million trade exception in play. Interesting what pieces fall next.” [Robert Attenweiler]

“there nothing on tv” [Alonzo Gee, who is unenthused]