Cleveland and Memphis completed a trade where the Cavs receive 26 year-old point guard Jeremy Pargo and a 2014 second round pick for D.J. Kennedy.
Pargo finished his NCAA career at Gonzaga in 2009, before playing in Isreal for a while, then making his NBA debut last year. He was not very good in Memphis, finishing with a PER of 4. Long story short; an aggressive and athletic driver, he struggles with turnovers and shooting.
The Cavs apparent philosophy here is, “We have cap space. We don’t have a back-up point guard. What the heck, let’s buy a 2nd round draft pick.” Memphis appears to be thinking “with Pargo, we own 11 contracts for $66.5 million next year. The luxury tax is $70.3M. Josh Selby was awesome this summer, and we just drafted Tony Wroten. He’s kind of a point guard too, right? Can we get someone to take Pargo’s guaranteed $1 million off our hands? Cleveland’s offering DJ Kennedy? Is his contract guaranteed? No? Tell them we have a deal.”
This trade is inconsequential enough that I do not have much of an opinion on it. Apparently a decent back-up point guard may still be at least one year away . Does this mean, so long, Donald Sloan? With Leuer, Kevin Jones, and Pargo on board, a lot of roster spots are taken. One thing is certain; I will need to give up on Jordan Taylor.