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Will Mo injury prompt Cavs trade?

Posted on: January 21, 2010 5:44 pm
The Cavaliers' announcement Thursday that guard Mo Williams is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained left shoulder presents an interesting dilemma if you're Danny Ferry.

Well, interesting if you're you or me. Distressful if you're Danny Ferry.

The news could've been worse. As Plain Dealer Cavs writer extraordinaire Brian Windhorst pointed out, Williams could've needed surgery, which would've sidelined him for months. Such a verdict would've put the Cavs and Mike Brown in the same boat the Magic and Stan Van Gundy found themselves in last spring with Jameer Nelson -- and we all know how that worked out.

Assuming the worst-case scenario -- that Williams misses six weeks -- his return would be slated for the first week of March. That's still plenty of time to restore normalcy to the Cavs' offense and get Williams in shape for the playoffs. But remember: There's a very real chance that the Cavs will lose Delonte West for an extended period of time once his weapons charges are dealt with in Maryland -- and in NBA Commissioner David Stern's office. With guns galore in the NBA this season, clearly Stern will be in no mood for a slap on the wrist. According to reports, West is due in court Friday for a pre-trial hearing. Barring a plea, trial is set for February.

So ... with two key backcourt members facing lengthy absences, what does Ferry do? His posture to this point in the trade market has been to try to parlay Zydrunas Ilgauskas and his $11.5 million expiring contract into a stretch power forward -- someone like Washington's Antawn Jamison. But now, there are backcourt issues to be addressed. And in all likelihood, neither outcome will be known for sure before the Feb. 18 trade deadline.

Play-making guards who currently qualify as very available are the Nets' Devin Harris, the Sixers' Andre Iguodala, and the Knicks' Nate Robinson. Harris and Iggy carry a hefty price for the Cavs, who already have precious little cap space to operate with next summer, when their prized free-agent-to-be, LeBron James, will be weighing his options. It borders on the farcical that the Cavs would take on Harris' $27 million over the next three seasons for a short-term fix -- one that would only further pave the way for the Nets to lure LeBron and another top-tier free agent on July 1.

Iguodala's $57 million over the next four years? Not even worth discussion, in my opinion.

Robinson is the cheapest and least cap-killing option, given that he's on a one-year deal for $4 million. (He also has the right to void any trade, but why would he do that in this case?). The risk with Robinson comes on the court, where he's undisciplined, and in the locker room, where his playful antics rub veterans the wrong way. Maybe Shaq and LeBron could put him in his place. Maybe not.

The Cavs can certainly get by with LeBron handling more of the initiating duties on offense and Daniel Gibson playing increased minutes (although the latter is a lot scarier than the former). Remember, too, that Leon Powe looms as a wild-card addition to the front court once he returns from a season-long absence following offseason knee surgery.

So a logical course of action for Ferry would be to ride it out, make do with what he's got, and hope for the best once Williams returns.

But with so much pressure on this franchise to deliver a championship for LeBron in his walk year, it's certainly worth wondering how much this turn of events will increase the temptation to make a proactive -- and potentially risky -- move between now and Feb. 18.


Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2010 10:55 pm

Will Mo injury prompt Cavs trade?

Charlie Bell from Milwaukee for a first.  His contract is modest and short.  Can still trade Illgaskiss for a power forward.

Since: Jun 10, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2010 4:02 pm

Will Mo injury prompt Cavs trade?

With Mo Williams going down the Cavs really aren't in that bad of shape just yet.

First of all Mo Williams is no more a point guard than Shaq is. In Fact the only time Mo plays any point is when Lebron is on the bench. We all know when LBJ is in the game he runs the offense. So Mo is really nothing more than a shooter/scorer. Unfortunatly for the Cavs he is doing it very effeciently this year so with his production gone for up to 6 weeks the Cavs can't Afford to Drop out of first place in the east (IMO). They need another gurad (espically if Delonte has to sit out).

 Boobie Gibson has proven he can knock shots at a high rate. He has also proven he can miss shots at a high rate tho so mabye not such a good idea.

Taking Igudola costs too much to even think about.

Taking Devin Harris leaves the Nets with WAYYY too much free money (no wonder they can't win)

Taking Nate Robinson might be a good idea. Mabye. He can defiantly score but i have my doubts. Mo is a pure shooter who can spot up and hit the shot when Lebron kicks it out. Delonte is an atheltic player who can score, spot up, and Defend. Nate Robinson really does none of these things. He can put it in the hole but its usually off the dribble shots he creates for himself. He has to have the ball in his hands to score, He is a volume shooter. That would take the ball out of Lebrons hands and therefore make the Cavs a worse team IMO. Plus he doesn't defend.

I think The Cavs should just try to stick it out. Trade Big Z for David West. Play Boobie more and if that doesn't work, Bring back Wally Szerbiack!!!!!!!!!

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2010 9:08 am

Will Mo injury prompt Cavs trade?

I see no mention of Jamario Moon, who has proved to be a valuable asset, and will be back shortly. It is possible that DWest may escape Sterns wrath since he was not waving his guns in someones face, and the team has helped him become settled down and concentrate on b-ball.  If not, Booby, Lebron, AP, JMoon, and even Danny Green will chip in because this is a team, possibly a championship caliber team, but Mo or DWest will not over-lap enough time out to make a difference. Danny Ferry is GM extrordinaire, and he will do whatever necessary to keep the wins coming, meanwhile, we are 2-0 versus Lakers.  WAY TO GO GUYS!

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Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2010 8:59 am

Will Mo injury prompt Cavs trade?

I think Cavs will go for a very inexpensive option for some depth at PG. Someone like Antonio Daniels, or Mike Wilks. They will ride out the Mo situation that way.

They will save their big trade chip, big Z, for someone like Jamison or Troy Murphy, with the understanding that Z will be bought out and return to Cavs.

Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2010 2:31 am

Will Mo injury prompt Cavs trade?

Hopefully the Hornets wouldnt take Z for West and Posey. There would have to be more added including a draft pick or two. The Cavs dont need Posey

Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2010 11:08 pm

Will Mo injury prompt Cavs trade?

Berger seems to forget that Delonte is bipolar and has severe mental issues...I'm not saying his underlying medical conditions give him a free pass to act in any way he wants, but would it be that suprising if he doesn't miss any time at all?

IMO, Delonte will not face serious legal consequences and won't be suspended by Stern, Berger lumps West in with the Wizards thugs, Arenas who was unrepentant and didnt think he did anything wrong, and Crittenden who supposedly threatened to shoot Gilbert...West was pulled over with weapons, where was he going/what was he doing, who knows...but the fact is that he has mental issues and like it or not they played some roll in his off the court problems this past offseason...

Maybe Berger is of the line of thinking that mentally ill people should be held fully accountable for their actions or maybe he just forgot...i dont think Delonte will face serious legal or league consequences, most of us couldnt even imagine having the mental problems poor Delonte has, they're damn scary...

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2010 11:03 pm

Will Mo injury prompt Cavs trade?

I know it's a hefty price, but I'd love Iguodala on our team. Another playmaker while Lebron sits on the bench. And a guy that can blend in well with Lebron.

I know he's not a shooter, but the guy can get up the court. And he's an athletic freak. He'll put up some numbers all around the board. And he's a solid defender we can throw at opposing wingman.

I think it would be worth it because he's an all star caliber player. And he's still young. And I think playing with Lebron could make him better as a player.

Mo Williams, Igoudala, Lebron, Hickson, Shaq, Powe, Varejao, Z, Parker, and hopefully West? Hickson and Powe fight for minutes.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2010 10:15 pm

Will Mo injury prompt Cavs trade?

please dont leave lebron or mo.

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2010 8:32 pm
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Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2010 7:35 pm

Will Mo injury prompt Cavs trade?

the cavs will be better without the worst PG in the league.

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