Tag:Jamario Moon
Posted on: February 24, 2011 2:58 am
 

Trade Deadline Tracker: Baron to Cavs for Mo

An updating list of trades at the NBA Trade Deadline. Posted by EOB staff.

Clippers trade Baron Davis and 1st round pick (unprotected) to Cleveland for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon
Los Angeles receives: Mo Williams, Jamario Moon

Cleveland receives: Baron Davis, unprotected 2011 first round draft pick

Analysis: It's at its heart a swap of overpaid, unpopular point guards. Byron Scott and Baron Davis had issues with one another at the end of Davis' time in New Orleans as Scott was taking over the team, so that will be something to watch. The Cavs' biggest pull from this is the first-round pick, which even in a thin draft, they desperately need as they continue to purge everything left over from the LeBron era.  Meanwhile, the Clippers get a younger point guard with better scoring ability, but who doesn't pass as well, and some depth with an expiring $3 million on the wing with Moon. Moon could clear the way for another deal involving Ryan Gomes, if the Clippers decide to get frisky before the deadline.  The Clippers continue to peel off moneyf for 2012 to either add free agents or re-sign theirs to long extensions. For more analysis, check out our reaction post


Posted on: December 2, 2010 4:37 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 4:40 pm
 

YouReact: Headlines for Cavs-Heat

Posted by Matt Moore

With the big game just hours away and security starting to take shape at Quicken Loans Arena in preparation for the biggest villain return since the Empire struck back, we thought we'd get a sense of what you, the people, thought about this game. We asked Twitter (follow us!) for 10-word suggestions for the headline they wanted to see tomorrow. Here's the best of what we received. Leave your answers in the comments. 

@RockWFNY : "Boos rattle James as Cavs pull off emotional win."

@DrewUnga : "Moon over Miami- Jamario's Halfcourt Shot Seals Win For Cavs." 

@JC_Heat305 : "Utter destruction of Cavliers (sic) Team and Fans. Heat Win By 50."

@bwkemp : "Cavs Fans Civil In Blowout of Heat"

@ComputerSnacks : "Both teams played hard. God bless and goodnight."

@MikePradaSBN : "LeBron James Heat Justin Bieber"

@Chewie93 : "James begs Cleveland's forgiveness; Cavs win a close one."

@MrTrpleDouble10 : "Quagmire at the Q Tops Malice at the Palace"

@SpaceFunMars : "LeBron challenges fans to a game of 1-on-20,000. James wins."

@hatfieldms : "leBron takes his talents back to South Beach after another loss."

@DaAkronHammer : "EPIC FAIL"

@schittone37 : "Children attending game learn new words." 

@TurboLax33 : "LeBron breaks down in tears from incessant booing"

@jsucher : "I don't care what it is as long as it's in Comic Sans."

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 3:00 pm
 

Witness the burning embers of the Cavaliers

The top team in the East the past two seasons now finds itself exhuming its fallen squad to determine what went wrong.
Posted by Matt Moore




This season for the Cleveland Cavaliers is incredibly rare, even as it is inherently depressing for their fans. It's not a contending season like they've experienced the last three years, far from it. It's also not a rebuilding year, struggling through youth and inexperience while lamenting the patience necessary for their team to develop. And it's the polar opposite of a team rising to contention (see: Oklahoma City, 2009-2010). It holds the worst possible future. T+-he firesale. The deconstruction. The undoing. This is the season to watch the top seed in the East the past two seasons burn into ashes.

Oh, there's hope for a playoff run. Mo Williams, for all his limitations, is still a viable starting point guard, probably top 15. Antawn Jamison may have gotten his clock cleaned by the Celtics, but he's still been an All-Star and has a few tricks up his sleeve. Anderson Varejao was a defensive player of the year candidate and J.J. Hickson is promising in a lot of aspects. Anthony Parker and Jamario Moon are both legitimate NBA rotation guys and you can do worse than Byron Scott as head coach.

But in the end, their ceiling, their highest aspiration can only be a playoff appearance and a swift dismissal from either the Celtics, or, disgustingly, the Heat. That's all they've got. So this season could very quickly turn into a full-on firesale, with Jamison and Williams thrown out for draft picks or expiring contracts. And to hear some former members of the team tell it, it's what's left of this team that has them in this predicament in the first place. Well, one member specifically, with a big mouth. Can you guess who it is?

Shaquille O'Neal told the New Orleans Times-Picayune the following tasty quote:

"I like that they play together and nobody really worries about shots, " O'Neal said. "When I was with Cleveland, guys who couldn't even play were worried about shots. Why was Mo (Williams) taking 15 shots, and I'm only taking four? If LeBron takes 20 shots, that's cool."

As Tom Ziller noted , this isn't the first time Shaq has detonated the bridge he just left. He's notorious for three things at this point in his career: taking a good long time to get in season's shape, having a big personality, and lobbing verbal grenades at everyone he used to play with. But it's the vocalization of questions a lot of people wondered. There was always a clear separation of LeBron and everyone else (and he was treated as such, from every indication). But from there, there were a lot of rumblings about players wanting to put their own mark on their team, and Mo Williams was the most effusive example. Was he at that level? It was hard to find many who thought so.

But maybe that was just a reaction from that separation with LeBron we talked about. Maybe it was that gap between James and everyone else that caused the team to fail. Dan Gilbert certainly thinks so. In an interview with the News-Herald following the extension of new GM Chris Grant, Gilbert said the following about the past few years in Cleveland:

"We weren't as focused on the long term (before James left)," he said. "We'll build the right way. It's absolutely refreshing and challenging and we're all looking forward to building the Cleveland Cavaliers into a premier team.

"We didn't achieve the ultimate goal (with James). It can't be a one-person show. We have to have a team approach and a team effort to make it happen."
As Kurt Helin noted , there's good and bad in this approach. Building good team chemistry and working to get a team of young, versatile, athletic players has been proven to work with Portland, Oklahoma City, and potentially Sacramento. But you do need one guy. Portland has Brandon Roy. Oklahoma City obviously has Kevin Durant. And Sacramento has Tyreke Evans. Cleveland will need to find that new player when they do decide to torch the foundation.

And they will, make no question about it. Even if they find success with the core of players they have, it's a mitigated, low-level success that comes with a hefty price tag (the Cavs are on the books for over $51 million this season). In reality, a sub-.500 season would be better for fans. Instead of sitting through a middling season trying to justify keeping the core together, the faster you can detonate the foundation, the sooner you can start bringing in players the fans can get behind.

This season is going to be hard for the Cavaliers. It's less of a story being written as a eulogy. It would take a story of the ages for this to come out well for them. The worst part is that even as James will have been gone for more than three months, the entire year may serve as one long autopsy on a team that died on its way to glory.
Posted on: September 1, 2010 12:41 am
 

Cavs considering complete blow-up

Cavs not making any trades now, but if team struggles before deadline, we may see a firesale.
Posted by Matt Moore


Things fall apart. The center does not hold. And in the Cavs case, the center up and leaves on national television to join his buddies on the beach, sipping pina coladas while they freeze their tales off in a Midwestern winter.

And it turns out the rest of the Cavs are likely to fall apart in the next year or so. The Cavaliers haven't thrown the rest of the belongings on the lawn and put out the yard sale sign yet. After all, they still feature a lineup with Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison, Anderson Varejao, and young asset J.J. Hickson.  But signs are pointing towards the rest of LeBron James' former dancing partners being sent to the four corners of the league.

Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports via Twitter that if the Cavs are sub-.500 in February before the trade deadline, Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison, Anthony Parker, and Jamario Moon will all be on the block. That's three starters and a backup wing. You may be wondering who they would be getting back. Get ready for a whole lot of Erie Bayhawks if that happens, Cavs fans.

Windhorst goes on to say that he puts the odds of Jamison being moved before the deadline at 60/40. The question will be who's in the market for an aging forward with $28.4 million left on his contract (prorated, naturally). It would have to be a team similar to where the Cavs were last year, except they've already seen how that worked out. The other option is a team in the middle of a detonation, looking to clear space next year and hoping to acquire a 2012 expiring.

It's possible the Cavs could be competitive. The East is improved, no doubt, but still vulnerable and winning as many games as you're losing with a pretty good coach and a pretty good roster isn't out of range at all. But I wouldn't be snatching up any jerseys of those guys either. They may not be wearing them much longer.
Posted on: July 6, 2010 10:47 am
 

Your Morning Shootaround 7.6.10

What's going on in the NBA world...

Dwyane Wade cancelled his press conference for this morning in Miami. No reason was given. Let's not try and get ahead of ourselves, but whichever way you lean in the whole thing, it's curious.

Mikhail Prokhorov told advisers he thinks Chris Bosh will join Dwyane Wade in Miami. He's still hopeful to land LeBron James. Most interesting to me from the notes was Prokhorov's statement about Bosh and Wade's agent Henry Thomas not being aware of the global business implications. If this was leaked intentionally, that provides a whole new context to these statements.

The Magic signed Chris Duhon to a four year deal , which should help with almost none of their needs.

LeBron James is giving indications he plans on announcing his decision on his next team via his own website . Which will, inevitably, crash when he does announce it. I like this plan, already.

Allen Iverson wants to return to the NBA. This should end well. And by "well," I mean "in a turnover."

The Cavs and Suns have started talks about a Leandro Barbosa for Delonte West and Jamario Moon swap.

We'll have more on these stories and more throughout the day.
 
 
 
 
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