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I wrote this in a comment on our site, but I'll repeat it here because I'm still fired up over people blasting the Cavs for this trade:
The thing that kills me the most about people complaining about the Sessions trade is that the Sesh-for-1st rounder rumor has been out there for 3-4 weeks. We've been writing about it on this site this whole time. And never once did I read anyone write anywhere that the 1st round pick wasn't enough for Sessions. But then, the instant the trade is announced, people flip out, say the Cavs got hosed, and that they didn't get near enough.
But yet nobody, not a single person, has told me yet what, specifically, the Cavs should have received from the Lakers. No lottery team was going to give the Cavs their 1st round pick for Sessions. It was the Lakers, and only the Lakers. And the Lakers had options. You don't think they could have traded with Portland for Felton? You think Charlotte wouldn't consider giving up DJ Augustin for the right package? At worst they could have taken Jonny Flynn from Houston. LA didn't need Cleveland, they just preferred Sessions because it was the perfect sweet spot between getting a quality starting PG and only having to give up the 1st round pick.
Maybe Cleveland shouldn't have taken Walton's salary as a favor? Fine. But it's Dan Gilbert's money. Taking on $6 million of Luke Walton for 1 season has ZERO impact on the rebuilding path.
This was a nice trade for both teams, and fans of both teams are (mostly) happy.
2 years, 6 months ago on Reaction: Lakers trade First Round Draft Pick to Cavs for Christian Eyenga...Ramon Sessions, Luke Walton, Jason Kapono also included in deal | March
"We’re still waiting for his “welcome to the NBA” moment, but it’s coming." In all reality, we probably should have had this moment. Had his potential game winning layup in Indiana gone in, I think that would have had to count as such. But as it is, the thing that's most impressive to me is he never let that missed layup get to him. He has continued to develop his game and he has continued to get better almost every game. It's been so much to watch this player blossom right in front of our eyes, and all in 3 weeks of starting his NBA career with no training camp and just 2 preseason games. I've been nothing but impressed with this kid.
2 years, 8 months ago on Replacing The Past With The Present
@StepienRules I do feel deep down that trading Andy is better for a quicker rebuild, but keeping him is better for when the team is position to contend, even as declining veteran. So the question the Cavs need to ask is, which is the better path? I don't know what Andy says behind closed doors, but if he's happy in Cleveland and ok staying, I would lean toward keeping him. But you're probably right, once deadline hits and teams get desperate, they may get an offer they simply can't refuse. Good stuff Brendan.
2 years, 8 months ago on Al Jefferson Channels His Inner Karl Malone As Cavs Lose To Utah | January
"I can write a thousand words on why the Cavs should most definitely trade Andy, and then a thousand more on why they shouldn't." - Haha, I didn't get quite to a thousand on each, but I certainly spent a lot of words to not offer a strong opinion either way. Seriously, it's so tough to figure out what the "right" thing to do with Andy is. I'm genuinely glad I'm not charged with making the decision.
I wouldn't trade Baron for the simple reason that to do so, the Cavaliers would actually have to be the ones who have to give up something extra. I'm fine with hanging on to Baron for this season, and then try to move him in the following offseason when his contract won't look quite as bad.
And I agree on Hickson. I'm not convinced Derrick Williams will definitely be better than JJ. The Cavaliers have a very good young player who is still developing and getting better. Lets see where this ends up. No reason to trade valuable young talent unless you're getting something a little more sure fire in return.
3 years, 3 months ago on Cavs Trade Bait Talk And Encouraging Draft Speculation | June