No sooner do I finish writing that last post as I get word from one of my sources that both trades should be officially announced soon. After I posed my “this won’t happen” I checked Fatty Windmill’s blog and he said both are a go.
Here’s what he says:
“After working on it practically through the night, the Cavs appear to be close to finalizing a major trade. A solid source said the Cavs have agreed to bring Ben Wallace and Joe Smith in from Chicago for Larry Hughes and Drew Gooden.
“The second complimentary trade is apparently with the Seattle SuperSonics. The Cavs likely going to get Wally Szczerbiak to be their new shooting guard in addition to Delonte West, a point guard they have wanted for quite some time. Donyell Marshall, Ira Newble and perhaps Shannon Brown are expected to be in this deal.”
I think both these are good. They might not really be but the Cavs needed to shake things but and Ferry needed to do something to prove he was working at improving the roster. Wallace and Gooden are basically a wash with Wallace the much better rebounder and defender but Gooden better on the offensive end. Joe Smith will be a decent role player and he takes Larry Hughes out of the Cleveland and that’s something everyone has longed for way to long, so no one that ripped Larry should have anything bad to say about this one.
The other trade is even better. Bringing West in with Wally is great. Finally a true point guard. Losing Ira, D-Marsh an Shannon don’t hurt Cleveland at all and they are bringing in two guys who will have a much bigger impact than the guys leaving. I like it right now because Ferry actually did something. To know how I really feel I’ll have to let it all marinate and get back to you tomorrow.