Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 at 5:43 pm  |  44 responses

Cavs Finalize Trade For Mo Williams

by Ryne Nelson

Today’s rumors happened to be true. This from Brian Windhorst of the Akron Beacon-Journal, who broached the news this afternoon:

The Milwaukee Bucks traded point guard Mo Williams to the Cavs in exchange for the expiring contracts of guard Damon Jones and forward Joe Smith. As part of the deal, the Bucks will receive Jones and Oklahoma City point guard Luke Ridnour. Oklahoma City acquires Smith and Bucks forward Desmond Mason. Oklahoma City also will send swingman Adrian Griffin to the Bucks.

Here’s a quick breakdown:

Bucks get: Luke Ridnour, Damon Jones, Adrian Griffin

Contrary to popular opinion, this might not be bad for the Bucks. Sure the Bucks got a tofu platter in return for Williams, but there’s some bright points as well.

First and foremost, they clear cap space. The Bucks are building around Michael Redd, Joe Alexander, Andrew Bogut and Richard Jefferson and trying to convert their expiring contracts (Jones, Griffin, Charlie Villanueva) into another key cog.

Clearly, Williams and Redd weren’t clicking in the Bucks’ backcourt.

Ridnour can run a team, but the Bucks still have four point guards. Something else might be in the works for the Bucks this summer.

Oklahoma City gets: Joe Smith, Desmond Mason

Weird fact: the only cities in which Mason played are Seattle, Milwaukee and OKC – the three cities involved in the deal.

Smith could play decent minutes, but his expiring contract is of the most value to GM Sam Presti, who collected five contracts that will come off the books in a year.

OKC has the ammunition. They’ll have to pull the trigger to obtain some major talent in the near future.

Cavs get: Mo Williams

Cleveland gave-up essentially nothing for a young, talented point guard – a position at which they were clearly lacking last season. Williams is known to dominate the ball at times.

However, he’s now playing with LeBron.

If Cleveland can parlay Wally Szczerbiak’s expiring contract by February’s trade deadline, the Cavs might be poised for another run to the Finals.

The question now moves to whether the Cavs will retain Delonte West. Since Cleveland’s second-round elimination, West’s camp and Cavs management have been not-so-quietly feuding over what constitutes a ‘fair’ contract.

Could a trade for J.R. Smith still be in the works?

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  • http://dyalekt.com d.Y.

    Wow, look at the Cavs quietly building a real team. Methinks Milwaukee has faith that “Razor” Ramon Sessions was not a fluke.

  • Michael

    Yup, just what Lebron needs a shoot first hot dogging point gaurd.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I don’t think this is a bad trade at all. Delonte West will be moved though. I liked how West played in the playoffs, before that I didn’t really know what to think of him. I wonder where he will end up…. (Europe?)
    I think Mo Williams can be productive in Cleveland, and co-excist with LeBron without any problems. Yeah, he likes to shoot, but at least he can score a little, he’s a more than decent point guard and the Cavs got a nice deal here.

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    I hate this trade for the Cavs but, at least Cavs fan know that Ferry is trying…as long as you consider Wally Sexyback, Ghoul Wallace and Larry Hughes trying. There just doesn’t seem like there’s a plan in Cleveland.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Emry DowningHall

    Very interesting deal … seems like a good move for the Cavs.

  • chiphead

    “Weird fact: the only cities in which Mason played are Seattle, Milwaukee and OKC – the three cities involved in the deal.”

    Cleveland begs to differ.

  • tinchek

    what about ramon sessions? he should be the starting PG on the bucks! i don’t think that mo williams experiment will bring any good to cavs. hughes was also a big addition and he became a fluke, shooting bricks…

  • daniel

    i think this is great deal for the cavs. the bucks got a little screwed i think though.

    mo williams being a shooter wont be a problem, because someone other than lebron is allowed to take 10 shots a game, unlike anyone currently on their roster

  • Aaron

    Great low-risk move by the Cavs. They finally get a legitmate point guard in Williams by only giving up Jones and Smith. But the key to this trade is the fact they kept Wally’s expiring contract. Look for the Cavs to make another big move by this season’s trade deadline involving Wally’s contract. In the meantime, I think they will be well served going after a PF who can score a little. Maybe Haslem, or even Kirilinko.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Whattup Ryne. Bucks got tofu!! Hilarious, soft on the inside, soft on the outside.

  • Bubba Chuck

    boring…boring…boring…o sh*t! a jr smith trade? nooo!

  • http://google canadian

    Wasn’t Mo all set to go to Miami last year until the Bucks matched the contract offer?

  • daniel

    yessir he was canadian

  • http://google canadian

    Interesting decision making by the Bucks.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    i like this trade for the cavs, they definitely needed someone else who can distribute and pass as well, however Mo will can be streaky at times, that would worry me more than being a ball stopper. However, with Lebron getting doubled he should get better looks.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    also good move by the bucks, they have a nice collection of young talent, but they’re all pretty much scorers, they get rid of something they have a lot of and get a nice role guy and well, whatever Jones is.

  • ran

    jeff green,kevin durant & now desmond mason & joe smith?, how many power fowards can one team have?

  • The Biz

    Great trade a player who can actually shoot the d@mn ball

  • WhaHuh

    I wonder how this news is broken to Michael Redd and LeBron in Bejing. Would they even discuss it together?

  • Young Chris MP3

    I miss Razor Ramon

  • Ed Whitson

    Go OKC Potatoes!!!

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Man, what a great pickup for the Bucks, adding the best three point shooter in the world.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Love it for the Cavs. Also glad Windy is back on the beat.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Good summary of the trades, Ryne. IMHO a trade that works well for every party involved. Bucks get a bunch of trade assets, OKC gets 2 veteran forwards to tutor their youthful talent, and the Cavs have what they hope will be Robin to Lebron’s Batman.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Whatever negatives about Mo Williams, he’s a legit ball handler with great range. I think this’ll be crucial come the playoffs… if it lets Lebron play off the ball a bit more, come of screens, slash without the ball. The way the Cavs’ been playing the last coupla years, their crunch time go-to play is just “give Lebron the ball and stand far away” – which totally isn’t gonna cut it against a good defensive team like the Celtics.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Not letting Bron be the primary ball handler is gonna be great. Anyone who plays ball knows how hard it is to balance the roles of distributor and scorer properly; the angles you put yourself in to open up your teammates aren’t necessarily the same spots where you can score one-on-one most effectively. Lebron’s already putting up MVP-ish numbers as the playmaker, first and second option – if this trade lets him be on the “attack mode” more, it’ll be fantastic.

  • Exile

    Don’t know if this will make OKC better, save for future deals, But it should work alright for the Bucks and Cavs… Provided the Cavs aren’t done.

  • niQ

    Although at first i thought the Bucks were getting jipped.. i forgot one VERY important fact. RAMON SESSIONS IS THE FUTURE!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    @niQ: Sessions might have been a flash in the pan…

  • tinchek

    woooohoooo lebron gets another toy to play with!

  • Bostwik

    I think Joe Smith was too steep a price. The cavs needed him.

    And how many points will Mo average now? 5.3?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I haven’t seen enought of Sessions to say whether or not he was a “flash in the pan”, but he did turn some heads at the end of last season and it wasn’t in garbage minutes either. I’m sure the Bucks wouldn’t have traded Mo unless they had a backup plan, and i’m not quite sold Ridnour would be it.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I also think this is a trade that works out for all parties involved. LeBron now has that so-called second banana and Smith and Mason will work out well schooling Green and Durant.

  • Diogo

    how funny iy is that Desmond is returning to the Sonics. Oh, the irony of it all.

  • ciolkstar

    KD is NOT a PF!
    I think LeBron will still be the primary ball handler, point forward style. Unless Mo Williams is extremely effective in his distribution of the ball. Joe Smith could really help Jeff Green develop, I like the deal for the Cavs (b/c Smith was the only useable piece they gave up)and OKC but we’ll see if the Bucks are able to pull off a deal with the scraps they got in return.

  • rikson

    Ridnour or Bell as starting PG -> welcome back to nomansland bucks. Sooooo stupid!!!!

  • http://www.jeffdaycartoons.com gwillicker

    crappy rest of the summer for Delonte West

  • http://Slamonline.com chris98rocks

    Cavs Are Going To Be Much Better.

  • Kevin K

    -trade bust… overpriced combo guard who needs the ball in his hands to be productive for himself but is going to have lebron who is going to have the ball 90% of the time…
    -talking about a guy who is suppose to help lebron but couldnt lead his team to the playoffs in an EASTERN conference with a talent like michael redd and andrew bogut…

  • AaronS

    To me there really doesn’t seem to be a plan in Cleveland. They’re just looking for guys who can shoot the 3 around LeBron and any chance they get they’re going after one. Mo Williams contract is not very appealing which is at 11 mil for the next 4 years, and I dont see very much thought into these moves. Delonte West and Boobie Gibson are very simliar 1-2 combo guards who can shoot the 3. Maybe I’m wrong, but Cleveland management just seems to be acting too much on impulse rather than thinking out moves. What they need is to find some type of consistent post presence on both sides of the floor who can actually stay on the court, unlike Ilgauskas. What they also need to find are guys similar to Bruce Bowen players, who are tough gritty defenders and can spread the floor with the 3 point shot, rather than just pure shooters. Their roster is stacked with too many one dimensional players with bad contracts (Ben Wallace, Mo Williams, etc.)

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  • cavspro

    hey retard who said mo williams averages 5.3 a game.. he averaged 15 a game last year… and IMO he is one of the better point gaurds in the league be parkerand paul… seriously..think about it.

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