The Cavs paid a heavy price for this pick, taking back the remaining $28 million of Baron Davis‘ contract. Given the salary difference between the guys they sent out (Mo Williams and Jamario Moon) and Davis — they essentially paid roughly $12 million for a pick the Clippers claim they didn’t want.
The trade really has two major ramifications for the Cavs. First, with Williams gone and Davis clearly not the point guard of the future in Cleveland, sources say that Duke freshman Kyrie Irving is now the No. 1 target for the Cavs. For the past month we’ve had Perry Jones (who now slides to No. 2) on their draft board.
Second, the Clippers’ pick should give the Cavs another top-10 selection. Currently the Clippers are slated to pick eighth in the draft and looking ahead the pick should end up somewhere between seventh and 10th.
What direction will Cleveland go? The Cavs are far from having their minds made up, but sources say to look closely at two players — North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes and Lithuanian big man Jonas Valanciunas. Barnes has struggled this season, but a source close to the Cavs told me the team believes he’ll be much better in the pros. Valanciunas is the highest-rated international prospect on our board. He’s long, active around the basket and is putting up impressive numbers for a player his age.
I am not real sure how I feel about this one. To me, Ramon Sessions is the point guard of the future in Cleveland. This team should be looking to shop JJ Hickson and trying to draft Jared Sullinger from Ohio State. He would be a real difference maker underneath with Anderson Varejao.
And Cleveland could be well on their way to putting together a good, young roster:
PG Ramon Sessions / SG Manny Harris (or other draft pick) / SF Christian Eyenga / PF Jared Sullinger / C Anderson Varejao
What do you think?