The Cleveland Cavaliers made a last-second trade with the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday afternoon, as the deadline loomed closer.
Cleveland sent over point guard Ramon Sessions and forward Christian Eyenga and received small forwards Luke Walton and Jason Kapono and a projected first round pick.
The only thing that I like out of this trade is the first round pick. I don’t understand how Cleveland could let Sessions (10.5 points per game, 3.1 assists and 5.2 rebounds) with the struggles in depth that the Cavaliers have had all season? With Alonzo Gee taking on a starting role our only productive player is an inconsistent Daniel Gibson.
Sessions, who was most likely going to option out of his contract next season, was likely to leave the Cavs in the near future.
And what did we get in exchange for that? Luke Walton, the son of basketball legend Bill Walton, and Jason Kapono, the two lowest producers on the Lakers roster. Walton averages 1.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game and Kapono 2.0 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game
I understand the Eyenga move, who is a very energetic player but lacks the ball skills and jump shot to make an impact in the NBA, but whom we traded for and the positions that needed to be addressed made the trade look foolish on the Cavs part. It will be interesting to see what the Cavaliers do with their draft pick, but our need for a true center needs to be addressed. We are one big man away from being a playoff contender. This trade sets us back for the season and most likely is a white flag.
Walton and Kapono will probably end up with the Canton Charge or spending bench time with other recent Cavs players who were acquired in trades. Those include Luke Harangody and Omri Casppi. This is common in teams that are rebuilding, but sooner or later the Cavaliers are going to have to invest in players who can benefit and help the team around them.