Wednesday afternoon the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Jeremy Pargo and a second-round draft pick from the Memphis Grizzlies for D.J. Kennedy. This may seem like a quiet move by the Cavs, but can eventually mean big things for this franchise.
The Cavs continue to stockpile draft picks, which can later be used to move up in the draft order; similar to what happened this past draft when we selected Tyler Zeller.
Pargo was the third point guard on the Memphis roster and became the odd man out when they drafted Tony Wroten in the first round. Pargo was a four-year player at Gonzaga and received the majority of the point guard minutes in his time there.
During his collegiate career Pargo showed his great athletic ability, crossing defenders up or going hard to the rim and finishing with authority. He stands at 6’2″, which is solid size for a backup point guard. This trade can really help the Cavs “second” team when they are on the court. They really struggled moving the ball when Kyrie Irving was not on the court.
The Cavs will be missing their leading minuteman and second leading scorer from last year, Antawn Jamison. In no way will Pargo step in and fill these two roles, but the Cavs are hoping, as the PG, he can help another player be a leading scorer when Irving is not on the court.
Before Pargo’s rookie year and after his career at Gonzaga, he played professionally in Isreal. He averaged double figures and over five assists a game in his two seasons.
The Cavaliers front office continues to be frustrated with Alonzo Gee and his agent. They extended him an offer for $2.7 million a year and they respectfully declined that offer. The Cavs have moved on for now and have been in contact with C.J. Miles. The Cavs are looking to send a message to Gee, “sign the contract, or we move on”. Miles has similar size and numbers to Gee and they are hoping he can step right in and make a positive contribution like Gee did last year.
This deal works out for both sides. The Cavs were looking for a backup PG and the Grizzlies were looking to not pay luxury tax.
Some Cavs fans were looking forward to seeing D.J. Kennedy a little more after they only saw him for three games last season. But check out this highlight video and see if you don’t mind having Pargo as your backup PG (put the video on mute).