The Cleveland Cavaliers are stuck in the middle of an 11-man trade, as they
swap half their active roster in hopes of scoring the 2008 NBA title. The deal
involved Cleveland, Chicago, and Seattle. The Cavs lost Larry Hughes, Drew Gooden,
Shannon Brown, and Cedric Simmons to the Chicago Bulls, but in return The Bulls
sent them 6’10 center Joe Smith and powerhouse Ben Wallace. Making the
move from Seattle to Cleveland are neck-tattooed point guard Delonte West and
Miami of Ohio alumnus, new dad, and super-hunk Wally Szczerbiak.
Trading six players to get four might seem like a mistake, but it seems to be benefiting the Cavaliers so far. When the Cavs took on the Bulls it was a game for the books with Hughes, Gooden, Brown, and Simmons pitted against their former-teammates, and playing back on their home court. So far, the Cavs have taken wins over the Minnesota Timber Wolves, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, New York Nicks, Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers. We’ve also suffered losses to Milwaukee, Chicago, and Boston.
All in all, the Cavs seem to have traded up, and look forward to an improved season from here on out. Their rank in the NBA has improved too, currently in 4th place. Cleveland fans seem optimistic and excited about the new trade.