Very interesting trade here.
In their attempt to rebuild after losing LeBron James in free agency, the Cleveland Cavaliers have traded gritty, but troubled combo guard Delonte West and young journeyman guard Sebastian Telfair to the Minnesota Timberwolves for guard Ramon Sessions, center Ryan Hollins and Minnesota’s second round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
The Cavaliers officially announced the trade about a hour ago.
First off, big ups to my man Marc Spears at Yahoo! Sports for getting that out there to the masses. He just tweeted a few minutes ago the Timberwolves will waive West and trade Telfair.
Hmmm. If true, that’s sad, particularly for West.
For Cleveland, it’s all good on a variety of levels. The Cavaliers rid themselves of West, who for all his toughness on the court, was shaky off it. He just plead guilty to weapons charges dating back to last summer when he got caught with those guns. He isn’t going to jail, but will be on house detention.
So for the Cavaliers to get that burden off their neck can only help them. I interviewed West several times and he was always open and honest with me. You hope he does get it together.
As for Telfair, he wasn’t going to ever play major minutes for Cleveland so why keep the guy? Unfortunately, he’s never lived up the expectations placed upon him coming out of high school.
As for the Cavaliers got in return? Ramon Sessions is a solid player. He spent some time in the D-League in 2007-08 and put up some darn good number (21.1 ppg., 7.6 assists, 6.5 rebounds) in just 24 games (17 starts).
This past season, Sessions played all 82 games for the Timberwolves and averaged 8.2 points. Plus he and Cleveland guard Mo Williams were at Milwaukee together in 07-08 before the Cavaliers got Mo in a trade.
Sessions is young (24 years old), 6-3, and can play. As for Hollins, at 7-foot, he can block shots and be a presence around the rim. Could be what Tyson Chandler was in New Orleans when new Cleveland coach Byron Scott was leading the Hornets.
Upside is there, but to say Hollins will come in and average a double-double for the Cavaliers? Maybe, but I doubt it.