Cavaliers looking to improve?

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2012

I can’t believe I’m saying this but it looks like the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to make a deal that would improve their playoff chances. Rumor has it that they’re talking with the Atlanta Hawks about a trade involving Ramon Sessions and Marvin Williams. If a deal were to go down I’d say both teams chances improve. I just question why are the Cavs shooting for the playoffs now?

One rumor making its rounds is the Cavs sending guard Ramon Sessions to Atlanta for small forward Marvin Williams. That doesn’t work under the salary cap, as Williams is making $7.5 million, compared to Sessions’ $4.3 million. The 6-9 Williams would be a major upgrade over the Cavs’ Omri Casspi at small forward, but he doesn’t appear to be the long-term answer at the position. Don’t totally discount it, however, because Williams has announced he wants to be traded, and Cavs GM Chris Grant was the one who drafted him in Atlanta. (Bob Finnan – News Herald)

So here’s the deal if a trade went down it would definitely improve both teams.

For the Hawks they’d get a legitimate point guard, sorry Jeff Teague but it’s true, for their starting lineup. Atlanta would have a guy who can run their offense and provide solid production.

Sessions is having a pretty solid year in Cleveland averaging 10.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. In three games as a starter though he’s averaging 18.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 12.3 assists. Those numbers would surely drop but be better then his season averages.

For Cleveland well Williams would, like Finnan said, be an upgrade over Omri Casspi. Not a huge upgrade but he’ll be more of a contributor. What it also does is tell me that the Cavaliers fully trust Kyrie Irving and don’t need a solid backup any longer. While Williams won’t give them star power he’ll give them some mode repth that could help them reach that 8th seed in the East.

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That’s right the 13-18 Cavaliers are still not out of the playoffs. They’re only a game and a half back of the Boston Celtics and with the way Boston’s playing they’ve got a legitimate chance of catching them. I just don’t understand why they’d jeopardize the future of the organization to make the playoffs this year.

Making the playoffs would take the Cavs out of the lottery and hurt their chances of landing another top pick and therefore a future star. It just doesn’t make sense to me.

The Cavaliers currently need stars not a player to improve their depth for a playoff run.

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