Making Strides

It was announced on July 26, 2010 at about 9:43 pm that the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Minnesota TimberWolves have agreed to a five-player trade. The deal was finally agreed upon after weeks of speculation that in the near future these two teams would pull the trigger.

After Minnesota signed Luke Ridnour, speculation began that the Wolves would be putting one of their guards on the trading block. With a crowed backcourt, Sessions name became the most targeted.

Ramon Sessions is now a Cavalier

Cleveland has been the center of the Ramon Sessions talks and has been high on their lists since Minnesota opened the phone lines. For weeks the speculation finally ended.

The Cavaliers traded guards, Delonte West and Sebastian Telfair in return for guard, Ramon Sessions and center, Ryan Hollins. The Cavaliers also in the trade received a future second-round draft pick.

Minnesota received a non-guaranteed contract in Delonte West in which could save them close to 4.6 million dollars. Also they received a young point guard in Telfair who could develop into a solid role player. However, the trade could question the thought process of the TimberWolves and David Kahn. They wanted to trade Sessions because their backcourt is crowed and in return they got two-guards. However West and Telfair are both combo guard with the same style of play, which could tell the Wolves are not done dealing.

For the Cavaliers, it was a great move. It shows they are moving on from the LeBron James era. It shows that they will be patient and not overspend for below-average players (Kyle Lowry/Matt Barnes). Ramon Sessions could be the perfect fit along with Mo Williams in a run-and-gun offense under newly hired head coach, Byron Scott.

“In Ramon, we’re excited to add a young, multi-dimensional guard” said General Manager, Chris Grant.

Sessions has averaged for his career, 10 points per game along with 4.7 assists. A combo guard that is very good at passing and an average shooter (44%) in 24 minutes a game.

The Cavaliers finally have a center to work around

As for Ryan Hollins, he is a young athletic center. Standing at 7 feet, 240 out of UCLA, he has a chance to be a very solid contributor for the organization. Last season he averaged 6.1 points and 2.8 rebound a game in only 17 minutes a game. His numbers have gotten better every year since he was drafted in the second round in 2006. “We’re adding a young, athletic center”, added Chris Grant.

“We think both Ramon and Ryan are really good fits for this team”, stated Chris Grant.

The Cavaliers also added another future draft pick. The Cavaliers are now starting to acquire draft picks as the rebuilding stage has officially started. We’re also happy to add another asset for the future with the additional draft pick,” said Grant. “At the same time, we’d like to thank Sebastian and Delonte and wish them well in the future.”

Whatever happens with this trade, at least the Cavaliers are making strides.

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