I’m still holding out hope that Cleveland is repackaging Baron Davis in another deal before Thursday’s deadline, and that this trade is only part one of a larger deal. Maybe they’re sending Davis to the Mavericks, Portland, Memphis or any playoff contender who can use Davis. After all, there’s no way that this Davis & Cleveland pairing will end well. Davis has proven himself as a player who needs a playoff race in order to play well. He does not suffer losing well at all, and if there’s anything the Cavs have excelled at this season, it’s losing.
The irony of this trade (for me at least) is this is the exact kind of deal that I thought the Cavs needed to pull off while Lebron was in town. I advocated for bringing in Davis to play with Lebron because Davis plays well in the playoffs, is unafraid to take big shots, and would be willing to defer to Lebron for three quarters, and then take over the reins in the fourth when Lebron begins fading. Plus, can you imagine a more physically imposing backcourt than Davis & Lebron? Yes, I know Anthony Parker usually played SG, but in reality, Lebron was more of the pg, Williams the off-guard and Parker the small forward in most of Cleveland’s offensive sets. Lebron & Davis working the high low would’ve masked Cleveland’s lack of low post scoring and created tons of easy shots for their spot up shooters.
This appears to be a trade for trade’s sake as my friend KJF might say, and one just as idiotic from the Clippers perspective. Really, the last thing that Blake Griffin and the rest of the Clippers needed was an influx of more second-tier perimeter talent, and a lead guard who struggles incorporating others into the offense.