The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Ben Wallace & Joe Smith from the Bulls and Wally Szczerbiak & Delonte West from the Sonics in a huge trade today. The Cavs traded Ira Newble and Donyell Marshall to the Sonics and Cedric Simmons, Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes and Shannon Brown to the Bulls. The Cavs also received a 2009 2nd round draft pick from the Bulls. Ben Wallace will give the Cavs the defensive enforcer that they need. Other teams also must be more careful of taking cheap shots at LeBron James or Wallace will make them pay for it. Wallace played in 50 games (all starts) this season for the Bulls and he was averaging 32.5 minutes, 5.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.6 blocked shots per game. Wallace has shot poorly this season as he has only hit 37.3% of his shots from the floor and 42.4% from the free throw line. Wallace has now played in 825 games (710 starts) in his NBA career and he has averaged 31.5 minutes, 6.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.2 blocked shots per game. Joe Smith has played in 50 games (35 starts) this season for the Bulls and he has averaged 22.9 minutes, 11.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. Smith has now played in 866 games (611 starts) in his NBA career and he has averaged 28.5 minutes, 12.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Szczerbiak gives the Cavs an outstanding perimeter shooter and he will likely be the starter at shooting guard for the Cavs. Szczerbiak played in 50 games (1 start) for the Sonics this season and he averaged 23.6 minutes, 13.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He has shot well from everywhere on the floor this season as he’s hit 46% of his shots from the floor, 42.8% from three point range and 84.3% from the free throw line. Szczerbiak has now played in 552 games (387 starts) in his NBA career and he has averaged 32.6 minutes, 15.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Point guard Delonte West should also get a lot of playing time for the Cavs. He has played in 35 games (5 starts) this season for the Sonics and he has averaged 20.8 minutes, 6.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. West has now played in 214 games (130 starts) in his NBA career and he has averaged 27.4 minutes, 9.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game.
Larry Hughes just was never the player the Cavs thought he was when they signed him. He played in 40 games (32 starts) for the Cavs this season and he averaged 30.3 minutes, 12.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He was only shooting 37.7% from the floor this year. The Cavs might miss Drew Gooden as he has been a underrated player for the Cavs since he arrived in town. Gooden played in 51 games (all starts) this season and he averaged 30.7 minutes, 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. Shannon Brown never lived up to his first round billing. Brown played in 15 games (4 starts) this season for the Cavs and he averaged 14.5 minutes, 7.0 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He only shot 36.9% from the floor for the Cavs this season. Cedric Simmons was a complete bust for the Cavs after coming over from the Hornets in a trade this off-season. He played in 7 games (0 starts) this season for the Cavs and he averaged 12.0 minutes, 0.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Ira Newble was playing his best basketball ever for the Cavs lately but he’s still not much of a player. He played in 41 games (13 starts) for the Cavs this season and he averaged 15.9 minutes, 4.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. Donyell Marshall has been injured most of the season and the Cavs shouldn’t miss him too much. Marshall played in 11 games (1 start) for the Cavs this season and he averaged 14.2 minutes, 3.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.
This should be a good trade for the Cavs. With the exception of Gooden the Cavs didn’t really lose anyone they will miss.