Clippers Trade Baron Davis to Cavaliers for Mo Williams, Jamario Moon
As we approach Thursday's trade deadline, the hits just keep on coming. The latest deal has the Clippers sending Davis to the Cavaliers, along with an unprotected 2011 first round draft pick in exchange for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon.
Marc Spears first reported the deal, which was confirmed by FanHouse's Sam Amick.
From the Clippers' standpoint, anything they could do to get out from under the hefty contract of Davis would be a welcome form of relief, despite Davis' recently improved play alongside rookie sensation Blake Griffin. Davis is averaging almost 13 points and seven assists per game, but if you watch the Clips on a regular basis, you'll notice that his shot selection is largely still terrible, despite feeding Griffin for the occasionally ridiculous highlight that makes everything seem like it's working out in Los Angeles.
But it's not, because Davis is -- and now, was -- a liability for this young and developing Clippers team, plain and simple.
Rookie point guard Eric Bledsoe is raw, but he's better-equipped to try to run this team than Davis is; if not from a physical standpoint, then certainly from a mental one. Bledsoe will break from the offense on the rarest of occasions, and certainly won't be launching contested three-pointers early in the shot clock just because once upon a time, he could.
I've harped on Davis for this specific flaw in the past, but again: for someone who ranks 123 out of 127 players in 3-point field goal percentage, he probably shouldn't be taking 4-5 of these shots on a nightly basis.
Whatever Davis' reasoning for taking these shots, it's Cleveland's problem now. The draft pick is something the Cavs were looking for, and the contract hit that the team will take is somewhat cushioned from a salary cap standpoint by the trade exception the team was given when LeBron James headed for South Beach.
It's unclear how Davis will take the news that he's moving from L.A. to Cleveland, and how he'll adapt to going from playing with the league's most exciting rookie to playing with the league's worst overall collection of talent. Additionally, he'll be reunited with head coach Byron Scott -- someone he played for in New Orleans, and reportedly had some issues with.
Any way you try to spin it, the Clippers are the ones who unquestionably come out on top in this one.