The Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed in principle to a trade that would send Baron Davis and the Clippers’ 2011 first-round draft pick to Cleveland in exchange for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon, league sources confirmed to ESPN.com.
The deal saves the Clippers considerable money the next two seasons while giving them a younger point guard who made the All-Star team while playing with LeBron James.
Davis is still owed nearly $28 million over the next two seasons and the balance of his $13 million contract this year. Moon’s contract expires after this season. Williams is owed the balance of his $9.3 million salary this season and, with player options of $8.5 million for each of the next two years, potentially could get out of his contract altogether. The savings should give the Clippers more flexibility in free agency the next two seasons.
The Clippers would give up a likely top-10 lottery pick to make the savings happen. “That just shows you how much we hate this draft,” one Clippers source told ESPN.com.
Excellent trade by the Cavs. They got the best player (B.Davis) and the best asset (Clips lottery pick) in the deal and it only cost them a player they needed to trade (M.Williams) and a player they had no interest in (J.Moon).
As for the Clippers, this is a Donald Sterling-esque move. Nothing to do with basketball and everything to do with money. He hurt his team considerably today, losing a quality starter and good draft pick for nothing more than some extra cash in his back pocket. Nothing to do with improving the Cavs. All about his wallet.