The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded injured big man Chris Andersen and cash considerations to the Charlotte Hornets for a highly protected second round draft pick.
Andersen tore his ACL in December and is done for the year, so why does Charlotte want him? They don’t. Cleveland is sending them cash in the deal as a thank you for getting Birdman off their books. The second round pick Charlotte is sending back is purely ceremonial. It’s top-55 protected, so they won’t actually end up losing it. The Hornets will simply release Andersen after the deal is completed, and pocket the cash.
The move will save Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert about $2.5 million after factoring in luxury tax details. It will also open up a roster spot for the Cavaliers, who are in need of a backup point guard and recently worked out Jordan Farmar, Mario Chalmers, and Kirk Hinrich. Reports list Farmar as the favorite of that group to be added to the squad, but the team could also hold onto the empty spot until buy-out season and see if any veterans they like become available.
This deal should also come as good news to freshly signed Derrick Williams. The front office’s desire to open up an additional roster slot indicates their interest in signing him through the end of the year once his current 10-day contract expires.
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NBA Trade Tracker
The NBA off-season is in full swing, and some teams have already began making moves.
The Lakers, Nets, Hawks, and Hornets are the teams that have made moves, so far.
This post will continue to track all of the moves that are made.
Here’s how it stacks up so far.
Lakers Send Russell to Nets
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, via Twitter, the Los Angeles Lakers are sending D’Angelo Russell and Tim Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and the 27th pick in the 2017 draft.
Dwight Howard to the Hornets
Dwight Howard and the Atlanta Hawks’ 31st pick in the 2017 draft will go to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli, and the 41st pick, according to Wojnarowski via Twitter.
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Warriors Owner Joe Lacob Says Michael Jordan ‘Not Impressed’ With 73 Win Season
Golden State Warriors Joe Lacob revealed that Michael Jordan, widely considered to be the greatest player of all time, shared with him during dinner that he was not impressed with the Warriors’ record 73-win season last year.
“People were drinking, having a good time and all that. But there was a moment where [Jordan] said, ‘You know, 73 don’t mean …” Lacob said before trailing off during an interview with San Francisco radio station 95.7 FM The Game. “He did it. Michael Jordan did that. And I looked at him, and I just decided not to, you know, make a big deal of it. I said, ‘You know, you’re right? We didn’t win it. We had to get better.’
Lacob and Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, had dinner in New York during the CBA negotiations.
“He’s fantastic, and I’m not going to cross him. But that kind of hurt, you know?”
Lacob also said that despite the team losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals, the season is considered a success.
“I think that was one of the greatest years you could ever have in any sport,” Lacob said.
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