Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cavaliers trade Birdman

Not a lot to write about this,but a few days ago the Cavaliers basically bought their way out of a jam by sending Chris "Birdman" Andersen to Charlotte for a top 55 protected second rounder and the all important cash.

Andersen,who had torn his ACL in December, was immediately waived by the Hornets,who were happy to help the Cavaliers gain a spot for their bench as long as they were going cash the check for an undisclosed amount.
The 38 year old Andersen could possibly retire with the amount of rehab involved for a comeback that is unlikely to see him be more than occasional player for anyone next season.
Andersen averaged a hair over two points a game and a bit under two boards a game in his 12 games in Cleveland.

The Cavaliers are unlikely to ever see the second rounder that was needed in name only to loosen up this trade as the Hornets would have to reach the conference finals to activate the pick,which is unlikely as Charlotte is currently a game and a half from even  making the playoffs.
Cleveland was in desperate need of a roster spot with the loss of Kevin Love for six weeks and the willingness of Dan Gilbert to spend (and continue to pay the highest luxury tax in league history) was the only way to find space to replace Love and give the Cavaliers another body before the trade deadline and Love's return.

I give David Griffin lots of credit for finding a way to make these additions,but even though it's nice to see a team that I root for be willing to spend,I have some mixed feelings.
Cleveland won't be able to sustain this level of spending forever,so I understand why you spend while the window is open,but I still wish that it didn't have to be that way.....

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