Before we get into this yearʼs trade deadline debate letʼs take a trip back to January 22nd, roughly a month before Chris Grant usually does his damage.
When you can pull off a heist like this why wait?
So how exactly did this happen? Of course we all know Memphis was desperately trying to shed salary. But still, how could the Cavs turn Jon Leuer into Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, and a favorably protected future first round pick?
What was Chris Grantʼs starting point in negotiations if this is what Memphis ended up looking at as a good deal?
Itʼs my guess that the reason for this is because there were no negotiations at all. Chris Grant—and the relative patience of Cavs fans everywhere—had the team in a position as one of only three teams in the NBA with the ability to take on the salary needed to complete the deal.
Another team with enough cap space was Houston who needs all the space they can muster to try to sign a big name this offseason before their own cap nightmare begins in 2014 when the “toxic” years of Jeremy Linʼs and Omer Asikʼs contracts kick in.
The third team was the Phoenix Suns. The Suns seem to be waffling in how theyʼre trying to move on from the Steve Nash years. Are they gutting it or trying to sign high price talent?
It seems plausible that Phoenix, at that stage in the game with the deadline still a month away, just simply wouldnʼt commit to taking on the extra salary. It seems even more plausible looking back on it that Grant basically said, “Yeah Iʼll take a 25-year-old big man and a 25-year-old shooting guard whose shooting 40% from 3 point range.
Iʼll give you a D-League prospect named Jon Leuer; google him heʼs from Wisconsin. Yeah he had a buzzcut. Well, yeah they all had buzzcuts. Also throw in a first round draft pick, and letʼs try to make sure itʼs a lottery pick.”
Would he have had this deal if there were ANY other suitors?
So fast forward back to present day.no comments