I’d have to imagine that just about anything and everybody is in play right about now as far as organizational moves are concerned across the NBA. Chris Paul’s name is coming up in trade talks, Rudy Gay, Rajon Rondo, Monta Ellis, and even Brian Scalabrine. Okay maybe not Brian Scalabrine’s.
According to a report yesterday though, Baron Davis’ name has also surfaced as well in recent weeks. This from ESPN.com:
“Sources told ESPN.com that the Cavs have tried to engage teams in Davis trade talks in recent weeks, while coach Byron Scott privately clings to the hope that the Cavs keep Davis to move him to 2-guard and put him in the same backcourt as Irving.”
Baron Davis is owed $13.9 million this season and at least $12.25 of his $14.8 million salary in the season after that too. There’s been talk of the Amnesty Clause being used on him, but I don’t expect that to happen. Depending on what was offered in return, I’m sure the Cavaliers would be willing to trade him.
If I’m being honest with you though, the last line of that report is the one I like the best. I’ve been saying since the day the Cavaliers drafted Kyrie Irving that I’d like to see both he and Davis starting alongside each other in the backcourt, and if this report is to be believed so does Byron Scott.
The way I look at it is the Cavaliers can create an advantage that way where maybe their roster doesn’t naturally provide one. It’s like the Wildcat in football sort of. You probably can’t really win long-term that way, but for a season or two, loading your back-court with two explosive PG’s at the same time and seeing how teams try to adjust to that could put you in some scoring opportunities you might not otherwise be in.
Additionally, it seems to be a pretty good way to help Kyrie Irving make that NBA transition with a guy like BD right beside him out there as well. That is unless the Cavaliers do end up finding a trade partner for him. I doubt they will though.