Chris Grant has seemingly involved himself in every major NBA trade discussion this off-season. He’s appeared to engage teams desperate to make monumental moves as a third-party facilitator in hopes to fleece somebody for an undervalued asset along the way. Wednesday was not one of those deals. In a straight-up exchange with the Grizzlies, Chris Grant pulled the trigger on a trade that sends DJ Kennedy to Memphis. I understand, most of you didn’t even realize the Cavaliers could trade DJ Kennedy. They did though. In return, Jeremy Pargo is now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cash considerations are also earmarked for Cleveland in the deal, along with a 2014 2nd Round Pick.
Mark Deeks from ShamSports called this move a salary dump on behalf of the Grizzlies, and he’s probably right. I’m not sure DJ Kennedy had anything to do with it. Pargo has a $1 million guaranteed deal for the 2012/13 season, and the Grizzlies are doing everything they can right now to not pay the luxury tax. Every little bit helps. Josh Selby also makes Pargo expendable for Memphis. After showing some promise this past season at times, the 2nd Round pick from Kansas was absolutely killing in Vegas last week. Maybe that’s why this move was made now from the Grizzlies perspective. From the Cavaliers side of things, in some ways they were simply paying $1 million for a second round pick. In others, they now match Donald Sloan up with Jeremy Pargo in a battle for the back-up PG spot. Let the best man win.
For what it’s worth, I did always like the way Jeremy Pargo approached his NBA career. Maybe he can catch some traction on that here in Cleveland. Instead of biding his time in the D-League after a four-year run at Gonzaga, he went over to Israel to play a couple seasons there. Work on his game, mature through the overseas experience, compete at a high level. When he felt he was ready for his one shot at the League, he made the jump at 26 years old. Last season was his rookie year down in Memphis, and he only put up 2.9 points and 1.3 assits in 9.7 minutes per game. This after averaging double figure points and over 5 assists for two seasons in Israel. Maybe Byron Scott’s Princeton attack is just the look he needed stateside. Or maybe the Cavaliers will end up with a stud second round pick in 2014. Regardless, best of luck to DJ Kennedy. Sorry we didn’t get to know you better my man.