“The deal, as described to me by a player agent, would send Miller, [Brian] Cardinal and [Kyle] Lowry to the Cavaliers for Ira Newble, Donyell Marshall, Shannon Brown, Cedric Simmons and Dwayne Jones along with cash and at least one first-round pick from Cleveland.”
You read that right. Not only would we add a solid scoring option, but a point guard as well! Mike Lowry is no Jason Kidd, but he has been one of the more underutilized guards in the league – and given the recent addition of Mike Conley to the Grizzlies, there is little to no use for him in Memphis.
It’s almost to the point where I’m more excited about the throw-in than the actual main player, Mike Miller, but can you blame me? He’s [Lowry] 21, can dish the rock and play defense. He’s not a good shooter, but that’s where Miller (and Boobie Gibson) comes in.
Couple all of this with not having to get rid of Gibson, and you have me sold. This is the type of deal that would get shot down in fantasy leagues, but since we have to take the salaries into consideration (Cardinal makes $6 million this year and next), it works out well … at least for Cleveland.
In essence, we’re sending five bench players for upgrades at the shooting guard as well as a solid point guard. Plus, Cardinal’s an all-around nice guy, so it’s almost a win-win. The key part is in the expiration, as Miller’s deal (as well as Cardinal’s) expires in 2010, still allowing us to have room to do what needs to be done to keep LeBron in Cleveland.