July 31, 2014

According to AP report, the Cavaliers have traded Alonzo Gee

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On Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers decided not to draft Joel Embiid, the center prospect with the fractured foot. However, that doesn’t mean the Cavaliers weren’t still in the market for acquiring other centers with fractured feet.

According to the AP, the Cavaliers traded much maligned Alonzo Gee to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Dwight Powell (who was taken with the 45th pick in Thursday night’s draft) and center Brendan Haywood. Powell was a first-team All-Pac 12 power forward for Stanford last season who possessed excellent athleticism and will try to bring a face up game to the Cavaliers. Haywood missed all of last season with a stress fracture in his foot.

As for Alonzo Gee, this ends his roller coaster time with the Cavaliers. Initially brought on as an undrafted free agent in 2010, Gee won over the team and many fans with his hustle, effort, and defensive ability. Gee carved out a role for himself on the team, playing 24 minutes per game his first season with the Cavs. But as expectations for Gee grew in Cleveland, his performance began to decline into a bit of an inconsistent period of frustration. After averaging over 30 minutes a night the previous season, Gee saw his minutes dwindle to around 15 per game under Mike Brown this past season.

Gee finishes his 4-year period in Cleveland averaging 8.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.0 steals per game.

[Related: Cavs draft sharp-shooting Joe Harris with No. 33 pick]

Photo: Scott Sargent/WFNY

  • RGB

    Dwight Powell scouting report…

    http://www.nbadraftroom.com/2013/07/dwight-powell-nba-draft-scouting-report.html

    Dwight Powell NBA Draft Scouting Report

    NBA Draft Prospect Dwight Powell

    6-10 – Power Forward – Stanford

    Steady veteran forward who does everything well, nothing great.

    Pros
    A smooth forward with a refined offensive game. Does everything well but doesn’t stand out in one area. Plays the right way, gets teammates involved and makes very few mistakes.

    Has improved his shooting ability and now shows range to the college three. Excellent free throw shooter.

    Cons
    Not a true power player and will need to continue to become a stretch four to make it at the next level. Not much of a shot blocker.

    Projection: Second round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft

  • mgbode

    Big guy with a sweet hook shot and good form on his jumper (though not necessarily great results). Good passing and pick-setter. Another 2nd round pick praised or his ability on rotations and much more praised for his athleticism than Harris. Also, both our 2nd rounders will be 23yo before the season (so, both older than Kyrie).

    And, he beat Wiggins in the tourney. I’m sure that will get mentioned a time or two in the summer league.

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    Also, let’s not sleep on Haywood being included in this deal. He’s nothing special, and we don’t know that he is recovered from his foot injury. However, our team needed a defensive big man who could bang with the bigger, stronger centers in the league. If healthy, that is exactly what Haywood can do and only costs $2mil to do it.

  • Harv 21

    ” …his performance began to decline into a bit of an inconsistent period of frustration.”

    If you mean Alonzo’s frustration, don’t think so. He is the prototype journeyman who hustled and dirty-worked to finally get guaranteed money … and then stopped playing that way as soon as he got it. This is the face of the team’s no-shows in so many strings of games under Byron and Brown, the bad body language, the 18 minutes of 0-2 shots, no trips to the line, couple of fouls, and one more rebound than a dead man. Two years of nearly complete disengagement on the floor and in huddles. If they traded him without an announcement, wonder whether anyone would have even noticed.

  • RGB

    Rotate him in with Hawes…

  • mgbode

    Powell sounds more like a Hawes replacement (though if we could get Spencer for another year to let Powell develop, even better). Unless you meant Haywood, then yes.

  • RGB

    Yep. Rotate Haywood in with Hawes.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Still a lot of guards and I didn’t even know Haywood was still alive yet playing in the NBA. Playing being a generous word.

  • woofersus

    I think Powell is both a project and a little insurance in case Hawes isn’t retained. I think plan A is still to resign Hawes. He made the team better immediately last year, he’s 26 years old, and he fits what David Blatt likes to do extremely well. I would be shocked if they projected a 2nd rounder to replace him in year one. I also think he’ll end up playing as much or more PF as Center, but the versatility doesn’t hurt.

  • woofersus

    If we consider Karasev a SF the traffic jam looks a little less severe. Felix is the same height as Gee, but has a slightly shorter wingspan and a smaller frame, so he’s probably better suited to the SG position where he can come in as a defensive specialist and try to shut down the other team’s best ball handler. If by some chance CJ Miles returns on the cheap, Felix is probably odd man out and ends up in Canton to start the year, with Harris moving the 3rd string.

    That means our current 15 looks like this:
    PG: Irving/Jack/Delly
    SG: Waiters/Harris/Felix
    SF: Wiggins/Karasev/Hopson (I expect Hopson to get bumped by the addition of another SF)
    PF: Thompson/Bennett/Powell
    C: [Hawes]/Varejao/Zeller (I still really think they plan on trying to bring Hawes back)

  • woofersus

    Of course a dramatic trade could shake things up considerably, but unless we trade for Love it probably ends up being less dramatic moves. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Thompson moved.