Thursday, February 24, 2011

Do You Believe in Miracles?

Baron Davis... and his beard... are coming to Cleveland
Hans Gruber, the evil mastermind in Die Hard, famously said:  
"You asked for miracles Theo, I give you the F.B.I."

In the NBA, if you need a miracle, I give you the L.A. Clippers.

The Cavs have shipped Mo Williams and Jamario Moon to the Clip-machine for Baron "Greatest Beard in the World" Davis and most importantly, their 2011 #1 draft pick. Right now, that pick would be in the top ten, but without their second best player, it may end up being a lottery pick. Yes, for the first time in a while the glass is half full - the Cavaliers could have two lottery picks or, God willing - the #1 and #2 picks in the next draft. More than that, they didn't have to give up their trade exception and Davis' contract expires next year. And let's not forget about Antawn Jamison's expiring contract as well. Suddenly, the Cavs have a ton of flexibility and chance to stock pile good young talent. That's now on Cavs GM Chris Grant.

Terry Pluto has a good in-depth look at the trade, including pointing out that the Cavs essentially bought a top draft pick for $12 million. God bless Dan Gilbert and his willingness to spend money, in contrast to Donald Sterling, the much criticized owner of the Clippers. It's obvious, the only way the Cavs were going to get better was through the draft. This is how the Oklahoma City Thunder turned their franchise around so quickly. Hopefully, the Cavs can follow suit.

Despite getting a miracle, Hans Gruber ultimately got a bullet in the stomach and fell to his death from high above Nakatomi Plaza. Let's pray that Chris Grant and the Cavalier organization do a little better.