With Anderson Varejao out for the season, it’s safe to say the Cleveland Cavaliers will need all of the help they can get for the remainder of the 2012-13 season when it comes to having a big man. After a recent trade with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Cavaliers hope they have a temporary answer for another big man after acquiring Marreese Speights.
Along with Speights, the Grizzlies sent Wayne Ellington and John Selby to the Cavaliers in exchange for Jon Leuer and a future first-round pick. Speights may not have the most impressive statistics for a big man (6.6 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game in 14.5 minutes), but he could receive extra playing time with the lack of talent in Cleveland.
Obviously, this type of trade most likely won’t have as much of an impact for either team, but was more done so Memphis could clear up some of their payroll. With only 10 wins on the season, it’s highly unlikely this move will have a major impact on Cleveland’s season turning around–but the potential is certainly there.
For a player like Speights, this is the perfect opportunity for the big man to make a name for himself on a squad with very few stars and things work out for the remainder of the regular season–the Cavaliers may even consider keeping him around beyond the rest of this regular season.
Of course, there’s no reason to make any assumptions just yet considering nothing has happened as of yet–so let’s just wait and see what happens over the next couple of weeks.
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