In the lopsided trade, which the Grizzlies made mainly for financial reasons, the Cavaliers gave up little-used forward/center Jon Leuer and received forward Marreese Speights, guard Wayne Ellington, guard Josh Selby and a protected first-round draft pick.
Ellington and Speights have become major contributors for the Cavaliers, and the team has improved tremendously since their arrival.
Also, the Cavaliers are trying to build through the draft, and management is counting on the future first-round pick to bring in another key player in the next few years. The Cavaliers could also choose to package the pick with another draft pick or a player in order to move up in the draft, or to bring in another player to help Kyrie Irving and the team’s young nucleus.
Selby, meanwhile, was sent to Cleveland’s NBA D-League franchise, the Canton Charge.
As someone who watched a lot of the 2012 NBA Summer League games, I was excited about Selby when he was included in the trade. Selby looked great in the summer league, and he had a solid college career at the University of Kansas.
My expectations were apparently way off base, though, as the Cavaliers did not see Selby in their future plans; the Charge did not either, as they have now traded him to the Maine Red Claws.
In return for Selby, the Charge received a second-round draft pick in the 2013 NBA D-League Draft.
So now in the Grizzlies trade, the Cavaliers have picked up two solid players, one first round NBA draft pick and one second-round D-League pick. In case you don’t follow the D-League draft closely, it has eight rounds and some pretty good players. Many of the players will eventually make the NBA.
Plenty of NBA players, such as Jeremy Lin and former Cavalier Ramon Sessions, have both played in the D-League and become major contributors in the NBA.
The point is, you can’t tell what is going to happen with the second-round pick the Cavaliers picked up for the 2013 D-League Draft. The pick provides more potential and hope for the future, and right now the Cavaliers are loading up on as much future potential as possible.
I still like Selby and I hope he does get a shot to play in the NBA eventually, but I also like this trade and will watch to see which player the Charge picks up from it in the summer.