The Los Angeles Clippers and the Cleveland Cavaliers have finalized a trade that sends guard Baron Davis to Cleveland for guard Mo Williams.
The deal includes forward Jamario Moon going to L.A. The Cavs also get the Clippers’ 2011 first-round Draft pick. Cleveland now has two first-round and two second-round picks this year. They also have a $14 million trade exception that could be used before the deadline.
Davis did not dress for Wednesday’s game against New Orleans with what the team said was a sore knee. Williams returned for Cleveland just before the All-Star break after missing 13 games with a hip injury.
The Cavaliers would be able to absorb Davis’ $13 million salary by virtue of the large trade exception they received from Miami in the LeBron James sign-and-trade deal. Williams has a $9.3 million deal, but has player options this season and next season. However, NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper reports that as part of the deal, Williams waived the early termination option on his deal for next season, meaning he won’t be able to opt out until after the 2012-13 season. Moon’s $3 million deal expires after the season.
Though slumping from the floor of late, Davis has played much better for the Clippers after starting the season at odds with coach Vinny Del Negro when he came to camp out of shape. Williams reached out to Cavs fans via his Twitter account before the trade was finalized.
“I wanna say thank you to all Cavs fans,” he wrote on mogotti2. “It’s been great. We’ve had some really good yrs and memories. I will never forget u guys.”