Despite what anyone says in regards to the recent 11-player deal that brought Ben Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak and Deltone West to the Cleveland Cavaliers to play alongside LeBron James, the clear point of this trade was getting rid of Larry Hughes. Sure, they needed to include Drew Gooden in the deal, but trading Hughes was key.
Many people were shocked when Hughes landed such a big contract from the Cavs and it’s been a nightmare ever since. Despite all of the recent trades in the past three weeks, Cleveland getting rid of Hughes has to be the best move by an Eastern Conference team.
The trade is an interesting one for Chicago because the common sentiment is that trading Ben Wallace will allow Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah to get more minutes; but where does that leave Drew Gooden? Larry Hughes is now supposedly the replacement for Ben Gordon, since he will almost certainly leave after this season. For a team that was in trade talks for Kevin Garnett, Shawn Marion, Kobe Bryant and Amare Stoudemire, this is a head-scratcher.