Posted by disappointmentzone on 23 February 2007
First: Tails never fails. What to do what that third pick (trade down or draft Joe Thomas!)…
Second: This item from today’s ABJ:
[Trading for Mike Bibby] proved too difficult to get done on short notice, and the Cavs, Kings, Suns and most other teams ended up doing nothing before the NBA’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.
How long have the Cavs known that the biggest hole on the team was at point guard? At least since last year’s draft, if not much earlier (and I really hope the FO was aware of this problem earlier than last June). How long has it been known that the Kings were interested in trading Bibby? A few months, at least. Perhaps even as far back as this summer. How long have the Cavs know that the trading deadline was 3pm Feb 22? A very long time.
I’m not going to fault Ferry for not making the deal happen — from reports it sounds like the Kings were the holdup and Ferry offered everything but the kitchen sink and LBJ to land Bibby. But the “short notice” excuse for why the deal was too difficult to execute is ridiculous. Did everyone go into a coma in January and just wake up three days ago? Short notice, please. Next season, when the Cavs still don’t have a point guard, and the trading deadline passes and the team still doesn’t have a point guard, do you think it will be reported that “The trade for X proved to difficult to get done on such short notice”?