The names involved were far from flashy, but in this deal Cleveland Cavaliers' general manager Chris Grant proved he "gets it" when it comes building up the team.
The Cleveland Cavaliers announced on Wednesday, July 25 they have acquired point guard Jeremy Pargo, the Memphis Grizzlies' 2014 second round draft pick, and cash considerations from Memphis in exchange for guard/forward D.J. Kennedy.
Again, at a quick glance this is nothing to cause fans to dance in the streets but when you take into account Kennedy appeared in just two games for the Cavaliers last season where he averaged 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 29.5 minutes per game, you begin to scratch your head.
The Cavaliers received a backup point guard, cash, and a second round draft pick in a couple of years for a guy who was signed late in the year and played just two games. I am beginning to wonder if Grant is a genius or Memphis knows something about Kennedy that no one else does.
"Our approach remains consistent as we try to bring in young talent, create future opportunity with draft picks as potential assets and maintain flexibility," said Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant in an announcement from the Cleveland Clinic Courts. "Jeremy adds depth to our backcourt. He is a young, aggressive, athletic guard who we feel fits well with our style of play, both defensively and offensively. We look forward to welcoming him to Cleveland."
Pargo appeared in 44 games with Memphis last season averaging 2.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 9.7 minutes per game last season. He signed with Memphis as an undrafted free agent after spending a couple of seasons in the Israel Premier League. If he makes the squad coming out of camp he will likely compete for minutes off the bench with Donald Sloan backing up Kyrie Irving.
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