Skip to content

Cleveland's GM has big plans for that big trade exception

Sep 5, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for CAVALIERS_LOGO.pngWe like to talk about how Cleveland got nothing for LeBron James (and how Denver doesn’t want to go down that road).

But that’s not exactly true. Thanks to a might-as-well-at-this-point sign-and-trade, the Cavaliers are sitting on a $14.5 million trade exception. That means the team can trade for a pretty high-priced player and send very little back in return.

So what is Cleveland going to do with that? The News Herald asked Cleveland General Manager Chris Grant that very question.

“It creates more opportunity,” Grant said. “It’s like having $14.5 million in cap space, except you can’t actually go sign a player with it. You can only sign a player into it. It helps you facilitate trades. If a team is in the luxury tax and they want to get out of it, they might give you an asset to do a deal. Maybe you can’t quite make a deal work because the numbers don’t work, you can use that to put players into a trade. It’s a pretty powerful tool. We’ll be aggressive with it as we go into the season.

“We want to be flexible, strategic and not be emotional,” he said.

Good thing Grant has a powerful tool, because he’s got a lot of work ahead of him.

  1. JMClarkent - Sep 5, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    I don’t understand why Cleveland hasn’t blown this thing up. Do they believe that they can win with a core of Jamison, Mo Williams and Varejao? They need to (try to..)unload some of these odd parts.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

What players stood out at World Cup?
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. D. Rose (3407)
  2. L. James (2688)
  3. D. Ferry (2628)
  4. K. Irving (2511)
  5. J. Valanciunas (2431)
  1. K. Bryant (2362)
  2. P. George (2142)
  3. R. Rondo (1857)
  4. N. Batum (1852)
  5. R. Gay (1844)