Baron Davis trade for Mo Williams finalized by Clippers, Cavaliers
Baron Davis is no longer a Clipper. Mo Williams is one of the newest members of the team.
Hours before the NBA's trading deadline, the Clippers finalized a deal that sent veteran point guard Davis to Cleveland in exchange for Williams and forward Jamario Moon. The Cavaliers also receive the Clippers' 2011 first-round draft pick.
In Williams, the Clippers get a guard who averages 13.3 points and 7.1 assists.
“[His] skill set not only complements our frontcourt players but is an excellent running mate with Eric Gordon on both ends of the floor,” Clippers vice president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said in a statement.
Davis, who is averaging 12.8 points and seven assists, was held out of the Clippers' 98-87 loss to New Orleans on Wednesday night, with the team citing his swollen left knee as the reason. At the time Davis said he had no knowledge of a pending deal.
“We're excited about Baron, a very talented player at a position that's a difficult position in this league,” Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant said at a news conference Wednesday.
Williams is making $9.3 million this season and has two years remaining on his contract. Davis is at $13 million this season and also has two years left on his contract, earning nearly $14 million next season and $14.8 million in the final year.
-- Chuck Schilken
Reuters contributed to this report.