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Gilbert's tweet now makes sense

By Marla Published: February 24, 2011


The Cavs' trade of Mo Williams and Jamario Moon to the LA Clippers for point guard Baron Davis and a projected top 10 draft pick gives more clarity to what Cavs owner Dan Gilbert has been tweeting for months.

As far back as Dec. 5, Gilbert wrote on Twitter: "We will do whatever it takes, however long it takes, and deploy all means necessary to succeed. "Nothing clarifies like clarity.''

Few people understood what Gilbert meant, especially in the wake of the team's Dec. 2 blowout at the hands of the Miami Heat.

Gilbert's words seemed especially strange in recent days, when the Cavs were doing little to improve. But now it makes more sense, especially because this trade has been in the works since last summer.

With this move, Gilbert also proved he's not backing off putting his money where his Twitter mouth is. Davis is owed about $29 million over the next two seasons, twice as much as Williams was to make.

I wonder how the acquisition of Davis will affect the June draft, especially when it comes to the selection of a point guard. If Duke freshman Kyrie Irving

declares for the draft and the ping pong balls fall the Cavs' way, I would still take Irving with the No. 1 pick if he's the premier talent he's touted to be.

I also wonder if the Cavs have decided that Ramon Sessions is not a starting player, despite his recent improvement. The picture is starting to become more clear, but full "clarity'' has yet to arrive.

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