INDEPENDENCE, Ohio The Cavaliers made a major trade, just not on deadline day. Instead, they did it when nobody was looking, long before Thursdays trading deadline came and went.
That would be the deal that delivered Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby and a first-round draft pick back in January. The price was Jon Leuer, and rumor is, hes still in the NBA.
But with the clock ticking Thursday, general manager Chris Grant and the Cavs did nothing. As boring as it sounds, thats life in the NBA.
GMs dont make trades for the sake of trades, and even if they wanted to, they need a little help. Namely, help from another team.
You never know how close you come, because it takes two to make a deal, Grant said from the Cavs practice facility. Sometimes, you feel like this is a deal you really want to do, and hopefully, the other team will call back and say yes.
For the Cavs, those calls never came.
You dont know whats happening on the other end of the line, Grant said. The...