Cavs land Hughes

Looks like all the doom and gloom I was spouting yesterday following Michael Redd’s decision to re-sign with the Bucks was a little premature because the Cavaliers have pulled off what some would consider a minor upset by signing Washington guard Larry Hughes to a contract. ESPN’s Chad Ford reports the deal will be worth $65-$70 million over five years.

This is awesome news. As noted earlier, Hughes is not nearly as lethal from three-point land as Redd and Ray Allen are but he’s a much more complete player, topping Redd and Allen in rebounds (6.3) and assists (4.7) per game, he’s one of the best defensive guards in the league, leading the NBA in steals last year with 2.89 per contest, and he still managed to score 22 points a night. So while he doesn’t fill the need for a long-range bomber, Hughes may still prove to be a better fit for the Cavaliers than either Redd or Allen would’ve been. True, there are some durability issues here and some wonder if Hughes is as good as last year’s numbers suggest, but he’s 26 and while he’s never been the most consistent guy out there, this is the kind of explosive young player you want on your roster. Plus, he’s a fantastic ballhandler, which means he’ll likely log some substantial minutes as the back-up point guard.

Up next, apparently, is inking Z and also trying to land Lithuanian point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius, widely regarded as the best international player not playing in the NBA. Stay tuned.

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