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Cavaliers Acquire Baron Davis Ahead of NBA Trade Deadline

NBA Player Baron Davis
NBA player Baron Davis of the L.A. Clippers. Photographer: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images

Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Baron Davis from the Los Angeles Clippers, joining the New Jersey Nets and Atlanta Hawks in adding new point guards ahead of today’s National Basketball Association trade deadline.

The Cavaliers sent guard Mo Williams and forward Jamario Moon to the Clippers for Davis, who has averaged 16.5 points and 7.3 rebounds over his 12-year NBA career. Cleveland alvso gets a 2011 first-round draft pick.

“Baron is a very talented player at a position that’s difficult in this league,” Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant said in a statement. “We’ve also created another very good opportunity for ourselves as we continue to build this franchise moving forward.”

The Nets acquired point guard Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz yesterday, while the Hawks got Kirk Hinrich from Washington last night in a five-player trade that sent Mike Bibby to the Wizards.

The Charlotte Bobcats sent forward Gerald Wallace to the Portland Trail Blazers for center Joel Przybilla, forward Dante Cunningham and two first-round draft picks, Yahoo Sports said today, citing unidentified league sources.

The Houston Rockets traded forward Shane Battier to the Memphis Grizzlies for center Hasheem Thabeet and a first-round draft pick, Yahoo Sports said. The Grizzlies also thought they had acquired forward Josh McRoberts and a 2011 first-round pick from the Indiana Pacers for guard O.J. Mayo, a deal that Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley told had fallen apart at the last minute because “Indiana was not able to get it all together.”

The Boston Celtics dealt center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for forward Jeff Green and center Nenad Krstic, Yahoo said.

Anthony Trade

The biggest trade in advance of today’s 3 p.m. New York time deadline was completed two days ago, when the New York Knicks acquired All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets as the centerpiece of a three-team, 13-player swap.

Anthony made his Knicks debut last night, scoring 27 points in a 114-108 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in New York.

The Nets, after a failed pursuit of Anthony, got Deron Williams from the Jazz for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two first-round draft picks.

Deron Williams, 26, is averaging 21.3 points and 9.7 assists this season and may make his Nets debut tomorrow on the road against the San Antonio Spurs. He was introduced at a news conference today in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Cavaliers Rebuilding

The Cavaliers’ acquisition of Davis and a first-round pick continues their rebuilding after the departure of two-time Most Valuable Player LeBron James to the Miami Heat as a free agent. Davis, 31, was averaging 12.8 points and seven assists for the Clippers this season, and has two years and $29 million left on his contract.

The trade sends Davis from a team with rookie All-Star Blake Griffin to a squad that has the worst record in the NBA at 10-47. Davis threw a pass out of a car’s sunroof to help Griffin win the NBA’s All-Star slam dunk contest last weekend.

“This was a difficult decision and I will miss Baron, but it was the right move for the organization now and for the future,” Clippers Vice President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey said in a statement.

Mo Williams, 28, was an All-Star for Cleveland in 2009 and emerged as a top role player behind James. He’s averaging 13.3 points and 7.1 assists this season, limited to 36 games because of injuries.

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