The Cavaliers have acquired Marreese Speights, Josh Selby and Wayne Ellington from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for little-used forward Jon Leuer in a move designed to get the Grizzlies under the luxury tax and give the Cavaliers another appealing draft pick.
The Grizzlies will save about $6 million in salary, while the Cavaliers will receive a future first-round pick that is expected to be a lottery pick for taking on the added salary.
Assuming the Grizzlies make the playoffs this season, the Cavs can't get their pick until 2015. The pick has top five protection every year through 2018, plus it is protected 15-30 in both 2015 and 2016. The pick has only top five protection in 2017 and 2018, meaning if the Grizzlies are still a playoff team in four more years, the Cavs will pick in the lower half of the first round. By 2019, if the pick still has not been conveyed, the pick is unprotected.
To make room, the Cavs waived Jeremy Pargo, whom they acquired from the Grizzlies last summer in another cost-cutting move. The Grizzlies traded Pargo to the Cavs for a second-round pick to avoid having to pay him his guaranteed $1 million.
Speights is a 6-foot-10 forward averaging 6.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in his fifth season. Ellington is in his fourth season and averaging 5.5 points in 40 games off the bench. Selby, 21, is a little-used guard who is in his second season after the Grizzlies selected him in the second round in 2011.
Cavs nearing deal with Grizzlies that will net them future first-round pick
Akron Beacon Journal | Jan 22