August 1, 2014

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Cavs trade for center Haywood, power forward Powell

Haywood

Brendan Haywood

Powell

Dwight Powell

CLEVELAND — Another day, another trade for Cavaliers general manager David Griffin.

Cleveland acquired center Brendan Haywood and rookie power forward Dwight Powell from Charlotte in exchange for shooting guard Scotty Hopson and cash Saturday.

The Hornets initially agreed to acquire small forward Alonzo Gee on June 26, but the trade was modified to replace him with Hopson.

Cleveland instead sent Gee to New Orleans for a 2016 second-round pick Friday. That deal occurred than 24 hours after the Cavs completed a three-team trade with Brooklyn and Boston to clear the salary cap room necessary to sign four-time NBA MVP LeBron James as a free agent.

Haywood missed the entire 2013-2014 season with a stress fracture in his left foot, but is expected to back up Anderson Varejao
in the middle. Cleveland needed to replenish its frontcourt after losing center Spencer Hawes to the Clippers and trading center Tyler Zeller to the Celtics.

The overly physical 7-footer was the 20th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Cavs, but his rights were immediately traded to Orlando. Haywood has played in 794 career games, averaging 6.9 points and 6.1 rebounds with Washington, Dallas and Charlotte.

Powell was chosen by the Hornets with the No. 45 pick out of Stanford, where he averaged 14.0 points and 6.9 boards in 136 contests. The 6-foot-11, 240-pounder is the reigning Pac 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and played for Canada in the 2013 World University Games.

The Cavs signed Hopson as an undrafted free agent April 6, largely in order to trade him this summer. The Tennessee product scored one point in seven minutes, but was given a two-year contract by Griffin to use as a movable asset under the NBA’s complex transaction rules.

Contact Brian Dulik at brisports@hotmail.com.

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