Just when you thought Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin was done, it seems the front-runner for executive of the next five years is at it again—this time reportedly going out and getting 34-year old veteran, Keith Bogans, from the Boston Celtics.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN on Twitter Thursday night, “ESPN sources say that the Cavs are in process of trading for Boston’s Keith Bogans.” Stein continued, “Sources say Cavs are expected to package their three non-guaranteed deals (Erik Murphy, John Lucas and Malcolm Thomas) in trade for KBogans.”
A few minutes later, Jeff Goodman of ESPN provided additional aspects of the trade, which included rookie Dwight Powell and two future second-round picks. **Update on 9/26: The Cavaliers will also receive two future second-round picks in the deal.**
So, deal is Boston’s Keith Bogans to Cleveland for Dwight Powell, Erik Murphy, Malcolm Thomas, John Lucas III and a pair of 2nd-round picks.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) September 26, 2014
An 11-year veteran, the 6’5” shooting guard has been around the NBA. Throughout his career, Bogans has played for Orlando, Charlotte, Houston, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Chicago, New Jersey/Brooklyn and Boston. In that career, he has averaged 6.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists on 39.4 percent shooting in 21.6 minutes per night.
More than likely providing depth at the shooting guard position if he is on the roster, the acquisition of Bogans isn’t going to jump off the page as an “impact move” for many Cavaliers fans. After signing LeBron James and acquiring Kevin Love this offseason, let’s just say this move is probably about as exciting as the day the Cavaliers traded for Jiri Welsch in terms of memorable moments for the fans.
But this move isn’t about the basketball ability of Bogans—though it would be nice if he could contribute something on the nights he is active. No, this move is purely about Bogans’ non-guaranteed contract, one that will pay him $5.28 million this season and $5.51 million for the 2015-2016 season.
For a team like the Cavaliers who will not have cap space anytime in the near future thanks to James, Love and Kyrie Irving, compiling non-guaranteed contracts will give the team the flexibility to be major players in the trade market. Combine Bogans’ $5.51 million and Brendan Haywood’s $10.52 million non-guaranteed for next season, and that is over $16 million worth of assets the front office can use in the 2015 offseason to make a major splash to add to their already loaded roster.
With an owner like Dan Gilbert who is willing to pay the luxury tax in order for his team to compete for championships (yes, plural Cavs fans), the Cavaliers will be major players when it comes to other teams looking to shed salary. If the team is looking to upgrade their center depth or another position after the season, let’s just say their combination of being able to take on a big salary and provide future draft selections is something that can go unmatched across the league.
Though the trade is not official yet, Griffin and the Cavaliers front office is doing something past regimes never did when James was here—plan for the future. Griffin has taken the plan laid out for him by former general manager Chris Grant and executed it to perfection over the past couple of months, but now we are seeing his abilities as well when it comes to procuring future assets. And when those two non-guaranteed contracts turn into yet another impact player or multiple players, let’s just say we won’t be worry about guys like Mo Williams and Larry Hughes playing second fiddle to James for the duration of his stay in Cleveland.