NBA Rumors: Daniel Gibson On The Trading Block?

Mar 5, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Daniel Gibson (1) makes a layup past Utah Jazz forward/center Derrick Favors (15) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

The writers on this site have tossed around the idea of trading Daniel Gibson for a while now. However, it seems as though the Cavaliers may actually do something about it. With just over $2 million guaranteed on this, the last season of his contract, Gibson could be a valuable asset to a contending team.

You could also see why the Cavs would be inclined to trade him. He makes a bit too much money if they keep him for the entire season and doesn't seem to be a part of the team's longterm future. With young players such as Donald Sloan and Jeremy Pargo vying for backup guard roles, Boobie's departure could open up some opportunities.

In theory, trading Boobie makes sense. He's still an elite three-point shooter, can handle the ball relatively well, and is a competent defender. Whether or not the Cavs will actually move Boobie depends on who you ask. According to rumors from HoopsWorld.com, the Cavs have at least discussed the possibility with a couple of teams. According to the Cavs, they aren't moving him.

The Cavs deny that they are "shopping" Daniel Gibson, but more than a few team sources say their club has had some level of contact regarding Gibson throughout the summer. With draft pick Dion Waiters expected to join super sophomore Kyrie Irving in the Cavs backcourt there may not be much of a role for Gibson and several teams have tried to engage Cleveland on a deal. As things settle in and the rookies in Cleveland find their way Gibson and his ending contract are likely on the move.

Believe what you want, but I think it's somewhere in the middle. It's not that the Cavs are actively trying to dump Gibson. After all, he loves being in Cleveland and could be a solid veteran presence in a very young locker room. With Dion Waiters taking a majority of the minutes at shooting guard and a couple of young guys competing to backup Kyrie Irving, Gibson does still have a role on the team. He's probably the best shooter and can kind of play either guard position. Then again, if they can get a draft pick or a young player that could potentially be a part of their rebuilding efforts -- they'd do it.

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