Cavs Acquire Sessions, Hollins; Trade West

By: Andrea Cole

During the summer, Andrea Cole will recap the latest Cavs news in the week that was. This week, Andrea recaps the Cavs first move made in the post-Lebron era in Cleveland.

After weeks of possible trade rumors floating around about the Cavaliers, the team has made a move. Cleveland has traded troubled guard Delonte West and reserve point guard Sebastian Telfair to the Minnesota Timberwolves for guard Ramon Sessions, center Ryan Hollins and a second-round pick in the 2013 draft.

Cavs Trade Guard Delonte West

In his third year with the Cavaliers, West averaged 6.7 points per game, but did not play well in the second round of the playoffs against Boston. His $4.5 million contract would have been fully guaranteed Aug. 5. He also is expected to be suspended for a number of games. He recently pleaded guilty to gun charges in Maryland and was sentenced to eight months of house arrest.

Authorities said West was carrying two loaded handguns, a loaded shotgun and an 8 1/2-inch Bowie knife while speeding on a motorcycle on the Capital Beltway last September. Police said West, who lives in Maryland, was pulled over after cutting off an officer.

West’s attorney said West was transporting the weapons from one home to another that he owns in the county, after his mother ordered him to remove them from one property. During last season, West also was late for several team meetings and practices last season, and he missed several team flights due to emotional problems.

Telfair, who was selected in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft by Portland Trail Blazers, was acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Clippers in February.

Cavs New Guard Ramon Sessions

West and Telfair are both expected to be cut for salary cap purposes by Minnesota.

Sessions averaged 8.2 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game with the Timberwolves during the 2009-10 season, his third in the league. The Timberwolves signed him to a four-year, $16 million offer sheet last summer.

The 24-year-old point guard has started 47 games in his pro career, averaging 14.7 points, 8.4 assists and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 45 percent in 35 minutes per start. Hollins averaged 6.1 points per game last year with Minnesota, but primarily will serve as a backup for the Cavaliers.

Sessions’ agent Chubby Wells told Chris Tomasson of NBA Fanhouse, “I talked to Ramon and he’s ecstatic. He’s really, really excited about going to what he thinks is a good situation.”

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