INDEPENDENCE —The Cavaliers acquired an explosive young point guard they’ve liked for some time Monday night and said goodbye to a versatile and talented player who could be explosive in a much different way.
Cleveland traded combo guard Delonte West, who faces an NBA suspension after recently pleading guilty to two gun charges, and seldom-used point guard Sebastian Telfair to Minnesota for point guard Ramon Sessions, center Ryan Hollins and the Timberwolves’ second-round draft pick in 2013.
“In Ramon, we’re excited to add a young, multidimensional guard, and with Ryan, we’re adding a young, athletic center,” Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant said in a statement. “At the same time, we’d like to thank Sebastian and Delonte and wish them well in the future.”
After a breakout season for Milwaukee in 2008-09, Sessions, 24, signed a four-year, $16 million deal with Minnesota. He slumped a bit last season, averaging 8.2 points and 3.1 assists.
Sessions was on the trading block after Minnesota acquired point guard Luke Ridnour last week. Minnesota also has second- year man Johnny Flynn and still owns the draft rights to Ricky Rubio.
The 6-foot-3 Sessions, a friend and former Milwaukee teammate of Cleveland point guard Mo Williams, averaged 12.4 points and 5.7 assists for the Bucks in 2008-09. In his 39 starts, those numbers were 15.1 and 7.6. A lightning-quick player who likes to attack, Sessions had a Bucks franchise-record 24 assists while scoring 20 points against Chicago on April 14, 2008. He became the first Milwaukee player to have 20 points and 20 assists in the same game. Sessions also had a careerhigh 44 points against Detroit on Feb. 7, 2009.
For his three-year career, he is averaging 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 24.4 minutes.
The talented and physically tough West started at shooting guard for the Cavaliers when they won a franchise-record 66 games in 2008-09, but went through an event-filled 2009-10 season.
Prior to training camp, the 6-3 West was arrested in Maryland for carrying multiple weapons while riding a threewheeled motorcycle. He was recently sentenced to eight months house arrest.
West, who has bipolar disorder, showed up for Cleveland’s media day in late September and openly talked with the media, but left the club before its first practice. West left again late in training camp and did not grant an interview the rest of the season.
The 27-year-old is slated to earn $4.66 million in 2010-11, but only $500,000 is guaranteed if he’s waived by Aug. 5, which may be what the moneyconscious Timberwolves plan to do.
Hollins, 25, is an athletic but slender 7-footer who averaged a career-high 6.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in 73 games (27 starts) last season. The fouryear veteran had a career-high 19 points on two occasions and averaged 9.2 points and 3.7 rebounds when he was in the starting lineup.
Telfair, acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in the Feb. 17 trade that brought Antawn Jamison to Cleveland and briefly sent Zydrunas Ilgauskas to Washington, averaged 9.8 points in just four appearances for the Cavaliers. He has averaged 7.9 points and 3.9 assists over his six-year career.
West averaged 8.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 25 minutes last season. He appeared in 60 games, starting three.
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