Friday, July 08, 2005

Former Warriors Hughes Teams up with LeBron

Last year, Larry Hughes flourished in Washington and showed why Philly drafted him #8 in the '98 draft. Today, his agent said that he will sign a 5 year deal worth $65-$70 mil.

This is a big blow to the Wiz as they lose the dynamic 2-guard who led the league in steals with 2.89 per game, while averaging 22ppg, 6.3rpg, and 4.7apg. Cleveland does not get the great shooter they wanted (43%FG, 28%3PT) but they get a guy who can do it all and score in bunches. LeBron will increase his assists and benefit from the extra defensive attention Hughes will demand. Hughes has picked a great situation to be in as LeBron will help his game tremendously. If Hughes can average 22ppg with Jamison and Arenas, he can average at least that playing alongside LeBron.

It was a pleasure to see Hughes really blossom this year (especially for those who grabbed him in fantasy bball). It's just too bad he wasn't able to do this while with the Warriors. He joins the long line of former Warriors to go on to perform well on other teams.


At 6:07 PM, Blogger dj fuzzylogic said...

its difficult to gauge Hughes' career with the Warriors: he was young; extremely inconsistent; a poor defender at the time; and selfish,too. if you recall Warriors history, Richardson was drafted and replaced him at the 2guard. but before letting him go, hughes at point was somewhat of a failure. true, the hughes experiment was perhaps aborted (perhaps to quickly); but, Arenas replaced him, showing everyone that he was more than capable. Ironically they made a pretty damn good backcourt together later in Washington, but thats another story. I have to say I wasn't that sad to see him leave considering how he playe with the Warriors. i'm happy though he has finally (maybe) developed into a player that deserves the money he's going to get in Cleveland.

At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Washington Warriors Fan said...

Nooooooooooooooooooooo! I miss the Washington Warriors trio of Arenas- Hughes- Jamison already.

I think this is a mismatch for the Cavs. Dumb move.

At 10:27 PM, Blogger YaoButtaMing said...

I like it ... I want to see Lebron tear it up with a decent side kick, and since they didn't get ray or the buck ... then Hughes will have to do.


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