The Philadelphia 76ers traded point guard Eric Snow yesterday to the Cleveland Cavaliers for guards Kevin Ollie and Kedrick Brown.
Reeling from the loss of power forward Carlos Boozer, who signed as a free agent with the Utah Jazz this month, the Cavaliers now have a logjam at point guard.
Last year's NBA rookie of the year, LeBron James is the starter at shooting guard, but Snow will compete with veteran Jeff McInnis and former first-round pick Dajuan Wagner at point guard.
In his nine NBA seasons, Snow, 31, has earned a reputation as a skilled passer, finishing last season among the top 10 in total assists (563) and assists per game (6.9).
Captain of the 76ers the past five seasons, Snow has been called a calming influence in an often-stormy locker room. Last season, the team fired coach Randy Ayers; a feud developed between Allen Iverson and interim coach Chris Ford; and at 33-49, the team failed to qualify for the postseason for the first time in five years.
"This was a great opportunity to add veteran leadership to our team," Cavaliers General Manager Jim Paxson said. "He is a natural playmaker and [Coach Paul Silas] and I both agree his playoff experience will prove invaluable in the coming seasons."
-- Greg Sandoval