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James Jones (basketball)

Cavs trade Rakeem Christmas to clear cap space, recoup draft pick

Now that the majority of the roster is intact, the Cavaliers are busy cleaning up the bottom half of the salary cap as much as possible. They're also trying to recoup much-needed draft picks for future moves, particularly the Brendan Haywood trade likely coming next week. The Cavs dealt Rakeem Christmas, selected 36th overall last month, to the Indiana Pacers on Thursday in exchange for the Los Angeles Lakers' 2019 second-round pick. On the surface, it doesn't make much sense to trade the sixth pick in the second round for a second-round pick four years from now, but the Cavs are leery of paying guys who likely won't contribute this season given the massive tax...