Cavs get Baron Davis, high pick from Clippers

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Davis comes with a reputation for being difficult. He showed up for training camp this season out of shape. He can’t be happy about being uprooted from his hometown to join the NBA’s worst team. Just last weekend in L.A., he was tossing a pass through the sunroof of a car to Clippers teammate Blake Griffin in the All-Star slam dunk contest.

Now, Davis is headed to Cleveland _ not exactly known for its beaches or nightlife.

Scott trusts Davis will embrace his new situation.

“I hope he looks at this as an opportunity again to put all the doubters and change everybody’s mind over the type of guy he is and type of player he is,” Scott said. “This is a fresh start for him.”

The Cavaliers expect Davis to arrive Friday and take his physical.

Scott said he had no reservations about adding Davis to the roster. The first-year coach and Cavs general manager Chris Grant had several conversations in the past few days about bringing on Davis and came to the consensus that it would help the team.

“The second chance of getting to coach him now that we know each other and we’ve put all that other stuff under the bridge, I’m excited about it,” Scott said.

Grant was aggressive trying to improve the Cavs, who haven’t had much to celebrate since James bolted last summer as a free agent for Miami. They’ve been ravaged by injuries and recently set a record by losing 26 straight games, tying the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the longest skid in pro sports history.

Now armed with two high draft picks _ odds are both will be in the Top 10 _ and a $14 million trade exception, the Cavs and their fans have some hope.

Scott credits Gilbert for putting a premium on winning.

“I’ve never been around an owner that’s sole existence right now on earth is to win,” Scott said. “He doesn’t care what it costs him. It’s unbelievable to be around a guy who has that type of conviction.”

Grant spoke with multiple teams about a variety of deals but made only one other move, sending a second-round pick in 2013 to Boston for rookie forward Luke Harangody and first-year center Semih Erden.

The Clippers are taking on Williams‘ $9.3 million contract this season. Moon’s $3 million contract expires after this season, and the Cavs were probably going to buy him out.

Williams is getting another fresh start. Acquired by the Cavs before the 2008 season from Milwaukee, Williams was deeply troubled by James‘ decision to leave. He’s battled injuries all season, but the Clippers are confident he can make them better.

Mo has experience where he can control the game for us and get guys in the right spots,” said coach Vinny Del Negro. “He’s been in big games, he’s a very good free throw shooter and he makes big shots. And that’s what we needed. He was the right fit for us.”

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