Lawrence: Cavs' target Hill made mistake signing with Kings

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GeorgeHill, rumored to be on the radar of the Cleveland Cavaliers as the trade deadline approaches, made a mistake last summer, according to a report.

MitchLawrence, writing for the Sporting News, said Hill went for the money at expense to being part of a winning situation.

"Hill went to Sacramento last summer as a free agent for all the wrong reasons," Lawrence said. "He got his money — $19 million this season and $20 million more in guaranteed salary over the next two seasons — but he hooked up with a team that had no chance of getting a playoff berth when he had a chance to go to a potential playoff team in Minnesota."

Lawrence, writing as if Hill will indeed land in Cleveland before the Feb. 8 trade deadline, sees the veteran guard as an upgrade for the Cavaliers (27-19).

"Hill will help the Cavs’ defense and give them another shooter. Despite what’s transpired in Sacramento, he’s also viewed as a pro’s pro when it comes to leadership and setting a great example in the locker room," he said. "Once they get Hill, the Cavs will try to make another move or two because that’s how owner DanGilbert rolls, as he attempts to keep LeBronJames past this season by giving him a team that can win the East for the fourth consecutive season."

Lawrence said Cleveland has more problems, specifically, on the defensive end of the floor.

"This is a poor defensive team in all areas, but especially when it comes to rim protection," he said. "But it’s no lock that in the end the Clippers end up trading DeAndreJordan to Cleveland, LA sources say. Clippers owner SteveBallmer has not given the order to blow up the team to completely rebuild."