Cavaliers get Mo Williams

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Cleveland Cavaliers are getting some help for LeBron James.

High-scoring Milwaukee point guard Mo Williams is headed to Cleveland to join James as part of a three-team trade that also involves Oklahoma City.

The six-player deal completed Wednesday reshapes the rebuilding Bucks while giving Cleveland an additional scoring threat and sends forward Desmond Mason to Oklahoma.

“Acquiring Mo strengthens our nucleus of players for both the short and long term. He is entering his prime NBA years and will be part of the foundation of our future success,” Cavaliers General Manager Danny Ferry said in a statement.


“His ability to push the tempo, get inside the lane, shoot from the perimeter and distribute the ball will be very valuable for us.”

The trade was previously reported by and media outlets in all three markets.

The Cavaliers have long sought a scorer to take pressure off James, who led the NBA last season with a 30.0 scoring average.

In exchange for Williams, who averaged 17.2 points per game last season in the first year of a six-year, $51.5 million contract, the Bucks will receive Damon Jones from Cleveland along with guard Luke Ridnour and forward Adrian Griffin from Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City will get forward Joe Smith from Cleveland and Mason from Milwaukee.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy will have arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a tear in the meniscus of his left knee. An MRI exam, taken Tuesday revealed the tear, the team said. Surgery is scheduled for today.. . . . The Atlanta Hawks signed free-agent guard Ronald “Flip” Murray.


Del Potro advances at Legg Mason

Second-seeded Juan Martin del Potro won his 16th consecutive match, beating Dudi Sela, 6-0, 5-7, 6-2, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Legg Mason Classic at Washington.

Fourth-seeded Tommy Haas also advanced, defeating Nicholas Mahut, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Del Potro, ranked No. 19 in the world, has not lost since Stanislas Wawrinka beat him in the second round of Wimbledon on June 25.


Nathalie Dechy rolled through a third-set tiebreaker to pull out a 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (1) upset of fourth-seeded Katarina Srebotnik, earning a berth in the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Open.

Third-seeded Maria Kirilenko avoided an upset and reached the quarterfinals with a 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory over qualifier Stephanie Dubois, 1-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Second-seeded Nadia Petrova, the highest seeded player remaining after No. 1 Marion Bartoli had to retire from her first-round match Tuesday night because of abdominal pain, also advanced by beating Julie Ditty, 6-1, 6-1.

Severine Bremond, a 2006 Wimbledon quarterfinalist, and former U.S. Fed Cup players Jamea Jackson and Ahsha Rolle were among seven women awarded wild card entries into the U.S. Open by the USTA. The others are Gail Brodsky, Asia Muhammad, Melanie Oudin and CoCo Vandeweghe.


UCLA to play in Wooden Classic

UCLA will play DePaul in the 15th annual John Wooden Classic on Dec. 13 at the Honda Center. It will be the Bruins’ 12th appearance and sixth in a row. San Diego State will play St. Mary’s in the other half of the doubleheader.

West Virginia and three other schools that made deep runs in the NCAA tournament will meet in the Jimmy V Classic doubleheader on Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Mountaineers will play Davidson in the first game, and Texas will play Villanova.


The NCAA announced that the five tournament hosts for the Division I women’s Final Four from 2012 through 2016 will be selected from among Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Denver; Nashville; New Orleans; San Antonio; and Tampa, Fla.


Darlington regains Southern 500

The Southern 500 is back at Darlington Raceway in Columbia, S.C.

Track President Chris Browning said the historic name will return to Darlington for next May’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race, restoring at least part of more than a half-century of tradition to the old track.


Loyola to name Gill as coach

Loyola Marymount said that it will announce the hiring of Jason Gill as head coach today.

Gill was an assistant under George Horton at Cal State Fullerton the last four years, serving as infield coach, recruiting coordinator and hitting instructor.