Larry Hughes is gone!

Oh happy day!

The Cavs sent Larry Hughes away!

And they didn’t have to pay!

(OK, I’ll stop rhyming now.)

Seriously though, I love this trade, if only because it rids the Cavaliers of the scourge that is Larry Hughes. Apparently the Bulls never visited (and yes, that’s an actual domain name, for a site dedicated to tracking the putridity of Larry Hughes).

For those who haven’t been following the disastrous Larry Hughes era in Cleveland, the so-called “shooting” guard is shooting a dismal 37.7% from the field this season -- the 2nd-worst mark in the league among players who’ve attempted at least 400 shots.

(Two follow-up notes to that: Jason Kidd is the one player worse than Larry Hughes in that department, and Cavs fans were as desperate to get Kidd as they were to get rid of Hughes. Also, Ben Wallace, who the Cavs got in the Hughes trade, is shooting 37.1% from the field, but has only taken about 250 shots, so he doesn’t qualify).

For those who are just reading about this -- and if you’re getting actual news from my blog, you need to get out more -- the Cavs got Wallace, Joe Smith, Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West, the Bulls got Hughes, Drew Gooden, Cedric Simmons and Shannon Brown, and the Sonics ended up with Donyell Marshall, Ira Newble and Adrian Griffin.

I like this trade a lot for the Cavs, because it gives them the flexibility to go big or small once everyone is healthy.

Unfortunately for Cleveland, that non-healthy group now includes Boobie Gibson, who is out 4-6 weeks after spraining his ankle Wednesday. Which means we’ll be seeing a lot of Delonte in the next month.

As for Larry, well, we’ll be seeing him again real soon. The Bulls come to Cleveland on March 2nd, and I’ll be there. As will a national TV audience. The game will be on ABC. Look for me. I’ll be the guy with the huge smile upon seeing Larry Hughes in a non-Cavs uniform.