“…The consensus among NBA executives is James will remain in Cleveland, mostly because there may not be
As long as I can twitter, I don't care where I play
anywhere better to go. The big threat was the Knicks. But the declining salary cap likely won’t allow the Knicks enough salary cap space to sign two free agents. The Knicks roster is awful, and it likely would be a major step back competitively for James to join a team like that. With Kobe Bryant back with a championship, it is now James—before it was Bryant when James made the Finals in 2007—who is most likely to be anxious to be with a team that has the best chance to win a championship.
The belief is the Cavs will be a better option, and, of course, can provide him the biggest contract. Toronto’s Bosh has been the other big name. But there are increasing indications he will remain in Toronto given an aggressive summer of acquisitions, including Hedo Turkoglu.
Should Bosh still look to leave, the consensus is it will be a race between the Cavs with James and the Heat with Wade to try to sign Bosh and combine two All Stars and Olympic teammates. The free agents who played on the 2008 gold medal team supposedly have talked about eventually playing together…“
“Of the final three roster spots, Warkentien said he was “hopeful” Carter would take up one spot and the Nuggets “will go and get another wing player” to replace Kleiza. One name floating around is that of veteran guard Wally Szczerbiak, who last played with Cleveland. He is an unrestricted free agent and would fill the need for a perimeter scorer off the bench.
“Of our remaining roster spots, etch this in stone,” Warkentien said. “One of them will be a wing.“
“CLEVELAND, Ohio — Thinking outside the box and taking a managed risk, the Cavaliers are close to scoring what could be a key big-man addition to their roster.
Leon Powe On Da Tracks
According to a source, the Cavs have the framework of a contract completed with free agent forward Leon Powe. It could become official as early as Tuesday, when Powe is expected to come to Cleveland to meet with team doctors.
Powe is in the middle of recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee and may not be able to return until the All-Star Break. But the Cavs feel like he’s worth the wait.
The sides have been talking for weeks and were able to agree on a two-year contract, which will protect both sides. Powe will get a chance to rehab with a deal and the Cavs will be protected if he recovers as they apparently believe he will.
The 6-8 three-year veteran averaged 7.7 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Celtics last season. He proved valuable when Kevin Garnett went down with injury and played an important role until he suffered the injury during the playoffs.
The Celtics could have kept Powe’s rights, but they declined to make him a qualifying offer in June because he’s had several injuries to the left ACL. They had hoped to be able to re-sign him when he was healthy, but the Cavs were able to put together a more attractive offer.”
The current site has been in this format for almost 7 years and it is time for a change. The homepage will be updated to the blog temporarily. Then in the coming weeks, we will slowly be rolling out the new format (lovelingly dubbed CavsHistory 3.0). The new features should make you guys happier (and let bloggers/tweeters link directly to pages). Basically, we are getting all web 2.o when its almost time to get web 3.0
The old format will live on forever at www.cavshistory.com/v2, it won’t be deleted just in case anyone just can’t bear to live without it.
Be patient with us, there will be bugs and hiccups. But I guarantee the new format will be a pleasant experience and will hold up better against the upcoming LeBron/Shaq-led title run as well as the impending LeBron free-agent-to-be craziness.
Moon seems like a humble guy. I like him fine. But the real reason for this post is to give a nod to Lil’ John (yeah THAT Lil’John, from Big Chuck and Lil’ John).
Basically at the end of the interview John jumps up on stage (although you can’t see him on camera because he’s too small) and proceeds to tell Jamario to buy his bling from him (Lil’ John Rinaldi owns Rinaldi Jewelers).
It was awesome because all Clevelanders get the joke and Jamario looks confused but still remained polite. Classic.
Pretty pumped about this one. Moon is an athletic 29 yr old swing man that is the “long” that Cavs were talking about getting. In the Miami trade with Toronto last year, Moon was the best piece and he played well with Wade and Co. Looking forward to see how he fits into the Cavs plans.
Here’s the skinny from Cavs.com:
“CLEVELAND, OH – July 24th, 2009 - The Cleveland Cavaliers have entered into a Player Contract with restricted free agent forward Jamario Moon. The Cavaliers signed Moon to a contract Offer Sheet on Friday, July 17th; with his former team, the Miami Heat, having seven days to match the Offer Sheet and retain him. The Cavaliers received notice from the Heat that they declined to match, deeming Moon a Cavalier. Per team and league policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
“Jamario is going to bring versatility and a high level of athleticism to our team,” said Cavaliers General Manager Danny Ferry. “He should be a very good fit to our current roster. We are very happy to have him with us.”Moon played in 80 games (60 starts) this past season for the Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat. He averaged 7.2 points on .468 shooting, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 25.8 minutes per game. The 6-foot-8 forward scored in double figures on 25 occasions. He led the NBA in steals-to-turnovers ratio (2.0) during the 2008-09 season. In two seasons in the NBA, Moon has career averages of 7.8 points on .478 shooting, 5.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks in 26.8 minutes per game.”
The Mighy Windhost’s Twitter had this to say: “…Jamario Moon now a Cav. Guarantee is two years, $6 million“
Ferry getting aggressive with the Free Agent signings. Lot going on here. First and foremost, Moon is impressive lately, but more so it puts pressure on El Heat to sign him, which in turn limits their ability to shoot for Odom. Another interesting tidbit: this is Ferry’s first offer sheet to a restricted free agent in his GM tenure.
Jamario Moon (via nba.com)
Read the presser:
CLEVELAND, OH – July 20, 2009 – The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed restricted free agent forward Jamario Moon to a contract offer sheet, Cavaliers General Manager Danny Ferry announced today. Per team and league policy, terms of the contract offer were not released.
Moon played in 80 games (60 starts) this past season for the Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat. He averaged 7.2 points on .468 shooting, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 25.8 minutes per game. The 6-foot-8 forward scored in double figures on 25 occasions. He led the NBA in steals-to-turnovers ratio (2.0) during the 2008-09 season. In two seasons in the NBA, Moon has career averages of 7.8 points on .478 shooting, 5.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks in 26.8 minutes per game. (nba.com link)
Your Cavs have signed free agent guard/forward Anthony Parker to a contract, Cavaliers General Manager Danny Ferry announced today July 13, 2009.
Anthony is a good long swing man, fills the gap left by Sasha and can put the biscuit in the basket. He may try and wear Hot Rod’s #18… stay tuned to how that plays out.
From the Cavs:
Parker, 34, played in 80 games (71 starts) this past season for the Toronto Raptors and averaged 10.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and career highs of 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.0 minutes per game. He tied for 10th in the NBA with a 0.88 steal per turnover ratio and recorded a career-high 100 steals. He was one of just 11 players in the NBA to total at least 750 points, 250 rebounds, 250 assists and 100 steals during the 2008-09 season. Against Orlando on January 4th, he posted a season-high 26 points, while shooting 13-16 (.813) from the field. On Nov. 11th, he went a perfect 5-5 from three-point range on his way to 19 points in a win over Miami.
“Anthony will be a solid addition to our roster. He is a very good, intelligent all-around basketball player,” Ferry said. “Our coaching staff will especially appreciate the good shooting and solid defense that Anthony brings to our team.”
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound guard/forward has played six years in the NBA, averaging 10.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game in 290 NBA regular season games. He played five seasons with Maccabi Tel Aviv (2000-02, 2003-06) and one season with Virtus Roma (2002-03), winning five Israeli Premier League championships, five Israeli Cups and three Euroleague titles. Parker was named Euroleague MVP and first-team All-Euroleague in 2005. He averaged 12.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 148 career Israeli Premier League games and averaged 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 90 Euroleague contests.
Cavs went ahead and locked up the Human Palm Tree for 6 more years (at reportedly $42.5 with incentives that could push it to $50. The final year is also not guaranteed)
Andy is a high caliber defender who you only love if he plays on your team. He runs the pick and roll with LBJ better than anyone else and he’s also entering his prime. If Dan Gilbert is willing to shell out the money for people, then all right.
My brother and I had a conversation about the parallels between this signing and Hot Rod‘s back in the early 90′s. Both were solid “sometimes” starters playing the 4 and 5. Both contributed a lot while not being the and neither really could be lost while you are right in the middle of trying to win a title. Chemistry counts.