Monday, June 8, 2009

Cavaliers have to make significant moves this summer

By Anthony Caruso III

The Cleveland Cavaliers have to make significant moves this summer. These moves will affect the team’s future, but also the pending free agency of arguably the team’s great player.

LeBron James can become a free agent in the summer of 2010. Media members believe and are speculating that James will sign with the New York Knicks at that time. But the Cavaliers can offer him more money and a better chance of winning than the Knicks can.

Danny Ferry, the Cavaliers General Manager, needs to find that second start that will fit with James. James previously had Larry Hughes, but that experiment did not work out. James needs to find that Scottie Pippen-type player that his ideal, Michael Jordan, had for so many years. In recent years, the teams with two superstar have won the NBA Championship.

There are no superstar players on the open market this summer. Possibly Carlos Boozer, if he opts out, will be the top free-agent on the market, but he has burned his bridges in Cleveland. The top free agent on the market right now is Ben Gordon, but he’s a good bench player.

Ferry will have to make a trade to get another superstar to team with James. The Cavaliers have had interest in Michael Redd, who missed half of the season with an injury. He is signed through the 09-10 season with a $18.3 million player option for 10-11. If Cleveland acquired Redd, he would be playing 2.5 hours away from his hometown, in Columbus, Ohio.

The Cavaliers have nearly $25 million in free agent money. Wally Szczerbiak, Lorenzen Wright, Joe Smith, Tarence Kinsey, Jawad Williams, and Trey Johnson are all free agents. They could have nearly $15 million more if Zydrunas Ilguaskas and Anderson Varejao opt out of their contracts.

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