Monday, July 20, 2009

Miami is expected to let Moon go to Cleveland in Cleveland all-in approach this summer

By Anthony Caruso III

Recently, the Cleveland Cavaliers signed Miami HEAT's restricted free agent Jamario Moon to an offer sheet. The offer sheet, according to sources, for 3-years and $10 million dollars. As a result, the HEAT will have a hard time matching the offer sheet.

The HEAT are targeting Carlos Boozer via a trade and/or former HEAT forward Lamar Odom this summer. While the HEAT have interest in adding one or both players, it's going to cost them a huge amount to keep sign and keep them. As a result, the HEAT will not have enough money to re-sign Moon. Plus, the very big question will loom over the whole city of Miami for the rest of the year, as they still have to decide what will happen with superstar Dwyane Wade.

The HEAT already have three small forwards currently on the team for next season, in James Jones, Yakhouba Diawara and Dorell Wright. If they land Odom, he will play some small forward, too. Last year's first-round pick Michael Beasley has been trying to expand to a small forward role from a power role in the paint.

Moon only made $712,000 last season, splitting time with the Toronto Raptors and HEAT. The HEAT held a $1 million dollar qualifying offer, which only a part was guaranteed. He is about to strike it big if he goes to Cleveland in this deal.

Moon signed a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors on July 10th, 2007 after he had impressed the coaching staff in a three-day mini-camp held by the club after previously making stops bouncing around lower-level basketball associations. Moon was traded in February with Jermaine O'Neal to the HEAT for Shawn Marion. Marion is no longer a member of the Raptors, as he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks this off-season.

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