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Understanding Delonte West: Should he Come Back to the Boston Celtics?

August 6th, 2010

Have you ever been unfortunate enough to have a team lose a game on a last second shot to finish the season? Like the way Duke fans might have felt if Butler's half court heave had fallen in the NCAA finals? This means for many months you have anticipated holding some silverware, only to have that taken away with one play.

You may experience an overpowering feeling of shock, nausea, or ultimately, hopelessness, and may not be proud of your immediate behaviour at a later review.

Luckily, that is if you have not incited a riot or started a bar fight and subsequently have to deal with the law, you will recover and move on; but for people suffering from bipolar disorder, this is a constant feeling.

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness which can see sufferers experience depression, paranoia, and hallucinations. As this disease is hard to diagnose, many celebrities use it as an excuse for erratic behaviour.

From Britney Spears shaving her head and holding the media hostage to her melodrama, to Robert Downey Jr.'s  illegal drug affair, to Jean Claude van Dam’s plummet into cocaine snorting and spousal abuse, bipolarism is the common theme (or so they say).

Welcome to the life of Delonte West, who has had a history of sullen silences, and out of the ordinary behaviour. In 2008, the Cleveland Cavaliers gave him time off to seek treatment and he has been seen speaking to the team psychologists on numerous occasions, plus his teammates have even accepted his short comings.

"We've been around this block before with Delonte, so we know how to handle it," LeBron James said, commenting on West’s unexcused absence at the start of training camp last season.

This history gives the story merit that the guard does suffer from bipolar disorder after police pulling him over on a three-wheel motorbike armed to the teeth with a 9mm Berretta in his waistband, a Ruger .357 strapped to his leg, a shot gun inside a guitar case, on his back, and also carrying an 8 1/2-inch Bowie knife.

Amanda from did an interview with Kenneth Robbins, M.D., clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison last year. Although he was not familiar with West’s individual case, he was able to shed some light on the illness.

“The vast majority of the time, when they’re not manic and they’re not depressed, these people are just like everybody else,” says Dr. Robbins. “So if they commit a crime, the bipolar disorder should only play a role if they were either depressed or manic at the time.

“If somebody is manic, they are not thinking clearly and—particularly if they’re psychotic—that could certainly play a role in their poor decision making and should be taken into consideration when it comes to sentencing.”

That’s probably why he was only given eight months of home detention after pleading guilty to the weapons charges as a first-time offender. The guard was also given two months probation and ordered to undergo counselling.

If he truly suffers from this illness, adjusting to NBA life must not have been easy, as some of the symptoms are paranoia, hallucination, and depression—especially with all the hangers on, double agents, and the usual con-men looking to fleece a young millionaire.

West has always been a loner, according to a blog on Celtics Green published in 2006. He grew up in a tough neighbourhood of Washington DC, and his only outlet was emulating Michael Jordan’s moves on the basketball court on his own.

His family was evicted three times and at one point he had to share a bed with his mother and two siblings. He attended three different middle schools and had a tough time keeping up with his academics as a result. 

Moving from an impoverished childhood to the bright lights of the NBA must have been tough for someone who suffers from paranoia. Like West, Buzz Aldrin suddenly shot to fame after his trip to the moon and had trouble adjusting to his new life.

John Noble Wilford, who did a fantastic story on the astronaut said, “Mr. Aldrin’s problems began almost immediately as he struggled to adjust to life in the limelight. This made him increasingly uncomfortable, which led to erratic behaviour and eventually, depression and alcoholism. In any event, he was hospitalized for severe depression.”

Aldrin has never been officially linked to bipolar disorder; however, this proves the point of ordinary people, unlike actresses and performers who welcome the attention, who are suddenly thrust into a celebrity lifestyle has to deal with.

West’s attorney told the court that “there was no nefarious purpose” and that the player was merely transporting the weapons from one of his homes to the other, which are 12 miles apart. But, West’s father was reported to have said that the NBA player had thought that that someone was out to get him.

This fits the behaviour of someone being “manic,” as Dr. Robbins alluded to earlier. Why on earth would someone transport three guns to an alternative site, loaded with a bowie knife to boot?

To make matters worse, the route he undertook was not the most direct between his pads.

Currently a free agent after being recently waived by Minnesota Timberwolves, West possesses a skill that sets him apart from most players in the NBA. He could get his jump shot off at will and he has a high basketball IQ.

This will come in handy for any championship contender for the coming season. On top of that, any team that signs him may do so at a cut price, considering the player’s legal issues and the NBA has yet to hand out any punishment to him.

Three teams interested are the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, and Boston Celtics.

Since losing Eddie House, the Celtics have not had a reliable backup for Ray Allen. The Bulls need a consistent bench after hopelessly releasing almost their entire roster to attract LeBron James, and the Mavericks could benefit from some youth in their back court.

It would be a shame if there are no takers for this talented young man considering he has said that he was off his medication at the time of the gun incident. Taking on someone with this kind of baggage is risky, but as Dr. Robbins pointed out:

“If people don’t know what he’s going through, it runs the risk of further stigmatizing mental illness and looking like he’s taking advantage of the system. But it’s also an opportunity to educate people and help them understand what he’s struggling with and how, with treatment, he’s likely to respond and these events will hopefully not continue to take place.”

Shannon Brown to Stay Put: Five SGs the Knicks Should Now Pursue

August 5th, 2010
In 2010-11, the New York Knicks project to start Wilson Chandler , Bill Walker, or Kelenna Azubuike at shooting guard. However, Chandler and Walker are natural small forwards, and Azubuike, a wing, is better suited coming off the bench (especially after an injury-plagued 2009-10 campaign). Due to this hole at shooting guard, the Knicks recently offered Shannon Brown a one year, $2.7 million contract. However, on Tuesday, August 4, Brown's agent announced to the New York Post that he would likely be re-signing with the LA Lakers. Upon receiving this news, the Knicks' brass must now consider an alternative solution to their two-guard problem. Nevertheless, when taking their other options into account, NY will still be seeking to retain financial flexibility for next summer, when Carmelo Anthony will likely become a free agent (since he has not accepted the Nuggets' contract extension). So keeping that in mind, here are five SGs the Knicks should pursue, now that Brown will be staying put.

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Delonte West: Worth the Trouble?

August 5th, 2010

As expected, Minnesota waived recently acquired guard Delonte West, whose $4.6 million salary was only guaranteed for $500,000. 

Much has been made of West's struggles over the past year. 

He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  He plead guilty to weapons charges.  Rumors swirled about an affair between him and LeBron James's mother.

Not surprisingly, his play on the court suffered.  Being released by David Kahn—a man who has never met a backup point guard he didn't love—is just the latest indignity.

But Kahn's move was largely for financial reasons.  West simply isn't worth paying $4.6 million.  But forget about money: Is Delonte West worth a roster spot period?

I say yes.  For all his troubles, he's a 27-year-old, 6'3" combo guard who is good defensively, can run the pick and roll, and is a decent spot up shooter with three point range.

He probably can be acquired cheaply, and if he struggles either on or off the court, he could easily be released.

But which teams should take a look at Delonte?

Boston Celtics

The Celtics recognized their need for a backup point guard when they drafted Avery Bradley.  But Bradley—as highly touted coming out of high school as John Wall—disappointed in his lone year at Texas.

Ball handlers Nate Robinson and Marquis Daniels are also coming back for the Celtics, though each has their own shortcomings.  Robinson has a scorer's mentality, and his size makes him a defensive liability.  Marquis Daniels meanwhile is injury prone and while he can handle a little, he is probably best reserved for backing up Ray Allen and Paul Pierce.

Boston is also an older team, which means fewer teammate MILFs for West to prowl. A definite plus.

Could a homecoming be in store for West?  Rumor has it that the Celtics are in discussions to sign Shaquille O'Neal.  If Boston is willing to sign one Cavalier who might cause issues, why stop there?

Charlotte Bobcats

After losing Raymond Felton to the Knicks in free agency, the Bobcats point guard job will fall to either D.J. Augustin or Shaun Livingston.

Yeah, I'm not impressed either.

Augustin has a nice outside shot, but is undersized and took a step back in his sophomore campaign.  Livingston has nice size at 6'7", but has a limited outside shot on a team that desperately needs shooters. He's also injury prone, as he's never managed to play in more than 61 games in a year.

West would be a good fit for the Bobcats.  He could split time with Augustin and even play shooting guard alongside Livingston and then cross-match on defense.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers recently traded West away in a deal that netted them Ramon Sessions. Could he be headed right back?

Well, with Sessions, Mo Williams, Daniel Gibson, Anthony Parker, and rookie Christian Eyenga, there's really no minutes left for West in the guard rotation.

And given the headaches West gave the franchise, it's probably best he gets a fresh start somewhere else.

Still, I'd love it just because of the "You can head SOUTH! But your mom is riding WEST!" t-shirt that is spreading through Cleveland.

Anything that helps Cleveland get under LeBron's skin is worth doing, am I right? Eh? Eh? Ok, maybe not.

Dallas Mavericks

Ok, the Mavs don't make much sense basketball-wise for West, as they've got a packed backcourt rotation.  But with West and Jason Kidd, Dallas could really corner the market on point guards with the most Yahoo Answers threads asking what race they are.

Indiana Pacers

T.J. Ford could be their starter again this year.  Combustible rookie Lance Stevenson could be the backup.  I think I've said enough.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers still need to fill out their roster, and with Jordan Farmar gone and Shannon Brown contemplating more money elsewhere, another guard will be needed.  The Lakers also managed to win a title with Ron Artest, so I doubt they won't be able to handle West's issues.

Still, continuity would probably be best for the champions, who should only consider West if they can't bring back Brown.

Memphis Grizzlies

Quick, name the Grizzlies' back up point guard! 

What's that?

Why yes, you're right, it's rookie Greivis Vasquez!

No wonder the Grizzlies experimented with O.J. Mayo running the point during the summer league.  (An experiment that was a miserable failure, I might add.)

If the Grizzlies are willing to hand the backup point guard spot to the likes of Jamaal Tinsley and Marcus Williams, they should have no hesitancy to give West a chance.

Miami Heat

With Carlos Arroyo, Mario Chalmers, Eddie House and a host of guards fighting for 15th roster spot, point guard is one of the Heat's few weaknesses.

House can shoot, but he can't defend or bring the ball up.

Arroyo can initiate the offense, but has no three point shot and isn't a great defender.

Chalmers theoretically could be the answer, but took major steps back in his second season.

Basketball wise, Delonte West would make a lot of sense.  His three point shooting and defense are what the Heat need out of the position, as LeBron and Wade will no doubt be the primary ball handlers.

Of course, if the rumors about West and LeBron's mother are true, there's no way LeBron would allow this to happen.

New York Knicks

The Knicks already have Raymond Felton and Toney Douglas manning the point, but Mike D'Antoni has never been afraid to go small and put shooters on the floor.  The Knicks could use some guard depth, so West makes some sense for them.

Sacramento Kings

The Kings have both Tyreke Evans and Beno Udrih, but neither can guard opposition point guards particularly well.  Evans and Udrih shared the court a decent amount last year, with Evans running the point but cross matching on defense.  West could fill a similar role. 

However with Francisco Garcia returning from injury to play the two, there probably won't be as many minutes available.


How about it?  Where should Delonte West land? Is he worth the trouble?

Delonte West to the L.A. Lakers? It’s Not Worth the Headache

August 5th, 2010

The Minnesota Timberwolves waived guard Delonte West in an effort to save money, and while there will undoubtedly be more than a few NBA teams who may request his services, I just hope the Los Angeles Lakers are not one of them.

Don't get me wrong, I'm aware that West is a decent defensive player, and he would give the Lakers more size in their backcourt, but it's West's underlying issues that have me a little wary.

When West was pulled over by police carrying a large number of guns and an ounce of marijuana, the first thought that crossed my mind was, where in the hell was he going?

When it was revealed that West suffered from bi-polar disease the situation was explained, but it didn't lessen the circumstances surrounding West's arrest, especially the small arsenal of weapons he was carrying.

It should be safe to assume that West failed to take his medicine that day, but what if his transgression had occurred under the lights and media scrutiny of Los Angeles?

That's not to say West shouldn't be forgiven for his mistake, but considering what his mistake involved and West's volatile condition, should the Lakers really take that chance?

West's situation reminds me of Seth Rogen's character Ronnie in the movie "Observe and Report," because both suffered from the same disease, and both decided to eschew their medication, which led to damaging results.

In the movie Ronnie's decision led to him not being accepted into the Police Academy and being forced to witness his life spiral downwards, but in West's case the consequences could have been far worse.

What if he had made it to his destination before police pulled him over while carrying six guns?

It could be argued that West didn't make it to his destination so any speculation is a moot point, but does that mean it would never happen again?

This goes beyond basketball because I'm sure Lakers' coach Phil Jackson could deal with West's sporadic, volatile attitude, considering the variety of personalities Jackson deals with on a daily basis.

Lakers' fans appreciate the talents of their team, but they also love the diversity of their personalities, and all the weird quirks of their nature.

Most people assumed Ron Artest would implode the Lakers' locker room, but beyond a few weird hair styles, and his tendency to create sound bytes, he easily assimilated to the Lakers' culture.

Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum also have quirky sides which endear them to Laker fans, but unlike West, none of their quirks involve guns or the potential for violence.

The Lakers may lose Shannon Brown to free agency and West would appear to be the ideal replacement since there are parts of his game that are actually superior to Brown's.

West is a better outside shooter, he may be a better defensive player, and he can rival Brown's athleticism as well. But it's not West's physical talents that I am worried about.

West's mental state concerns me more than anything pertaining to basketball, and even though he may have his disease under control, can the Lakers live with the potential of it happening again?



Delonte West : The True Culprit of LeBron’s Departure From Cleveland?

August 4th, 2010

Did Delonte West have an affair with Gloria James?

That's the question that everyone wants to know the answer to this NBA off-season. Delonte West was as well known outside of Cleveland as Jamario Moon or Anthony Parker, but then he was rumored to do the unthinkable. 

He apparently had an affair with the mother of the former savior of Cleveland sports, LeBron James. Now, this rumor was denied by both lawyers of James and West, but there are indications that the rumors are true. 

In the video below, Bill Simmons gives his thoughts on the nasty Delonte West rumor, but he has to do this on a radio show because ESPN policy is not to talk about rumors of that nature on the job.

Simmons confidently states, "It's true." 

This is referring to the rumor that Delonte West had an affair with Gloria James, and West was the possibly the cause of LeBron's disinterest after his stellar Game 3 performance. 

Rumors had circulated that before Game 4, Mo Williams decided to break the news to LeBron that everyone in the Cavaliers locker room knew. Delonte had been having relations with his mother.

This news would be a very valid explanation for quite possibly the biggest choke in Cleveland Cavaliers history, and the beginning of the end for LeBron and the Cavaliers. 

Basketball Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy took to the airwaves in late May, and became the most high-profile person to date to back the rumors.

"It ain't no rumor," he told a Houston ESPN Radio station, calling the claims "absolutely true" and "absolutely horrifying." He went on:

"Unfortunately, my sources in the NBA tell me that it's absolutely true. My sources, and they're legit, tell me that the only people that didn't know it was happening was LeBron and me."

The creepy thing is that West was uncharacteristically awful against the Celtics.  One of the few Cavaliers who can manufacture his own shot, and more importantly, isn’t afraid of taking big shots, West has played well in the playoffs throughout his career.

Starting in Game 4 of the Cavs vs. Celtics series, West played some of the worst basketball of his career.

He didn’t play a minute in the second half of Game 5 and was horrible in Game 6, committing turnovers on three consecutive possessions in the first half to help fuel a 10-0 Celtics run.

Meanwhile, listless LeBron began to manifest itself in Game 4, when the MVP was less aggressive than usual.  We all know what happened in Game 5.

The truth to the rumors don't stop there, either.

LeBron recently took out a full-page ad to thank the city of Akron, but never once tried to thank the city of Cleveland.

The people of Cleveland may have been betrayed by LeBron, but LeBron was betrayed by nearly the entire Cleveland Cavaliers team.

As Bill Simmons stated, "Ilgauskas is the only close friend on that team now."

Perhaps Big Z was the only Cavs player out of the loop on the rumor. He is LeBron's close friend, and he was out of the loop for a good month while waiting to return after being bought out by the Washington Wizards.

The city of Cleveland has largely blamed LeBron for quitting on his city, but now we know the possible reason for his quitting.

Did Delonte West ruin the Cavaliers chances at a title and re-signing the King?

I guess only LeBron, Gloria, and Delonte know the answer to those questions and more. 

Delonte West Cut By Timberwolves: Will Anyone Take a Chance on Him?

August 4th, 2010

Delonte West exploded onto the basketball scene, while playing collegiately at St. Joseph's, alongside Jameer Nelson. In 2004, during West's junior season, the two star guards let their squad to the Elite Eight and a 30-2 record. 

As a result of his college basketball success, West was drafted 24th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2004 NBA Draft. 

Since then, he has gone on to achieve various levels of success, playing for the Celtics, the Seattle Supersonics, and, most recently, the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

On July 26, 2020, West was traded from the Cavs, along with Sebastian Telfair, to the Minnesota Timberwolves, in exchange for Ramon Sessions and Ryan Hollins.

But Minnesota, seeking to avoid paying West's $4.6 million salary, waived him on Tuesday, August 3, 2020, thereby allowing them to only grant him only $500,000.

Now, West is without a team, late in free agency.

Yet, West is a relatively attractive free agent. He is well qualified to play either guard position, possessing point guard skills (passing, court vision, and ball handling), decent shooting form, and good defense and athleticism.

Nevertheless, throughout the course of his NBA career, West has experienced negative attention and a number of problems off of the court.

They started out innocent enough, with West offering rather off-beat Valentine's Day advice to ESPN, and being caught erratically rapping at a KFC drive-through.  

These occurrences, although strange, were nothing serious.

However, during the 2008-09 season, West was forced to miss a few games while seeking treatment for what was reported to be either depression, a mood disorder, or bipolar disorder. 

Since then, his off-the-court trouble has escalated, becoming more of a cause for concern.

On September 17, 2020, West was stopped by the police for changing lanes on his motorcycle in an manner that was deemed to be unsafe. After pulling over, West admitted to the officer that he was carrying a handgun. Upon searching West, the police found another handgun and a shotgun (in a guitar case strapped to his back). He was subsequently arrested.

Then in October 2009, it was revealed that, on multiple occasions, West either missed or delayed team flights, due to his severe anxiety over flying.

Later that season, following the 2009-10 NBA Playoffs, rumors abounded that West had an affair with LeBron James' mother, causing the Cavaliers to be eliminated by the Boston Celtics and helping to force LeBron out of Cleveland. However, there has not been evidence that this rumor contains any bit of truth.

And finally, last month, West had his court date for the gun arrest. He was sentenced to eight months of house arrest, two years of unsupervised probation, 40 hours of community service, and mandatory psychological counseling, although the sentence would allow him to regularly conduct his NBA travel and work schedules. 

Additionally, the NBA is looking into whether or not they ought to levy a suspension for West's actions in this case. 

This particular fact makes West exponentially less attractive to NBA teams, as few would like to sign a convicted criminal who might be facing a suspension.

But it is hard to do anything but feel bad for West's current situation.

He is clearly an individual who has some problems. Yet these problems are diagnosable disorders, which are not his fault.

West is a talented basketball player, and as long as he continues to seek psychological help, he should definitely be considered by some teams.

NBA Trade Rumors: Analyzing the Wolves-Cavs Trade

July 30th, 2010

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The Timberwolves obviously needed to move one of their point guards before the season started. It was pretty obvious that in the end, it would be Ramon Sessions that would be headed elsewhere.

Last offseason the Wolves signed Sessions to a four-year $16 million deal. Many thought the Wolves overpaid for Sessions, but Sessions is just 24 years old and is definitely a talented player. Sessions didn’t play as much last year as he has in the past, but he was still a solid contributor for the Wolves.

When the Wolves signed point guard Luke Rindour it pretty much sealed Sessions’ fate. Ridnour will likely play a similar role to that of Sessions last season.

Ridnour is a solid veteran, and helped with the development of Brandon Jennings last season. With Jonny Flynn starting at point guard and Ricky Rubio potentially coming over after next season, the Wolves would probably prefer having a veteran point guard as a third option rather than another young player like Sessions.

This deal for the Wolves was simply a salary dump. Delonte West has a lot of off the court issues and isn’t really a good fit for the Wolves. Delonte West doesn’t really mesh with the rest of the roster and it is almost certain the Wolves will take advantage of his unguaranteed contract.

If Delonte West is waived by August 5th, he will only be owed 500k of his current contract. The Wolves also acquired point guard Sebastian Telfair in the deal, but he will probably be either traded or offered a buyout before the start of the season.

The Timberwolves have been trying to rework their roster completely this last summer to try to obtain players that fit into coach Kurt Rambis’ system. So far, they have been successful.

The team has also done a nice job getting rid of their bad contracts. While they have overpaid a couple of players, they have acquired some good pieces and got rid of some of their mistakes.

Once Kurt Rambis was hired, Al Jefferson was bound to be traded. They finally made a deal that allowed them to take no salary in return. Now that they have gotten rid of Sessions, they have a lot of flexibility to make any kind of roster move they see as necessary. When an opportunity comes along like the one that allowed the Wolves to trade for Michael Beasley, they can take advantage of those opportunities.

In this deal, the Wolves also got rid of the salary of Ryan Hollins. Hollins is an athletic center that wouldn’t have seen much playing time for the Wolves this year anyways.

The Wolves have to give up a second round pick in order to dump this salary, but it is a small price to pay. The Wolves generally like to stockpile picks, however they also like to have open salary space.

The Wolves will not really miss Sessions or Hollins and they clear cap space in this trade. I really like this move for both teams. The Cavaliers get a solid point guard and an athletic center. They give up a troubled point guard that was unlikely to remain with the team anyway and Sebastian Telfair who wasn’t really a part of the team’s long-term plans anyway.

This really isn’t a blockbuster deal, but it benefits both teams and it’s for the best.

Rumor Central: Five Possible Destinations For Jonny Flynn

July 28th, 2010
I was shocked when I heard that the Timberwolves decided to take Jonny Flynn with the sixth overall pick right after Ricky Rubio. I figured that the Wolves would go after a guy like Stephen Curry, a shooting guard, who can nail three-pointers with ease. Instead, David Kahn went with back-to-back point guard's, which shocked many people. After a mediocre rookie season, there have been reports that Flynn might be traded, although David Kahn claims that Flynn isn't going anywhere. In his rookie campaign, Flynn averaged 13.5 points, 4.4 assists, and 1 steal per game. He's a great player, human-being, and teammate, but Minnesota just isn't the place for Jonny. I will be listing five possible destinations for Mr. Flynn. Enjoy the show!

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Cleveland Cavaliers Sign Big Foot in Effort to Sway LeBron James

July 8th, 2010

In response to the Bulls signing Carlos Boozer and the Heat signing Chris Bosh, the Cavaliers have made a huge signing of their own.

Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant has announced that the team has come to terms for a five-year, $10 million contract with Big Foot, the legendary giant from the Pacific Northwest.

"We'd seen grainy footage of him and thought he had the body for the NBA," Grant said.

"He's 10'4'', he can rebound (probably), and he eats people. Name another player in the league that can do that. I can only think of one other guy who did that, and he didn't even play in the NBA."

Big Foot could not be reached for comment, but his agent, Leon Rose, said that his client was very happy with the deal.  

"Though money literally means nothing to Big Foot, it's nice to know that I will receive all $10 million of his contract as a result of that." Rose said.

When asked by the press why he would allow what could be such a severe unleveling of the playing field with this signing, David Stern replied, "Look, we're less popular than hockey right now. We gotta do something."

It has already started to boost revenue for the league as the Cavaliers have begun producing Big Foot merchandise, including Big Foot jerseys, bobbleheads, and artificial hair that kids can put on themselves to look more like Big Foot.

Byron Scott, the new coach of the team, said he was very impressed with Big Foot in the few workouts he saw. 

"There was one play that stood out, where Delonte (West) stole the ball from him, and Big Foot tore his arms off.  At that moment he reminded me a lot of Bill Laimbeer."

The team said they feel more optimistic about this big man signing than some of their others in the past. 

"(Ben) Wallace didn't really work out. Shaq didn't really work out. Third time's a charm, and that charm's name is Big Foot," said a representative inside the Cavaliers organization.

The Cavaliers are still looking to sign other creatures including Big Foot's cousin, The Yeti, and all the monsters from SpaceJam .

ESPN reports that the giant purple guy, the giant green guy, and the giant blue guy from SpaceJam are having a free agent summit to discuss where they all could end up.  

Regardless of their decisions, the Cavaliers are supposedly now the leader to land LeBron. And Chris Grant seems to believe it will happen.

"Though the future is uncertain, we feel we have made a big step in re-signing LeBron James with this move. Only time will tell now."

It’s Up To Us: LeBron-less Cavs Are Still a Playoff Contender

July 5th, 2010

As we start rolling into the NBA's highly anticipated free agency, it seems that every day a different team has emerged as the front runner in winning the highly coveted LeBron James.

At this point of free-agency, it is too early to tell who will sign where.

One could say that LeBron gave hints that he will remain in Cleveland during the regular season. However, another could say that if he really wanted to stay with the Cavs he would have announced his intent on staying by now.

Cleveland, in many people's eyes, will remain the front runner until the King specifies otherwise. Although the Cavs are the home town team, sources close to the NBA have made clear that LeBron has also conveyed interest in the Bulls, Heat, Knicks, and Nets.

LeBron has expressed his desire to win a championship, and will base his decision on choosing a new team, with that as the criteria.

For two years running, LeBron & Co. have finished with the NBA's best regular season record; both years, however, ended with early playoff exits.

If LeBron remains in Cleveland, the team will likely have the same core of players that it had last year. 

It is fair to say, that with no significant changes to the Cavalier roster, we can keep expecting pre-Finals playoff exits for James and the Cavs.

However, would it be fair to say that the Cavs have the talent with a LeBron-less roster to make the playoffs? Let's take a look.


1). Starting Line-Up

  • PG: Mo Williams (2009 All-Star, Top 10 in FT% & 3PT%)
  • SG: Anthony Parker (Top 15 in 3PT%)
  • SF: J.J. Hickson (Still very young, however, produces if he is given minutes)
  • PF: Antwan Jamison (2X All-Star)
  • C: Anderson Varejao (Top 10 on DPOY Ballot)

2). Cap Space
If LeBron and Shaq are gone, and Big Z most likely retires, the Cavaliers will find quite a bit of cap space available. 
The first thing the Cavs should do is try and pursue a couple B-list free agents. You have to figure if there is no LeBron, not a lot of stars will want to come to Cleveland. 

3). Roster Upgrades
(Players the Cavs should try and sign)
  • Tracy McGrady
  • Ray Allen
  • David Lee 
  • Allen Iverson
  • Tyrus Thomas
  • Luis Scola

4). Prediction
The Eastern Conference is weak. Teams under the .500 mark have been making the playoffs for the last couple of years. The Cavaliers have a chance of making the playoffs with the LeBron-less roster they currently have. 
Seeding 1-6 should be given to whatever team LeBron/Bosh/Wade play for, as well as the Magic, Hawks, and Celtics. 
If the Cavaliers are able to sign a couple B-list free agents and play up to their potential, then there is definitely a chance for them to receive a 6-8 seeding.
A message to Cavalier fans: If LeBron leaves, not all hope goes down the drain! But...
Wouldn't it be great if LeBron played the Cavs in the playoffs?


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