Friday, July 13, 2007

Nooooo, the Cavs are trying to acquire Mike Bibby again. They are thinking of trading Gooden for him.

The trade would look like this:

Gooden (young, incredibly cheap, rock solid power forward)
Damon Jones (for salary purposes)


Bibby (old, expensive, half-decent point guard)

Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything agains Bibby and he's certainly better than any PG we currently have (the jury's still out on Gibson). But we have a tremendous frontcourt in Z, Gooden and Varejao (it looks like we'll be able to keep him). Lose Gooden and we're stuck with a heavy dose of Donyell Marshall and Dwayne Jones (?). Would the increase at the PG spot be worth the decrease in production from the frontcourt? No way. Absolutely no way. If this happens, and it is the major deal of the offseason for the Cavs, there is no freaking way they're making the NBA Finals again next year.

Well, they're not going to make it again with the team as it stands either.

Frankly, shooting guard should be our main concern. We have a perceived asset in Sasha Pavlovic, who really doesn't help the team much. Involving him in a trade could be potentially lucrative. I'm thinking Mo Williams or Matt Barnes.

For a team that is already going to be over the salary cap I really don't see how making a marginal upgrade at PG is worth 28 million over two years. If we're willing to do that then we should mitigate the cost and use our midlevel exception to get Barnes. I get giddy thinking about our starting 5 if we played him at the 2. Also, did we even pursue Mo Williams? I never heard the Cavs mentioned as an interested party and he's willing to take less money to go to a contender. And he can play both PG and SG.

I'm glad I'm going to be in China starting next weekend. I don't want to be around for the 'Bibby to Cleveland' headline.

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