Name dropping by Jason Kline

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rusty 2

Feb 27, 2007
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This from Jason Kline of the News Journal :

DROPPING NAMES: While the Cavs don't have the goods to bring in a superstar, Ferry has been kicking the tires on some pretty attractive players. With so man of the teams' formerly ill-fitting parts starting to gel -- Hughes, Jones, Marshall and heck, even Ira Newble have been productive the last few weeks -- a trade around the roster's fringes isn't likely. That being said, here are a few possibilities:

Orlando's Carlos Arroyo is in the last year of his contract and the team's third point guard behind Keyon Dooling and Jameer Nelson. Teammate J.J. Redick, a favorite of fellow Duke product Ferry, has made noise about wanting out because he can't crack the Magic rotation. He probably can't crack the Cavs' lineup, either. Think Luke Jackson without the athleticism or size. Ouch. The only upside he offers is the possibility he'd leave an instructional shooting DVD in Hughes' locker.

Because Wally Szczerbiak played at Miami of Ohio and the Cavs play at Quicken Loans Arena of Ohio, Wally would be a fan favorite. But it's hard to see how he'd fit beside LeBron and that's not taking into consideration his declining play and hefty price tag (he's owed $13 million in 2008-09). The Sonics haven't been able to give him away for good reason.

Golden State's Mickael Pietrus is an intriguing player who is headed to free agency this summer and has been trying to get out of Golden State for years now. Pietrus has the makeup of a defensive stopper but his game has developed beyond that.

Here's a couple more point guards who have been on the Cavaliers' radar for more than a year: Portland's Jarrett Jack and Memphis' Kyle Lowry. Problem is, neither can shoot a lick. Both are losing out in a numbers game -- Portland also has Steve Blake and Sergio Rodriguez; Memphis Mike Conley, Javaris Crittenton and Juan Carlos Navarro -- and the Cavs actually have the expiring contracts to land them.

The Grizzlies' Mike Miller is reportedly on the block and he's a real value at about $9 million a year for two seasons beyond this one. If he's moved this week, it'll be to a team with something better to offer than a package built around Newble's expiring deal and other cap fodder.

The Cavs might take a flyer on little-used Houston swingman Kirk Snyder. He probably could be had for last year's disappoint first-round pick, Shannon Brown, but isn't much better. Devin Brown is better than both of them, which would make such a sideways move irrelevant.


Miss ya Wally!
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Apr 1, 2007
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Only one out of all of these guys that I would want is obviously Mike Miller (not happening) and Juan Carlos Navarro (not happening). I would also be happy with Lowry or Jack (probably not happening).