With the NBA season in the rear view mirror, we now turn to a summer full of front office decision-making. As fans, we all have our feelings on what needs to be done to improve our Cavaliers team. Rock has laid the figurative cards on the table, but this is where we turn to you – the readers of WFNY.
The premise is simple. Assume all players are restricted free agents and that they’ll likely need at least a small raise from last year’s salary. Do you re-sign? Or do you release? Of course, we’ll leave LeBron James out of this scenario. And also, a little supporting argument always helps. Do Enjoy.
I’m getting the sense that you guys simply do not appreciate any player on this Cavaliers team. We started off strong in this exercise, saying that we’d love to bring back Delonte West and Daniel Gibson. Since then, the “Tribe” has given the axe to Devin Brown, Sasha Pavlovic and Damon Jones. Someone has to play here, right?
So, we’re going to mix it up a bit. Straying from the backcourt, we’ll take on a guy that everyone seems to love – at least judged by fan reaction upon entering the court – yet a guy that everyone is willing to deal this off-season. Anderson Varejao, you’re on the WFNY hot seat.
2007-08 Salary: $5,356,000
48 G; 27.5 Min; 6.7 Pts; 1.1 Ast; 8.3 Reb; 0.8 Stl; 46.1 FG%; 59.8 FT%
Similar to Pavlovic, Varejao lost some fan support after a hold out during the earlygoings of last season. Also similar to Pavlovic, AV failed to live up to his mostly agent-driven hype.
While the taste of Varejao’s running 360 layup off of the front iron during the 2007 Finals still leaves some to be desired, what he has brought to the table has been hustle and solid defense. Yes, he may not have the most polished offensive game, but if you recall during the Celtics series, he did step up pretty big – at least during one game.
But was that enough to bring him back for another season? Due to the premise, you have to remember that this isn’t a “contract year,” this would be his first year of a new contract. We’re in desperate need of some front court help given the age of Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Joe Smith and Ben Wallace. But it Varejao the answer?
Per 36 minutes, Andy averages nine points, 11 boards, with a steal and a block. But he’s also a liability at times, and would provide some risk to be left on the floor for that amount of time. Will he ever be a 30 minutes per game guy? Does the new flopping rule impact said decision? That’s for you to decide.
Let’s hear it…
Re-Sign or Release: Delonte West (90 percent say Re-Sign)
Re-Sign or Release: Daniel Gibson (75 percent say Re-Sign)
Re-Sign or Release: Devin Brown (54 percent say Release)
Re-Sign or Release: Sasha Pavlovic (86 percent say Release)
Re-Sign or Release: Damon Jones (56 percent say Release)