I leave for vacation, and Delonte West remains unsigned and his agent is making it sound like Delonte is not happy with negotiations. I come back from vacation and Delonte West remains unsigned and his agent is making it sound like Delonte is not happy with negotiations. I guess I didn’t miss much while I was gone.
Anyway, here’s what we know. We know Delonte isn’t going to play in Russia. We know the Cavaliers will surely match any offer any other team makes for Delonte. So we know Delonte will be playing in Cleveland this year. The question will just be whether it will be for his one year qualifying offer or if it will be for a new long term contract he agrees to with the Cavaliers. Either way, we feel confident Delonte is still a Cavalier for at least one more year, and now he needs your help…..badly.
Ryan McNeil over at Hoops Addict is hosting a Floor Burn Tournament. He writes,
“Each night ESPN, NBA.com and YouTube are flooded with clips of players soaring through the air for rim rocking dunks, buzzer beating three-pointers and blocked shots that make your jaw drop in amazement. While those are all entertaining plays, teams who win championships need players who are willing to get a little dirty and do the little things needed to help their team win. As valuable and crucial as these players are to their respective teams success, these players rarely get the credit or respect that they deserve. With that in mind, the First Annual Hoops Addict Floor Burn Tournament will kick off this week.”
That’s where you, our faithful readers come into play. Ryan was kind enough to ask us to nominate a Cavalier for this tournament. Had this been a year ago, of course I would have picked Anderson Varejao. However, after the holdout and the lackluster season out of Andy, I just couldn’t bring myself to nominate him. So instead, I went with Delonte West. Well, in the first round, Delonte drew Jason Maxiell of the Detroit Pistons, and Delonte is getting hammered so far. The Pistons fans are clearly heading over there and voting en masse, and we need to respond in kind. So go ahead and take a minute and head over to Hoops Addict by clicking here, and vote for Delonte West. And while you’re over there, please check out the other first round matchups and cast your votes there as well.