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Another thought on the Shaun Rogers/Eric Mangini issue: “The NFL collective bargaining agreement ends at the end of the 2010 season. This brings some uncertainty to free agency and the dollars teams will be able to spend. The threat of Lockout by the Owners is making agents and players approaching their peak earning years very, very nervous. Players are looking to cash in now under the current agreement. Rogers may just be the first in line of players looking to opt out and sign a short term, high guaranteed dollar contract, vs. a long term, high total dollar contract. (notice the Nnamde Asomugha contract. Biggest contract in the NFL. HUGE dollars in the first two years, all guaranteed, with a club option for the third year. If the CBA changes the salary cap structure, the Raiders can opt out of the top contract in the league in year 3).” [Shaver Sports]
Checking out the NBA Standings and you’ll find that the Cavaliers are back as the top seed in the East. How fitting that it was due to the Clippers, lead by a guy that the Knicks traded away to clear cap space? The Mikki Moore era begings. [Celtics Blog]
And speaking of inter-conference rivals: “The Cavs have made a lot of teams look silly this year, but the loss was Detroit’s sixth in a row and their 15th in 20 games. Forget the Pistons’ streak of six consecutive appearances in the Conference Finals — at their current pace, they’re in very real danger of missing the playoffs completely. Sunday’s loss dropped the Pistons to .500 for the first time all year, but they could be five games under water in the blink of an eye. They still have to face the Heat, Hornets, Magic and Celtics on their current road trip, and in their first game home they host Chauncey Billups and the Nuggets. Considering only three games separate them from their current place as the No. 6 seed to the outside looking in as the No. 9 seed, the time to panic has long-since arrived.” [Matt Watson/NBA FanHouse]
If Joe Smith doesn’t get bought out, could the Cavs still make a move? “[Robert] Horry, 38, a free agent, hasn’t played a game this season. He made his name coming off the bench for the Spurs the last five seasons. A 6-10 forward and center, Horry has 16 seasons in the NBA. His career average is 7 points per game. In one respect, the Cavs’ interest in Horry makes sense. San Antonio is the former home of Cavs general manager Danny Ferry and coach Mike Brown. If he’s kept himself in shape, Horry could be a valuable insurance policy in the playoffs.” [Ohio.com via SLAMOnline]
And some of the latest news on Delonte West’s wrist: “The Cavs are hopeful the soreness in Delonte West’s right wrist will fade and he’ll be able to play Thursday and have called him questionable. The team, which took Wednesday off to travel, will know more after West goes through shootaround Thursday morning. There is some question, though, as to whether West will be able to play in back-to-back sets with the wrist still going through recovery.” [Brian Windhorst/Plain Dealer]