While We’re Waiting… Thirsty Thursday Edition

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.  Today’s edition is loaded with links from those that joined us for last night’s Thirsty Thursday in Akron.  Good times.

Now if we could just find a partner… “Since for some strange reason, the Cavs were handcuffed from making any moves in Free Agency since about Thursday-ish (a little after 9pm), a lot of the first, second, and third tier Free Agents are off the market.  Instead of throwing our capspace at RFAs and UFAs that won’t add anything to the roster next year, now’s the time to talk trades.

The Cavs have a TON of assets. From the LeBron S&T alone, they have a $16mil TPE, 2 first rounders, and 2 second rounders. Plus they have $9mil in capspace from FAs having gone (LeBron, Z, and Shaq). And they have Delonte’s cap-friendly contract ($4.6mil, with only $500k guaranteed) to dole out too. Plus, I’m fairly certain that no one is untouchable on the team, except for maaaaaybe JJ Hickson.” [Amin Vafa/Stepien Rules]

Broadview Height, Ohio resident pleads for LeBron James to come back via custom made signage. ['64 and Counting]

Cleveland –> Freedom! “It turns out that I’ve been absolved from the responsibility thanks to the the proper deal that’s been worked out between Shaun Rogers and County officials pertaining to Rogers having forgotten that his licensed firearm was in his carry-on bag when he was in a hurry to catch a flight at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport back in April.

Everybody wins here. By the deal, Rogers will avoid any jail time for making it through one year of probation, forty hours of community service, and a ten-hour weapons course, all theoretically useful things for Rogers, the Browns, Cleveland, thus humanity.” [Cleveland Frowns

Ten crazy LeBron-related events over the past five days, including Mo Williams’ tweets and LeBron getting booed at ‘Melo’s wedding. [LeBromageddon]

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnny Ray… “August 5th will be “Jersey Demolition Night” at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.  The Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the class A short season affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, will be inviting anyone to bring LeBron James paraphenalia to the ball park to contribute to their “LeBronfire” immediately after the game.  Also accepted will be any kind of disappointing Cleveland merchandise or memorbilia.  Anything referencing “The Shot”, “The Drive”, “The Fumble” or Modell moving the Browns to Baltimore would be accepted as well.  If that wasn’t enough; tickets, beers and hot dogs will all be $1 too.” [Thunder Treats]

And finally… “What?!? [Antawn Jamison] hopes [LeBron James] gets a championship? Are we not in the same league? Are you not competing for the same goal and prize? But yet you are wishing another player on another team you hope he gets a championship. Granted, Jamison is stuck with the Cavaliers after being basically a rental player to win a title last year, but this is not the mentality I want on the Cavaliers. You think Michael Jordan or Larry Bird hoped Magic Johnson gets a championship? Hell no. I miss the old days where players hated each other.” [Dugout Sports Show]

  • http://shakesthesnowglobe.blogspot.com EZ

    I believe Stepien Rules has the facts a bit wrong. We don’t have $9Mil in cap space right now because we haven’t waived the bird rights to Shaq so we still have his cap hold. We are technically still over the cap. If we had cap space it would invalidate the TPE that we got in the James trade. Teams can only claim exceptions when they are already over the cap. That’s what they are “excepted” from. If a team has cap space that by default means they are allowed to take on more salary than they send out.

  • http://twitter.com/cpmack Chris

    Jamison isn’t a guy that will bad mouth anyone, anywhere. He’s always been this way. He conducts himself with class, and you’ll never hear anything negative about him or from him.

    Why is this such a surprise?

  • http://www.60bpm.com/ Robbie

    Whoa… “Jersey Demolition Night” sounds like a disaster ready to happen. $1 beers + remembering all sorts of horrible sports memories + FIRE!!!

  • MattyFos

    Robbie- I think you mean “‘Jersey Demolition Night’ will be a good time” lol

    The Cavs are interested in Ronnie Brewer. I say “COME ON DOWN” if the price is right. I just want to make some moves and Brewer is a solid player, good defender too.

  • http://twitter.com/cpmack Chris

    So he who shall not be named is now targeting Jawad Williams for his Legion of Doom.

    If he couldn’t build a winner in Cleveland, what makes him think he can do it in Miami?

  • MattyFos

    So, Atlanta has pulled out of talks about Shaq? I read on hoopshype.com that they do not want to trade away one of their starters. YAY!

  • Stinkfist

    Scott, you scared the crap out of me. I came in to work thinking it was Friday, open WWWaiting and see “Thirsty Thursday Edition”. Thanks pal, funny.

    Anyone see this article about the fancy-schmancy King-James pendant? It was on Yahoo, so probably. The best part of this article is that Maverick Carter lives with his mom! Haha
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/newsnet5/newsnet5_ts3135

  • Roosevelt

    Why are people caring about Jawad Williams all of a sudden?

    Gotta love Mav and the posse. He’s obviously in the right, and he still looks like an idiot.

    @1 EZ: So we have to keep Shaq or s and t him for the exmption to mean anything? Also, does the exemption work for luxury tax, or only for the cap? I ask because while Dan might be willing to pay a couple extra mil for the right guy, he’s not likely to pay double the guy’s value in a “reloading” year.

  • Lyon

    I find it funny that LBJ wasn’t a fan of the roster while here (at least ESPN would lead us to believe that) but now that he’s gone he’s recruiting guys who didn’t even have an impact on the season last year.

  • http://shakesthesnowglobe.blogspot.com EZ

    @Roosevelt

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s how it works. It’s why we didn’t release any free agents after Chris Grant in the press conference was talking about “up to $13M in cap space.” That would only have occurred if we waived Shaq’s rights and released Delonte. Once the Cavs decided to s/t Lebron to Miami they nixed the talk about releasing all of the team’s free agents for cap space because they acquired the TPE. Now they’re trying to swing trades to stay over the cap and still utilize the exception.

    The exception allows the team to exceed the cap, but it does not except the team from paying the luxury tax.

  • Fred Beene

    “Lebronfire.” hah. This is the stuff of a psycho girlfriend who can’t let go. Who in their right minds is going to want to come play in Cleveland?

  • http://twitter.com/cpmack Chris

    “Who in their right minds is going to want to come play in Cleveland?

    7 digit paychecks are normally a pretty decent incentive.

  • MattyFos

    @Fred Beene,
    Players who want a passionate fan base with fans that will love you and root for you, as long as you don’t leave us at the altar. Then act like a LBJ (Loyalty Betraying J@ck@$$) by recruiting players to your new team who weren’t “good enough” to help you win here.

  • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com Cleveland Frowns

    Great times as always, guys. Thanks again.

  • MattyFos

    Why am I never invited to these Thirsty Thursday events? It kind of makes me sad…. I mean an actual invitation. Sent through the mail, addressed to Mr. MattyFos. Not this group invite. I TURN MY NOSE UP TO YOU, WFNY

  • MattyFos

    In all seriousness, is that picture of Gilbert intended to look like he has a hangover?

  • Fred Beene

    @ Matty. I did not like “The Decision” either.

    Trouble is there is a third party at the altar — the Cleveland Cavaliers’ organization. I don’t know what is behind Lebron’s departure but I do wonder if he had some issues with the organization that we do not know about.

  • MattyFos

    @Fred-
    Maybe, but it seems like the team bent over backwards to make him happy. He may feel discontent to the organization. But I doubt his feelings are warranted. At least they weren’t warranted until Gilbert had his say.