Back in May, 2008, we featured a little series called “Re-Sign or Release” where we went through every player on the Cavaliers roster and turned to the readers to see what they would do if they were the general manager of the Wine and Gold and – hypothetically, of course – all of the players were up to have their respective contracts renewed.
Same hypothetical this time around: We’re looking to build for the future; all players are restricted free agents, likely requiring a bit of a pay raise from last season. Do you re-sign them? Andrew has already laid out the roadblocks currently facing the Cavaliers in 2011; now it’s your turn. Vote below and leave your support in the comments.
With Daniel Gibson keeping his roster spot by the skin of his teeth, leaving Anthony Parker as the lone man out, we turn to the final member of the backcourt with swingman Alonzo Gee. Like Parker and Manny Harris before him, Gee is in fact looking for a new contract this coming season. The rub is, will it be with the Cavs?
2010-11 Salary: $508,130
2010-11 Statistics (with Cavaliers):
2010-11 Recap: Following the release of Jawad Williams, the Cavaliers quickly hosted a multiplayer tryout and came away with an athletic wing player who could jump out of the gym, but one who also spent a good portion of his NBA career under the tutelage of Greg Popovich – a head coach who Byron Scott frequently lists among his pantheon of respected peers.
A lot of Gee’s game was unknown by Cavalier fans, but once implemented into the Cavaliers’ gameplan, Gee not only progressed offensively, but he managed to use his athleticism on the defensive end as well. A kid who would often settle for three-pointers or long two-point jumpshots, fans had the opportunity to watch Gee’s game mature through the course of the season, capitalized by the arrival of one Baron Davis; Gee was one of Davis’ students on the practice floor and during games.
At 23-years of age, Gee could very well be on his fourth team in as many seasons come 2011-12, but what he meant to the Cavaliers’ win total was statistically more than Manny Harris and Christian Eyenga provided combined, despite playing in more than twice as many games. Gee may never be anything more than a fourth or fifth option, and undoubtedly plays a position which the Cavaliers need a dire upgrade. But given his age and desire to improve, could he be in line for a depth-based spot among the final 15?
Re-Sign or Release: Daniel Gibson (58 percent say re-sign)
Re-Sign or Release: Baron Davis (84 percent say re-sign)
Re-Sign or Release: Christian Eyenga (95 percent say re-sign)
Re-Sign or Release: Anthony Parker (76 percent say release)
Re-Sign and Release: Ramon Sessions (87 percent say re-sign)
Re-Sign or Release: Manny Harris (68 percent say re-sign)
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