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.
Well, that went well. Moving back to the frontcourt, we take on a little-known, young power forward that has his name in the Notre Dame record books alongside one Austin Carr: Lucas Cameron Harangody.
2010-11 Salary: $437,604
2010-11 Statistics (with Cavaliers):
2010-11 Recap: Though it seems like the season came and went without Cavalier fans seeing much of the 6-foot-8-inch rookie who was acquired in a deadline deal with the Boston Celtics, Luke Harangody played in 21 games for the Cavaliers – just 10 fewer than the injured Anderson Varejao. Bringing effort, toughness and a fairly good jumpshot (for a big man), Harangody quickly endeared himself to Clevelanders thanks to his all-out hustle during his sporatic time on the court.
Coincidentally, Luke became a big fan of Cleveland despite admittedly expecting the worst when he had heard he was being moved. Following the final game of the season, Harangody told WFNY that the respect factor of head coach Byron Scott coupled with the amazing fan base (the 100-93 season-ending win over the Washington Wizards “felt like a playoff game”) made his brief stay here one that was very enjoyable and that he hopes is long term.
The Cavaliers will obviously attempt to address the frontcourt this coming offseason which could have a sizable impact on the 23-year-old forward. The team did give up a future draft selection for his services, so there is a decent chance that he’s at least given a shot to earn one of the final spots on the 2011-12 roster.
As the de facto GM, Does Skywaker’s late-season play warrant another year or so with the Wine and Gold? Let’s hear it.
|2011 Re-Sign or Release Scorecard|
|JJ Hickson||96||Joey Graham||96|
|Christian Eyenga||95||Anthony Parker||76|
|Ramon Session||87||Antawn Jamison||64|
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