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.
Yesterday, we kicked things off with point guard Ramon Session, a player whom most of you were very kind to. Today, we stay young and guard-like with would-be second-year tweener Manyy Harris.
2010-11 Salary: $473, 604
2010-11 Recap: Undrafted out of the University of Michigan, Corperryale L’Adorable Harris was an 11th hour addition after he beat out former Cavalier swingman Danny Green for the final spot on the Cavaliers’ roster. Turning heads in the preseason, Harris’ willingness to attack the rim and be an offensively-minded, high-energy guard (something that Green’s relative passiveness did not provide) landed him a locker all to himself.
Rarely called upon out of the gate, Harris found himself starting in 15 games when the Wine and Gold were faced with a flurry of backcourt injuries and relative underperformance. Despite not being technically responsible for any of the Cavaliers’ 19 wins, when a part of the starting five, Harris averaged 11.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
While his minutes would obviously suffer upon the arrival of Baron Davis coupled with the relative second-half emergence of Ramon Sessions, Harris displayed solid effort (not exactly commonplace this past season) every time his name was called. Long and lean, Harris could conceivably be a solid role player in the NBA if he were to polish his offensive game and add a bit of weight to keep up with the physical nature of the game at the professional level.
Like Sessions, Harris could find himself in a bit of a bind if the Cavaliers opt for a point guard in the upcoming draft. But given the fact that he’s just 21-years of age, a rebuilding franchise can always use young, athletic guards that have something to prove to their draft day doubters. Should Harris be one of them?