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Good piece on the Cavaliers and social media- “Social media is of the highest importance to us. Sure, we’re proud of having a large audience. But what’s more important to us is providing value to our audience for the follow or like they’ve rewarded us with. How do we provide value? We do everything to make sure that the content we post is highly relevant to the fan. We look to provide them with chances to win experiential opportunities…chances to show off their fandom…and unique ways to stay close to the team and the events at Quicken Loans Arena. In my opinion we have an owner that’s very connected to this city and the fans. Quite simply the fan is first and I’ve never seen him waiver from that. It has everything to do with customer service but sometimes it has to do with rewarding fans for the investment of time, energy and money that they’ve made in the Cavaliers. What do we hope to gain? A fan for life. It is that simple.” [Read/Anchorfan]
Non-Varejao trade suggestions- “Paul Millsap sits near the top of many free agent lists. But what if Utah wants something in return? In Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, Utah currently preps twenty and twenty-one year old top-three draft picks as their front-court of the future. It seems unlikely to re-sign Millsap to a deal extending into their next contracts. Rather than plow through another April playoff exit, Utah should trade Millsap.
How about: Paul Millsap (signing an extension) for Walton, Gee, 2013 Lakers / Miami pick, Orlando 2014 2nd rounder, and worse of Miami / Cleveland 2015 selection.
Why it works for Cleveland: Millsap is really good. Plus a four-year contract amounts to his age 28 – 31 seasons, still very near prime performance. Based on PER, he always resides as a top-35 NBA player. RAPM, which loves his defensive contributions, ranks him as one of the NBA’s best-twenty from 2010 – 2011 through this season. An efficient scorer with a solid mid-range jumper, and an excellent rebounder, the Millsap / Varejao duo provides an exceptionally productive and underrated front-court to pair with Kyrie and whatever Tristan, Zeller, and Waiters become. Also, Cleveland still keeps all their picks, plus a future Sacremento first-round and two extra second-round choices.” [Hetrick/Cavs the Blog]
Gil Brandt on teams on the rise for 2013- “So much is up in the air when it comes to the Browns, whose new owner (Jimmy Haslam III) will most likely make changes in the front office and on the coaching staff. One thing is certain, though: Cleveland has some very good, young players on defense and offense. With a ton of rookies, including running back Trent Richardson and receiver Josh Gordon, the Browns are the youngest team in the NFL. (Quarterback Brandon Weeden is also a rookie, but he’s 29 years old.) Joe Haden, meanwhile, is one of the best young cornerbacks in the league. Since starting the season at 0-5, the Browns have shown nice promise, winning five of their past nine games.” [Brandt/NFL Network]
“Colt McCoy, who has yet to throw a pass in 2012 had better statistics in 2011 than Weeden has thus far in 2012. Even though it wasn’t by much, in 2011,McCoy was 265-of-463 for 2,733 yards (57.2 pct.) with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. His rating was 74.6. In 13 games, McCoy was 4-9 as the starter. For his career, he has a 6-15 record and is 400-of-685 (58.4 pct.) for 4,309 yards with 20 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Overall, his rating is 74.5. He also has rushed 91 times for 346 yards.
Through 14 games, Weeden is 285-of-498 for (57.2 pct.) for 3,281 yards with 14 touchdowns and 17 interceptions for a rating of 72.4.
Another big area of struggle for Weeden is the fact that he throws a lot of interceptions. Drew Brees and rookie Andrew Luck lead the NFL with 18 interceptions each and Weeden is right behind, as he’s tied with Mark Sanchez with 17 interceptions. Brees and Luck have thrown 76 and 66 passes more, respectively, than Weeden has.” [Greetham/The OBR]