Friday , Aug , 31 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Anderson Varejao & Sasha Pavlovic Unsigned, Cleveland Cavaliers Must Help LeBron James

Last July, the Cleveland Cavaliers had momentum. They had just made their first NBA Finals appearance, erasing the haunting legacy of Michael Jordan dropping his last-second jumper on Craig Ehlo’s dome. They had LeBron James, the NBA’s brightest star and best Bobby Brown impersonator. And they had the makings of a solid supporting cast with Daniel Gibson, Sasha Pavlovic, and Anderson Varejao …

The Akron Beacon Journal reports on the Cavaliers looking to add a couple of veterans:

League sources said the Cavs have expressed interest in 16-year veteran center Dikembe Mutombo. He has been offered a contract to stay with the Houston Rockets but has not signed while he considers options. Most think that he is likely to stay in Houston. . . . After having conversations, the Cavs might look to bring in guard Allan Houston, who is coming out of retirement, for a workout next month. . . . Second-year guard Shannon Brown was not impressive in summer league in Las Vegas, but sources said he played very well in Tim Grgurich’s camp in Vegas this month. He is expected to challenge for playing time in training camp.

My Quick Take:  Last July, the had momentum. They had just made their first NBA Finals appearance, erasing the haunting legacy of Michael Jordan dropping his last-second jumper on Craig Ehlo’s dome. They had , the NBA’s brightest star and best Bobby Brown impersonator. And they had the makings of a solid supporting cast with Daniel Gibson, , and .

The franchise looked to be on solid ground. But looks can deceive. Today, two months later, the momentum is gone. Other Eastern Conference powers have added talent. Pavlovic and Varejao remain unsigned, so the Cavs are considering cheap veterans like Dikembe Mutombo and Allan Houston.

Cleveland‘s front office has denied this rumor, but there is concern the team is financially unstable. Dan Gilbert owns the Cavaliers. Gilbert made his money in mortgages through Quicken Loans. And we all know what’s happening with the American mortgage industry. Again, these are rumors. Nothing more.

So money isn’t an issue. Fair enough. Then why squeeze valuable parts like Pavlovic and Varejao? Negotiations are one thing. Bitter two month long standoffs, even if the club lacks cap space, ruin relationships.

Cleveland did receive some good news. King James, fresh off his work at the ESPY awards, has been slated to host Saturday Night Live in October. Oh well, it’s better than nothing.

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