Tuesday , Jul , 21 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Will James, O’Neal, Moon, Parker, and Varejao option help Cleveland win NBA Title in 2010?

As a young player, Ferry, years ahead of the Euro-explosion, signed in Italy instead of joining the lowly Clippers. Back then, this was unheard of for a second overall pick. As GM of the Cleveland Cavaliers he has spent this summer remodelling LeBron James’ supporting cast after the club’s surprising loss to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals. It didn’t matter that his squad posted the league’s best regular season record …


Will James, O'Neal, Moon, Parker, and Varejao option help Cleveland win NBA Title in 2010?



Breaking NBA news mixed with analysis …

Our Quick Analysis: The Cleveland Cavaliers have confirmed their pursuit of restricted free agent forward Jamario Moon, who finished last season with Miami.

The Heat have seven days to match Cleveland’s contract offer to the 29 year old Moon. The Cavs announced the offer on Monday but did not release terms. (TSN.ca)

Their News: Clearly, Danny Ferry has no issue with risk or change.

As a young player, Ferry, years ahead of the Euro-explosion, signed in Italy instead of joining the lowly Los Angeles Clippers. This was, and still is, unheard of for a second overall pick.

As GM of the Cleveland Cavaliers he has spent this summer remodelling LeBron James‘ supporting cast after the club’s surprising loss to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals. It didn’t matter that his squad posted the league’s best regular season record.

Ferry’s off-season agenda was simple: get bigger down-low and on the wings. After all, Dwight Howard feasted on Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Anderson Varejao, while Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu calmly shot over Cleveland’s miniature perimeter players.

Enter Shaquille O’Neal, Jamario Moon, and Anthony Parker.  Suddenly, the Cavaliers can go big and athletic against the rival Boston Celtics and pesky Magic. Is this enough? Will giving Coach Mike Brown the option to use James, O’Neal, Moon, Parker, and Vareajo put Cleveland back in the NBA Finals?

The super-size look could be deadly. Parker is listed as a two-three, but filled-in admirably at point guard for Jose Calderon in Toronto, while Moon’s length and athleticism is useful in disrupting passing lanes. Best of all, both have size and experience as lockdown defenders.

O’Neal has never been great in his own end. Opposing teams regularly throw pick-and-rolls at the big man, hoping he’ll go under the screen or not bother switching. And when his fitness is waning, the veteran gets beat on the boards. Still, O’Neal is a relatively active body, something that was missing against Howard last playoff.

Of course, there are still holdovers such as James and Varejao. This five will allow the Cavaliers to go big for portions of the game. And Ferry is hoping his changes will payoff with an NBA Title in 2009-10.

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