Sources say numerous teams have inquired about Varejao, but the Cavs won't even entertain such talks unless they're getting a superstar in return; Anthony, for one, has made it clear he wouldn't sign an extension in Cleveland.I'm all for playing hardball... but a superstar?? Again: "Cavs won't even entertain such talks unless they're getting a superstar in return." Awesome.
I'm of the belief that the Cavs need tear down and rebuild in order to get back to the promise land (legit title contention). They have an entire roster built around a player that is no longer here.
Cleveland needs young guys and draft picks and guys like Varejao could bring in a decent haul of both (though if they're waiting for a superstar, they'll be waiting awhile). I like the fact that teams are asking about Cavalier players and I'm interested see what the Cavs philosophy is at the trading deadline.
I find it funny that teams are calling about Varejao. I was under the impression that Cavs had LeBron and no other talented players. It was Bron-Bron and a bunch of bums, no? But now teams want Andy, Boston signed Delonte and Shaq and LeBron took Z with him to South Beach. Playoff contenders want Cavaliers. You'd think they'd want good players.
If I'm the Cavs, I offer Varejao to the Oklahoma City Thunder (but not for Kevin Durant, because dangling Andy for a superstar is dumb). They're a team that could use a young, defensive big and they've been stockpiling young guys and picks for awhile now.
Speaking of tradeable players and young guys, the Cavs recently made a few announcements regarding both (I consider 4/5th of the starting five "tradeable players").
First, the starting lineup is going to be Mo Williams, Anthony Parker, J.J. Hickson, Varejao and Jamario Moon (with Antawn Jamison coming off the bench). I think Byron Scott has to start Hickson and that means the veteran Jamison comes off the bench. Jamison can play the small forward position at times, but he can't defend opposing threes on a regular basis. Once you decide to move Antawn to the bench, Moon is basically the default starting SF (but he does fit the up tempo offense). I like this move; Moon is athletic and Jamison gives them some second unit scoring.
The other announcement was that Manny Harris beat out former second round pick Danny Green for the fifteenth and final roster spot. I don't have a huge opinion on Harris but I've liked what I've seen. I don't even hold the fact that he went to Michigan against him.
Maybe I'm weird, but I don't usually hate on Michigan guys in the pros. As weird as it sounds, I want Michigan to be good. When OSU beats them, I want it to matter. So once guys get into the pros, I want them to do well so reflects well on UM (and therefor the Big Ten and Ohio State). So well done, Manny Harris.
(Also, Danny Green: wasted draft pick? Maybe).