The Cleveland Cavaliers, as expected, have tendered qualifying offers to Sasha Pavlovic and Anderson Varejao. This means that each player qualifies as a restricted free agent and also gives the Cavaliers the right of first refusal on re-signing each.
Pavlovic, who played in 67 games this season, while staring in 28 of them averaged 9.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
Varejao, played in 81 games with six starts and averaged 6.8 points and 6.7 rebounds.
According to Chris Sheridan, the Cavaliers are looking to trade Larry Hughes.
Brian Windhorst also suggests that the Cavaliers are interested in trading him:
“This is true and this has been true since the trading deadline when Danny Ferry openly told the media that he had conversations about every player on his roster with the exception of LeBron James. Make no mistake, the Cavs could trade Hughes, he is not totally untradeable as many suggest.”
The Seattle SuperSonic have three point guards after they picked up Delonte West in the Ray Allen deal. The Cavaliers have been interested in West for a while and they might try to get him from Seattle.
Source: Brian Windhorst Blog.
If you are interested in becoming a season ticket holder for next season, the Cavaliers are hosting a special Select-a-Seat Open House on Tuesday, July 10th from 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena.
“Fans will have the opportunity to hand pick the best available seat locations, including a limited number of lower level locations. All open seats will be tagged to identify availability.”
As a season ticket holder, you will receive:
- Guaranteed seats for every home playoff game in the 2008 Playoffs
- Renewal rights on seats each year with the chance to upgrade their location
- Access to Flash Seats, the Cavaliers online, paperless ticket management system
- Personal Client Experience Specialist to service their account throughout the season
- Team shop discounts and more!
Many Cavaliers fans have enjoyed Brian Windhorst articles throughout this season and previous seasons. Brian’s articles appeared in many publications including ESPN.com and many other local and International publications.
Brian took sometime this afternoon to answer some questions about his career, childhood and his thoughts about the Cavaliers this off season. Continue reading “Q&A With Brian Windhorst”
What does this yearâ€™s free agency look like? It all starts at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. â€œThis isnâ€™t the greatest class,â€ said TNTâ€™s Charles Barkley. â€œBut there are some players out there who can help some people.â€
There is a 10-day moratorium during which teams can negotiate with free agents, but no signings can take place until July 11, when the new salary cap for the 2007-08 season is set. An expected cap of 56.8 million would put the Memphis Grizzlies, 11.4 million and the Orlando Magic, 10.8 million as the top teams with the most room.
There are three exceptions that allow teams to go over the cap.
-A team can re-sign its own free agents for any amount up to the maximum player limit, if the player was with the team for the three prior seasons or if he changed teams by trade.
-Each team has a mid-level exception, based on the average player salary, expected to be about 5.5 million.
-Each team also has what is called a million dollar exception, set at 1.83 million for next season.
Anderson Varejao and Sasha Pavlovic from the Cavaliers are both restricted free agents that will garner some attention and force the Cavs to make a decision on whether to match their offer. A look at some of this seasonâ€™s other top free agents:
Billups â€“ A free agent point guard that is expected to resign with the Pistons.
Lewis â€“ Seattleâ€™s 6-10 scorer with three point range. He has career averages of 16.6 points and 5.8 rebounds.
Wallace â€“ One of the leagueâ€™s top all-around players at 6-7, he led the Bobcats last season in scoring (18.1) and steals (2.0).
Bibby â€“ Sacramentoâ€™s clutch shooter who is comfortable playing with the ball or off it.
According to Brian Windhorst, the Cavaliers are interested in Jared Dudley, an undersized power forward from Boston.
Also, according to some Cavs officials, the Cavaliers have 15 guys they are interested in and would be willing to draft if they can get in with cash. These guys would be available from picks 22-40 according to Windhorst.
Source: Brian Windhorst BlogÂ
Donyell Marshall of the Cleveland Cavaliers will make a special guest appearance at Cedar Point this Sunday, July 1.
He will be signing autographs and fans will be able to get photo with him.
Marshall will also participate in the Cedar Pointâ€™s ultra-popular 3-Point Challenge basketball game.
According to the New York Daily News, the Grammy winner Usher and his fiancÃ©e, Tameka Foster, have confirmed that they’re expecting a bundle of joy. The baby is due in December around Christmas.
“We are extremely excited at this point in our lives, planning our wedding and the joy that comes with expecting our first child together,” the couple said.
The NYDailyNews also reported that Usher missed a series of games because of rumors that he didnâ€™t get along with Lebron James.
From the NYDailyNews:
Meanwhile, the singer has been working to mend ties with the Cleveland Cavaliers, of which he is a minority owner.
Fans of the NBA team started to doubt Usher’s team spirit after he missed a series of games, including a playoff game that was played while Usher was busy at the Tony Awards. Amid rumors that Usher didn’t get along with small forward LeBron James, the team even stopped playing the Grammy winner’s tunes for a period.
Tempers cooled recently when Usher accepted one of the team’s repeated invitations to perform the National Anthem. “That was the first step to mending ties,” said a source close to the singer.
Usher’s spokesman called reports of tension with James and the Cavaliers “ridiculous. Usher made it clear how pained he was to miss the playoffs because of the Tonys. No one is more proud of the Cavaliers than Usher.”
Source: NY Daily News