Analyzing Anderson Varejao and Sasha Pavlovic Situation

Peter Vecsey of the New York Post had a good article about Anderson Varejao and Sasha Pavlovic contract negotiation.
Signs are the Cavaliers might have to start the season without them unless Varejao settle for what he’s really worth.

Both players passed on accepting one-year qualifying offers that would have made them free agents next year.

Lebron James wants the team to be together but there is no way Anderson who averaged six-point and six-rebound is worth $9 million per year.

Pavlovic is “asking anywhere near the $25-30M over five years that has being reported and is prepared to accept $5M per ($1.9M last season) for two or three” according to Peter.

Last week, Danny Ferry wanted to discuss the contract with Varejao without Fegan in the middle.
He traveled to Brazil to meet with him but that didn’t work and Varejao is “remaining loyal to Fegan and adhering to his demand”.

“One way or the other, to Fegan’s credit or discredit, there’s never an easy negotiation for any team, no matter how nice or nasty it acts. And the majority of his clientele sign bad deals – for the team; Troy Murphy, Erick Dampier, Rafer Alston, Earl Watson and Nene, to name a few.

Then there are Fegan’s customers who either want to be traded (Shawn Marion) or wants to be traded  (Yi Jianlian). I assume Varejao fits snugly into the first category. As far as I can see, there are no takers, not for what he wants.”
“Even if there were, how do the Cavs get fairly compensated? Either James will have to arbitrate this lose-lose situation or create a Nike commercial about it”

So what do you think? Should Danny Ferry give up to Fegan’s demands?

You can read the full article here.

Reghi catches up

In Their Words is a weekly feature appearing Sundays in The Blade’s sports section. Blade sports writer Maureen Fulton talked with Michael Reghi, a longtime sports broadcaster in Ohio who was the television voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers for 12 years.
Fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers endured a long run of mediocrity before their recent NBA Finals appearance. But for 12 years, the man describing it provided a lift.
Michael Reghi and his popular catch phrases were one of the images of the Cavs, and it was never more obvious than when new owner Dan Gilbert fired him last year with two years remaining on his contract.  To read the rest click HERE

Source:  ToledoBlade

James ready for Orlando

LeBron James’ shoulder is fine and he will play Wednesday when the Cleveland Cavaliers face the Orlando Magic in a preseason game in China, a Cavaliers spokeswoman said Sunday. James left the 96-90 loss Friday to the Seattle SuperSonics in the third quarter with a bruised right shoulder.

The Cavaliers Are Off To The Far East

Macau Tower at night.The Cavaliers and a party of about 100 people left Cleveland Hopkins International Airport late last night in an 18 hour trip to Shanghai.

The team will spend four days in Shanghai and play an exhibition game with the Orlando Magic.

Then team will spend four days in the southern gambling town of Macao and play another exhibition game with the Magic.

China Games Schedule:

Wed 17: vs Orlando @ 8:00am
ESPN2 and WTAM 1100
Where: Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, Shanghai, China

Sat 20 vs Orlando @ 12:30am
ESPN2 and WTAM 1100
Where: Venetian Arena, Macao, China

Players and coaches will be involved in several community events promoting the team and NBA during the trip.

”I think is it a great opportunity, it will be a new experience for a lot of our guys,” said James, who has been to China three times on Nike promotional trips and with Team USA.

Source: The Akron Beacon Journal

The Cavaliers Lost to Sonics 96-90

LeBron James was forced out of in the third quarter because of a right shoulder contusion. The injury doesn’t appear to be serious. He had 14 points for the Cavs.

Shannon Brown lead the Cavaliers with 19 points and Ira added 13 points.  But in the third quarter, the Sonics took control of the game and outscored the Cavs 28-19.

Kevin Durant, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 draft was just 5-of-22 from the field and had 15 points and seven rebounds.

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Next stop China

You are now free to move about the country.  Or for the Cavaliers, stretch a little as they get ready for the 14 hour flight to China.  The Cavaliers leave for China after tonight’s game with the Seattle Supersonics.  “It’s a very long trip but it’ll be a good experience for us,” Zydrunas Ilgauskas said.  “It’s a once in a lifetime experience.  But hopefully, we get over the jet lag really fast when we come back.”

Simmons out with bone bruise

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced on Wednesday that an MRI on forward Cedric Simmons’ left ankle revealed a bone bruise.

He will be unavailable for tonight’s game against the Detroit Pistons, and there is no timetable on his return.

Simmons, in his first season with the Cavs, averaged 2.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 43 games last season for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.

Source:  SportsNetwork

Cavaliers Win In Overtime

It doesn’t matter if it is a regular season, postseason or preseason game, the Cavaliers and Pistons will give you your money’s worth.

But this time it wasn’t Lebron James who got the Cavaliers the win, it was Dwayne Jones who barely played last season and is fighting for a roster spot.

He calmly sank a pair of free throws with 0.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter after a hard foul by Detroit’s Jason Maxiell to tie the game 85-85.

But the Cavaliers played far from the perfect game, committing 27 turnovers. They shot 25 percent from beyond the arc and just 65 percent from the stripe.

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