Could McDyess and Gooden become Cavaliers?


Brian Windhorst from speculates on whether McDyess or Gooden could land themselves in Cleveland.


McDyess is a versatile player, who can play both power forward and center, and is a strong shot-blocker, rebounder and outside shooter. He’s also a strong locker-room presence. All of which would make him a perfect fit with the Cavs. It would probably come at the sacrifice of playing time for rookie J.J. Hickson but would fill the role vacated by veteran forward Joe Smith after the trade for Mo Williams.

So why would he consider the Cavs? McDyess has a good relationship with Ben Wallace stemming from the time they played together in Detroit. The Cavs are also a contender, which would likely be a prerequisite for McDyess. But there’s also money and that may well be a big factor.


Former Cav Drew Gooden is comfortable in Chicago, he is now the Bulls’ starting center and new coach Vinny Del Negro has named him one of the team’s captains. However, this is the final year of Gooden’s contract and for the first time he will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. Whether or not the Cavs would be interested would depend on what happens with Anderson Varejao, who can opt out of his contract at season’s end. But Gooden, himself, may have some interest.

“I really enjoyed playing here and the people here,” Gooden said. “If they called, I would listen.”

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