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Sbank
07-01-2008, 07:46 PM
Free-agency pursuit comes with low budget
Don't be surprised if the Cavaliers kick the tires of many free agents.

But they really don't have the money to make a big splash. They have the mid-level exception (between $5.5 million to $5.6 million) and the bi-annual exception (approximately $1.9 million) at their disposal, even though they might not use either of them.

Four free agents that might make some sense for the Cavs are Clippers point guard Shaun Livingston, Celtics forward James Posey, Bulls point guard Chris Duhon and Pistons forward Jarvis Hayes.

Another player that would look good on the Cavs' roster is forward Josh Childress, who is a restricted free agent with the Hawks. It would probably take the full mid-level exception to sign him, however.

The Cavs have several free agents of their own to deal with, including guards Daniel Gibson and Delonte West, who are both restricted. Forward Devin Brown and center Dwayne Jones are unrestricted.

A league source said the Cavs have been working on some possible deals, including a sign-and-trade.

The salary cap will be announced July 8 and will be worth between $58.8 million and $60.5 million. The Cavs currently have about $82.7 million committed in salaries (about $24 million over the cap). Teams can start signing players on July 9.

There's a moratorium on signings from July 1-9.

In other news, Cavs center Zydrunas Ilgauskas had an MRI on his back last week. He's supposedly doing OK, but the MRI confirmed that more rest was needed.

rfinnan@News-Herald.com

News-Herald (http://www.morningjournal.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19817239&BRD=1699&PAG=461&dept_id=46370&rfi=6)
I think a sign and trade would help suit us better then a normal sign.

CHief_0_o_Wahoo
07-01-2008, 08:08 PM
Sign and Trade would be the only way to make a big impact on our roster so thats what I hope to see, but then I realize Ferry will go after a MLE guy and be satisfied..:pity:

IndiansFan337
07-01-2008, 11:39 PM
I don't think we will use our MLE since we are already in luxury tax territory. But I do think we should offer it to a few guys & see if they'll take below market value to come play alongside LeBron & for a chance to win a title. I know they aren't likely to take it, but it'd be worth it to pay the luxury tax if we could somehow get Corey Maggette, Josh Childress, Baron Davis or James Posey to play for the MLE.