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Sbank
07-14-2008, 11:01 PM
Cavs looking at Traylor again
There have been times, Robert "Tractor" Traylor admitted, when he thought his NBA career was finished. Now he's not so sure.

The popular former Cavalier, who most recently played in the league in 2005, will play with the Cavs' summer league team in Las Vegas next week. It is the second time in the past eight months the Cavs have taken a look at Traylor. Last December, he worked out for the Cavs before Anderson Varejao settled his contract dispute and joined the team. Traylor wound up returning to Puerto Rico, where he has played the past two seasons.

Cavs General Manager Danny Ferry was complimentary, if noncommittal, when asked about the future of the 6-9, 289-pound, 31-year-old Traylor.

"Robert has continued to play professionally the past two years," Ferry said. "He is talented and still loves to play the game. I think he will do a good job for us in Vegas."

Traylor, a first-round draft choice out of Michigan by the Dallas Mavericks in 1998 and the sixth player taken overall, was sent to Milwaukee for the rights to Dirk Nowitzki. He spent his first two seasons with the Bucks before being traded to Cleveland for the 2000-01 season. In the next four seasons, he played in Charlotte and New Orleans before returning to the Cavs for the 2004-05 season. He averaged 5.5 points in his second stint with the Cavs that season, when he set career highs in games played (74), points (409), rebounds per game (4.5) and minutes per game (17.9).

But in November 2005, he had heart surgery to correct an enlarged aortic valve. He said the situation was not life-threatening, but it was career-threatening. After the surgery, he pushed too hard trying to come back and suffered a setback, delaying his return to the league even further.

Now Traylor thinks he's ready to come back. He'd love to grab one of the Cavs' roster spots, but he's happy to have the opportunity just to show everybody he's ready to return.

"I'm blessed," he said. "Everything's going great. I've been healthy the last year-and-a-half or two years."

Of course, Traylor said he has changed since the last time he was with the Cavs.

"I'm a totally different person," said Traylor, now married with a 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son. "I've grown up a lot. When you've been playing basketball since you were 9 years old . . . . I don't want to say that basketball's not important to me. I couldn't say that. I've been playing since I was 9 years old.

"But now my family is 1A, and basketball is 1B."

Plain Dealer (http://blog.cleveland.com/sports/2008/07/cavs_looking_at_traylor_again.html)
He could help our roster and add more to our depth of Foward if he makes the rosters.

CHief_0_o_Wahoo
07-15-2008, 12:51 AM
I seen a highlight of Traylor dunking so it was nice to see he still has some athleticism.

AMC31
07-15-2008, 02:01 AM
If we were to sign him for the season we would have way too many big man.

enabring
07-15-2008, 10:21 AM
If we were to sign him for the season we would have way too many big man.

There is almost no such thing when it comes to NBA, especially when we might to looking to trade AV and Smith along with Wally's expiring contract (I know Wally is not a big man). I would rather have this beast than Dwayne Jones as a 12th man.

IndiansFan337
07-15-2008, 10:31 AM
There is almost no such thing when it comes to NBA, especially when we might to looking to trade AV and Smith along with Wally's expiring contract (I know Wally is not a big man). I would rather have this beast than Dwayne Jones as a 12th man.

Dwayne Jones isn't playing in our summer league, so I don't think we'll have him as our last guy again this year. He probably realized with us drafting Hickson & Jackson that his time here was coming to a close.

Traylor would be very useful if we are to trade Varejao and/or Smith.

Edwin
07-15-2008, 10:36 AM
cleveland has nothing interesting goin on. what is traylor goin to do for this team to get them to the next level. absolutely nothing. i thought this was looking for another star player to play with lebron.lol

TrueFan23
07-15-2008, 11:10 AM
u don't need him

AMC31
07-15-2008, 11:28 AM
There is almost no such thing when it comes to NBA, especially when we might to looking to trade AV and Smith along with Wally's expiring contract (I know Wally is not a big man). I would rather have this beast than Dwayne Jones as a 12th man.

very true

CHief_0_o_Wahoo
07-15-2008, 05:40 PM
u don't need him


cleveland has nothing interesting goin on. what is traylor goin to do for this team to get them to the next level. absolutely nothing. i thought this was looking for another star player to play with lebron.lol

Traylor can play a part in making a trade though. Obviously he isn't a star but he is a player to give us depth so we then have the ability to trade Varejao. I want him because he is a veteran big man coming off a very young bench beside Smith.
It would not be a earth shattering move but it helps the process of getting better go a lot smoother. (we wouldn't need a backup big man in a trade)