Monday, August 14, 2006

Gooden deal near?

A report Sunday night on Channel 19 says the Cavaliers and Drew Gooden are close to agreeing on a deal.
Take it for what it's worth. Channel 19 disclosed no details if they had any, and remember that this is the channel that has made impulsive and irresponsible journalism a hallmark of every newscast.
I won't totally believe the story until it's corroborated by a reputable source like the Associated Press or the Akron Beacon Journal's Brian Windhorst. But if it is true, it's big news for the Cavs.
We've all be waiting for the Cavs to take a significant step forward this summer, certainly as it appears the Bulls have taken a major step forward by signing Ben Wallace and the Bucks and Pistons have at least managed to tread water.
But even more important is ensuring that the Cavs don't take a step backward. Re-signing Gooden would do just that.
And honestly, knowing that the Cavs won 50 games last season, and knowing that LeBron James has improved by leaps and bounds every season, there are far worse things the Cavs can do besides stand pat.
The Cavs went in to the offseason with three main objectives: sign LeBron to an extension, figure out what to do with Gooden, and upgrade the point guard position.
A re-signing of Gooden would put two of those goals in the bag. As far as a better point guard, that's going to be kind of difficult to accomplish in a trade or free agency. The point guard free agent class was thin this summer, and the bulky contracts of Eric Snow and Damon Jones are proving to be immovable objects from the roster.
Again, you could do worse than the Cavs' current point guard situation. This season, we get a chance to see what draft picks Shannon Brown and Daniel Gibson can do. Sure, it's not as sexy as nabbing a big-name point guard, but if the Cavs are going to become a perennial title contender, they have to find draft picks who can contribute from the first year. How Brown and Gibson perform this season will be a great barometer on what kind of GM Danny Ferry really is, what kind of moves he can make when he doesn't have $28 million of cap room to spend.
The nip-and-tuck moves Ferry can make might be his most valuable. If the Cavs have the nucleus of LeBron, Gooden, Larry Hughes and Zydrunas Ilgauskas intact for the coming years, this team might progress without making huge moves. As I said at the outset of the offseason, stability should be a priority after several years of roster turnover.
Re-signing Gooden would help stabilize the roster in a big way. Despite what some fans might think of his inconsistent game, he is the poster child of "you could certainly do worse." Reggie Evans, anyone? A platoon of Anderson Varejao and Donyell Marshall?
If I can't have Tim Duncan, I'll take Gooden over starting with those guys any day.

1 comment:

Ben said...

Looks like they were right, Gooden just signed a 3 year $23 million dollar deal.

That is not bad at all, it gives the Cavs flexibility in terms of money AND years.

Ferry is starting to look pretty good.