Sunday, July 19th, 2009 at 1:04 pm  |  32 responses

Cavs Set to Land Moon

According to multiple sources, the Cleveland Cavailiers have agreed to a deal with small forward Jamario Moon. Moon is a restricted free agent, so the Miami Heat have seven days to match the offer. It’s unlikely that they will, however, as they continue their attempt to save money for next year’s free agent class. The Cavs felt the need to make a move, as their conference rivals have been bolstering their lineups since free agency began on July 1st.

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  • http://www.milliondollamindz.com/blog MillionDollaMindz

    ^ Big Pun Trailer & Transformers Episodes

    I like the change buy doesn’t really change the dynamics in the east. Miami lands Odom and Boozer Cavs 3rd or 4th best team, in the East.. Dwight Howard a year better Orlando is the reining East Coast champs so


  • Vegas

    How do they have so much cap space?

  • Quail

    @Vegas: I wonder the same thing about Boston.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    that’s a very solid 8-man rotation with prolly parker, moon and z off the bench. they could upgrade the 4-spot. i’m not sure if jj is ready. boobie is not needed. west is the starting 2 and the back up point.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    gooden has been tweeting about coming back to cleveland… i dunno. he’s the only dude that i remember bron genuinely disliking. he would just stare at him with a disgusted look on his face everytime drew would pull one of his trademark low-basketball IQ move.

  • http://kneejerknba.blogspot.com/ KneeJerkNBA

    Love the Parker acquisition. Moon’s a nice piece, too. They had the best record in the league and just got deeper.

    @Million: Orlando takes a step back next year. They underestimated what Turk, Alston and Lee did for them in the Eastern Conf Playoffs. And VC and Van Panic getting along? Don’t think so. Vince plays no defense and takes really bad shots.

  • SK

    @Vegas and @Quail

    Cleveland and Boston have no cap space left, and had none coming into free agency. Because they’re over the cap though, they each have the midlevel exception ($5.8 million to give out this year + raises of ~8% for each year of the contract they give to the mid-level signing).

    They can keep Verejao without consideration of having no cap space because he’s been with them for a number of years, so the $50mil/6 years doesn’t affect their mid-level.
    I guess the Moon signing will be partly from the mid-level.
    And just to point out, the trade of Wallace, Pavlovic for Shaq was a trade that didn’t help out this summer’s cap space, but because Shaq’s contract expires in summer 2010 they have cap relief then.

    Same thing, way over the cap. They however have used the entire mid-level on Rasheed.
    Daniels might be acquired in a trade with Indiana for Scalabrine, Tony Allen. Otherwise he would be signed with a bi-annual $2mil that teams get.

    I think this is how it works, from what I’ve read on the blogs and what’s happened in past years.

  • Rob

    “How do they have so much cap space?”

    Vegas, they don’t have cap space, they just use all their exception to continue to extend their total salaries, a thing few team use since it cost a lot in luxury tax.

    They simply have lots of money.

  • Prison Mike

    Now if he dunks on LeBron during practice, what does Nike do then?

  • SK

    And as for the LeBron 2010 free-for-all, Cleveland can offer an extra year (6yrs instead of 5yrs) plus Cleveland can offer 10.5% annual raises whereas other teams can offer 8% raises. The extra year and that 2.5% adds up to a lot of guaranteed money if he signs somewhere else.
    Also, Cleveland doesn’t have to take their cap situation into account when making a contract for LeBron, but other teams MUST be under the cap significantly to sign him.
    Otherwise a sign-and-trade would have to be worked out, where LBJ signs with Cleveland for the max and then gets traded for other players.
    So thinking about the Knicks, they don’t want to sign anyone to a deal longer than 1 year so they’ll have no contracts in 2010 but also absolutely no trade pieces, except Eddy Curry’s deal and maybe David Lee if he signs.
    But New York is still New York and Cleveland is not.

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  • Si

    Miami so far havent done anything. Everyone else is getting better and theey wont make the playoffs unless they get Moon back, Odom or Boozer. I bet Odom goes back to LA and Boozer goes to Chicago. Come on Pat, do something!! Just in case you miss out on Bosh next year!

  • Bruno

    nike would hide jamario for a month

  • ab_40

    they should try to trade big Z and or delonte for a good shooting guard who’s taller then 6-2 and maybe a mobile 3/4 who can play off lebron and shaq.

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  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    Antione Walker and J-Dub is who the Cavs need!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    they do have options now because of the added depth. delonte and z could get packaged for a good 4. which would bring andy backing up the bigs, boobie backing up the 1 and moon backing up the wings. i do expect greene and jj to play spot minutes. but who’s available for a trade?! amare?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    antoine would be disastrous. he must wight 300+ right now.

  • Quail

    @SK: Idk how u know so much about that stuff, but I applaud u sir… I applaud u.

  • Quail

    @Z: Dont forget the Cavs have Anthony Parker too. So if they get a good starting 4 for Z, they could go 10-deep if they wanted JJ getting some burn. Mo-Delonte’-King-the 4-Shaq as starters. Bench: Boobie-Parker-Moon-JJ-Andy… I like it.

  • Matthew Lopez

    Crazy trade: Rip Hamilton and Kwame Brown for Delonte West and Big Z.
    The cavs get a very good sg and a decent back up centre, the pistons save some money, get a better centre, and put delonte on the bench with bynum and get to put BG7 as a starting sg.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    ^epic fail.
    @ Z: I will crush you for suggesting the Cavs trade the only other player who played his ass off in the playoffs (Delonte).
    BTW, Amare had yet another surgery so I don’t think he’s a home-run trade anymore.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    So… now they have Parker and Moon (apparently), and only Varejao at the 4, does that mean Bron is gonna spend more time there?
    Otherwise Moon… just wtf were you thinking, if you expected to get minutes on a championship calibre team – unless you thought you’d just sit on the bench all year for the ring.

  • Flash

    for the little time you spent with miami… we’ll miss you jamario moon tnx for the highlights!

  • ripriprip

    Nike would have Jamario assassinated.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    I would hope LeBron would play the 4 more this season, or at least in the playoffs. But I trust intelligent in-game playoff decisions of Mike Brown less than a rumor that Tayshaun Prince is overweight.

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  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Anton, I can’t believe you trust Brown that much! But, it’s not like James is undersized or anything lol. He’d be like Dirk or ‘Shard with the mismatch position wise… but better. That’s scary. Especially having a 6’9/260PF/PG running full bore at you. Damn.
    Mo, West, Moon/whoever, Bron, Shaq/Varejao/Z
    that should be the second unit imo.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    So basically Cleveland’s bench is Toronto’s old starting line up. AP and Moon re-united.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    I’m intrigued by the second unit rotations that can be had cause Shaqalicious and Z give you two different offensive schemes, along with Parker and Moon. Maybe DWest will come off the bench this year and get the 6th man award.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I’d start Parker and bring D-West off the bench as a combo guard. He can back up both Mo and Parker and would still play 30 + it would prevent Boobie from touching the floor. Moon would back up James and share time at the 4 with LBJ. Z would back up Shaq. That’s a solid 8-man rotation. Maybe JJ gets a couple of minutes. Boobie, Greene and Darnell fill out the roster.