Would McDyess Have A Better Chance In Cleveland?

by November 12, 2008

by Ryne Nelson

Antonio McDyess demaned a buyout in Denver because he wants a championship. Plain and simple. Ask mostly anyone, and you’ll hear McDyess will return to Detroit.

But other attractive suitors have stepped into the conversation. The Cavs hope to pry McDyess away from Detroit’s grasp during the obligatory 30-day waiting period, offering a better chance to win a title. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

According to a league source, the Cavs were in touch with McDyess soon after his buyout became finalized Monday.

But their efforts will have to be in the standings, not just the balance sheet. Just offering the veteran forward the most money, which they may be able to do, isn’t likely going to be the difference.

The 34-year-old forward may already have his mind made up, but it’s possible the Pistons’ recent travails might have him listening to offers more intently than before. If the Cavs do offer McDyess more money than the Pistons, they could become a very serious destination come Dec. 7, when MyDyess is allowed to sign a free-agent contract.

Then again, McDyess could be fielding offers to mask what seems like a pre-arranged deal to return to the Pistons. In that case, Cleveland would be nothing more than a pawn on the board. Yet, as we all know, there’s always a chance to win when you still have your King.