What Danny Ferry Should Do to Keep King James Happy?

Bradley KayeContributor IJune 1, 2009

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Dwight Howard is a beast. Perhaps the Cavaliers would have won the Eastern Conference Finals series had they went through with the rumored Shaquille O'Neal deal, but hindsight is 20/20.  

While Orlando has a bevy of outside shooters—Turkoglu, Lewis, Alston, Lee, and Pietrus—it was ultimately the interior presence of Dwight Howard that created matchup problems for the Cavaliers. Varejao, the Z-guy, Wallace, and Co. had no answers for the all-power-all-the-time Howard.

Dwight Howard and company are not going anywhere anytime soon. Plus, they get Jameer Nelson back, adding another All-Star into the mix. What should Danny Ferry do to get Cleveland over the hump?

Adding a big clunky PF or C to the mix might create problems for James' dribble penetration style. Can he get to the rim with a Big sitting in the middle? James will just have to adapt!

First, he needs to sign a dominant Big. My top four choices would be, in this order.


1. Yao Ming

A talented shot blocker. Howard could not back down someone this big.

2. Carlos Boozer

Something transpired in Cleveland to make Boozer unhappy there. If he were still in Cleveland then they would have the power necessary to put a body on Howard.

 Boozer has also shown an interest in either Detroit or New Jersey. He must be thinking about money instead of championships.

3. Shaquille O'Neal

On a good night, he can still Shaq-Fu and/or Kazaam anyone to death. Yep, I said it. 


4. Chris Bosh

While he's not as muscular as the other three, he'd provide shot blocking capabilities, and rebounding. Plus, Bosh is a decent passer.

One thing Cleveland failed to do against Orlando was send cutters with the ball in the post. The Cleveland bigs are really poor passers, and they did not use their speed, finesse, and athleticism against the slower Howard.


All of this will be possible if the rumors about Ben Wallace retiring are true. That will open up a few more dollars to get a big name on the roster. Plus, they should dump Szerbiak, who makes $13 million a year. He's stealing money at this point.

Whether Cleveland goes big in the free agent market also depends on whether or not James wants to share the team leadership role with someone else, as well as whether or not these aforementioned inflated egos wants to play second fiddle to James (or third fiddle to Mo Williams).