Opportunity Knocking: Could Sheed Land in Cleveland?
This may just be speculation or it could seriously make intense rivalries in the Eastern Conference. Could the Cavs try and pick up another ageing star who is in search of another championship?
Yes, I'm talking about Rasheed Wallace.
SLAM ONLINE reports-"My sources say that Rasheed Wallace and the Cavs are beginning talks on a two-year deal worth about $10 million per for the services of the former Piston. The move and negotiations were inspired by Dwight Howard's dominant performance over Cleveland's big men in the Eastern Conference Finals. And Wallace will be brought in for that very purpose, to neutralize Dwight Howard next season and help the Cavs get over the hump."
It would not be surprising to me if the Cavs went after Rasheed in free agency this year.I think like this the Cav's want a championship and Rasheed wants a Championship what a coincidence.
GM Danny Ferry should really look into signing Rasheed. The Cavs are willing to do anything to keep LeBron in Cleveland and win a championship and this would greatly help their chances for one to do the other.
Looking at the Cav's salaries and this years free agents, not to mention the new Chinese investors acquiring Rasheed Wallace should not be that hard of a task. Looking at the Cav's expiring contracts they are going to have a lot of cap room especially if they don't resign Wally Szczerbiak whose salary was $13 million. Also, another little known fact is former point guard Eric Snow was still under a $7 million dollar contract until after this season.
With the contracts of Wally Szczerbiak and Eric Snow alone the Cavs would have relieved $20 million off their payroll.
Last year, Sheed made $13 million. I could conceivable see him asking for any where between $10 and $15 million this off season, which is not a very high asking price for a guy who could give you solid points and play good interior defense.
Now, things are starting to come into focus. The money is not a problem but, maybe the the team chemistry is or some people may ask "Why would they sign him?".
Well, it is quite simple. The only real competition in the Eastern Conference are the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic. Boston already has their squad together with Rondo, Allen, Pierce,Garnett, and Perkins and the Magic do to with Nelson, Turkoglu, Lewis, Howard and newly acquired Vince Cater.
The Cavs still have to make a move to match the Magic acquiring Vince Carter and what better way to do that then sign the big man Rasheed Wallace.
Sheed really wants to get back to the NBA finals. Right now, from the looks of things the Cavs would be the best chance he has. It is also a two way street Sheed adds a critical piece to the Cavs and gets the things he desires.
Acquiring Rasheed would make the Cavs better on both ends of the floor. They would get a good low post defender who is lighter on his feet than most power forwards in the league. They also will get a good offensive scoring Power forward who could step out and shoot the three at times.
One last thing to think about is think of the lineup they would have Mo Williams, Delonte West, LeBron James, Rasheed Wallace,and "The Diesel" Shaquille O'Neal.
Sounds pretty dominate to me.
Right now this is just speculation. On Wednesday the official free agency period strats and we will see who how much speculation my assertion is.
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