Trevor Ariza or Ron Artest—or Both—Sought by Cavaliers?

Pat DennyContributor IJuly 2, 2009

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The Cavaliers front office has shown that they are doing everything they can to get their team over the hump and win an NBA Championship. 

First, the Cavs pursue a big man, Shaquille O'Neal, by way of trade.  If Kobe could win a championship with Shaq, who's to say LeBron can't?  Yes, this is a different Shaq, but I still think Shaq is a huge addition. 

Now they should be looking for a shooting guard that can play with Delonte West. 

Reportedly, the Cavaliers are actively pursuing Ron Artest, the former Houston Rocket, and Trevor Ariza, former Los Angeles Laker.

The team had a meeting with Artest, which included coach Brown, a few others, and LeBron James.

The Cavaliers may not be the leading candidate for either player, but if either player is looking to go to a team to win games, the Cavaliers have to be near the top. 

What's confusing about the pursuit of Artest and Ariza is that both played small forward last season. Obviously neither of them are going to be replacing LeBron James. I could see Trevor Ariza playing the two-guard, but whether he could beat out DeLonte West to play that shooting guard position is a question going into the season. 

Artest is an active defender, a good outside shooter, a solid rebounder, and can draw double teams in the post.  But I'm not sure where he would fit in Cleveland.  He would probably play the power forward position, but that could raise the question if they could rebound with other teams. Which I think they could, because of LeBron's active rebounding and The Diesel's unrealistic size and strength. 

I still think that the Cavaliers should pursue a true power forward or a true shooing guard, and not a small forward that could become a four-player or a two-player.  Regardless, if the Cavs sign either of these players, they will be the team to reckon with in the East.