The Cleveland Cavaliers have not been shy about how much they want to win a championship; they are the team that has made the greatest effort to build a championship team this offseason.
They have the best player in the league with LeBron James, a key acquisition from last season in Mo Williams, and one of the best centers of all-time in Shaquille O'Neal.
The Cavs are definitely not short on talent, and based on their aggressive offseason, they have the right attitude about winning a championship.
They have expressed interest in Trevor Ariza and Ron Artest. Both players are great defensively, which will help the Cavs against the Magic's athletic forwards.
Who fits best for the Cavs?
Trevor Ariza would be the best choice because he is younger and is still developing—but he may be too expensive.
James has been involved in the pursuit of Artest, and there is no doubt that Artest would be a great addition to the best defensive team in the league.
Artest is the most likely player to end up in Cleveland because the Cavs can't spend too much money. I think James would like to have Artest as a teammate (not an opponent) considering that Artest held James to 33 percent shooting in the Cavs' game against Houston last season.
I think either player would be a great asset for the Cavs. They have the size and strength to guard power forwards and small forwards. They would fit the missing piece.
Today, they introduced Shaq to Cleveland, and he made one thing clear: He wants to "win a ring for the king."
I think either Ariza or Artest increases those chances.
Shaq still lacks a nickname, but he still thinks he has what it takes to be a dominant big man this year. And when he talks, you can hear his eagerness to play with James.
Last year, Cavs fans were disappointed in the Conference Finals, but this offseason has me ready for the 2009-2010 season to start.
Thinking of King James, "The Big Buckeye" Shaq, Mo Williams, and Ariza or Artest being on this team may have Cleveland fans hoping to skip football season and go straight to basketball.