Cavs pick up pieces and begin future-minded moves

Kirk LammersContributor IAugust 1, 2010

This offseason for the Cleveland Cavaliers has been worse than I could have ever imagined in my deepest, darkest nightmares, and that is not about to change during the remainder of it. With that being said, the best way for the wine and gold to begin moving forward into the post-LBJ era is to make future-minded moves, acquiring draft picks, maintaining and increasing cap space, and bringing in young, athletic players with upside that will fit Coach Byron Scott's system. In the last week, they've begun to do exactly that.

It began with the signing of last year's first round draft pick, forward Christian Eyenga and adding undrafted rookie Samardo Samuels of Louisville and the Bulls' summer league roster.

Eyenga, at 6'5" and 210 lbs. out of the Congo, played in Spain last year for DKV Joventut's second tier team, Prat, and struggled to put up numbers and stay on the court. After opening eyes with some stunning plays in last summer's games, Eyenga showed more consistency. With 11.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, Eyenga put up good figures while still showing the raw athleticism on given plays that drew the Cavaliers to him. The Cavs signed him to a 2-year deal for about $2 million with options in years three and four. This way, the Cavaliers can control Eyenga's development in the States, and I would venture to say that Raw-yenga will be spending a significant amount of time in the NBDL this year.

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