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NBA Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers Should Sign David Lighty

CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 20: David Lighty #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes gestures after making a three point basket against the George Mason Patriots during the third of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 20, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Benjamin FlackSenior Analyst IDecember 7, 2011

The ubiquitous Bill Simmons of Grantland.com is in the midst of his "12 Days of NBA Christmas" series and on Tuesday he broke down the available shooting guards and their possible landing spots.

The column centered around free agent Arron Afflalo and how much he is actually worth. Simmons mentions the Cavaliers as a team that would be interested in Afflalo's services should they choose to amnesty Baron Davis.

I think that the Cavs would definitely be in the market for Afflalo except that his potential price tag in the area of $50 million over five years might be a little rich for what Cleveland is trying to do.

I say all that to point out that when Simmons is breaking down the potential teams, he notes the current 2-guards on each team's roster. He wrote this about the Cavs: "Amazingly, none."

Now, obviously somehow he overlooked Alonzo Gee.

And if that last sentence didn't make you laugh, spit your drink all over your computer, cry, or crap your pants then just stop reading because this article isn't for you and you must be delusional about Gee's potential.

This brings me to the point of the title and that the Cavs should sign undrafted free agent David Lighty.

I'm not going to lie to you, this is a total homer pick.

CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 20: David Lighty #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes claps after a play in the first half against the George Mason Patriots during the third of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 20, 2011 in Clevelan
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Lighty grew up in the Cleveland area playing prep ball at VASJ and then was a standout at Ohio State.

Now, there's a reason that Lighty did not get drafted. I don't necessarily know what that reason is because I'm not an NBA scout.

But what I do know beyond a shadow of a doubt is that (biases aside) David Lighty is better than Alonzo Gee.

Lighty does not do any one thing great.

His most outstanding characteristic is that he is a very good and versatile defender. During his tenure with the Buckeyes he was known to match up against any position on the court.

He has good size at 6'6" and 216 lbs. and can knock down 3's at least semi-reliably.

I might be blinded by my homerism, but to me this just makes too much sense.

What do the Cavs have to lose? Signing Lighty won't cost you anything.

The only "obstacle" would be prying him away from his Italian team, Bennet Cantu.

But seriously, does anyone really think that he'd prefer to stay in Italy over playing for his hometown team in the NBA? I didn't think so.

So memo to Chris Grant and Byron Scott, I know you like Anthony Parker and all, but David Lighty is the guy you want.

Make it happen.

You can follow Benjamin Flack on Twitter @ClevelandFlack

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