What was expected to be a NBA Finals showdown between No. 24 in L.A. and No. 23 in Cleveland has now become a showdown between No. 24 and No. 12 in Orlando.
The Orlando Magic and L.A. Lakers are meeting in the NBA Finals. It's not a joke... It's really happening.
So as we say goodbye to the Cavaliers and get one year closer to LeBron's big decision in Free Agency, we must see what the Cavaliers need to do to win a ring, and possibly keep King James at home.
One look at the Cavaliers roster and one person sticks out like a sore thumb, Wally Szczerbiak. This man is making nearly $14 million a year, or for another way to look at it, $2 million a point. I don't know how he has fooled so many teams, but his performance is not worth the price tag. Get Rid Of Him!
Rumor has it Ben Wallace is on his way out of the Association, so no need to deal with his inflated salary as well. Cleveland losing Wallace and Szcerbiak opens up nearly $30 million for the team... With James thinking Free Agency, Cleveland getting veteran talent around him should keep James in his kingdom.
Cleveland has to Keep Zydrunas Ilgauskas around. He is getting up in age, but he opens up the floor with his ability to hit shots around the perimeter.
James needs the floor to be open so he can get the easy buckets and get to the line. I would expect "BIG Z" to give the Cavs a hometown discount.
Daniel Gibson has to get his game going. The Cavaliers three-point marksman from playoff past has been behind Mo Williams and he is not developing his game.
I understand that "Boobie" is a smaller player, but if he is not playing more, you are opening up the floor for lesser players such as Sasha Pavlovic. The team needs to incorporate their offense with Boobie, Mo Williams, and LeBron James on the court together.
LeBron James needs to become less of an option in Cleveland. I know he is the go-to guy and that all the teams are keying on how to stop King James.
The problem is that his teammates are not giving enough back to the Cavaliers. LeBron goes out everyday and makes Delonte West and Mo Williams better basketball players. The problem occurs when these players are asked to hit the shots and they cannot.
Cleveland's next order of business is going to be getting a pass-first point guard. A guy like Steve Blake would be an excellent fit for the team, as he can give LeBron a breather up and down the court.
Mike Bibby will be available this year, and with him along with Williams, Gibson, James and Big Z can finally make their run.
Cleveland needs to get tougher on their interior defense. Guys like Anderson Varejao play a style of defense reminiscent of Vlade Divac. Joe Smith is getting old and I wonder how much more he has left in the tank.
The Cavaliers will address their toughness in the draft, probably drafting a undersized wing player.
Guys who I see making it before the end of the round include: DaJuan Summers out of Georgetown, Sam Young out of Pitt, Jeff Adrien from UConn, and Derrick Brown from Xavier.