The Cleveland Cavaliers Are Now The Team To Beat In The NBA

Cory HolibaughCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2009

It has been reported that free agent Anderson Varajao has resigned with the Cleveland Cavaliers. It has also been reported that Toronto Raptor free agent Anthony Parker has come to terms with the Cavaliers.

Varajo's deal is six years worth $42.5 million and can make it up to $50 million with incentives. Parker's deal is worth a portion of the $5.8 million mid-level exception, and is either two or three years.

The Cavs kept its power forward and got themselves a big guard. And don't forget about the acquisition of Shaquille O'Neal. This is an offseason come true, despite the Cavs not getting Ron Artest or Trevor Ariza.

Last seasons starters were Mo Williams, Delonte West, LeBron James, Anderson Varajao/Ben Wallace, and Zadrunas Ilgalskus. West and Ilgalskus will now be playing from the bench. This is perfect.

Ilgalskus is a player that can come of the bench and score and West is a playmaker than brings energy off the bench.

With Shaq handling any big men (ex. Dwight Howard) that Ilgalskus couldn't handle, and Parker being able to defend bigger guards (ex. All of the Magic Guards!) that West was too small for, the Cavs should now be the favorite in the Eastern Conference, or maybe even the NBA.


PG- Mo Williams
SG- Anthony Parker
SF- LeBron James
PF- Anderson Varajao
C- Shaquielle O'Neal

Bench: (rookies=*)

G- Delonte West
G- Daniel Gibson
G- Tarrance Kinsey
G- Daniel Green*
G/F- Christain Eyenga*
F- JJ Hickson
F- Darnell Jackson
F/C- Lorenzo Wright
C- Zadrunas Ilgalskus

This roster is stacked better than any year before and you can expect big things from the Cavs. Hopefully this team can "win a ring for the king."


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