For those of us who play fantasy sports, the 2009 NBA free agency isn't coming as much of a surprise.
We've all played in a league where thanks to smart drafting, a few guys jumped out to 4-0 while some other guys jumped to 0-4. You knew the panic trade or panic waiver drop was coming.
You knew the 4-0 guys were going to use the fear of the teams going 0-4 to load up their already stacked roster.
Well hold onto your keyboards because fantasy and reality have just met!
Thanks to the recession, every GM has turned into a weird combination of Mike Dunleavy and Chris Wallace; they not only make bad trades that don't help them at all, but they send their best player in the package.
Yes, even Cleveland.
One 38-year-old center does not a super team make. Don't let Sportscenter confuse you.
Even with Shaq, Cleveland still lacks what the other four teams I mentioned have, and a quick comparison of just the stars will show it.
Lakers-Pau Gasol/Lamar Odom/Ron Artest/Kobe Bryant
Spurs-Tim Duncan/Manu Ginobili/Tony Parker/Richard Jefferson
Magic-Vince Carter/Rashard Lewis/Jameer Nelson/Dwight Howard
Celtics-Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce/Ray Allen/Rajon Rondo/Rasheed Wallace(most likely)
Cavaliers-Lebron James. . . .
Don't get me wrong, Shaquille O'Neal is still a top five center. But that only goes to show how far that position had degraded. He gets All-Star votes because people love Shaq. It's the Manny Ramirez Corollary if you will.
Mo Williams is a fantastic third fiddle. But that's what he is, a third fiddle. All the guys I mentioned above are star guys or second fiddles who could play the star if need be.
If the Cavaliers want any chance of making another NBA Finals run then they're going to need to pick on the guys going 0-6.
They're going to need to steal Marion from the Raptors; easier said than done since he has proven to care more about money than titles.
He's the last big star left that fits this team perfectly.
He's the last chance the Cavaliers have at showing Lebron James they REALLY, REALLY want to keep him here.
And who knows, maybe Lebron will see Artest's monetary sacrifice and shave some money off his soon to be legendary contract. . . .
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