Saturday, June 6, 2009
My sources say that Rasheed Wallace and the Cavs are beginning talks on a two-year deal worth about $10 million per for the services of the former Piston. The move and negotiations were inspired by Dwight Howard’s dominant performance over Cleveland’s big men in the Eastern Conference Finals. And Wallace will be brought in for that very purpose, to neutralize Dwight Howard next season and help the Cavs get over the hump.
This supports what we previously reported about what it will take for Sheed to come back next year.
If this signing falls through, I’m hearing that Cleveland may do a sign and trade with the Clippers for Zach Randolph, which certainly makes sense for the Clippers since they are taking Blake Griffin No. 1 overall.
Rasheed Wallace is a nice idea. While he may not be what he once was, he's still a better second option than Mo Williams, and a big body to boot. He averaged 12 points, 7.4 rebounds and over a block a game last year. That brings scoring from both inside and outside -- Wallace shot 35% from three in 2008-09. The only downside would be his age and subsequent deterioration as a player, but it probably won't have a significant effect on the Cavs. They're clearly a win-now team.
Now Zach Randolph is a completely different story. He puts up phenominal numbers -- 21 points, 9 and a half rebounds last year -- but he takes a lot of bad shots. At times, he tries to control the offense, and usually ends up making dumb plays. If he can acknowledge that LeBron is the first option, then maybe he'd fit. Although, unlike Wallace, Randolph doesn't play defense.
At we know the team is making moves to improve LeBron James' periphery.