Cleveland Cavs must stick to the script this off-season

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The Cleveland Cavs have already brought back a very familiar face this off-season.  Nope, not LeBron James.  Even better, Mike Brown has returned to become head coach!  (Crickets)

Now in year three of the post-LeBron rebuilding effort, the Cleveland Cavs front office must stick to the script of the past few summers; build through the draft and avoid making dumb moves via free agency or trade that will ruin their cap space.

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Cleveland Cavaliers look to build around Kyrie Irving this off-season

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All things considered, there should actually be optimism regarding the Cleveland CavaliersKyrie Irving appears to be the face of the franchise that Cavs fans hoped they were getting with the top overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.  With four of the top 34 picks in the 2012 NBA Draft and a ton of cap space, management should look to build around Irving this off-season.
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Applying the Allan Houston Rule to NBA Central Division Teams in 2011

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One of the topics expected to be discussed during the pending NBA Lockout is the possible revival of The Allan Houston Rule.  When a new CBA was agreed upon in 2005, it allowed NBA teams a one time opportunity to waive a player and not have his contract count against the luxury tax teams have to pay if their team salary exceeds a pre-determined amount set by the league.  The released player becomes a free agent but his salary still gets paid and counts against his former team’s salary cap.  Ironically enough, Allan Houston was not a victim of The Allan Houston Rule.  The Knicks instead decided to waive Jerome Williams.

If the new CBA once again invokes this clause, most teams will probably take advantage since it would save them possibly tens of millions of dollars.  To keep up with the times, we will change the name of this from “The Allan Houston Rule” to the “Rashard Arenas Rule” since Rashard Lewis and Gilbert Arenas easily have the two worst contracts in the league.  Allow me to break down each team and who would end up being the casualties of this rule.  Here is the Central Division.

By: David Kay

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LeBron-less Cavs Could Go from Best to Worst in East

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The Cleveland Cavaliers franchise may never fully recover from LeBron James leaving for the Miami Heat.  Look how long it has taken the Bulls to shake off the effects of Michael Jordan‘s retirement.  David Kay’s NBA season previews continues with a team that could very realistically go from the best in the Eastern Conference to the worst.

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NBA Power Rankings: #4 Cleveland Cavaliers


By: David Kay

2008-09 Season Summary:

They had the best record in the NBA, the league’s MVP and Coach of the Year, but once again LeBron and the Cavs fell short of the ultimate goal, winning the NBA Championship. The acquisition of Mo Williams proved to be a great move as he provided LeBron a running mate who could step up when the King was having an “off” night. Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Ben Wallace, and Wally Szczerbiak took a step back though and failed to be the complimentary players needed to deliver, especially down the stretch run in the post-season. LeBron continues to live up to the hype and is quickly becoming one of the best to ever play the game. He simply cannot do it all by himself. Now faced with the potential departure of King James from Cleveland next summer, Cavs management has no room for finding the right pieces and must act now in figuring out what it will take to bring the gold ball home.

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