The Cleveland Cavaliers have been very quiet since the return to business as usual with the lifting of the lockout. In, fact they have only made two real moves, both geared towards bettering a team that only won 19 games a season ago. They re-signed veteran guard Anthony Parker and used their amnesty clause on injured guard Baron Davis.
Parker, one of the teams more steadying locker room presences, was signed again for just that purpose. He is expected to be a mentor and a veteran voice on a team that is mainly going to consist of young players. Parker signed a one year deal worth $2.25 million dollars.
"From the beginning, even from last year, Cleveland was the team that showed the most interest," Parker said, adding that Boston and New York had inquired about his services. "Mr. Grant always said he wanted to bring me back and that meant a lot to me."
Parker should begin the season as the starter at shooting guard but will more than likely see his minutes evaporate as the season wears on and the team wants to see how the young guys look starting.
Baron Davis, on the other hand, will not be wearing a Cavaliers uniform this season after the Cavs used the Amnesty Clause put into the new CBA to devoid themselves of the remaining $27 Million dollars owed to Davis. Davis will still receive his money but it won't count against Cleveland's salary for the next two years.
The Cavaliers acquired Davis's services last season in a great trade that saw the Cavaliers get Davis from the Clippers along with an unprotected first round pick that ended up being the number 1 over all. Cleveland then used that pick on Duke point guard Kyrie Irving and will be going full steam with him at the start of the season.
Davis's stay may have been short with the Cavs but he belied his rep as a somewhat troublesome person and was purely professional. He leaves the Cavaliers with good feelings on both sides and a thick wallet.
It is expected that once Davis clears waivers and heals up, he has a nagging back injury that will sideline him up to two months, he will sign with possibly the LA Lakers or the New York Knicks.
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