I don't really feel it necessary to debate the merits of the Cavaliers re-signing Anthony Parker. It's going to happen. From a show up and available to play hard every night category, AP has been the most dependable Cavalier over the last two seasons. He might not have always played as well as he did during his glory years, but he's always been there for the Cavs, played hard, and been a positive influence both in the locker room and on the floor as well. So in a season of uncertainty with three key young players new to the Byron Scott system (Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Omri Casspi), and three aging vets who spent much of last season injured (Baron Davis, Antawn Jamison, Anderson Varejao), I can see where it'd be nice to know what you're going to get every night from a guy like Parker.
He'll be healthy (has played 70+ games in each of last five seasons), he'll play as much defense as he can, and he'll also score 8 points per game. In addition to that, he'll help Omri Casspi, who he knows well from both of their Maccabi Tel-Aviv days, settle into his new surroundings here in Cleveland and it'll bascially be a good time had by everyone involved. Which is why the Cavaliers continue to consider re-signing AP a priority.
The latest on this from Sam Amico at FSO:
Sources have indicated the Cavs are likely to offer free agent Anthony Parker a two-year deal. Parker, 36, started the majority of games at shooting guard last season. “They want to keep him,” one source said. “They like him as a leader and mentor.”
Just because the Cavs might offer Parker a contract doesn’t mean he would have to accept. At this point in his career, he may want to play for a veteran team that’s considered a championship contender. But he is also said to be very open to returning.
For the record, I'm fine with re-signing Parker and I think it's a good idea for all the reasons I mentioned above. I am assuming they won't have to break the bank to do this however, and I am also assuming that Baron Davis will get some run at the two guard spot this season as well if he stays. This would have to be the swan song for Anthony Parker too though, as far as spending a season starting at the SG spot for the Cleveland Cavaliers goes. No offense, but I do think they're going to need somebody younger than 36 to play the position next season. As far as this one's concerned, the ball is yours Parker. Let's do this.
Amico also mentioned that Ramon Sessions is generating significant interest around the League as well, with the Knicks being one of those teams - again - interested. This makes sense for a couple reasons too. First being the obvious one, that the Cavaliers are loaded at the not really all that tall guard spot right now. Kyrie Irving isn't going anywhere, Daniel Gibson makes $5 million, Baron probably won't be amnestied, and then you have Sessions. Really just no room for Sessions in the backcourt mix basically, even though that's not really his fault.
I believe Ramon could be the best back-up PG in the League and/or start for the bottom 10 to 12 teams in it that didn't just draft a PG in the top-10 of this past June's draft (CLE, DET / Knight). That said, New York makes sense as a likely landing spot for him. Iman Shumpert (who NY picked 18th) can play the one a little bit, but I think he will be more effective as a freakishly athletic wing player who I also think will actually start at the SG spot over Landry Fields. So Sessions probably does fit in nicely behind Chauncey there.
And like it was referenced last season, Sessions has ties to the Mike D'Antoni staff going back to his high school days, and they've wanted him for a while now. NY pursured him now three summers ago as a FA, and it surfaced various times last season that they wanted him again. Sessions is a good player, and he would also flourish in a D'Antoni system that will create driving lanes for him to get to the basket, so it does make sense. But who / what could the Cavaliers get in return?
I'll take in order: Carmelo, Amare', Iman Shumpert, or two first round draft picks. Too much? Okay I'll take Landry Fields who Shumpert may make expendable this season by taking all his SG minutes. I'm in no rush to shove Sessions out the door though, because the shame of it is he would probably be a steady back-up to Kyrie over the next few years. Just don't think it's in the cards for that to happen though, and a guy like Fields [lobs hypothetical rumor out there] could play the two here in Cleveland maybe.
There are definitely a few contending teams that could use Razor Ramon's services as a back up. I've listed a few below who would seem to fit well with the Cavs.1. New York Knicks. They have been rumored to be interested in Sessions for years. Even though they've just drafted Iman Shumpert, that interest remains. As stated above Sessions for Landry Fields trade makes some sense, particularly if Shumpert can start at the 2 if hypthesized. Fields had a lot of trouble adjusting to playing with Carmelo, but could fit well here as the starting 2 guard. Given the Knicks complete lack of cap space, a third team might have to be involved.2. Memphis. If Shane Battier and Sam Young resign that would give Memphis Rudy Gay, Young, Battier, OJ Mayo, Tony Allen, Josh Selby, and Xavier Henry at the wings without a quality backup behind Mike Connelly. Personally, I think OJ Mayo is overrated. He's a small 2 guard who is an inefficient scorer. Mayo will also be a restricted free agent after this year and will likely command more money than he is worth. Xavier Henry didn't get much run last year, and has some flaws. But is young enough that he could grow into a starter for the Cavs. He also is a solid shooter who has a reputation as a player of good character
@Mikethefan Razor Ramon is a great nickname Mike, well played. So first of all, thanks for that. Secondly, on the teams Razor fits with:
1. Knicks - Agreed. And I really do think Shumpert will start at the SG spot this season for NY, he will be good too. Landry Fields was pure speculation on my part, but it is also a good point by you on his trouble adjusting to playing with 'Melo. Shumpert will do his damage in transition, off of defensive steals and turnovers primarily, so for that reason he does fits better.
2. Memphis - I hadn't thought of that, but possibly as a back-up to Mike Conley. They do have a lot of wing players like you said, especially if they sign Battier, but the flip-side of that for the Grizzlies is they also liked some of what Greivas Vasquez brought last season plus they drafted Josh Selby (who will prob play some PG) high in the 2nd round too. So maybe they don't need a back-up PG - technically - however Razor is better than both Vasquez and Selby right now too.
Good stuff man.
I say let Parker go. He's 36 and does not have anything left in his tank. If anything, he spent his best years with Toronto. Instead put Kyrie Irving in the two guard spot alongside Baron Davis. He has the size (6'4" 190lbs) and the range to play that position. In addition, it would bring less less pressure on him as he will not be expected to run the team.
@slapdoghoops I'm all for the BD / Kyrie Irving backcourt, but if so I'd like to put the ball more in Kyrie's hands and let BD try to play off him. But...even if you did that, you can't do it for 48 minutes a night and still probably need a seasoned SG with some size at that position on your roster. Enter, AP.