After playing the first 37 games of his NBA career for the Boston Celtics last season, the seven foot Turkish center ended up finishing his rookie campaign in Cleveland last year as a member of the Cavaliers. He only played in 4 games for the Cavs, totalling 12 points and 11 rebounds, and spent the remainder of the season trying to get healthy enough to play more than 4 games total.
While in Boston Erden did hit for double figure points four times and grab five or more rebounds in seven of those thirty seven games prior to arriving here, playing minimal minutes for a good team, so I suppose that's demonstrating some quality upside when healthy.
He appears to be healthy again now too, which is never a bad thing, and is currently playing alongside Deron Williams on the Turkish team Besiktas. In a game over the weekend, Erden scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (outscoring Williams by two points) to help their squad get win over Bandirma Kirmizi. So of course, there is that on this Monday morning.
Additionally, there is this Dwight Howard interview from Cleveland's favorite Uncle, Scott Raab. The link to that full interview is here, and below are a couple excerpts from that exchange between Raab and the Magic big man who's about to be a Free Agent:
SR: Do you think that the drive to represent, on an iconic level, will be a factor in your free agency? Do you see yourself in a much larger market?
DH: There's more you can do in a bigger place. I'm stuck in a tough position because I feel like right now, where I'm at, I've done so much. And I just don't know what else I can do. I can't live for everybody else. I don't know what decision I'm gonna make as of right now. It's been crazy. Everybody wants me to come here, come play here, come to our team, do this. It's a great feeling, though, to be wanted.
SR: You're gone. I can feel it.
DH: The toughest part for me is the city — the people. They've got burgers named after me in Orlando, they've got a Web site saying, "Please stay." I love the people in the city. I've literally sat on the bench with a towel on my head crying, because I feel the passion in the stands. I just think about what's going to be best for what I want to accomplish in my life. And I don't want that door to close on me, wherever that door is. I don't want it to close.
SR: Just don't do it as an hour-long ESPN special. Please.
DH: That's not me
For Full Interview: Dwight Howard: The ESQ + A
Lastly, despite Cleveland.com's best attempt to remind everyone how fat Shawn Kemp was coming out of the Lockout this past weekend, he has recently been hired to train a couple first round draft picks who are probably too young to remember how fat Shawn Kemp was coming out of that last Lockout, and I suppose too busy to read the article yet.
The Morris twins from Kansas, Markief and Marcus, both drafted in the first round this past June by Phoenix and Houston respectively with the 13th and 14th overall picks, have made the unfortunate decision of hiring Kemp to work them out according to Marc Spears of Yahoo!. One can only assume the decsion was probably influenced by Charles Barkley's rates being just a tad too high. Which means there is a decent chance that they are at Denny's this morning, with a reservation at Buffalo Wild Wings scheduled for later on in the day.
Kyrie, Tristan, if the Morris Twins invite you guys to a workout, just please don't go, whether you're friends with those guys or not, just don't do it.