Posted by Royce Young
And the successor to the throne in Cleveland is... Joey Graham?
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! reports the Cavs have inked Graham to a two-year contract, with terms undisclosed at this moment.
What does this mean? Well, the Cavs are struggling a bit. Currently, they have one actual small forward on the roster and that's Jamario Moon. So Graham certainly has a spot and a need, but right now, Cleveland's at an interesting intersection: Rebuild or stay somewhat competitive?
The Cavs don't have any inclination to make a run past the first round of the playoffs next year, and that's if they even make it that far. So is it worth signing a decent veteran like Graham instead of hanging on to the space and starting to build a bevy of assets?
Graham is not at all a step in advancing past the LeBron era in Cleveland. He's merely a placeholder. And if that's what the Cavs want, so be it. Honestly, it would be tough for the folks of Cleveland to stomach a rebuilding year next season. It would be constant reminder as to how much LeBron meant to that franchise. So the Cavs are going in the direction of trying to remain competitive for now, because it puts on a good face to the fans. It's the family that's broke still throwing its kid a sad birthday party.
The trade sending Delonte West and Sebastian Telfair to Minnesota last week signaled a bit that maybe the Cavs were looking to start a process of rebuilding. They sent a player away in West that is a productive player and has been a large part of the success of the franchise over the last few years. Plus, besides Ramon Sessions who obviously is who the deal was for, they snagged Ryan Hollins who isn't a shabby inside player and a second-round pick.
Cleveland is at a crossroads no franchise wants to stare down after losing a star. Scrap everything and start over or try and put on the happy face for the fans? And apparently, it'll be the happy face for now.