NBA Roundtable

Cavs Close In On Daniels

In Free Agency on October 27, 2009 at 11:18 am

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports

According to league sources, the Cavs are close to signing free agent guard Antonio Daniels.

The team has been weighing the need for another guard during the preseason and has been interested in Daniels since he was waived last week by the Minnesota Timberwolves following a contract buyout. Daniels, a 14-year veteran, can play both guard positions. He will clear waivers today and the Cavs could act fast and pull the trigger.

Daniels averaged 4.1 points, 4.2 assists and shot 42 percent with the Wizards and Hornets last season.

Cavs Roster

The Cavs already have three options at the point who are all superior players to Antonio Daniels

  • Mo Williams
  • Delonte West
  • Daniel Gibson

Delonte West’s ability to play both guard spots is the reason why Cleveland do not need a third string point guard.

Antonio Daniels

Antonio Daniels is no longer a good player. He’s, at best, a mediocre third string point guard. He’s a very poor defensive player who’s inability to shoot the ball causes his team more problems than he solves offensively.

Summary

The Cavs do not need Antonio Daniels and he does not add quality to the roster.

Signing Antonio Daniels is a waste of a roster spot.

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  1. The Cavs need a real point guard.
    Someone who can take some of the play making pressure off of LeBron.
    Or even just be a play maker when LeBron takes a break.

    What would they do with Daniels? Is their an empty chair that needs filling?

  2. Delonte West may not even be in the NBA if he can’t get his head right.

    Daniels is an insurance policy. Smart move by the Cavs.

  3. Brgulker,

    I’m wouldn’t be that concerned about Delonte West. Once he gets on the basketball court and starts playing games he’ll be fine. West has always been good (mentally) whenever he’s been playing basketball. The problems happen when he’s off the court.

    I’m not convinced that this is a real possibility. Something more serious than what’s come before would have to happen to get me to worry about West not playing for the rest of the year.

    If West Couldn’t Play

    Even if West couldn’t play, I wouldn’t sign Antonio Daniels. He’s not good enough to play minutes on a quality basketball team without hurting his own team.

    I’d wait to see if I could pick up a serviceable player at a later date (someone who’s waived at mid-season or earlier, possibly a D-League star) … or sign Gabe Pruitt who’s an excellent defender and a solid jump shooter (with few offensive point guard skills).

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