NBA Roundtable

Cavs Bring Back Anthony Parker

In Free Agency on December 12, 2011 at 8:01 pm

IamaGm.com has the press release

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard/forward Anthony Parker to a contract, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today. Per league and team policy, terms of the contract were not announced.

“Bringing back Anthony was a high priority for us. We place great value on the leadership, professionalism and veteran presence he brings both on the court and in the locker room,” said General Manager Chris Grant. “His high basketball IQ, ability to shoot with range and play solid perimeter defense made re-signing him extremely important for us.”

Word is that the contract is for $2.25 million. Presumably a one year deal.

Analysis

I don’t like this signing. I think it’s a bad move for player and team.

For player, I just feel bad for Anthony Parker finishing his career on such a lousy team. When he first joined the league, he couldn’t get off the bench. Then he spends a few (hugely successful) years in Europe. Comes back to the NBA at 30 years of age and has spent the last five years of his career playing, with the exception of one season, on teams that had no hope of competing for a title. I would have loved to have seen Anthony Parker get that opportunity again before he retires. Alas, it isn’t a priority for him. He choose to stay in Cleveland.

As for the team, Anthony Parker is old and those wheels aren’t turning as quickly as they used to. Parker was an elite role player a few years when he first returned to the NBA but he has gradually declined year after year and is no longer even an average two guard in the NBA anymore.

Anthony Parker doesn’t add enough to the Cavaliers for them to keep such an old player. Better off searching for a younger player to develop with those minutes.

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