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Old 02-01-2011, 11:40 AM   #6 (permalink)

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i had originally thought that cle was going to have a very tough time rebuilding, but their team salary isn't as bad as i thought. varejao is getting paid too much, but it's not obscene. mo and antawn don't have too many years left, and there aren't too many $4-5 mil guys like boobie gibson. within a couple of years they will be clear of all non-varejao bad salaries, so that puts them in a similar situation to us.

their problems lie in the lack of quality youngsters. they have hickson, but that's about it. their 1st pick this year will help. having derozan, davis and Bargs may give us a leg up, depending on your view of bargs.

neither one of these teams is a free agent destination, so building through the draft is necessary. toronto seems to be one or two youngsters ahead in teh plan.

the reality is that both teams will need a lot of luck, and cleveland is cursed as a sports city.
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