July 08, 2005

Cavs finally succeed.: After being burned by Michael Redd, the Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly signed Larry Hughes to a 5 year deal for around $65 million.

posted by The_Intern to basketball at 12:17 PM - 18 comments

Hughes has been great all-around for a season and a half, but he can't shoot straight. His 43% shooting percentage is probably the worst of the star guards in the league. I think the Cavs would have been better off with Bobby Simmons, a more natural shooter with a career steadily on the rise, instead of Hughes, who only rose in his contract year. Still, this is a huge upgrade over McGinnis or Snow, and this isn't a bad SF/SG combo:

Larry Hughes
Washington Wizards
Position: G
Height: 6-5 Weight: 184
College : St. Louis '01
2004-05 Statistics

LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Position: F
Height: 6-8 Weight: 240
High School : St. Vincent
2004-05 Statistics

posted by dusted at 01:09 PM on July 08, 2005

%$@%. I am not an NBA fan, but it was nice seeing the Wizards doing well last season. He'll be hard to replace.

posted by scully at 02:25 PM on July 08, 2005

this is what i like to see, too bad we couldn't get ray allen...

posted by gregy606 at 03:01 PM on July 08, 2005

I dunno. Hughes seems like a better all-around player than Redd. Maybe Allen as well.

posted by yerfatma at 03:06 PM on July 08, 2005

Hughes would probably better than Redd anyways. Even Allen. I mean who would you rather have, a point guard besides Jeff McCinnis or a shooting guard who would have to move to the 3 if LeBron plays the 2. I say Larry Hughes is a good pick, because they were in dire need of a point guard, plain and simple.

posted by The_Intern at 03:44 PM on July 08, 2005

Hughes is certainly athletic, and he is going to provide a lot of help in a position that has been manned by Cleveland's streakiest players. LH was pretty impressive from what I saw in the playoffs, he carried the Wizards offense for some long stretches. He's young, quick, and a good building block, but the Cavs still need a bonafide, reliable perimeter shooting threat. I am really excited, however, because there are going to be even more LeBron fast-breaks and freakish dunks - with their combined steals per game, it's going to be a lot harder to complete passes or put the ball on the floor against Cleveland. Now if only Luke Jackson would stay healthy, I see this as a typical starting line-up: 1 - Hughes 2 - Jackson 3 - James 4 - Gooden 5 - Ilgauskas (provided he re-ups, which he probably will) In the hands of a good coaching staff this squad should pull a 4 or 5 seed in the East and finally be a lock for the playoffs.

posted by insomnyuk at 03:47 PM on July 08, 2005

So you guys think Hughes will play point?

posted by dusted at 04:03 PM on July 08, 2005

I think he will swing between the 1 and the 2, he'd be an improvement at either position.

posted by insomnyuk at 04:31 PM on July 08, 2005

Oh yes,the cavs have a shooting I mean point gaurd. All you got is an undersized shooting gaurd. It is better than nothing. Go Bucks

posted by robgeesus at 06:25 PM on July 08, 2005

WTF Are we seriously Doing this All the time Now? If so: This Is Just To Say I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast. Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold.

posted by yerfatma at 06:51 PM on July 08, 2005

Even though receiving the addition of Larry Hughes this season, the cavs are not going anywhere. But out of the 1st round if they can get that far.

posted by Rage Rod 74 at 09:50 PM on July 08, 2005

hughes was a good sign but if we dont make the playoffs something is def wrong prob the luck of cleveland

posted by frontboski at 02:06 PM on July 09, 2005

i gotta pee

posted by Darealscoop at 08:40 AM on July 10, 2005

Hughes seems like a better all-around player than Redd. Maybe Allen as well. Bite your tongue!

posted by YukonGold at 10:03 AM on July 10, 2005

My fingers were shaking when I typed that.

posted by yerfatma at 10:28 AM on July 10, 2005

I'm wearing my Ray Allen throwback jersey and I'm coming to have a "chat".

posted by YukonGold at 08:32 AM on July 11, 2005

Does anyone have a more beautiful jump shot than Ray Ray?

posted by dusted at 01:20 PM on July 11, 2005

Hughes has a great "all-around" game but this does nothing to solve Cleveland's shooting woes. I foresee opposing teams clogging the lane and daring Larry, Luke, Sasha, and "I-love-Ira" to shoot. Ray Allen would have been perfect, but it just wasn't going to happen at $20 mill and 1 year less. But if the Cavs are looking for shooters there are still some names out there: Glenn Robinson, Vladimir Radmanovic, Cuttino Mobley, Kyle Korver, Scott Padgett, etc. William Carlos Williams rocks. Pablo Neruda rocks harder, but after the abortion known as "Patch Adams" every ninny shithead on the block with a goatee was reading butchering "Cien Sonetos de Amor". But, you can't go wrong with Octavio Paz: ''With Eyes Closed" With eyes closed you light up within you are blind stone Night after night I carve you with eyes closed you are frank stone We have become enormous just knowing each other with eyes closed It's even better in the original spanish: Con los ojos cerrados Te iluminas por dentro Eres la piedra ciega Noche a noche te labro Con los ojos cerrados Eres la piedra franca Nos volvemos inmensos Solo por conocernos Con los ojos cerrados

posted by lilnemo at 09:03 PM on July 11, 2005

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