Friday, July 30, 2010

Enter The Twin

A new Cavalier, LeBastards!
New Cavalier Joey Graham.

I just got word that the Cavaliers have signed Small Forward Joey Graham to a 2 year, $2.1 million contract.  If his face seems eerily familiar, that's because it is.  Joey's twin brother, Stephen, played for the Cavaliers during the 2005-06 season in a back-up role to LeBron James.  Joey will not have the same road block in his quest of minutes that his brother had a few years ago, and can easily step in and be a rotation guy, battling Jamario Moon for the starting Small Forward job.  Joey is a former first-round draft pick, being selected by the Toronto Raptors with the 16th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.  During the 2008-09 season, Joey's last with the Raptors, he averaged career highs in points, rebounds, and minutes per game with 7.7, 3.7, and 19.8, respectively.  Last season Joey played behind Carmelo Anthony on the Denver Nuggets, and as a result saw his production drop off a bit, averaging 4.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 12.0 minutes per game.  Joey is a good shooter with a decent three-point shot, who could be a decent spark off the bench or even in a starting role.  That said, Joey will not shock anybody with his production next year with the Cavs as he is a decent role-player at best.  The perfect scenario would be to split the small forward minutes up equally between Joey and Jamario Moon, assuming that the Cavs don't bring in another, more talented, small forward in a trade.

Overall, this is a pretty solid move by the Cavaliers front office in their attempt to build a hard-working team that can contend for a playoff spot!

Shout out in the comments below on whether you think the Joey Graham signing was worth the $2.1 million or not!

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