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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Could Bibby Save Cavs?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2008 at 3:13 PM

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Could Mike Bibby help the Cavs compete in the East?
From the Detroit News: NBA columnist Chris McCosky suggests the thus-far disappointing Cavs could quickly elevate themselves to an elite team in the East, which is sort of like being the hottest girl in all of Fort Wayne. How would they do that? By landing Kings point guard Mike Bibby, McCosky writes, a task GM Danny Ferry has been trying to pull off for a while now. Whether Bibby is the savior the Cavs need is debatable -- the Beacon Journal's Brian Windhorst makes some interesting points about that here -- but McCosky thinks it could happen, and could get the Cavs battling with the Pistons and Celts in the East.
Bibby, who is about a week away from returning after thumb surgery, is exactly what the Cavaliers lack -- a battle-tested floor leader who can create his own shot, find easy shots for others, and take a huge load off LeBron James. The Kings are in a rebuilding phase and they are trying to lighten their payroll to make a run at the free-agent class of 2009. Bibby has been unhappy since the Kings started breaking up their core three years ago. The Kings, under president Geoff Petrie, typically move at a glacial pace when it comes to making deals. That's why Bibby has essentially been on the market for two years. But perhaps with the emergence of Benu Udrih as a dependable point guard, the path has been paved for Petrie to finally pull the trigger.
-- Joe P. Tone

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