After resigning Anderson Varejao on Wednesday evening, the Cavaliers made another move by agreeing to a contract with Anthony Parker. Parker, formerly with the Toronto Raptors, fills a major need for the Cavs as a perimeter defender who can shoot the ball.
Parker was highly valued by the Cavs and was one of their top free agent prospects. GM Danny Ferry has been in talks with Parker since day 1 of free agency. The Cavaliers looked into a sign and trade deal with the Raptors, but after Hedo Turkoglu decided to sign with Toronto the Cavs began to negotiate with Parker personally.
The deal has yet to be finalized but one should be completed by the end of the week.
Parker is a great pick up at two guard, and can even play forward against a smaller lineup. He’s a pure shooter and plays great perimeter defense. His long wingspan allows him to get into passing lanes and take one the other way.
Parker, 34 (cringe), has played the past 3 seasons in Toronto after excelling in Europe. He averaged 10.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, and 3.4 apg this past season and shot 39% from beyond the arc.
Even though he’s started 226 of 235 games in his career, expect Parker to see plenty of playing time off the bench this upcoming season.