Cavs to sign Parker

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.

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  • long

    just in case anyone reading this didn’t know yet, the Raptors have just finished a trade which enabled them to retain bird rights to their free agents (Parker), as well as MLE, so if there’s anything to be learned from Portland, it’s that until the player actually signs the contract, a verbal agreement means little.

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  • Scott

    “just in case anyone reading this didn’t know yet, the Raptors have just finished a trade which enabled them to retain bird rights to their free agents (Parker), as well as MLE, so if there’s anything to be learned from Portland, it’s that until the player actually signs the contract, a verbal agreement means little.”

    Yea, good, great, grand…except, hes not backing out. It’s a done deal. Not everyone is like Hedo, or worse, Boozer. His agent has already communicated that the deal is in place and will be signed Monday.

  • OTownMarine

    Matt-about him being 34- I dont really consider it 34 in NBA years, if that makes sense. Playing for an extended period of time, in my opinion, in the Euroleague, means you can tack on a few years to his career based on the style of play….I’d say, from a physical standpoint he’s probably got as much left in his tank as a 30 yr old in the NBA. Just my opinion.

  • mattsnyder

    I agree with you OTownMarine, I’m not worried about his age as in how long he’s going to play. I’m more worried about him losing a step, that he’s not going to be as quick as he used to be. But that happens. Overall I still think it’s a great signing by Danny Ferry.

    Thanks for your feedback.