I don’t know if you heard, but LeBron James recently left the Cleveland Cavaliers, instantly demoting the franchise from perennial contender to — at best — middle-of-the-pack sideshow. But never fear, Clevelanders — the Cavs have signed the 30th pick in the 2009 draft, Christian Eyenga, to a two-year deal (with team options in the third and fourth years) worth approximately $2 million in guaranteed money according to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Eyenga should slide comfortably into LeBron’s shoes next season, in the same way that a toddler can slide comfortably into the shoes of a full-grown adult. Eyenga is actually a pretty interesting player for a late-late-late first rounder, but occasional rotation minutes are all one could reasonably ask of him in his rookie season. Eyenga isn’t quite ready for a full-time NBA gig, but there’s nothing wrong with bringing him in ahead of schedule to work on his development. It’s not like Cleveland will be vying for the title again this season anyway.
Maybe that was uncalled for. Would it make it better if I said I’m sorry, Cavs fans? If I wished you a very happy Delonte West salary dump? If I say that even if you don’t have LeBron, you still have your dignity?
Yeah, didn’t think so. Good luck with Eyenga, though. He could be a rather decent player if the Cavs give him time to develop and put him in a position to succeed.
Let’s hope that this is not as bad as it sounds.
Lamar Odom, whose NBA career was cut short due to his challenges with drug use, has been taken to a Las Vegas-area hospital after being found unconscious at a brothel in a city not far outside the city, according to the report from TMZ.
Lamar Odom is fighting for his life after falling into unconsciousness at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch South in Pahrump, Nevada … TMZ Sports has learned.
Sources at the Love Ranch tell us … 35-year-old Odom arrived at the Ranch Saturday and was partying with the girls for days. A source at the Ranch said Lamar was taking an herbal substitute for Viagra. We spoke with Hof … who tells us Tuesday afternoon, a woman went into Odom’s room in the VIP suites and found him unconscious.
Odom spent 14 seasons in the NBA, starting his career with the Clippers and going on to be a key figure in the 2009 and 2010 Los Angeles Lakers title teams. He won Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.
While famous in basketball circles — and incredibly well liked by players and media, he was one of the funniest guys in the league — he became a pop culture sensation when he married Khloe Kardashian. However, it was about that time that his drug use started to take a toll on everything in his life. It was not long before he was traded to Dallas, and things started to truly spiral out of control for him. He went for treatment after that, but never returned to the NBA.
We will have more as the story develops. Our thoughts are with Odom, and we hope he pulls out of this.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz said Tuesday that they have waived forwards Jack Cooley and J.J. O'Brien.
Cooley played in 16 games with the Jazz last season after being called up from the NBA Developmental League. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds. Cooley’s fate with the team seemed to be decided when 7-foot center Jeff Withey signed a multi-year free agent deal in August. The 6-9, 260-pounder was in his second NBA season.
O’Brien was signed as an undrafted rookie Aug. 28 and played in one preseason game with the Jazz.
The Jazz roster now stands at 18.