Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I think there are so many teams that could use Cleveland wideout Josh Gordon, so many receiver-needy contenders, and with the trade deadline coming Tuesday, he’s the most obvious candidate to be moved. Gordon, who is signed through 2014, will cost an acquiring team only $437,000 for the rest of the season (as opposed to, say, looming free-agent defensive end Jared Allen, who would cost $7.57 million to a team for the last nine weeks of the year). I realize Gordon could be a positive substance test away from a lengthy suspension, but if I’m the Patriots, and I still have my full load of 2014 picks, I’d offer Cleveland a fourth-round pick that could conditionally upgrade to a third- depending on performance and try to get Gordon.” [King/Monday Morning QB]
“The Ace in the Hole with this group is the “Jack” of all trades if you will; Jarrett Jack. When I saw this signing come across my Twitter feed, I instantly loved it. He is the perfect sixth man for this year’s Cavaliers. He can play either guard position, brings playoff experience and can score the ball. This is a very similar situation to what Jack played in last season in Golden State: a young star point guard, with his equally young backcourt partner on a team with playoff aspirations.
Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters have a great mentor in Jack, something they haven’t really had since they entered the league. Just the addition of Jack alone makes this group an intriguing one. Making all the pieces work together, now that’s just another thing on Mike Browns to-do list.” [Mancini/Stepien Rules]
“Two months ago, I expected Bynum to play in about half of the Cavaliers’ 82 games this season. I later nudged that projection forward to 50. Last week, after watching him work out with Coach Potapenko in Cleveland, I considered pushing that number as far out as 60 but I can’t quite go there. Not yet anyway.
For now, I can go as far as predicting 55 games played for Bynum this year. That’s not 55-straight games, obviously, because I do expect him to take scheduled days off throughout the year even if he does remain healthy. He’s not likely to play on the second night of a back-to-back, for example, nor will the Cavs training staff expect Bynum to push through signs of obvious pain. But I do believe 55 games is reasonable based on what we know now, with Bynum playing his best and most consistent basketball after the break.” [Bowers/Stepien Rules]
“The linebacker position is still not solidified yet. We’re not Ohio State expectation level at the linebacker position,” Meyer said. “After this past week, I think most other positions played at a very high level. So linebacker is one area we’re keeping our finger on hard, because we need to improve the level of play and the number of linebackers we have in the program.”
One of those linebackers is Devan Bogard. His season has come to an end, though, for the second straight season. A torn ACL in the same knee as 2012 will sideline Bogard, who recently made the move from cornerback to Will linebacker. The sophomore, injured in Game No. 8 last season, has been a major contributor on special teams both years with the Buckeyes.” [Rowland/Eleven Warriors]
Your Uni-Watch NBA preview. [Lukas/ESPN]