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Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter eager to begin summer league

With West Virginia's Devin Ebanks and Texas-El Paso's Derrick Caracter just arriving in Los Angeles, they have leaned on relationships to help them get ready for summer camp.

Ebanks grew up in Queens, N.Y., the same area Lamar Odom and Ron Artest resided. Ebanks reached out to Odom to get together once Odom returns from vacation in Mexico. Caracter shares a bond with Ebanks from playing together in the AAU circuit. Ebanks planned to grab dinner with the West family after playing at West Virginia with Jerry West's son, Jonnie. And Caracter plans to immediately consult the Lakers' deep frontline of Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Odom.

"People who don't listen to guys like that," Caracter said, "there's something wrong with them."

Caracter and Ebanks aren't any of those guys, who will begin summer league trying to crack a spot on the championship roster. Ebanks, whom the Lakers selected with their 43rd pick, and Caracter, whom the Lakers picked at 58, each expressed confidence they could do that. Said Ebanks: "I feel I have a good shot." Added Caracter: "I think I have a pretty good chance." But they're also mindful they have to provide some distinguishable qualities to prove their worth.

Caracter said he dropped from 305 pounds to 277 after his career with the Miners because of more sleep and selective eating habits, and plans to decrease to 270 to show his conditioning isn't an issue. He detailed how he matured after transferring from Louisville and UTEP, and wants to prove he can adapt to playing in a big city.

"My faith wasn't as strong as it is now," Caracter said. "I wasn't in tune with myself and a lot of little things and distractions that happened on the court was a growing process. I had to grow up and look at myself in a mirror. It's nothing that I'm really interested in anymore, really. When I was younger, I used to want to go to the clubs and now if I even do step out, I like a loungey area instead of clubs."

As for Ebanks, he's pledged to improve his jump-shooting. But he's also aware he helped the Mountaineers to their first Final Four since 1959 and the most wins in school history because of his lock-down defense and rebounding (a team-leading 8.1 per game).

"It's a different circumstance of course," Ebanks said, "but I've been in big games and know what to do."

--Mark Medina

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1. Elder Edwin Gueco (elderly el presidente)

2. Ooouch (finance)

3. Mamba24 (cheer leader)

5. hobbitmage (special care giver to Edwin)

http://myespn.go.com/s/conversations/show/story/5352738
This is a post on ESPN from a commenter about the article:

JustSomeJoe (7/4/2010 at 5:00 AM) Report Violation

The Ron Harper role. It's the role Fish will be playing, no? So, lets compare Ron's last Laker contract covering his final two years played at 36 & 37 to a theoretical offer to Fish.

Ron Harper
34 - $4,560,000 - Bulls
35 - $5,280,000 - Bulls
36 - $2,000,000 - Lakers
37 - $2,200,000 - Lakers

Derek Fisher
34 - $4,700,000 - Lakers
35 - $5,048,000 - Lakers
36 - $2,500,000 - Lakers
37 - $2,750,000 - Lakers

Note that if Fish were offered a deal as indicated above (2 years for $5.25 mil), he'd be making exactly what Harper made adjusted for inflation.

"But wait," you say, "Blake will be making more than Fisher." Take a look at both Harper and Fish's salary for Harp's final two years noting that Harper was the penciled in starter.

Ron Harper
$2,000,000
$2,200,000

Derek Fisher
$3,380,000
$3,000,000

Notice anything? That's right, Harper made less than Fish. In fact, he only made approximately 65.8% of Fish's salary for his final two years... almost exactly equivalent to the ratio between Fish and Blake's salaries should the Lakers sign Fish to $5.25 mil over two years.

Give the doc a break. The man has done nothing but bring trophy after trophy to the city of LA, and he's done so while being as loyal to his players as any owner in sports. You'd think he deserved the opportunity to negotiate in private while not being labeled a greedy ####!

hobbitmage,

You kinda backtracked a little bit here. In your previous post you stated:

"I don't go above 4. I probably try to go for 3.5."

I read that as you would start at 3.5 and be willing to go up to 4.

Now you say the max you would offer is 3.5 + incentive of 500k to get him to 4 if he meets the incentives.

The 2nd year is a team option.

Ok then. So let's say he meets the incentives and you pay him the 4 mill for 1 yr. which as you pointed out is actually 8 mill due to exceeding the cap limit.

You are willing to pay 8 mill but not 10 mill.

With a total payroll of 93 mill, the 2 mill difference is about 2% of total payroll.

That 2 mill difference is also how much the team makes per game, as you stated previously.

You gave me some questions to ask myself, here are some for you:

Will Fish win you or make a contribution to you winning one game, two games, playoff games, Finals games?

Will the intangibles that Fish brings, which you seem unwilling to attach any value to, result in a few more victories for the Lakers, perhaps playoff victories, perhaps even Finals victories?

To me, this isn't only about stats.

You ask me to be Fish. Thats' pretty tough to do.
But as me, I want to make the same as last year or least the same amount for a 2 yr deal that you just agreed to pay the new guy (Blake).
That same new guy that will have no say or credibility in the locker room his first season and that same new guy that I will be helping take over my job.

How do I justify it?
Hey, I am the starting PG on a team that has been to 7 Finals and we won 5 of the them.
I am the starting PG on a team that just won back to back titles.
I have been complimented for the role I play in the locker room,
for the motivation I provide to the team,
for the role I play in dealing with Kobe,
for being the only player on the team to play in all 82 games for the past 3 yrs,
for being an 82% FT shooter
and for all the clutch shots I have hit.

Would you have won this year without me?

Would you take another look at my playoff/Finals stats?

Are you really unwilling to risk 2% of payroll that I can come through again?

Finally, if I go and you need to bring in someone else, are you going to be able to bring in someone with my experience and track record who can influence the team the way that I can and pay then under 4-5 mill?

And before you make your final decision, go touch base with Kobe and see what he has to say.


Happy 4th Blog Crew! Hope you and all your families have a happy and safe holiday.

So as we keep hearing all the hoopla about the big free agents and possible scenarios involving our beloved Lakers, one thing really strikes me as a lock:

Lebron and Dwade aren't going anywhere. Not when it means leaving 30 million on the table. You have no idea the greed of these guys (and their greedy agents or advisers). Put it in the bank, those two egomaniacs are staying put.

The only one possibly moving on is Chris Bosh because Toronto would be willing to do a sign and trade so he can still get his money.

Bosh also has to face much higher taxes in Canada so a move south, even at a slightly lower annual rate and contract length, would make the Dollar$ much closer. He'll push hard to get an extension in three years too. I can see him joining Wade in Miami, with maybe Carlos Boozer hopping on board to join them too. Not exactly a superteam. It'll put Bosh at the 5, Booz at the 4, with Wade and some jetsam flotsam around them. Hell, doesn't even strike me as a team that could get by a healthy Boston squad in a 7 game series.

Lebron will wallow in mediocrity in Cleveland with his cronies, yes men, and sorry teammates.

Chicago will probably sit on their money. They've done it before. And it's smart. Seriously, is their any point offering max-money to second fiddle, occasional all-stars like Rudy Gay and Joe Johnson? Absolutely not. The cap space and lux tax savings are worth tons more. And come the trade deadline, they could send out some 2nd round picks and wind up with some solid contributors in return.

The Knicks, despite all their maneuvering will land nothing but Amarme and some scraps.

The Nets will end up with some scraps because every top-flight FA will be steered clear of their Russian mobster owner by any good agent.

And the Lakers will win #17 and complete their second three-peat in a decade. So all's well.

Happy Holiday All!

And the Clippers may have a shot at the playoffs because they've go a decent core.

Wait, has it been ten years since their last playoff appearance yet? Then nevermind. Someone will probably get hurt and they can flush their season down the toilet again.

Clippers fans are like people who buys houses in the Valley because they claim they liked it better than Beverly Hills.

hobbitmage,

Since this is not really related to Fish and was more of just a general thought on incentive based compensation I thought I would reply separately.

You wrote:

"If we were to move to incentive based structure for all athletes, including Kobe, you'll be paying Kobe 40 mil per year. Count on that!"


I don't know how you can make a claim like that without knowing what the incentives are.

phred wisely wrote:

"Nothing personal to anybody, but this is my second summer of watching the blog discuss free agent money, and I’ve read about a couple hundred versions of people posting ‘so and so’s contract is too much, this guy is asking for too much, let the selfish (*&(#@! walk, that extra 1 or 2 million needs to go somewhere else cause otherwise Jerry Buss will never make any money’

And every time, Jerry Buss makes the offer, gets the contract, and spends the money. Kobe’s extension, Drew’s new contract, Odom’s new contract, Luke’s horrible unwieldy albatross of a contract; whatever. And the team wins and makes it worth his while.

Come to think of it, Jerry Buss has always done this. Every single time.

Fish will be back, and it’s awesome being a Lakers fan"


C'mon phred. If everyone was as smart and reasonable as you, where would the blog be? No posts saying Fish is a horrible player and a greedy hypocrite. No posts saying Buss is evil and doesn't want to pay him. No posts saying Luke's contract led to Gulf oil spill. No suggestions that we trade Bynum and Walton and a bag of old basketballs for Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Wilt Chamberlian's re-animated corpse.


Thanks phred, for a voice of both reason and hilarious absurdity.


Tom D.

hobbitmage,

As for the links you provided for review, good reading, thanks.

But is it the players fault that the teams are paying these salaries?

If the owners really wanted to put a stop to it, they could just say no.

The Hawks and Johnson, wow!

And for Fish we are debating 2 mill.

Chump change.

That's just about walking around money (over the course of a year) for some of the owners.

For someone worth 380 mill, 2 mill is .5%

For someone worth 50k, .5% is $250.

Most people blow $250 in a year ($5/week) on what?

Nonsense stuff.


Fisher is an essential. Remember when you brought him back to the Lakers in the 2007 off-season? People said he then he was washed up, a joke.

All he did was play a giant role in three straight trips to the NBA championship series and two titles.

Derek Fisher is a proud, determined man. That pride and determination are the bedrock of his heart. Pay him for that.

Screw these ignorant people who want you to get rid of him. Screw ‘em. They’re just a bunch of booger eaters in my book.

Really it’s very simple, Mitch and Jerry. You must make the smart play. You must reward that pride and determination. Do it, and you will look very smart.

Just Pay Derek Fisher. Please.

Do yourselves, do all of us, that favor. Don’t buy that conventional thinking about market value. The market doesn’t know shit.

Pay Derek Fisher. Please. He’s earned every penny. And he’ll keep earning.
@Roland Lazenby

Steve Blake, for example, will not play the sam way he plays for the Clips/Blazers. Imagine yourself with the same jersey as KB...WOW, then he passes the ball to you and you need to hit a 3-pointer...I'd be so nervous that I'd probably hit a brick. And we'll see some bricks coming from him until he "understand" what it is to be a Laker, the team that everybody wants to beat so bad they're pairing "stars" on the same team to beat us.
Posted by: Magic Phil | July 04, 2010 at 07:55 AM -
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DAMNNNN, that's some fine piece of writting sir, yes it is!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!
Mamba24(vers 2.0)

Art -FL Lakers Fan,

you wrote: You kinda backtracked a little bit here.

Actually I didn't. You misunderstood what I meant which is why I clarified.
My bad for not writing it clearly the first time.

You wrote: Ok then. So let's say he meets the incentives and you pay him the 4 mill for 1 yr. which as you pointed out is actually 8 mill due to exceeding the cap limit.

You are willing to pay 8 mill but not 10 mill.

my response: Yes, I am willing to pay 8 mil for a player who has actually
played well. i.e. his incentives will insure that he played better than he did
this year where he shot poorly for most of the regular season.

Furthermore, I said that I was willing to spend FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
I am *NOT* willing to overpay an old pg who's #'s have been decreasing for
3 years.

you wrote: You ask me to be Fish. Thats' pretty tough to do.
But as me, I want to make the same as last year or least the same amount for a 2 yr deal that you just agreed to pay the new guy (Blake).

my response: I believe both you & Fish want to make the same amount
as last year or the same amount as the new guy. The problem is Fish's
#'s have been decreasing for the last 3 years & if we didn't have Kobe & Pau
you wouldn't offer Fish a contract at all. By any metric you want to use,
except championships with Kobe, Blake is a better pg.

you wrote: How do I justify it?
Hey, I am the starting PG on a team that has been to 7 Finals and we won 5 of the them.
I am the starting PG on a team that just won back to back titles.
I have been complimented for the role I play in the locker room,
for the motivation I provide to the team,
for the role I play in dealing with Kobe,
for being the only player on the team to play in all 82 games for the past 3 yrs,
for being an 82% FT shooter
and for all the clutch shots I have hit.

Would you have won this year without me?

my response: If I have Jason Kidd, remember the Bynum trade that didn't
happen, we win. If I have CP3 we win. If I have Westbrook, we win. Devin
Harris, Tony Parker, Jameer Nelson etc. etc. etc. In other words, D-Fish is
a winner because he plays with Kobe not because he's a winner. ref. D-Fish
with the Jazz. Did they win?

For what it's worth, this is the *EXACT SAME* crap that Shaq used when
he tried to bust Dr. Buss for sick $$. If you look at Shaq's numbers after
leaving the Lakers you'll find that they continued their decline.

you wrote: Would you take another look at my playoff/Finals stats?

my response: It is because of the playoff/Finals stats that we're talking at all.
If I am seriously trying to maximize Kobe's winning chances ... I have to take
a look at what's happening in the league and make adjustments. Numerous
times during the regular season D-Fish shot like crap. At some point, that
craptastic shooting is going to be in the playoffs. Feel free to start looking
at player stats to notice the biological trend that sets in. I've given you
Horry & Shaq. Take a look at Rasheed Wallace as well.

you wrote: Are you really unwilling to risk 2% of payroll that I can come through again?

my response: It's easy to talk about paying 2 - 4 million dollars when you
aren't writing the check. It is because I like you/D-Fish & *want* to
believe in you/D-Fish that I'm willing to give you an incentive based contract
so that you can show me that I'm not wrong. So that you can prove that the
horrible shooting of the regular season is not a window to the future.

you also wrote: Finally, if I go and you need to bring in someone else, are you going to be able to bring in someone with my experience and track record who can influence the team the way that I can and pay then under 4-5 mill?

my response: hmm ... On one hand you make a good point. On the other
hand, you make me wonder why I pay a coach 12 million per year so that
I can have a "Cheshire" pf coming of the bench who only shows up 1 out of
every 4 games. I wonder why kept an injury prone dufus instead of getting
a HOF pg. I wonder why my all-star PF/C was playing like the pillsbury
doughboy after having won a championship. As my team captain said,
"If I have to say anything to them, we don't deserve to win a championship."
If you were doing your "job" as player-coach/influencer ... you did a sucky
job with Farmar and I should dock you right now. While I'm at it, let me
dock you for Sasha & Odom too! And since you're the pg/floor general ...
I'm going to dock you for Artest not knowing the offense. It is ridiculous
that Luke Walton did *YOUR* job and explained to Artest that the offense
wasn't being reset in the PHX serious. And if you were mentoring Brown
correctly, why is he going for $$ instead of a championship like you want
me to?

re: what Kobe says. So ... Instead of leaning on your own merits you want
the star of the team to stick up for you? Do you *REALLY* think Kobe
didn't see you shooting 2-9 ? Do you *REALLY* think Kobe is not aware
that you're slowing down and the competition is speeding up? Let's be
honest about this: Kobe cares more about winning then he does about you
being his teammate.

Your logic escapes me. Please clarify. On one hand, you tell me that I should
be willing to lose 2 - 4 million dollars to win a championship. On the other
hand, you tell me that you shouldn't lose 1 - 2 million dollars when your level
of play has been deteriorating for 3 years. I just gave you everything you
need to win a championship. You are a multi-millionaire. It is your *PRIDE*
that says you need to make what someone else makes. If Artest can take a
pay cut, and Lamar can take a pay cut and even Phil Jackson is going to take
a pay cut ... Why can't you take a pay cut when your regular season play was
... suspect? Doesn't your Bible teach you that Pride comes before a fall?

Art -FL Lakers Fan,

this:

"If we were to move to incentive based structure for all athletes, including Kobe, you'll be paying Kobe 40 mil per year. Count on that!"


I don't know how you can make a claim like that without knowing what the incentives are.

my response: It's easy. Kobe is the hardest working athlete in basketball.
His dedication to the Lakers is beyond exemplary.

Better shooting %, Better defender, more minutes, playing hurt. all-star
1st team defense Finals MVP. 6 game winning shots. playing while
injured. #1 jersey sales. TV ratings. blah. blah. blah.

Look. You can nitpick about the incentives, but the truth of the matter is ...
this season was one for the ages and Kobe just did what NO ONE IN THE
HISTORY OF THE NBA has done. He'll get his $$ and if you DON'T pay
him someone else will. Mark Cuban would have sold his Mom for the
tandem of Kobe, Dirk & Kidd.

Art -FL Lakers Fan,

you wrote: As for the links you provided for review, good reading, thanks.

But is it the players fault that the teams are paying these salaries?

If the owners really wanted to put a stop to it, they could just say no.

my response:

1. you're welcome for the links.

2. it's not the players fault that they're getting the salaries.

3. Dr. Jerry Buss is *NOW* saying no to D-Fish and you're complaining
about it. You can look at your cake or you can eat your cake, but you
can't do both.

3. Dr. Jerry Buss is *NOW* saying no to D-Fish and you're complaining
about it. You can look at your cake or you can eat your cake, but you
can't do both.
Posted by: hobbitmage | July 04, 2010 at 12:30 PM

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hobbitmage,

It's my understanding no offer has yet been made to Fish and all media reports stating otherwise are incorrect.

So Buss hasn't said anything yet, it's just us who have no say in the matter speculating.

So maybe the cake can be looked at and eaten too, we shall see.

hobbitmage,

It seems to me you only focus on Fish's negatives and ignore the positives.

You point out what shoulda, coulda maybe would happen if players like Kidd, CP, Westbrook etc were on the Lakers.
Well they weren't, it's irrelevant.

Now your knocking Phil and questioning why you pay him so much.
So you don't like Phil either, guess both he and Fish should be gone.

Do I want Kobe sticking up for me?
Absolutely.
And he has already made public how badly he wants Fish back.

That's twice now you mention something about my Bible.
This is not the place for a religious discussion

We obviously differ on rewarding employees.
You'd probably like my generosity if you worked for me.
I'd probably quit if I worked for you, so you would win by default.


"So off-subject but imagine what happens if D-Wade and Bosh go to Chicago and LeBron stays with the Cavs or goes to NY. Miami will be left with only Beasley and Chalmers! Talk about a rebuild.

Posted by: dave m | July 03, 2010 at 10:03 PM"

Lots of teams, maybe two teams with the biggest aspirations, NY and NJ will come up snake-eyes or close, what's that old saying about you make the bed that you sleep in....I guess it got replaced with "you snooze, you lose"....

Well, Scotch Plains, is an NJ Suburb about 30 minutes outside of NYC, so , Caracter playing AAU in the city is no surprise So, you can make him an honorary member of the Queens , entourage. It's all Tri-State baby!!!

Am I missing something because I went to Cal or don't you think that they should take a chance on the undrafted point guard Pac 10 player of the year Randle?

jlee

I only hope Bynum gets healthy and the rest of the starters come out healthy to begin the season. The Bench is going to get stronger as the season progresses,but Our Starters Pull This Team to Higher Ground!!

Oh and getting a bench outside shooter should take care of the broken machine for good.

>>>Lakers will offer 1.8 to Javaris Crittenton with the remaining money on the MLE

Doubt that. Critter's rep is so bad, he gets the minimum if he signs with the Lakers or anyone else.

>>>B. Except LTLF, no ONE, no TEAM want Luke. and especially HIS contract.

How many times do I have to say it. If I could wave a magic wand and sacrifice a chicken or something and magically Luke's contract would be done, I'd do it.

But back in the REAL world, his contract isn't likely to go away.

Since it's not likely to go away, I hope he gets healthy and plays as well as he can for the rest of the contract. Because that is the best possible outcome for the Lakers.

But as for Luke's tradeability, it's not likely, but at least marginally possible. New Orleans (who vic asked about) isn't going to trade for him. They're reportedly all about cutting costs (but not giving up Chris Paul). So not only do they not want to trade Paul, but they wouldn't be willing to take on Luke's contract.

I'd say the most likely chance to dump off Luke's contract would be in a Bosh for Bynum deal. Since Bosh makes so much more than Bynum, Luke's deal could be thrown in to match salary. Then it would come down to whether Toronto wanted Bynum enough to take on Luke's deal with him. Again, not likely for a number of reasons, but there's at least a tiny whiff of possibility.

hobbitmage,

>>>http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/f/fishede01.html
>>>
>>>look at the number for the last 3 years and tell me if you see a trend.

I could say things on the plus and minus side of Fish's stats trending downward.

To partly discount them - the offense has focused less and less around him since Gasol and Bynum have come to take over more and more of it. So that accounts for a bit of it.

But I agree with where I think you're going. I think Fish's stats are mostly trending downward because of age. He wasn't injured at all last season, so any decline in performace must mostly be due to age.

I'd love to keep Fish around as a part time player and a mentor to younger players and such, but the people who are saying pay him whatever he wants just don't seem to get it. Even if you're under the salary cap it doesn't make sense to overspend for players whose skills are declining. On a team that's heaped with luxury tax it makes even less sense.

The last two years provide three or four good examples: Everyone knows the Lakers are strapped for cash and the Buss' aren't billionaires and are willing to spend a lot of money, but aren't willing to have the team LOSE money (which is already a risk).

Last season, Trevor Ariza held out for more money, so the Lakers let him walk. Ron Artest wanted to play for a champion, so he locked himself in for several years at a lower salary than he could make elsewhere to get that chance. And Lamar was on the fence, but when no other team offered him more than the Lakers offered him, he finally came to his senses and re-signed for less than he originally wanted (or thought he was worth).

And this season Steve Blake signed for less than he could probably get elsewhere to play for a champion as well.

There's the possibility that one of the teams with lots of cap space that doesn't get 2 max deal players would spend 5 million to hire Fish as a veteran steadying influence. But his only chance to play for a championship is with the Lakers.

I think the Lakers will raise their offer a little, and I think Fish will accept it. He left for more money once before, so he knows what it's like to play for teams that suck, or that are good, but not good enough. I think DFish would prefer to still be playing in June, instead of watching Kobe & company win another ring.

>>>3) Sasha...is going to have a monster season. Go ahead and flame me...I'm on
>>>record...Sasha is going to have a monster season.

No flames here. If Shannon leaves, Sasha will likely pick up all of his minutes. And Sasha actually got back some of his mojo in the playoffs (and the finals).

In the big blowout game 6, the Lakers made their biggest push with Farmar and Sasha on the floor - they shut down Boston's offense for several minutes and they were working the ball around and getting everyone open shots. And then Sasha came in at the end of game 7 with ice in his veins and hit the two free throws to seal the deal.

I think Sasha will do just fine next season.

Wow, what a lot of differing opinions!

1. Kobe wants Fish back and that will happen even if Kobe has to pay for it.

2. Why does everybody want to trade Drew? The guy is going to be "the guy" more and more as Kobe gets older.

3. Odom was sick during the Finals but didn't make excuses about it.

4. I also smell something in the wind that will add another piece to the puzzle.

5 Both 2nd rounders make the team just because they are cheap and pretty decent players already. Even Caracter seems to have his head on straight. Just hope he doesn't hang around Ron Ron.

6. Need 13 as a min. on a roster so w/KB, Pau, Artest, Bynum, Odum, Blake, Ebanks, Caracter, Sasha, Luke (if he doesn't retire due to injury), and possibly DFish; that leaves 2 spots left open for ?

Go for it!

These guys know what to say! They need a good coach to make that happen however. What happened to Trevor's stats when he went to Houston? You get guys with great potential and PJ will find a way to motivate them to reach toward that potential. Andrew Bynum leaves to another team and you see an Eddy Curry type player IMO.

So I'm glad that Lakers got some guys with potential, but nothing is a given. Let's see what happens. Caracter would push around that a hole Perkins around for suure and allow Odom some relief for key moments. Also serves as a counter for Big Baby. Will defend good at center but rebounding will be questionable I think.

Ariza I mean Ebanks is there for Defense but he's not bad on offense. He'll make open shots if he works on it.

These guys are rookies and they usually don't get any playing time. So next year they'll get a few minutes.

Derrick, I hope you make the team in L.A. but I wish the Cavaliers had a draft pick and would have selected you because you have family here in Cleveland. Your grandfather married my great-grandmother Winifred Caracter whose name was Winifred Ryan before she got remarried. Your dad told me all about you at Grandma Winnie's funeral. When you come to Cleveland look up Judge Michael Ryan me and my family will wear some purple and gold for you under our wine and gold for the Cavaliers!

I've seen several videos of Caracter and watched the UTEP vs. Butler game.
He just may one of the better players from the draft.
I see Caracter making the team, Eubanks is a strong maybe.
DJ Mbenga and Morrison need to hit the road

 
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