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Don't cry over LeBron, Cleveland, Christian Eyenga is here to dry your tears

Jul 23, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

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.

  1. Cleveland - Jul 23, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    You’re a dick, Rob.

  2. Baboso from the west - Jul 23, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Lebron Who?

  3. Gregg Doyel's Lawyer - Jul 23, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Dear Sir,
    Please cease and desist from imitating my client’s schtick. Failure to comply will result in litigation.
    Thank you for your attention in this matter.

  4. JAY - Jul 23, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    LMAO!! Mahoney – Eyenga must be your brother-in-law or something, did he promise you half that signing money to give him some Pub ?!?

  5. LeBron James - Jul 23, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Well said Rob!!

  6. RDC - Jul 28, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    well said Rob, i think this kid got potential.
    He just needs a chance.

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