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Report: Suns have interest in Alonzo Gee

Jun 3, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

Manny Harris, Samardo Samuels, Jamario Moon, Alonzo Gee, Ramon Sessions

Alonzo Gee is what you might call a value free-agent this summer. The Cavs forward has athleticism, youth on his side, a versatile skill-set, and strong upside. But he hasn’t played well enough or under a big enough microscope to carry with him serious buzz. So teams are going to get their shot at making an offer for Gee and stealing him away from Cleveland. And one team is reportedly the Suns. From the Ohio Mourning Journal:

Cavs forward Alonzo Gee might draw some serious interest this summer in free agency. The Suns could make a lucrative offer to Gee. One source said they could offer Gee a four-year, $16 million offer and hope that the Cavs don’t match it.

via NBA INSIDER: Cavs need to sit tight in draft – morningjournal.com.

For $4 million a year, it’s hard to see the Cavs not matching. A possible exception would be if the Cavaliers were to somehow move up or have Michael Kidd-Gilchrist slide down to the four spot and that fills their small forward spot. But the Cavs would have strong inclination to match. They’re bullish on Gee’s production and upside, and he’s had some strong games for the Cavs over the past two years.

Value guys in this league are a must to find, especially for a rebuilding franchise. Small forward is a spot where you have to have athleticism. If the Cavs don’t put together a strong offer for Gee, someone will.

  1. ljl2 - Jun 3, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Almost as surprising when first reported almost a month ago…

    http://stepienrules.com/2012-articles/may/on-phoenix-suns-interest-in-alonzo-gee.html

  2. brianjoates - Jun 3, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Thanks for the daily speculation update on players the Suns have interest in, will we get one on Monday how the Suns have interest in Dwight Howard, KG and Ray Allen?

  3. doubledown44 - Jun 3, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Gee is best suited as a small forward off the bench, so no matter who the Cavs draft, they’d like to keep him. They view him as a building block and they have cap room and money, so re-signing him likely will not be a problem. Even if that wasn’t the case, however, Gee still reminds me of one of those guys who found the right team and the right coaching staff to get the most out of him. If he’s smart, he’ll want to stay put. The Cavs are invested in him and he has shown he can excel in the right system. There’s a good chance another system/team wouldn’t be nearly as good of a fit for him.

    As a very recent example, look at Lester Hudson. It turned out the Cavs and their staff unlocked a lot of potential in him, but they weren’t quite ready to commit a guaranteed contract to a player who had only played in 13 games. Hudson averaged 12.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 24.2 minutes for the Cavs. He didn’t get the guaranteed contract he wanted, though, so he left for Memphis. The Cavs wanted to see a little more before making a commitment to a guard who shot 39% from the floor and 25% from the 3-pt. line. With the Grizzlies, he never even saw the floor in the playoffs and he didn’t score in two of the three regular season games in which he played for them. The only game in which he had any impact for Mephis was when he had a revenge game against the Cavs.

    I think the Cavs and Gee will find a way to come together on a contract. I think it would be in the best interest of both sides.

  4. pensfan603 - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    no but now whenever he hits a three the cavs announcer cant go
    its 3 geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee network. ohh how i would miss him. If they could get us a top 10 pick for him i would do it other wise i think he has more progression to make and any trade is to early.

  5. southpaw77 - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    4 million is too steep.
    What are the Suns thinking or the Cavs to match such an insane price for a bench player. The guy has no pull up jumper, he tries to take everything to the rim for a dunk and draws a ton of charges.

  6. therealhtj - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Does he love golf too?

  7. drunkenjunk - Jun 3, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    he’s worth 4 million a year. Roll Tide!

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