by Sam Allard
Regrettably, I don't have time this year. But I'll say this much: With the acquisition of 285-lb Andrew Bynum and hefty rookie Andrew Bennett (listed generously at 240), not to mention the training camp signing of DeSagana Diop (easily 600 lbs, though listed at 280), it's reasonable to expect that the Cavs would be a top-2 team once again. What say you, Philadelphia? What say you, Phoenix?
But alas, NBA final rosters (max 15 players) are due no later than Oct. 28, and Diop should be shown the door with all manner of tactful haste. After Saturday's loss to the Pacers, the Cavs parted ways with nondescript guard Michael Lee to bring the roster down to 19, but four more players have got to go:
It's important to note that the Cavs' D-League affiliate Canton Charge will acquire rights to the final three guys the Cavs cut, so it's not like some of them will be gone forever. Carrick Felix in particular. Coach Brown has said he really likes Felix, but there's just too many guys ahead of him at this point.
So four guys left to cut, three of whom will end up in Canton... Hmmm.
Sorry Diop. "NBA's Fattest (or Second-Fattest) Team" sadly won't be one of the central tenets in the Mike Brown / Chris Grant Playoff-Hunt Paradigm, so he'll be outta here.
Carrick Felix, the African Beer Prince Kenny Kadji and non-factor Elliot Williams will be shipped (in all likelihood) to Canton. Which means Delly, Henry Sims and Jemaine Taylor, hopefuls who have played well in the preseason, will get those final coveted roster spots. They may even see some playing time in the regular season if injuries to Tyler Zeller, Andrew Bynum and Jarrett Jack hang around longer than expected.