Multiple Teams Interested In Parker

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Friday, February 18th, 2011

If the Cleveland Cavaliers are indeed shopping Anthony Parker then they have a few options. A report by Marc Stein of ESPN, the Boston Celtics have joined the Chicago Bulls in pursuit of the guard.

The Celts, according to sources briefed on Boston’s thinking, have joined their conference rivals from Chicago in pursuit of Cavaliers swingman Anthony Parker.

The pursuit by both teams makes plenty of sense as Parker is a playoff tested veteran. His skill set would be a huge addition to any team, especially in a reserve role that he’d most likely hold with both teams. He’s a well rounded player, offensively and defensively.

On offense he can shoot the rock, including 40% from behind the arc as well as being able to dish the rock (just under three assists per game). On defense he can rebound and has a knack for making the timely steal. Any true playoff contender would love having a bench player who can do all of those things.

The Cavaliers know how valuable a player like that could be to a playoff team so they want something of value in return.

The Cavs are seeking a quality draft pick or a young big man with promise in exchange for Parker, who’s averaging 11.5 points and shooting 47 percent on 3-pointers in February.

Unfortunately, I don’t know if Boston or Chicago would be willing to pay such a price. Neither really has a young big man that they could offer up. A draft pick on the other hand is doable; would either be willing to give up their late first rounder?

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