The Cavaliers signed free agent shooting guard Anthony Parker to a one-year contract on Tuesday, their first free agent signing of the season.
Parker, 36, averaged 8.3 points in 72 games last season. He had been the top target of the Cavs throughout the offseason. Parker said he had other options, but chose the Cavs again because they showed the most interest and it felt like the best fit.
"One of the things I analyzed was the interest shown by a team. That's a good indicator of where you fit in with that organization and how they plan to use you," Parker said. "From the beginning last year, Cleveland was the team that showed the most interest and (Cavs General Manager Chris Grant) always said he wanted to bring me back. That meant a lot to me."
Parker becomes a strong candidate to start at shooting guard, depending on what else the Cavs do with the roster. They have 16 players under contract (not counting the camp invites), meaning someone will have to go. One candidate is Baron Davis, who has left the team to have a second opinion on his ailing back.
The Cavs have until Friday to decide whether to keep Davis or release him under the amnesty provision.
In other news:
* The Cavs have until Friday to use their $14.5 million trade exception obtained in the LeBron James trade. Don't expect anything major between now and then, however.
* Omri Casspi was limping noticeably after banging his right knee during practice on Sunday. Coach Byron Scott expects him to be out a couple of days.
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