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NBA Free Agency 2011: Cleveland Cavaliers Want To Bring Back Anthony Parker

With teams now allowed to speak with free agents, the Cleveland Cavaliers have a lot of work to do to improve upon their 19-63 season a year ago. 

According to general manager Chris Grant, the team's first step is bringing back veteran shooting guard Anthony Parker

"We absolutely want Anthony Parker back," Cavs general manager Chris Grant said Thursday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. "I think he's fantastic. I thought he played great last year. He was an even better leader for us. He's one of those people we feel great about." [...]

"We made it perfectly clear that we'd like to have him back," Grant said.

The 36-year-old averaged just eight points, three assists, and three rebounds in about 29 minutes per game last year. He finished with a 10.5 PER, a .505 TS-percentage, and 1.5 WS, his worst since rejoining the NBA in 2006-2007.

Beyond Parker, the Cavs are not expected to be very active in free agency, as GM Grant wants to see the young guys play together and re-evaluate what he has then.

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