Are The Cleveland Cavaliers Looking At CAI Zaragoza C Rafael Hettsheimeir?

By Robert D. Cobb

It appears that the Cleveland Cavaliers can’t seem to have enough big men as they are reportedly interested in Brazilian center Rafael Hettsheimeir.

According to Spanish basketball site,, the Cavaliers and the Dallas Mavericks are considering signing the 6’10, 260-pound center.

Hettsheimeir, 26, played 33 games for Spanish club, CAI Zaragoza, and would average 13.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and shot 55 percent from the field.  Hettsheimeir would miss playing alongside fellow Brazilian—and current Cleveland Cavalier—power forward/center Anderson Varejao due to knee surgery.

With the Cavaliers already stocked at the front line area in rookie Tyler Zeller, Varejao, Jon Leuer, Samardo Samuels, Tristan Thompson and recently-signed center Michael Eric, there may not be enough room for someone of Hettsheimeir’s talent.

With a team as young as Cleveland, you can never have enough big men, especially in the top-heavy Eastern Conference that has big men such as Andrew Bynum, Joakim Noah, Chris Bosh, Tyson Chandler and Kevin Garnett, in regards to Hettsheimeir, where would he fit in?

Would he come off the bench? Who would he back up? Is he a good fit for the Cavaliers offense?  With reports stating that he is fully healthy again, one also has to ask how will he hold up over a full 82-game NBA season after only playing in 33?

And make no mistake, “The Association” is a much more physical and rugged basketball league than Liga ACB.

One more question that has to be considered is what will his “niche”, will it be on offense as a scorer, will he be a “energy” guy a la Varejao, or will Hettsheimeir be a defensive specialist in the low post?  If the Cavaliers are to go forward in their pursuit—and possible signing—of Hettsheimeir, they must first ask answer these questions before going forward.

Robert D. Cobb is the NBA Network Manager for Rant Media Network, Featured Writer of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Featured Columnist for the Cleveland Browns and Arsenal Gunners.

In addition to covering the NBA, I also cover MLB, NFL, NHL and Champions League soccer news, rumors and opinions, please follow me on Twitter at@RobertCobb_76

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