With news breaking from the Cleveland Plain Dealer that guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson has a torn tendon in his left foot and ankle, questions should start to surface concerning the Cavaliers 2006 second-round draft pick. The injury could sideline Gibson for the rest of the season, giving up-and-coming guards Manny Harris and Donald Sloan opportunities at solidifying a spot on the roster next season. Gibson has spent his entire NBA career in Cleveland, but should be concerned about his future with the team.
Gibson still has a year left on his contract, which is worth five years, $21 million, but the fifth year (2012-13) of his contract comes with a club option. Gibson’s inconsistent play this season and the developing news concerning the injury that he suffered on March 19 against the New Jersey Nets will surely affect Cleveland’s decision to keep Gibson around next season. He is due $4,792,332 if the Cavaliers decide to exercise the club option. If that’s the case, and no other deals are made, Gibson will become an unrestricted free agent in 2013.
So is it worth keeping Gibson around another year? If in fact Gibson is done for the rest of the season it would be a gamble for Cleveland, who has already made known that they are in the rebuilding process, to keep Gibson around. Harris and/or Sloan could very much evolve into the type of bench player that Gibson was during the ’07-’08 season (He averaged 10.4 points and 2.5 assists and shot .432 from the field). A battered up Gibson would become more of a liability than an asset if he does not return this season.
With that said, should the Cavaliers exercise their club option on Gibson for the 2012-13 NBA season?