CLEVELAND -- Scot Pollard promises to lead the Cleveland
Cavaliers in bruises and floor burns.
"I'm not a pretty player," he said. "I go in there and do the
dirty work. I dive on the floor. I take charges. I set screens. I
do a lot of things guys don't like doing. I found my niche and I'm
sticking with it."
Pollard, a free agent known for his ever changing hair
and sideburn styles, signed a one-year contract with the Cavaliers,
who also traded center Martynas Andriuskevicius to the Chicago
Bulls for guard Eddie Basden on Friday.
Financial terms were not available.
Pollard averaged 3.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 45 games -- 32
starts -- last season for the Indiana Pacers, his third NBA team.
The 6-foot-11, 265-pound Pollard will give the Cavs more inside
muscle and can provide needed energy along with Anderson Varejao,
Cleveland's mop-topped Brazilian.
"I'm a piece to a championship puzzle," Pollard said from his
home in Indianapolis.
The 31-year-old has worn his hair in a variety of ways during
his NBA career. This summer, he went for a new look.
"I cut all my hair off," he said. "I got tired of taking care
of it. Right now, it's a summer cut, but who knows what I might
have by the time the season gets here."
Pollard has made 460 career starts and appeared in 57 playoff
games since being drafted by Detroit in the first round (19th
overall) in 1997.
"Adding Scot to our roster gives us more depth, size, toughness
and experience," Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry said. "We
believe Scot can be a valuable contributor to our team as we
continue to build a championship level team here in Cleveland."
Pollard played 33 games with the Pistons before being dealt to
Atlanta for Christian Laettner. After being waived the Hawks,
Pollard signed as a free agent with Sacramento and spent six
seasons with the Kings.
He was traded to the Pacers in a three-team deal in 2003. In
Indiana, Pollard felt restricted as the Pacers played a slower
brand of ball than he was used to with the Kings. He's looking
forward to the chance to get out and run with LeBron James and the
"This is definitely a team on the upswing," he said. "We've
got a chance to be one of the top two or three teams in the East,
and we have a legitimate chance to get out of the East."
Andriuskevicius was a project for the Cavaliers, who acquired
the 7-foot-2 Lithuanian last year from Orlando for a second-round
draft pick and cash. He played just nine minutes in six games for
Cleveland, spending most of the season in the NBA's Developmental
"Marty is a young and talented kid and he made good strides
during the past year, but ultimately this trade puts us in a more
flexible position with our roster," Ferry said.
Basden, 23, played in 19 games for the Bulls last season,
averaging 2.1 points, 1.5 rebounds.