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The 06-07 Cavaliers roster - LeBron's first Finals: Where are they now?

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The 2006-07 Cleveland Cavaliers team made franchise history, becoming the first Cavs team to advance from the Eastern Conference Finals to the NBA Finals.

However, in LeBron James's first trip to the title round, his Cavs were swept by Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs in embarrassing fashion.

Still, there are plenty of reasons for Cleveland fans to remember that first appearance in the Finals, especially as this year's Cleveland squad tries to win a second-straight title.

The Cavaliers are still owned by Daniel Gilbert, who had a public spat with LeBron James when the star player decided to sign with the Miami Heat following the 2010 season.

The coach of the team in 2006-07 was Mike Brown, who can now be found on the bench as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors.

Here's what the five starters and the sixth man from the 2007 Eastern Conference champions are up to now.

LeBron James

Following the Finals sweep at the hands of the Spurs, LeBron toiled away in Cleveland for three more seasons before heading to South Beach to win two titles with the Miami Heat.

He's back in Cleveland now, though, and has a better supporting cast than he ever did during his early years. He's still the unquestioned leader of the Cavaliers and led the team to its first-ever NBA Finals victory last year, coming from being down 3-1 against the Golden State Warriors to clinch the series win.

Unquestionably one of the greatest players ever to step foot on an NBA court, James has the Cavs in position to make another Finals run this year and is averaging an impressive 26.1 points, 8.8 assists and 8.4 rebounds a night.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Sadly, Ilgauskas was about as close to a sidekick as LeBron had on the 2006-07 squad. Big Z averaged 11.9 points and 7.7 rebounds a night that year.

In 2010-11, Ilgauskas followed LeBron to Miami, ending his career after that season. If he'd have played one more year in Miami before hanging up his sneakers, he would have won a title.

Following his retirement, though, Big Z joined the Cleveland front office as a special advisor. His No. 11 jersey is retired by the Cavaliers.

Drew Gooden

Gooden started 80 games for the Cavaliers in 2006-07, averaging 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds. He spent three seasons with Cleveland, leaving after the Finals loss.

Gooden just recently called it quits on his NBA career, following an impressive 14 years in the league with nine different teams.

Larry Hughes

If you look at the salaries of the 2006-07 Cavaliers, it's surprising to see that LeBron wasn't the highest-paid player.

In fact, LeBron wasn't even in the top three in terms of salary. Hughes, who made $13.4 million that season, led all Cavs in that category.

For all that money, he averaged 14.9 points and 3.7 assists per night. He currently runs the Larry Hughes Basketball Academy.

Eric Snow

Snow appeared in all 82 games for the Cavs in 2006-07, starting 45 of them. He didn't do much with those starts, though, averaging only 4.2 points and 4.0 assists per game.

Though he was a talented defender, he wasn't exactly what LeBron needed from his fellow starters.

Snow is currently an assistant basketball coach with Florida Atlantic University under head coach Michael Curry, another former NBA veteran.

Anderson Varejao

As the Cavaliers' sixth man, Varejao took an NBA-leading 99 charges while averaging 6.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

Varejao signed with the Golden State Warriors last February, losing to LeBron and the Cavaliers in the 2016 Finals. He was recently waived by the Warriors following this year's trade deadline and appears to be done with professional basketball.

Topics:
Kyrie Irving
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
NBA Finals
Kevin Love
LeBron James

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