6 BIGS THE CAVALIERS SHOULD LOOK AT

Former Cavs coach John Lucas is going to love this blog because it’s all about the “BIGS”.

The Cavaliers are in need of a halfway decent rim protector to come off the bench. So I searched the free agent market and looked at some teams that either have an excess of “BIGS” or just might be willing to deal one for a draft pick, and here’s the list of players I came up with.

VIA TRADE

JEFF WITHEY – 7’0 – 235 – 24 – Pelicans – $816,000

He only averaged 0.86 blocks per game, but that came in just 12 minutes per game. He’s young and would be a good role player coming off the bench for defense. Plus New Orleans has five PF/C on their roster. Might be able to get him for a future draft pick.

IAN MAHINMI – 6’11 – 250 – 27 – Pacers – $4,000,000

Averaged 0.94 blocks per game in 16 minutes per game. At 27, making $4 mill per season and with Indiana maybe looking to the future because of the Paul George injury and Lance Stephenson leaving through free agency, maybe Larry Bird would trade him for a future draft pick and a player to make the trade work.

TIMOFEY MOZGOV – 7’1 – 250 – 28 – Nuggets – $4,650,000

With four centers on the roster making about $23 million dollars amongst them,  Denver might be willing to dump his salary off on another team for expiring contracts and a draft pick. Mozgov averaged 1.22 blocks per game in about 22 minutes per game.

 

VIA FREE AGENCY

EKPE UDOH – 6’11 – 245 – 26 – UFA (Bucks)

Had some knee issues last season, but might be worth taking a chance on at a cheap price in free agency. Did average 3.4ppg-3.5rpg and 1 block per game in 19 minutes per contest.

JERMAINE O’NEAL – 6’11 – 255 – 35 – UFA (Warriors)

Yes he’s almost ancient, but played well for Golden State last year averaging 8ppg-5rpg and just under 1 block per game. If healthy, you might be able to get him for the veteran minimum.

EMEKA OKAFOR – 6’10 – 255 – 31 – UFA (Suns)

Missed all of last year with a neck injury, so obviously he’d have to be 100 percent healthy to even consider him. He’s really not a rim protector, but he is a big body who could clog the paint and maybe at least challenge shots. Not sure what type of salary he is looking for, that will factor into it as well.

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4 Responses to 6 BIGS THE CAVALIERS SHOULD LOOK AT

  1. David says:

    Would take any of the above. Really need some size. I’m optimistic Haywood still has some left in the tank. Maybe the LeBron will motivate him to get into to championship form. I’d like to see Haywood start and play 20-25 a game like he use to in Dallas….Maybe I am to optimistic, gotta find some interior depth.

  2. jamar says:

    Can we sign chris mims

  3. Fat Lever says:

    A decent list. Mozgov would be the best, but Denver probably won’t trade him, at least not right now. Maybe at the deadline, but can the Cavs wait?
    Udoh — Bad rebounder and horrible offensive player.
    O’neal– Too injury prone.
    Okafor–Injury status from last year unclear
    Withey–Would New Orleans really dump him?
    Mahinmi–Maybe

    I’ll add a few names that I sort of like–Brand (UFA), Ayon (UFA), Stiemsma (UFA), Turiaf (include in Love trade from Minny), Ajinca (trade via NO), Biyombo (trade via CHA), Kyle O’Quinn (trade via ORL), Sam Dalembert (trade via NYK). A lot of attainable stop-gap options.

  4. Andy says:

    The Cavs could have drafted Withey in the 2nd round of 2013 but decided to give away the top pick of the 2nd round to portland and then selected the great carrick felix. The cavs handling of 2nd rounders has been horrific. I really hope that joe harris pans out because i couldn’t believe that cleanthony early was there and then of course he was drafted right after harris!2nd round picks matter….Mark price..carlos boozer…..and MANY others! just ask San Antonio!

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