The trade deadline has come and gone and the Cleveland Cavaliers did not make a deal. Their major acquisition was when they got Kyle Korver in early January. Now they’ll focus their attention to players who are currently available or will become available once teams start to buyout players’ contracts.
The team currently holds one open roster spot and could open more by waiving guards Jordan McRae and DeAndre Liggins as they aren’t making a major number in terms of salary.
Here are some names to watch between now and March 1 (that is the deadline for teams to buyout players and for those players to be playoff eligible):
Andrew Bogut, C, Philadelphia 76ers
The former number one overall pick had been with the Dallas Mavericks until they traded him to Philadelphia on Thursday in exchange for Nerlens Noel. Philadelphia is expected to waive Bogut.
The big man from Australia has played in only 26 games (21 starts) this season. Averaging just 22 minutes per game, he’s 3 points, 8.3 rebounds and a block per game.
The Cavaliers have been looking for a big man since losing Chris Andersen in mid December and have been following Bogut closely all season. It’s also been rumored that this is where Bogut would like to play if he had the chance to become a free agent.
Cleveland will face some competition as Houston will also be vying for Bogut’s services.
Larry Sanders, PF/C, free agent
On Wednesday, the former Milwaukee Buck came to Cleveland to meet with the defending champions for a physical and a solo workout. Sanders hasn’t played in an NBA game since December 23, 2014.
When he was playing, he was one of the promising young big men in the league. Despite injury troubles and his history of marijuana use, he was one of the most talented big men and Milwaukee seen that giving him a four year, 44 million dollar extension in 2013.
Sanders averaged 6.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game from 2010-2014.
He’s attempting a comeback after sitting out for two years to deal with anxiety, depression and mood disorders. He said he’d come back to basketball once he got his mind and life right.
He’s worked out for several teams including the Celtics and Lakers but no one has offered a contract.
I could see the Cavs potentially giving him a ten day contract to see where he is physically and mentally before deciding on whether to keep him or go in another direction such as Bogut.
Deron Williams, PG, Dallas Mavericks
I think he is the main priority for the Cavaliers in the buyout market.
The former All Star point guard was held out of practice in Dallas the last few days while trade rumors were swirling including with the Cavaliers.
Cleveland has been searching for a backup point guard all season. They won’t admit but I think they regret letting Matthew Dellavedova leave in free agency and banking on Mo Williams as the backup.
They’ve tried to patch it together with Liggins and rookie Kay Felder but it’s a glaring hole and Kyrie Irving needs to get his rest before playoff time to avoid another potential injury.
In 40 games (40 starts) this season, Williams is averaging 13.6 points and 6.8 assists per game in 29.3 minutes per game.
Williams was also rumored to be traded to his original team, the Utah Jazz and they could also be a option once he becomes a free agent.
Terrence Jones, PF, New Orleans Pelicans
Jones was waived by New Orleans following Thursday’s trade deadline.
With the Cavaliers only with two healthy big men, they should look at all options to bring in bodies to play including Jones.
The fifth year veteran out of Kentucky has averaged 11.5 points and 5.9 rebounds in 51 games (12 starts) this season.
He could be looked at as a guy who can give Tristan Thompson rest as we march towards the postseason as well as contribute alongside Derrick Williams off the bench in the front court.
Jose Calderon, PG, Los Angeles Lakers
He hasn’t become available yet but with a rebuilding Lakers team, he really has no role on the struggling squad.
The 11 year veteran has only appeared in 24 games (11 starts) and is averaging 3.3 points per game.
Now I know people will say, why target this guy?
He’s averaged 9.7 points and 6.3 over his career as well as shoot 41% from three point distance. He knows how to score as well as create for others.
If the Cavs somehow miss out on Deron Williams, Calderon is the next best option as a potential backup point guard acquisition.