2012 NBA Free Agents: 5 Players Cleveland Cavaliers Could Still Target
For those Cavs fans that have been on vacation, relocated by the witness protection program or in a coma the past month, you haven't missed much.
Since the start of free agency on July 1, the Cavaliers have made exactly one free agent move: extending Luke Harangody a $1.1 million qualifying offer.
While Harangody agreed to the deal, former teammate Alonzo Gee is still hoping for a multi-year deal and has not signed his qualifying offer.
With Gee unsigned and the uncertainty surrounding Kelenna Azubuike, the Cavaliers have potentially two roster spots to fill to get to the league maximum 15 players.
While it's unlikely the Cavs will go out and get any of these players due to their free agent history this season, these are five players Cleveland could still potentially look at before the season starts.
5. Donte Greene, SF, 24
A slashing small forward, Greene would bring a heavy dose of athleticism to the Cavaliers. The four-year pro out of Syracuse is an impressive 6'11" and can attack the basket with authority.
Signing Greene would help to fill a position of need and add another attacker on the wing to run alongside Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.
At 24, Greene is young enough to fit into the Cavs rebuilding plans should they choose to bring him on.
4. Michael Redd, SG, 32
Filling the role of "veteran good guy", Redd would be a great player to have around to help mentor the younger guards while still contributing on the offensive end.
A Columbus native and former Ohio State star, Redd could return to his home state to possibly finish what has been an injury-riddled, up-and-down pro career.
Experiencing a revival last season in Phoenix with the Suns, Redd played in 51 games and chipped in 8.2 points per. Redd could play the Anthony Parker role of years past and would likely sign for the veterans minimum.
3. Daniel Orton, C, 21
Raw would be the best word used to describe Orton, but as the saying goes, you can't teach size.
Generously listed at 255 pounds, the 6'10" Orton is a physical force to reckon with, something the Cavaliers found out last April 15.
In a rare start, Orton registered 11 points, four rebounds, three blocked shots and five steals in 29 minutes of a 100-84 Magic win over the Cavs. Cleveland seemingly had no one to guard someone of his stature, with Anderson Varejao out with a wrist injury.
While Orton isn't a household name now, he's only 21, huge and has only played in 16 total games in his career. Cleveland would be smart to bring another big man on board, especially someone of Orton's size and potential.
2. Brandon Rush, SG, 27
Rush is a restricted free agent with the Golden State Warriors, so they can match any offer he gets. But that doesn't mean the Cavs should avoid him.
With only rookie Dion Waiters and oft-injured Daniel Gibson on the roster at shooting guard, Rush would provide some much needed depth. His best attribute may be his three-point shooting—he's shot 41.3 percent from deep in his four years in the league.
Rush would help add a new dimension to their offensive attack and provide insurance at shooting guard.
1. Terrence Williams, SF, 25
Hoping to fill the club's biggest position of need, the Cavs should take a good look at the former Louisville star.
Williams is a good athlete and scorer who's shown the potential to be a real threat from deep (42.1 percent from three with Houston Rockets last season).
With Alonzo Gee's contract situation in limbo, the Cavs would be wise to add another player at his position who brings a similar skill set.
Per 36 minutes with the Sacramento Kings last season, Williams averaged 15.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.6 steals a game.
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