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Predicting Every Cleveland Cavaliers Free Agency Move This Offseason
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"We're going to be active in the trade market and free agency."

These were the words of Cleveland Cavaliers' general manager Chris Grant to media members on June 28th, following the 2013 NBA Draft.

Now, days into free agency, where exactly is this activity?

So far, Cleveland's only confirmed free-agent meeting has been with Los Angeles Lakers forward Earl Clark.

Hardly a move to excite the season ticket holders.

While there's no doubt the Cavs would like to preserve cap space for the 2014 free-agent class, those words from Grant did spark some excitement among a fanbase that had to sit back and watch a lottery-bound team for the past three years.

So what can we realistically expect from the Cavaliers on the free-agent front?

Here are some notable players who might come at a reasonable deal whom Cleveland could pursue.

 

Earl Clark, F, Los Angeles Lakers

We might as well start with Clark, as he's definitely the most likely thus far to end up in Cleveland.

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TheSportingNews.com reports that the Cavaliers met with the 25-year-old forward on Tuesday and scheduled another meeting for Wednesday.

Clark played under now Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown briefly last season and had his best statistical year.  In 23.1 minutes a game, Clark averaged 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds while playing three different positions.

At 6'10", his best spot is probably at power forward, but he could also play small forward at times and showed an improved three-point shot last season.

I smell a classic two-year deal with a team option in the second for Clark, should Wednesday's meeting go well.

Possible Contract: Two years, $5 million (team option in second year)

 

Darren Collison, PG, Dallas Mavericks

In their search for a backup point guard behind Kyrie Irving, the Cavs may turn to a former starter, says Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio.

At 25 years of age, Collison isn't exactly the veteran point guard whom Irving can learn from and grow with, but he would be a great option for the second unit.

In four seasons in the league, Collison has started 219 of his 296 games.  He owns averages of 12.1 points and 5.2 assists in 29.5 minutes of play.

Being a starter for much of his career, it will be interesting to see if Collision accepts a reserve role given his age.

I compare him to former Cavalier point guard Ramon Sessions, a fringe starter in the league who would accept a backup position if the money was right.

Sessions signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Charlotte Bobcats last summer.  I expect Collision's deal to be in that neighborhood as well if he signs with the Cavs.

Possible Contract: Three years, $14 million

 

Dorell Wright, SF, Philadelphia 76ers

The Cavs need to do something, anything to address small forward this offseason.

A player like Wright could be an option.

At 27, he brings a combination of experience and potential to the position, if only until next summer's free-agent class.  Wright played in 79 games for the Sixers last season, averaging 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 22.6 minutes as a reserve.

He's a solid three-point shooter who can spot up from behind the arc whenever Kyrie Irving or Dion Waiters drives to the basket.  At 6'9", he has good defensive potential and length to shoot over smaller defenders.

His signing would also allow the Cavs to move Alonzo Gee to the bench, where he should be much more productive.

In terms of money, I expect another one- or two-year deal to keep their salary cap flexible.

Possible Contract: Two years, $6 million

 

Chris Copeland, SF, New York Knicks

Another option for Cleveland at small forward may come from a less traditional route.

Copeland was a rookie last season after playing his college ball at the University of Colorado.  Never mind that there was a six-year break in-between.

Copeland spent some time playing professionally overseas before signing with the Knicks last season.  Now 29, Copeland isn't your traditional second-year player but still has the energy of a college kid.

In just 15.4 minutes a game with the Knicks last season, Copeland averaged 8.7 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 42.1 percent on three-pointers.

He has excellent size at 6'8" and would help space the floor for the Cavs on offense.

New York would like to bring him back, but they're limited financially. The Cavs should come in with a strong first-year salary, with a team option for a second. 

Possible Contract: Two years, $7 million (team option in second year)

 

Greg Oden, C, Training Room

The Cavs need some insurance at center with the oft-injured Anderson Varejao still on the roster.

Tyler Zeller should be better, but Cleveland needs a third guy to step in if needed.

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Oden took in a Cavs game this past year.

This is where Oden comes in.

Despite not playing in an NBA game in nearly four years, Oden is still just 25 years old and, we assume, still 7' tall.

This is enough to take a gamble on, despite all of those knee surgeries.  Other teams have reportedly been interested in Oden, and the Cavs may have to offer more than their comfortable with to get him to sign in Cleveland.

While names like Andrew Bynum and Nikola Pekovic will likely demand big money, it's possible Oden could turn out to be the better value when it's all said and done.

Possible Contract: Two years, $4 million

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