Cavs Rumors: David Nwaba, Trevor Booker and Luke Babbitt Drawing Interest

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2018

Chicago Bulls forward David Nwaba (11) dribbles the ball against the Detroit Pistons during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers have some wiggle room under the luxury-tax apron this offseason, with a full mid-level exception and biannual exception to offer free agents.

According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, the team has interest in three potential additions: "The Cavs have spoken with Bulls free agent David Nwaba, three-point shooter Luke Babbitt and bruiser Trevor Booker. Nwaba has interest in the Cavs, one of the sources said, while the conversations with Babbitt and Booker's camps were more basic."

Vardon added that the team is expected to match any offers for restricted free-agent guard Rodney Hood.

Nwaba, 25, averaged 7.9 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Chicago Bulls in 2017-18, largely coming off the bench. He shot 34.6 percent from three, though he largely made his mark on the defensive end, where he was often tasked with guarding the opposing team's best perimeter player.

The Bulls renounced their rights to Nwaba this offseason—likely as part of cost-cutting moves to clear the requisite cap space to sign Jabari Parker—making him an unrestricted free agent.

Babbitt, 29, appeared in 50 games last season between the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat, averaging 5.2 points per game while shooting 38.5 percent for three. For his career, he's a 40.2 percent shooter from beyond the arc.

Players such as Babbitt and Nwaba would offer the Cavaliers depth on the wing, though each would be added for different reasons, with Babbitt offering another shooting threat and Nwaba a defensive presence.

As for Booker, the 30-year-old power forward would give the team solid rebounding and energy down on the block. Booker played for the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers last season, averaging 6.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

However, with players such as Larry Nance Jr., Ante Zizic and Channing Frye already on the roster, it's unclear how much playing time Booker would see in Cleveland. However, the team could experiment with him as a small-ball 5 behind Tristan Thompson.

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