By Brian Yalung
The Cleveland Cavaliers have yet to reveal who made it during their midseason tryouts though Jordan Farmar reportedly impressed the most. Until then, however, their moves can be anything.
The NBA trade deadline ends in a couple of weeks (Feb. 23) and the Cavs are expected to fill in two voids – one guard and one center/forward. Carmelo Anthony has been set aside for now with Cleveland uninterested to send Kevin Love to the New York Knicks.
Given that the Cavs have little salary room to operate, two names have been suggested recently by ESPN. Jose Calderon of the Los Angeles Lakers and Andrew Bogut of the Dallas Mavericks are two players who could be trade options.
Calderon is a veteran who ironically played for the Knicks before landing a spot in Los Angeles. The 35-year-old Spanish player could be a sensible addition to addressing the Cavs backcourt woes.
Deron Williams was mentioned in the mix as well. But both he and Bogut have not shown signs of wanting out of Dallas. With these scenarios, Farmar could have the inside track at the guarding requirement of the Cavs.
Andrew Bogut of the Mavs, on the other hand, could be a dim prospect following reports that the Australian big man is dealing with a hamstring injury. There is no word on when he could return but the injury could turn the Cavs’ interest off.
Anderson Varejao, recently waived by the Golden State Warriors would have been an option for an added big. But the word out is that a return to Cleveland by the Brazilian is unlikely according to Sam Amico.
By rule, yes, #Cavs could sign Andy Varejao on Feb. 20. But for a variety of reasons, both parties have moved on.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) February 3, 2017