Cavaliers will not be a player in free agency according to Tom Reed

On yesterday’s Bull and Fox show, the Plain Dealer’s Tom Reed said that the Cavaliers will NOT be players in free agency this summer.

“No, not at all. The only types of guys that they will bring in here, is if they feel that their leadership may be lacking, maybe they bring in kind of a smaller name type player. They will not put any significant money into free agency. When they do that it will be more like a final piece… they are not going to overpay anybody.”

The Cavaliers have just under $18 million coming off the books with the expiration of Jamison and Parker’s contracts. They could also save $4.72 million if they choose not to pick up Daniel Gibson’s option. Small forward Alonzo Gee will also be a restricted free agent.

[Related: Antawn’s Closing Advance]

  • porckchopexpress

    I listened to Gilbert talk with Phelps and whatshisname yesterday and he really sounded like a guy who gets it now, he even admitted he didn’t really understand how to run a professional basketball team when he bought the franchise. 
    I really like the idea of taking Beal/Gilchrist type along with another wing player with the Laker pick, and looking to free agency next year for a Pecovic (who I personally would overpay to get) or even Splitter, or Okafor to play center, all of whom are Unrestricted FA in 2013.  Cavs are going to have as much cap space next year as anyone in the league and it seems like a great place to add a big man. 

  • oppie00

    Not too surprised by this comment, as much as I hated the philosophy with the Browns this year, the Cavs need to stay the course and continue to build up through the draft.

    If they get a guy like MKG or Beal with the top pick and grab a post and either SF/SG with the other picks. Priority #1 in FA has to be re-signing Gee; he’ll be a key piece to our future success in a few years as he continues to develop. If both of these things happen this off-season, I’ll be very excited about our progress and future plans.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Gilbert echoed the draft being central mentality yesterday on MS&LL but didn’t completely close the door on free agency or trades.  Instead he said the latter two, under Grant, would most likely be used to accent what they did in the draft.

    This is okay with me I guess I mean it’s going to take longer this route but at least the Cavaliers seem to have a general direction.  As opposed to the Browns who on one hand talk about the draft as a rebuilding tool then after just one selection draft a 28 yo QB.

    I personally would have loved to have seen a run at either Roy Hibbert or Eric Gordon.  Both are restricted free agents but in the case of Hibbert you could force Indiana into a decision with the roster they have these days.  But I guess it makes sense to be fiscally responsible while building.  I just hope they don’t resign Gibson, it’s time for a change.

  • Natedawg86

    Should we grab Fab Melo with the second pick?

  • DontbringLBJback

    Melo is a solid pick if he’s there at 23, 24,25… whatever it ends up being.

  • mgbode

    and don’t forget that a guy like DeAndre Jordan was a 2nd round pick.  it’s asking too much really, but we do have 2 2nd rounders.  we could either use one (or both) to trade up to try to grab a guy like Fab Melo or Ezeli.  or we could use both on the best big men available and hope one of them pans out.

    lots of options (I agree that the Laker’s pick looks ripe for a wing player – likely a SG though.  maybe we need to inch Barnes ahead of J.Lamb because of that – but I won’t because I hate thinking that way)

  • DontbringLBJback

    Hopefully LA loses the next two to Denver.  :)

  • mgbode

    Gibson has an “option” for next year.  We either have him next year at $4.7mil or we pay him a buyout ($500K or so).

    He can’t stay healthy, so I wouldn’t mind losing him, but he’s not a bad 4th/5th guard option either.  It’s not like we don’t have the cap room for him.

  • mgbode

    lots of options there.  have to wait to see who really might be available there, but based on current mocks, my favorite is Terrence Ross.   I think he’ll likely fly up boards once the real draft season begins.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I’m starting to think Melo won’t last that long.  He’s a 7-footer who blocks shots, and when you expand his numbers out from the 25 minutes per game that he played in college to something like 32 minutes per game, his numbers start to paint a rosier picture.  My gut just tells me that someone will jump at him higher than Chad Ford expects.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Count me among those who are not surprised by this statement.  With a bunch of money coming off the books, I don’t think there’s any chance the Cavs don’t re-up with Gee, which is a good thing… unless the Cavs draft MKG, I expect Gee will be the starter at SF next season.

  • dwhit110

    Additionally they’re looking at drafting a QB with their… wait, getting my Cleveland teams confused. In all honesty, this is probably the right call. Bring in top draft picks and hoard cap space. The old regime really tied their hands by spending cap space on mediocre talent anytime it came available (Hughes, Snow, Jones, Marshall… ok, I’m getting depressed). Imagine adding MKG, Beal, or Barnes to this group, along with another first-rounder and then next off-season having the cap space to sign an All-Star (or at least starter) level guy. 

    I really like the way this team is coming together.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I think the Cavs will keep him… they aren’t really planning to do anything else with their money and Gibson is a team-first guy who they can plug in at both PG and SG if they need to, so his versitility will be viewed as an asset as a bench player.

  • hanover_fist

    It’s 24. It’s not the same as football.  Doesn’t matter what LA does in the playoffs.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Buy him out then he has no value.  Not many NBA teams carry five guards do they?  If they don’t buy him out then I hope it’s his final year.

  • Chucky Brown

    I would love to see us make run at Batum

  • porckchopexpress

    Just throwing this out there but next year would be a great year to make the playoffs even as an 8seed.  You never know what real weaknesses your team has until they get locked into a series.The worst thing that you can do is slap a team together, max out your cap, then get into the playoffs and find out you really could have used a guard or depth on the front line, and you are stuck.  You will never know what Kyrie’s true stregnths and weaknesses are until he is in a series.  Hopefully they get a couple of young guys who contribute, make a nice little run and have a real clear idea of what they could use in free agency, next years class isn’t “loaded” but it is full of quality guys who won’t require max deals.

  • CSTDoug

    Agree with more ‘rooting for ping pong balls’ for me. Max out the draft picks, sign Gee to a reasonable contract and go from there.

  • mgbode

    exactly.  though, I could see us using that ‘option’ as a way of trading up from #33/34 come draft-time. 

  • mgbode

    yes, most NBA teams carry 3 PGs and 2 SGs. 

    example:  Rockets carried Lowry/Dragic/Flynn (while cutting Lin as he was their 4th PG due to Flynn’s guaranteed contract)

  • mgbode

    yep, we already won the coin toss and everything.

  • mgbode

    the reason that I think he is in the mid-20s is that there are already so many 6’11” and 7′ guys with alot of athleticism and upside (but risky plays):  Drummond, PJIII, Leonard, Henson, and Moultrie.

    And then, you still have Zeller who is available to a GM who wants a less risky play out of their big man selection.

    Fab and Ezeli are the next tier after those guys, which means he might be the 9th or 10th frontcourt player selected (Davis and T-Robinson will go top5 IMO).   And, I haven’t mentioned Sullinger, whom I expect scouts to be completely split on (which means someone will reach and take him too early).

    He could work himself up to maybe 6th or 7th, but that still puts him in the late teens and we might be able to work our way up for him there if we really like him.

  • mgbode

    and if they do, Gee could very well wind up being the starting SG to start the season.

  • mgbode

    I don’t think the Blazers let that happen, but I love Batum’s game.  He’s great.

  • mgbode

    I agree.  I’ll root for the Kings to “just miss” the playoffs too so that we can get a late lottery pick from them in the process :)

  • mgbode

    well, if LeBron gets hurt, maybe we get some ping pong balls from Miami :)

    or if Kobe gets hurt, from the Lakers (swap pick option)

    or if the Kings are bad, but not terrible, then possibly from them (top13 protected in ’13)

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    That’s where I feel he would be a more natural fit he’s just not big enough to play SF IMO.  Kinda why MKG would make the most sense.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Well I’m hoping for some infusion of guard talent especially at the two just so I don’t have to watch the Parkers and Gibsons anymore.  I’ve seen enough for a lifetime.

  • cleveland__rocks

    Good. That wold be the biggest mistake. All they ever did when they had lebron was overpay free agents. That’s not they way to build a contender.