NBA free agency officially began at midnight Tuesday. Within the first hour, flurries of rumors hit the Twittersphere. Although no key news has surfaced yet, the Cavaliers have been linked to a few understandable targets.
Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Cavs are among those showing “significant interest” in Wizards forward Trevor Ariza. Washington’s brass will be meeting with the 29-year-old Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Ariza just finished up a five-year $33.5 million deal he signed way back in 2009 with the Houston Rockets. The Cavs were one of his suitors back then, right after he had finished up a few nice seasons off the bench for the Lakers. Ariza is one of the top available wings this offseason after averaging 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 40.7% three-point shooting.
ESPN’s Marc Stein said the Cavs remain interested in retaining big man Spencer Hawes, who has a host of bidders. The Blazers, Clippers, Rockets and Mavericks were mentioned in Stein’s tweet. Portland could be an intriguing fit as Hawes is from Seattle.
Hawes, who only is 26, just finished a two-year $13 million contract. He averaged 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in his 27 games with Cleveland last season after the midseason trade from Philadelphia. A prolific long-distance threat, he shot an incredible 41.6% on 308 threes last year after shooting 31.5% on only 359 attempts in his first six NBA seasons.
We’ll keep you posted on further rumors and developments. Luol Deng, as expected, is a hot target for many other teams besides the Cavaliers.