Over the past two days, the Cavaliers have lost out on some potential free agent targets. First, on Friday night Chris Copeland agreed to terms on an offer sheet with Indiana. The Cavaliers had some interest in Copeland according to Jared Zwerling, as we reported here, but ultimately the thrill of joining C.J. Watson in spurning the Cavaliers for a contender was too great, as he agreed to a two-year, $6 million offer sheet. As usual, Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski had the news.
Indiana is finalizing agreement on a two-year deal with Knicks free agent Chris Copeland, league sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 5, 2013
The Knicks are pretty much unable to match after agreeing to re-sign Pablo Prigioni. It's a solid, floor spacing addition for the Pacers in case Danny Granger is unable to return to form after his knee injuries this season. Ultimately, Copeland would have been a nice addition for the Cavaliers but he's not someone worth getting upset about. He's a liability defensively that can shoot threes. He's useful, but not a must-have.
Then this morning, another of the tall, shooting small forwards signed. Dorell Wright also agreed to a two-year, $6million deal with Portland, according to Wojnarowski again.
Wright's two year deal with Portland will pay him approximately $6 million, league source tells Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 6, 2013
Two years, $6 million dollars seems to be the going rate for wing shooters this season, as Mike Dunleavy, Marco Belinelli have also agreed for that this offseason. Wright would have been a better addition in my opinion than Earl Clark, as he is a known floor-stretcher who can defend both the 3 and 4 (albeit sometimes lazily). This is the third time Portland has grabbed a guy the Cavaliers were linked with this offseason, as Thomas Robinson and Robin Lopez have also ended up in Rip City for the upcoming season.
While fans have already decided to freak out that Chris Grant isn't doing anything, it's worth remembering that it's July 6th. Free agency has been in full swing for five days, rookie contracts haven't even been signed yet, and players can't sign free agency agreements yet.
So let's take a deep breath, relax, and let Grant do his thing. It's been a slightly underwhelming offseason thus far, but it's far from done.
UPDATE (2:27 MT): Carl Landry, another guy the Cavaliers were interested in, has signed with the Kings, per David Aldridge. He'll be getting four years, $26-27 million, which means that he probably was never really on the table for the Cavaliers.
Landry's deal with Sacramento will be four years, $27 million.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 6, 2013