According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Cleveland Cavaliers are among a group of teams pursuing free agent small forward Trevor Ariza. Ariza, who played for the Washington Wizards last season, is reportedly seeking a deal starting in $9-$11 million dollar range. Other teams interested include the Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.
In 77 games last year, Ariza averaged 14.4 points per game and 6.2 rebounds. His 40.7 3-point shooting percentage was the highest of his career and he was an essential piece to a Wizards team that made it to the second rounds of the playoffs. With his 3-point shooting up, Ariza became the prototypical three-and-d player. If he were to sign with the Cavs, he would fill the same role alongside a backcourt that includes Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. The problem, however, is that Ariza put up these numbers in a contract year and his role in Washington was very simple. The salary he's looking could prove more than he's worth.
Of course, this could all be moot. If the Cavaliers do end up with LeBron James, they won't be able to afford or necessarily need Ariza. As a result, he's likely part of the Cavs' Plan B, which could include players such as Ariza, Channing Frye and Gordon Hayward.