The search for a replacement for retired point guard Mo Williams is apparently on. With news coming out Monday that Williams has retired, it left a gap for the Cleveland Cavaliers at backup point guard. The Cavs have reportedly been active in searching a replacement for Williams since the news came out.
According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, the Cavaliers have reached out to Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole and Kirk Hinrich about replacing Williams in the lineup. Both Chalmers and Cole have previously played with LeBron James during their time with the Miami Heat.
All three options come with playoff experience and would likely be safer options than entering the season with rookie draft pick Kay Felder and Jordan McRae as the only backups. While the organization appears to be high on both players, the reality is that Kyrie Irving has never played more than 75 games in a season and having some sort of contingency plan is needed.
With that being said, the Cavs are reportedly not in a rush to sign any of these options. They will test out the existing roster to see what they have. From Vardon’s report:
The Cavs have been in contact with all three players this summer, a source said, in anticipation of Williams' move. But the team, at least at this point, is in no rush to sign one of them, preferring to let the 5-9, 21-year-old Felder get his feet wet in camp and see if Lue can work his rotation properly without them. For instance, in addition to Felder, LeBron James can (and often does) run the offense. Jordan McRae, who is expected to make the team, and Markel Brown, a non-roster invite who's played in the NBA with Brooklyn the last two seasons, are also in camp and could handle the ball.
Personally, I’m fine with this strategy based off the assumption that everybody stays healthy. If the Cavs were to suffer an injury to Irving, it would put a severe strain on their roster. So the fact that they are at least evaluating other options should be encouraging.