According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Cleveland Cavaliers have their eyes on Mavericks center Andrew Bogut, Mavs guard Deron Williams and Lakers guard Jose Calderon as potential additions to shore up their roster.
Per Stein’s report, the Cavs are hoping to acquire a veteran player or two via free agency as opposed to a trade. At the moment, Cleveland probably doesn’t have the assets or salary cap space to swing a deal. And due to their salaries, Bogut ($11 million), Calderon ($7.7 million or Williams ($9 million) would fit into Cleveland’s remaining trade exceptions.
Additionally, Bogut and Williams aren’t believed to be interested in having their contracts bought out after the Feb. 23 trade deadline. At the moment, Dallas is only 2.5 games back of the Denver Nuggets for the West’s No. 8 seed.
In theory, any one of these players would fit what the Cavs have said they want. Bogut would give the Cavs rim protection and a fourth playable big. Williams and Calderon would fill the team’s stated need of a playmaker, as would any of the guards the team worked out earlier this week. The question is any of the players are realistic targets.