The Cavaliers seem to be in the market for a point guard following LeBron James’ comments last week stating that the team is “top-heavy” and that he hopes the team isn’t satisfied. The team will reportedly bring in veteran free agent guards Mario Chalmers, Lance Stephenson, Kirk Hinrich and Jordan Farmar for workouts over the next couple of days. The Cavs aren’t just looking for a potential impact player in the free agent market however. They’re also reportedly interested in the Dallas Mavericks’ Deron Williams as a potential trade candidate.
According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Cavs have reached out to the Mavericks about a deal for the guard with the Mavericks expressing interest in guard Iman Shumpert in return. From Amick’s report:
“The Cavs could take the trade route too, of course, and they are known to have inquired about the Dallas Mavericks’ Deron Williams. The 32-year-old, three-time All-Star is in the final year of his deal ($9 million), and it’s worth noting that Dallas has shown interest in the Cavs’ Iman Shumpert previously when he was a free agent (he’s owed a combined $31 million for this season and the next two, with a player option for 2018-19).”
Williams isn’t the All-Star caliber player that he once was, but he’s still been producing at a fairly high level averaging 13.5 points, 7.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game while shooting 43.2 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from three. The biggest question is how Williams would adjust to a back-up role as he’s been getting starter’s minutes (30.1 per game) in Dallas and hasn’t averaged less than 30 minutes per game since his rookie year.
The other issue is that a report from NBA on TNT analyst David Aldridge states that his sources have indicated that Williams is “unattainable” and isn’t interested in a buyout. One thing is for sure, despite being unhappy about LeBron’s public comments, the team certainly seems to be exploring all possible options to address the issues that he brought up.