CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – It doesn’t appear that the Cavaliers quest to fill their open roster spot with a veteran player will end quickly with Wednesday’s free-agent workout.
In fact, according to Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue, the Cavs will continue to explore players of all different types, including point guards, playmakers and bigs.
ESPN.com first reported that the Cavaliers were to welcome NBA veterans and current free agents Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich, Jordan Farmar and Lance Stephenson, among others, for a group workout prior to the team’s matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Cleveland.
Lue attended the workout and felt it was productive but would not share any specifics.
“It went well,” he said. “It’s just a step in the process. We’re just going to try to get better.”
During a tough month of January for Cleveland (6-7), Cavaliers superstar forward LeBron James demanded the Cavs upgrade the bottom of their roster. The front office acquired sharp-shooting guard Kyle Korver from the Atlanta Hawks in early January, a swap that opened a roster spot on the Cavaliers’ bench, but the existing injuries to J.R. Smith (thumb surgery) and Chris Andersen (ACL tear) added to Cleveland’s roster issues earlier this season.
The Cavaliers’ lack of a true backup point guard since training camp has also been a point of contention for James.
Cleveland does not have many trade assets remaining, which might lead the reigning NBA champions to sign one of the veterans who worked out on Wednesday. However, it does not sound like GM David Griffin will rush into any roster move without exploring all options.
“We’re just starting the process of looking and seeing what we can find,” Lue said. “That’s it.”
Adding to the Cavs’ roster woes, Cleveland enters Wednesday’s battle against Minnesota without Kevin Love, who continues to battle back spasms, but Lue hopes the All-Star forward will be able to return on Saturday when the Cavs square off with the Knicks in New York.
Love was recently sent for tests on his ailing lower back but the scans came back clean.