CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The NBA’s trade deadline passed without Cavs general manager David Griffin making a move.
“We like our team and we didn’t do anything on purpose,” Griffin said prior to the Cavs hosting the New York Knicks Thursday night.
Griffin already made a big move when he acquired Kyle Korver from the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 7 for Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams and a future protected first-round pick.
“Kyle Korver represents our trade deadline,” Griffin said. “We like to strike first.”
That doesn’t mean that Griffin is done tweaking the roster for the Cavs, who look to defend their 2016 NBA title when the playoffs begin in mid-April. The Cavs are monitoring buyout talks between the 76ers and center Andrew Bogut, who was dealt to Philadelphia by Dallas Thursday morning, according to ESPN.
Dallas waived guard Deron Williams Thursday afternoon making him a free agent. The Associated Press reports that Williams will sign with Cleveland once he clears waivers.
“We will be aggressive,” Griffin said.
Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue, who avoided engaging in any trade speculation in recent weeks, feels good about where the team is as they begin the second half of the season.
“I like our team right now, I love our team actually,” Lue said.
Earlier this week the Cavs signed Derrick Williams to a second 10-day contract and they worked out Larry Sanders but have not decided if they will sign him.
“Larry looked good,” Griffin said. “Larry offers a rim protection that is attractive and there are other players that may or may not become available that do that as well. It’s something we’re working through. I enjoyed the time I got to spend with Larry on a personal level as well so it’s something we’re looking at.”
Griffin feels that Derrick Williams’ presence lessens the urgency to find another big.
The trade deadline expired at 3 p.m. Thursday.
“We like our roster and we intentionally didn’t create more roster spots for a reason,” Griffin said.
Cleveland opens the second half of the season atop the Eastern Conference at 39-16 with a 3-game lead on the Boston Celtics.