An entertaining first round of the NBA playoffs concluded this last weekend. How does this concern the Cavs? Uh…
…Oh. Right. There’s quite a few players in the playoffs right now who will be free agents in the offseason. In addition there’s several players who played who’ll be tempting trade targets. Let’s look at some.
Miami Vs. Milwaukee: Miami won this one handily. Miami’s free agents are Ray Allen, Chris Anderson, Mario Chalmers, Juwan Howard, James Jones, and Rashard Lewis. None of those guys are probably on the radar for the Cavs. Mario Chalmers and James Jones might be interesting pickups, but James Jones played only 5 minutes. Hailing from my home town of Anchorage, Alaska, Mario Chalmers would allow the Cavs to have employed every single Alaskan to play in the NBA, joining prestigious Cavs alums Trajan Langdon and Carlos Boozer. However, he had a particularly meh first round averaging 6.5 points off of .517 true shooting and 4.5 assists per game. Tough to grade anyone on Miami. This series was like a butterfly hitting a Buick. I admit, I didn’t watch a game.
In looking to fill the Anthony Parker/Luke Walton role of seasoned veteran who plays too many minutes, the Cavs could do a lot worse than Mike Dunleavy, who at least offensively acquitted himself well, scoring 19.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per 36 minutes, with shooting splits of .567/.438/.889. Just don’t ask him to guard LeBron though. And if you come to Cleveland, Mike, please rock the ‘stache.
Honorable mention: Samuel Dalembert who might be a decent 4th big, only got to play 9 minutes, continuing his career trend of massively underplaying his contract. Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings got torched by Miami’s guards, but aren’t realistic options anyway.