Links to the Present: July 3rd, 2012

July 3rd, 2012 by Kevin Hetrick

Sonny Weems

Just a few links today…nothing hot off the presses.  A little on Sonny Weems; he’s an extremely athletic, yet undersized small forward.  Turning 26 next week, he played in three NBA seasons, racking up 2800 minutes and an 11 PER.  Last year, he suited-up for Lithuanian power-house, Zalgiris, helping lead them to a Lithuanian League championship. In fifteen Euroleague games, his team-leading 15.5 points per game were somewhat marred by his three turnovers.  Based on the numbers at 82games.com and some anecdotal research, his defense appears as much maligned; in 1400 minutes in 2010 – 2011, he managed to block only two shots.  Anyways, he is better than Joey Graham or Mychel Thompson, the free agent small forward additions of the last two summers.  I am still hoping that the front office brings Derrick Brown to Ohio.

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The Cavaliers have about $20 million available in salary-cap space to spend in free agency.  Don’t expect them to spend much of it.  They’ll take a frugal approach to free agency this summer, even though they have several holes to fill.  The free-agent class is comparatively weak. There are few good, young stars on the market. (Bob Finnan)

Cavs waive guard Manny Harris (Bob Finnan)

Cleveland has made it known that it hopes to bring back SF Alonzo Gee, who was one of the best bargains ($880,000) in the league last season, averaging 10.6 points and 5.1 rebounds.  So it’s a bit of a surprise that, according to Sam Amico of FoxSports.com, the Cavs are showing interest in Raptors SF Sonny Weems.  Weems, 25, averaged 9.2 points and 2.8 rebounds a game with Toronto two seasons ago, and is a restricted free agent after playing in Lithuania during the 2011-12 season. One has to believe that if the Cavs can come to terms with Gee, their pursuit of Weems could end. (Joe Kaiser)

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