The Cleveland Cavaliers badly need a backup point guard in the 2016-17 NBA season. They have options on their roster, but they need a veteran backup if they want to improve their chances of successfully defending their title.
Matthew Dellavedova was a solid backup for the Cavaliers last season, but the Australian point guard has already moved on and signed with the Milwaukee Bucks. With less than two weeks before the new seasons begins, the Cavaliers only have rookie Kay Felder as Kyrie Irving’s backup.
Mario Chalmers Reuniting With Cleveland Cavaliers Superstar LeBron James?
The Cavaliers are eyeing Mario Chalmers, ESPN reported. The veteran point guard remained unsigned as teams want to see how he will play following an Achilles tendon surgery earlier this year.
According to the report, the Cavaliers will make a strong push to sign Chalmers if he is healthy. The 30-year-old is reportedly just a month away from being able to play again.
It remains to be seen, though, whether or not Chalmers is open to playing limited role, knowing that Irving will have the bigger share of the pie for point guard minutes. However, signing with the Cavaliers could also be a good a launching pad for a new beginning following a huge setback last season.
It is also worth noting, though, that the Cavaliers have LeBron James. The four-time Most Valuable Player has a history of convincing former teammates to take pay cuts in exchange for a chance of winning a title.
James and Chalmers are no strangers to each other, having played together for four seasons in Miami. They won two championships in four final appearances for the Heat from 2010 to 2014.
Chalmers played six games for the Heat last season before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. He was poised to get a huge pay raise this summer after averaging 10.8 points and 3.8 assists in 55 games for Memphis, but the Achilles injury hurt his stock in free agency.