Category Archives: Free Agency

Cavs interested in former Georgetown big man?

The Cleveland Cavaliers may have an interest in bringing former Georgetown University forward/center Henry Sims to training camp, according to a tweet from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Sims, a 7-footer, most recently played for the Charlotte Bobcats’ summer-league team in Las Vegas.

Sims spent part of last season playing in the Philippines and part in the NBA D-League with the Erie BayHawks. He also signed a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans).

Prior to the 2012-13 season, Sims attended training camp with the New York Knicks, but was waived at the end of the preseason.

The Cavs currently have 11 players under contract and are expected to sign first-round draft picks Anthony Bennett and Sergey Karasev soon.

Sims averaged 4.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game for the Bobcats’ summer team.

Kyrie Irving mum on possible contract extension

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – Kyrie Irving is focused on the 2013-14 NBA season. The Cavaliers’ All-Star point guard, however, is not focused on anything after that.

Irving said as much at his basketball camp Saturday at Independence High School.

The reason Irving avoided looking too far ahead? Because he was asked about a potential contract extension in July 2014, when the Cavs can offer one.

Without a doubt, the Cavs will do just that. Without a doubt, they’ll offer Irving the maximum allowable by NBA standards.

Without a doubt, Irving will give strong consideration to signing it.

But without a doubt, he didn’t feel like getting in to it.

“Right now I’m a Cavalier,” Irving said. “This is where I am. All that other stuff, I’m not worrying about it. I’m living in the moment. I want to work with the coaching staff and get to the playoffs. That’s all I can do right now, give it my all. All that future stuff, I’m not really worrying about it.”

Last month, a report on Twitter said Irving was “not long for Cleveland,” meaning the guard would be looking for a new team soon. Irving called the report “bogus.”

“My job is to play basketball,” Irving said. “That guy on Twitter that said that, (he’s not) close with my family. I wanted to let Cleveland know those rumors were bogus and nothing to worry about.”

Washington Wizards guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall draft pick the year before Irving (2010), recently signed a five-year, $80-million extension. That’s probably good news for Cavs fans.

“I’m excited for him,” Irving said. “We grew up together coming up the ranks. We were both guys who weren’t rated at the top coming out of high school. We both burst onto the scene. He’s the first guy to get a max deal out of all of us who came through the AAU scene. It was surreal for him.”

Irving said he is getting some Cavs teammates together for informal workouts later this week in Los Angeles. He is also planning another mini-camp of sorts in September.

NBA team-by-team remaining free agents

A look at which NBA players remain unsigned through July 29:

ATLANTA HAWKS — Unrestricted: Ivan Johnson, Devin Harris, Dahntay Jones, Johan Petro, Anthony Tolliver

BOSTON CELTICS — Unrestricted: Chris Wilcox

BROOKLYN NETS — Unrestricted: Jerry Stackhouse

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS — Unrestricted: DeSagana Diop, Jannero Pargo

CHICAGO BULLS — Unrestricted: Daequan Cook, Vladimir Radmanovic

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS — Unrestricted: Daniel Gibson, Luke Walton

DALLAS MAVERICKS — Unrestricted: Rodrigue Beaubois, Mike James

DENVER NUGGETS — None

DETROIT PISTONS — Unrestricted: Corey Maggette

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS — None

HOUSTON ROCKETS — None

INDIANA PACERS — Unrestricted: Ben Hansbrough, Sam Young

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS — Unrestricted: Lamar Odom

LOS ANGELES LAKERS — Unrestricted: Devin Ebanks, Andrew Goudelock, Darius Morris, Antawn Jamison

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES — Unrestricted: Austin Daye, Keyon Dooling

MIAMI HEAT — Unrestricted: Juwan Howard.

MILWAUKEE BUCKS — Restricted: Brandon Jennings. Unrestricted: Marquis Daniels, Joel Przybilla

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES — Restricted: Nikola Pekovic

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS — Unrestricted: Lou Amundson, Xavier Henry, Roger Mason Jr.

NEW YORK KNICKS — Unrestricted: Earl Barron

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER — Unrestricted: Ronnie Brewer

ORLANDO MAGIC — Unrestricted: DaQuan Jones, Beno Udrih

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS — Unrestricted: Charles Jenkins, Royal Ivey, Damien Wilkins

PHOENIX SUNS — Unrestricted: Diante Garrett

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS —Unrestricted: Luke Babbitt, Nolan Smith, Elliot Williams

SACRAMENTO KINGS — Unrestricted: Cole Aldrich, James Johnson

SAN ANTONIO SPURS — Unrestricted: DeJuan Blair, Tracy McGrady

TORONTO RAPTORS — Unrestricted: Mickael Pietrus, Sebastian Telfair

UTAH JAZZ — Unrestricted: Jamaal Tinsley, Mo Williams

WASHINGTON WIZARDS — Unrestricted: Leandro Barbosa, Jason Collins, Cartier Martin, A.J. Price

 

Cavs plan to use Clark at small forward

A lot of Cavaliers fans are wondering about coach Mike Brown’s plans for about free-agent acquisition Earl Clark.

Clark is 6-foot-10 and spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers. He came into the league (in 2010) as a power forward out of Louisville with a decent perimeter touch.

But the Cavs already have plenty of power forwards, with Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao capable of playing the position. Same goes for No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett.

So the plan is to use Brown at small forward. At least, that’s what Brown told Bob Finnan of the News-Herald.

“We’re going to try him at the ‘3,’” Brown said. “His natural position is probably ‘4.’ I’ve watched enough tape on him to see him guard players ‘2’ through ‘5’’ I truly believe that’s something he can do, and do well for us. My concern is mostly on the defensive side. He has length and toughness.”

Brown added that he doesn’t need Clark to score a lot. Instead, Clark’s biggest contributions are likely to come via defense, rebounding and keeping the ball moving.

That makes sense. With Kyrie Irving, Andrew Bynum (if healthy), Dion Waiters, Thompson and potentially Bennett, the Cavs won’t have a shortage of people who can put the ball in the basket.

If Clark is truly a small forward, and Bynum truly is healthy, the Cavs starting lineup may look something like this:

Center: Bynum; Power forward: Thompson; Small forward: Clark; Shooting guard: Waiters; Point guard: Irving. Varejao, Bennett, small forward Alonzo Gee and guard Jarrett Jack would then likely be the first players off the bench.

Some have speculated Brown could start Varejao at power forward and bring Thompson off the bench. It’s much too early to know any of that for sure, however.

All we do know is that Clark appears to have the inside track at small forward, giving the Cavs a long frontcourt that can protect the rim.

“We have a chance to be a good defensive unit,” Brown told Finnan. “The guys are excited.”

Dallas reacts to loss of Bynum sweepstakes

CLEVELAND – Andrew Bynum agreed to sign with the Cavaliers on Wednesday night, and one Dallas writer thinks that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The two losers in the race for Bynum were the Mavericks and Hawks, as the 7-footer was courted by those teams this week as well. Just not quite as heavily as the Cavs.

No biggie, wrote Dallas Morning News reporter Eddie Sefko.

“The guess here is that the Mavericks will end up being happy they finished second in this race. (Or third, maybe, since Atlanta was in the mix),” Sefko wrote. “But Bynum’s health is so uncertain that it wouldn’t be a shock if he missed a good chunk of the upcoming season. The Cavaliers — young and building for the future — could afford that sort of risk.”

Bynum missed all of 2012-13 with the 76ers with knee issues. The year before that, he put together a career season with averages of 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds. So which Bynum will show up in Cleveland is anyone’s guess.

But Sefko is right. The Cavs were the team that could most afford to take a risk on a guy who may or may not pan out. The Mavs, on the other hand, would’ve had to make too many other moves, trade too many assets, eat up too much of their salary-cap space. Even with a healthy Bynum, there’s no telling how the Mavs may have fared. Bynum just seemed like a bad fit there.

In Cleveland, however, Bynum and the Cavs can be all the rage. The Cavs are young with an outstanding point guard in Kyrie Irving and other promising pieces.

Bottom line: Bynum’s an uncertainty on which the Cavs can afford to gamble. And one on which the Mavs probably cannot.

 

 

Bynum with Cavs makes most sense. Maybe.

Everyone asks where Andrew Bynum will sign.

Right now, his options are Cleveland, Atlanta and Dallas. He’s already met with the Cavaliers and Hawks, and is expected to do the same with the Mavericks on Wednesday.

My answer to the above question is simple: I have no clue.

To me, the Cavs make the most sense. They supposedly can offer him more money than the Hawks or Mavs. They certainly don’t have to make any more roster moves. Bynum could just slide right in to their available space under the salary cap – believed to be in the $12-$15-million range.

The Hawks, on the other hand, are in a strange position. They added forward Paul Millsap. They lost forward Josh Smith (Pistons) and center Zaza Pachulia (Bucks). They’re supposedly making a run at guard Monta Ellis, last seen in Milwaukee. They already have center/forward Al Horford.

If I’m Bynum, I’m tempted by the Hawks. But not tempted enough that I’d take less money than what the Cavs are offering. Supposedly, the Hawks can offer Bynum $10 million next season.

As for the Mavs, I just don’t get it.

Bynum missed all of last season with knee issues. He hardly comes with a guarantee. The Mavs still have a chance to be pretty doggone good with the right moves. I wouldn’t consider paying loads of cash to an unknown a good move.

Plus, Dirk Nowitzki just said he couldn’t imagine playing for a team that’s built on “hope.” By locking themselves up with Bynum, that’s exactly what type of team the Mavs would become. I’d rather spend my money elsewhere, on someone who’s viewed as much more of a sure thing. It wouldn’t be hard to find.

But back to the Cavs. Unlike the Mavericks (and maybe the Hawks), the Cavs could sign Bynum and just stand pat. If he works out, great. If not, well, no great loss. Who else were they gonna get for $12 million? Two or three average bench players?

OK, maybe they could trade for another star. But by this time, most of the stars have already aligned, finding their teams for the 2013-14 season.

The Cavs are in a win-win situation. They’re a good situation for Bynum, too — as they’re willing to bring him along slowly, rotating he and center Anderson Varejao to begin the season. It doesn’t hurt that of the three teams, they have far and away the most dynamic point guard in Kyrie Irving.

So Bynum would be under no immense pressure in Cleveland. No matter what happens, according to reports, Bynum would make $12 million next season with the Cavs.

One would think that’s enough for him to make the move. But this is NBA free agency. What’s supposed to make sense often doesn’t.

And when it comes to Andrew Bynum, that is pretty much where we stand today.

2013 Orlando Summer League rosters

The NBA’s Orlando Pro Summer League runs from July 7-12 in Florida. Here are rosters as of opening day:

BOSTON CELTICS

Tim Abromaitis, F, 6-8, 236, 09/17/89, Notre Dame
Courtney Fells, F, 6-6, 200, 09/20/86, NC State
Jayson Granger, G, 6-2, 192, 09/15/89, Estudiantes/Uruguay
Lawrence Hill, F, 6-8, 235, 09/16/87, Stanford
Eli Holman, F/C, 6-10, 260, 03/22/89, Detroit
Colton Iverson, C, 7-0, 255, 06/29/89, Colorado State
Darius Johnson-Odom, G, 6-2, 215, 09/28/89, Marquette
Fab Melo, C, 7-0, 255, 06/20/90, Syracuse
Tony Mitchell, F, 6-6, 216, 08/07/89, Alabama
Kelly Olynyk, F, 7-0, 238, 04/19/91, Gonzaga
Phil Pressey, G, 5-11, 175, 02/17/91, Missouri
Shavlik Randolph, F, 6-10, 235, 11/24/83, Duke
Omar Reed, G/F, 6-6, 210, 07/02/87, Bluefield
Nolan Smith, G, 6-2, 185, 07/25/88, Duke

BROOKLYN NETS

Keith Benson, C, 6-11, 230, 8/13/88, Oakland/Eerie BayHawks
Jamelle Hagins, F, 6-9, 235, 10/19/90, Delaware
Matt Janning, G, 6-5, 200, 6/22/88, Northeastern/Montepaschi Siena
Damion James, F, 6-7, 225, 10/7/87, Texas/Bakersfield Jam
David Lighty, C, 6-6, 215, 5/27/88, Ohio State/JSF Nanterre
Mason Plumlee, F, 6-11, 235, 3/5/90, Duke
Tornike Shengelia, F, 6-9, 240, 10/5/91, Belgacom Spirou/Nets
Dominique Sutton, G, 6-5, 212, 10/20/86, No. Carolina Central/Tulsa 66ers
Carleton Scott, F, 6-8, 218, 10/9/88, Notre Dame/Springfield Armor
Tyshawn Taylor, G, 6-3, 185, 4/12/90, Kansas/Nets
Kashif Watson, G, 6-3, 185, 1/28/87, Idaho/Windsor Express
Chris Wright, G, 6-1, 220, 11/4/89, Georgetown/Capitanes de Arecibo

DETROIT PISTONS

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, G, 6-6, 205, 2/18/93, Georgia
Andre Drummond, C, 6-11, 279, 8/10/93, Connecticut
Kim English, G, 6-6, 200, 9/24/88, Missouri
Ryan Evans, G/F, 6-6, 212, 6/19/90, Wisconsin
JaJuan Johnson, F, 6-10, 221, 2/8/89, Purdue
Viachelsav Kravtsov, C, 6-11, 253, 8/25/87, Ukraine
Korie Lucious, G, 5-11, 170, 11/5/89, Iowa State
Khris Middleton, G/F, 6-7, 217, 8/12/91, Texas A&M
Tony Mitchell, F, 6-9, 235, 4/7/92, North Texas
Travis Peterson, F/C, 6-10, 240, 5/18/85, Samford
E.J. Singler, G/F, 6-6, 215, 6/6/90, Oregon
Kyle Singler, F, 6-8, 228, 5/4/88, Duke
Peyton Siva, G, 6-0, 185, 10/24/90, Louisville

HOUSTON ROCKETS

James Anderson, G/F, 6-6, 215, 3/25/89 , Oklahoma State
Patrick Beverley, G, 6-1, 185, 7/12/88, Arkansas
Vander Blue, F/G, 6-4, 200, 7/17/92, Marquette
Isaiah Canaan, G, 6-0, 188, 5/21/91, Murray State
Jack Cooley, F, 6-9, 246, 4/12/91, Notre Dame
Robert Covington, F, 6-9, 215, 12/14/90, Tennessee State
Jordan Henriquez, C, 6-11, 250, 8/29/89, Kansas State
Tyler Honeycutt, F, 6-8, 188, 7/15/90, UCLA
Terrence Jones, F, 6-9, 252, 1/9/92, Kentucky
Toure’ Murry, G/F, 6-5, 200, 11/8/89, Wichita State
Tim Ohlbrecht, C/F, 6-11, 255, 8/30/88, Skyliners Frankfurt/Germany
Greg Smith , C/F, 6-10, 250, 1/8/91, Fresno State
Casper Ware, G, 5-10, 177, 1/7/90, Long Beach State
B.J. Young, G, 6-3, 180, 5/26/93, Arkansas

INDIANA PACERS

Rasual Butler, F, 6-7, 205, 5/23/79, La Salle/Tulsa 66ers
Chris Daniels, C, 7-0, 265, 4/19/84, Texas A&M CC Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Micah Downs, G, 6-8, 200, 9/8/86, Gonzaga/Maine Red Claws
Jonny Flynn, G, 6-0, 185, 2/6/89, Syracuse/Melbourne Tigers
Austin Freeman, G, 6-3, 226, 5/6/89, Georgetown/Maccabi Ashdod
Steven Gray, G, 6-5, 205, 4/8/89, Gonzaga/Chorale Roanne
Ben Hansbrough, G, 6-3, 203, 12/23/87, Notre Dame/Pacers
Justin Harper, F, 6-10, 225, 8/30/89, Richmond/Idaho Stampede
Solomon Hill, F, 6-7, 220, 3/18/91, Arizona
Ron Howard, F, 6-5, 185, 11/4/82, Valparaiso/Ft. Wayne Mad Ants
Orlando Johnson, G, 6-5, 205, 3/11/89, Cal-Santa Barbara/Pacers
Jerome Jordan, C, 7-0, 240, 9/29/86, Tulsa/Los Angeles Defenders
Julian Mavunga, F, 6-8, 255, 1/24/90, Miami (OH)/Angelico Biella
Miles Plumlee, F, 6-10, 245, 9/1/88, Duke/Pacers
Travis Releford, G, 6-6, 210, 2/22/90, Kansas
Donald Sloan, G, 6-3, 205, 1/15/88, Texas A&M/Pelicans
Djibril Thiam, F, 6-9, 195, 7/6/86, Wyoming/North Dallas Vandals
Christian Watford, F, 6-9, 232, 4/28/91, Indiana
Chris Wright, F, 6-8, 225, 9/30/88, Dayton/Maine Red Claws

MIAMI HEAT

Jackie Carmichael, F, 6-9, 240, 01/02/90, Illinois State
Ian Clark, G, 6-2, 173, 03/17/91, Belmont
Vincent Council, G, 6-2, 180, 10/15/90, Providence
Dewayne Dedmon, C, 7-0, 255, 08/12/89, Southern California
LeRon Dendy, C, 6-9, 230, 12/18/88, Middle Tennessee State
Larry Drew, G, 6-2, 180, 03/05/90, UCLA
Michael Dunigan, C, 6-10, 238, 07/02/89, Oregon
James Ennis, G/F, 6-7, 210, 07/01/90, Long Beach State
Eric Griffin, F, 6-8, 189, 05/26/90, Campbell
Scotty Hopson, G, 6-6, 204, 08/08/89, Tennessee
Cedric Jackson, G, 6-3, 200, 03/05/86, Cleveland State
Myck Kabongo, G, 6-1, 180, 01/12/92, Texas
D.J. Kennedy, G/F, 6-6, 215, 11/05/89, St. John’s
James Nunnally, G, 6-7, 205, 07/14/90, Santa Barbara
D.J. Stephens, G/F, 6-5, 188, 12/19/90, Memphis
Jarvis Varnado, F/C, 6-9, 210, 03/01/88, Mississippi State

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

Steven Adams, C, 7-0, 250, 07/28/93, Pittsburgh
Ron Anderson, F, 6-9, 255, 09/12/89,  South Florida
Dwight Buycks, G, 6-3, 190, 03/06/89, Marquette
Reggie Jackson, G, 6-3, 208, 04/16/90, Boston College
Grant Jerrett, F, 6-10, 220, 07/08/93, Arizona
Perry Jones, F, 6-11, 235, 09/24/91, Baylor
Kyle Kuric, G, 6-4, 195, 08/25/89, Louisville
Jeremy Lamb, G, 6-5, 180, 05/30/92, Connecticut
DeAndre Liggins, G, 6-6, 209, 03/31/88, Kentucky
Daniel Orton, C, 6-10, 255, 08/06/90, Kentucky
Andre Roberson, F, 6-7, 190, 12/04/91, Colorado
Andrew Smith, C, 6-11, 240, 09/09/90, Butler
Michael Snaer, G, 6-4, 180, 06/21/90, Florida State
Tony Taylor, G, 6-0, 191, 09/09/90, George Washington

ORLANDO MAGIC

Jared Berggren, C, 6-11, 240, 4/2/90, Wisconsin
Keith Clanton, F, 6-9, 250, 8/18/90, UCF
Glen Dandridge, G-F, 6-6, 220, 7/16/85, Lambuth
Matt Gatens, G, 6-5, 210, 6/13/89, Iowa
Maurice Harkless, F, 6-9, 210, 5/11/93, St. John’s
Tobias Harris, F, 6-9, 226, 7/15/92, Tennessee
DeQuan Jones, F, 6-8, 221, 6/20/90, Miami (FL)
Doron Lamb, G, 6-4, 210, 11/6/91, Kentucky
Shane Lawal, C, 6-10, 230, 10/8/86, Wayne State
Rodney McGruder, G, 6-4, 205, 7/29/91, Kansas State
Andrew Nicholson, F, 6-9, 250, 12/8/89, St. Bonaventure
Victor Oladipo, G, 6-4, 215, 5/4/92, Indiana
Kyle O’Quinn, F/C, 6-10, 240, 3/26/90, Norfolk State
Romero Osby, F, 6-8, 140, 5/7/90, Oklahoma
A.J. Slaughter, G, 6-3, 185, 8/3/87, Western Kentucky

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

Michael Carter-Williams, G, 6-6, 185, 10/12/91, Syracuse
D.J. Cooper, G, 6-0, 176, 12/6/90, Ohio
Michael Eric, F/C, 6-11, 201, 6/24/88, Temple
Justin Holiday, G/F, 6-6, 185, 4/5/89, Washington
Arsalan Kazemi, F, 6-7, 226, 4/22/90, Oregon
Travis Leslie, G, 6-4, 205, 3/29/90, Georgia
Zeke Marshall, C, 7-0, 235, 12/13/90, Akron
Trevor Mbakwe, F, 6-8, 245, 1/24/89, Minnesota
Brock Motum, F, 6-9, 228, 10/16/90, Washington State
Arnett Moultrie, F/C, 6-10, 245, 11/18/90, Mississippi State
James Southerland, F, 6-8, 210, 4/8/90, Syracuse
Rodney Williams, G/F, 6-7, 205, 7/23/91, Minnesota
Khalif Wyatt, G, 6-4, 215, 6/10/91, Temple

UTAH JAZZ

Jeff Brooks, F, 6-8, 215, 6/12/89, Penn State
William Buford, G/F, 6-6, 220, 1/10/90, Ohio State
Trey Burke, G, 6-1, 185, 11/12/92, Michigan
Alec Burks, G, 6-6, 205, 7/20/91, Colorado
Dionte Christmas, G, 6-5, 205, 9/15/86, Temple
Jeremy Evans, F, 6-9, 194, 10/24/87, Western Kentucky
Tony Gaffney, F, 6-8, 215, 11/14/84, Massachusetts
Rudy Gobert, C, 7-1, 235, 6/6/92, Cholet Basketball/France
Drew Gordon, F, 6-8, 245, 7/12/90, New Mexico
Rodney Green, G, 6-5, 210, 6/24/88, La Salle
Rick Jackson, F/C, 6-9, 240, 5/26/89, Syracuse
Delroy James, F, 6-8, 220, 5/4/87, Rhode Island
Rasid Mahalbasic, F/C, 6-11, 220, 11/7/90, Asseco Prokom/Slovenia
James Mays, F, 6-9, 230, 3/3/86, Clemson
Amath M’Baye, F, 6-9, 216, 12/24/89, Oklahoma
Jerel McNeal, G, 6-3, 200, 6/1/87, Marquette
Kevin Murphy, G, 6-6, 185, 3/6/90, Tennessee Tech
Chris Roberts, G, 6-4, 205, 3/24/88, Bradley
Michael Stockton, G, 6-1, 170, 5/7/89, Westminster

Podcast: Talkin’ NBA Finals and Cavs’ draft prospects

I guaranteed the Spurs would win beat the Heat in Game 7. Well, we all know how that turned out. I talked about that — as well as offers updates on the Cavaliers’ draft prospects and a breakdown of Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum (Canton GlenOak) — with Jeff Phelps and Andy Baskin of 92.3 The Fan.

You can listen to the entire podcast by clicking this link.

I’ll have plenty more on the draft, and NBA free agency, in the coming days.

On Casspi, Oden, Granger and Bargnani

Random NBA stuff:

• Reports that the Cavaliers and Omri Casspi are working on a buyout were likely generated by Casspi’s agent, and any talks very well could be going nowhere. But if it actually happens, expect the Spurs to give him some consideration. The Grizzlies? Eh, not so much.

• Players must be waived by 11:59 p.m. EST Friday to be eligible for another team’s playoff roster. But some teams will still sign guys who have been waived after that date as an end-of-the-season tryout.

• The Cavs have an available roster spot, and GM Chris Grant said the team will indeed scour the waiver wire once these transactions take place in the next day or two.

• Grant’s exact words: “We’ll constantly look at those guys and take a look at D-League guys that make sense. Our roster stands at 15, so we’d have to make a decision if a player came up. That’s fine. Ownership allows us to do that.”

• Speaking of available players, in case you missed it, former No. 1 overall draft pick Greg Oden has decided not to sign with a team until the summer free agency period. The Cavs, Heat and Celtics are said to be the frontrunners.

Here’s my story on the Oden situation from Wednesday.

• Pacers forward Danny Granger stands a good chance to get traded this summer. The Pacers would’ve moved him at the deadline had he been healthy. They need to find a way to trim salary. Anyone with a high first-round draft pick (or two) can be in the running for Granger.

• It’s also highly likely former No. 1 pick Andrea Bargnani will be traded this summer. After his disappointing season (and huge contract), he won’t cost a whole lot, either. I still say Bargnani can be a really nice player if he lands in the right spot. Prediction time: It will be with the Kings (Sonics?), regardless of where they end up.

• Finally, here is what Raptors coach Dwane Casey had to say about the addition of small forward Rudy Gay.

Twitter: @SamAmicoFSO

 

Cavs vs. Magic primer

VENUE: U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati.

TIP-OFF: 7 p.m.

PRESEASON RECORDS: Cavaliers 2-2; Magic 0-2.

TV: None.

RADIO: WTAM-1100 AM, 6:30 p.m.

PROBABLE STARTERS

Cavs vs. Magic

C – Anderson Varejao vs. Nikola Vucevic

F – Tristan Thompson vs. Glen Davis

F – C.J. Miles vs. Hedo Turkoglu

G – Dion Waiters vs. J.J. Redick

G – Kyrie Irving vs. Jameer Nelson

NOTES: Magic a different, totally made-over team minus Dwight Howard. Cavs know how they feel, having lost LeBron James two years ago. … Difference is, Magic no longer seemed to be getting anywhere with Howard. … Another is fact Cavs have another good young star-in-rising in Irving. With any luck, Waiters will be in that class, too. … Waiters getting his second straight start, with Miles moving to small forward. … Bad news for Alonzo Gee in all this is he played his best game of preseason coming off bench in Saturday’s loss to Washington. … Looking at Magic’s lineup, you can’t help but wonder who’s going to score. … On the bright side, new coach Jacque Vaughn already has them playing with determination and together. … First-round draft pick Moe Harkless (hernia) is out until mid-November for Magic. … Ex-Cavs swingman Christian Eyenga (hamstring) is listed as questionable. … After waiving Kelenna Azubuike on Sunday, the Cavs still have two more cuts to make. …The Cavs are holding opponents to just less than 40 percent shooting in four preseason games.