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Five Big Men Cavs Could Be Looking to Target for Backup Center
- Updated: December 17, 2016
3. Donatas Motiejunas
As a newly unrestricted free agent, the seven-foot Motiejunas would be immediately available. Yet one problem is that he had previously signed an offer sheet with Brooklyn that would’ve paid him $37 million over four years, which means that he could be out of the Cavaliers’ price range. Motiejunas has averaged 7.8 points per game and 4.0 rebounds for his career, though his health is open to question, with two back surgeries and a rumored flunked physical with the Houston Rockets.
2. Matt Bonner
Having spent the bulk of his career with the San Antonio Spurs, the 6-foot-10 Bonner will turn 36 in April but has 94 games worth of playoff experience to offer Cleveland. He still wants to play and can offer the Cavaliers a big man who can shoot the 3-pointer. The problem is that Frye is already filling that role, with the Cavs presumably looking for more of an enforcer-type in the paint. He likely can still contribute, yet he might not be what the team needs.
1. Kendrick Perkins
The 6-foot-10 Perkins is only two months older than LeBron James, who was reportedly upset when the Cavaliers chose not to re-sign him following the 2015-16 season. After playing in 37 games last year for New Orleans, he again became a free agent. During his time in Cleveland, he only averaged 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds, playing 10 minutes a game. However, his best role was as an enforcer. That, coupled with James’ likely endorsement, makes him a strong candidate to renew acquaintances with the Cavs.