LAS VEGAS: Free-agent point guard Jonny Flynn worked out with for the Cavaliers on Monday, and there remains strong interest on both sides. Flynn has battled hip injuries in the past, but is healthy now and making a tour of NBA camps.
He has already worked out for the Cavs, Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks and has more teams on the schedule. He isn’t close to making a decision, according to a source close to Flynn.
The Cavs have held internal debates about whether or not it’s necessary to sign another point guard. Kyrie Irving and Donald Sloan are the only pure point guards on the roster, and Sloan is on a non-guaranteed contract.
Dion Waiters can certainly run the offense and Daniel Gibson, when healthy, can handle the point guard role in an emergency. But coach Byron Scott said he’d feel more comfortable with another true point guard, particularly in case Irving gets injured again.
“It’s something we’re definitely looking at,” Scott said. “I’ve always carried three point guards. I don’t think it’s necessarily a necessity, but I’d feel a little more comfortable if we had three.”
Kyrie Irving will have surgery Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic to repair the fracture in his right hand. Irving was injured during practice Saturday morning when he slapped the wall in frustration.
He was examined by team doctors on Monday. His recovery time is expected to be from six to eight weeks, and he is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
Luke Harangody is thrilled to be back with the Cavs. At the request of General Manager Chris Grant, he spent most of the time between the end of the regular season and the start of free agency working out at the Cavs’ facility.
When the team offered him a qualifying offer of about $1.1 million, it didn’t take long for him to accept it rather than shop for something better in free agency.
“This is where I wanted to be,” Harangody said. “I’ve been here about two years already and I feel part of this family, so I was happy just to take the qualifying offer.”
The Cavs are still trying to figure out what they have in Kelenna Azubuike, the 6-foot-5 wing player whom they acquired in the draft night trade with the Dallas Mavericks that also netted Tyler Zeller.
Azubuike has played in just 12 games in the past three seasons because of recurrent knee injuries, but the Cavs are cautiously optimistic that he can help them if he’s healthy.
Azuibuike, 28, averaged 14.4 points during the 2008-09 season with the Golden State Warriors. But he tore the patellar tendon in his left knee and needed two surgeries to correct it because the first one reportedly wasn’t done properly.
When he was healthy, Azubuike was an incredibly athletic wing who could get up and down the floor and score. The Cavs just have to figure out if he’s healthy.
Scott said it’s “undetermined” if Azubuike can help this season.
“I’ve got to see him on the court,” Scott said. “If he’s healthy, from what I saw in the past, he can play. He could help us. But right now, it’s two or three years later with a couple of surgeries, so I’ve got to see him on the basketball court.”
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