With the draft complete, the Cavaliers are turning their focus now on the free-agent market, which opens today.
They aren’t expected to be nearly as active as they were Thursday night.
The Cavs extended qualifying offers to Luke Harangody, Alonzo Gee and Semih Erden on Saturday. Harangody, Gee and Erden are now restricted free agents, and the Cavaliers will have three days to match any offers they receive in free agency.
With about half the teams in the league well under the salary cap, Gee could draw attention from other teams, although General Manager Chris Grant has stressed in recent days that retaining Gee is a priority.
As for any sort of free-agent shopping, don’t expect the Cavs to overspend or pursue any of the big-name free agents such as Ray Allen or even O.J. Mayo.
“We want to see these players grow from within and grow together,” Grant said. “We’ll use free agency as a supplemental piece to add the things that we need.”
Three players the Cavs could pursue in free agency are Omer Asik, Michael Redd and Jonny Flynn. Asik is a restricted free agent center who is in line for a raise after making $1.9 million as a backup center with the Chicago Bulls.
The Bulls would love to keep Asik, a 7-foot backup who averaged 3.1 points and 5.3 rebounds last season, but they are paying big money to Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah and could struggle to keep Asik.
The Cavs were interested in Asik at the trade deadline two years ago, but couldn’t work a deal with the Bulls and ultimately traded for Erden minutes before the deadline passed.
If they pursue Asik, they’ll have competition.
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey planned to meet with Asik late Saturday night in Los Angeles, according to reports out of Houston. Teams can meet with free agents beginning at midnight EDT today, so the meeting in Los Angeles is legal provided it began after 9 p.m. PDT.
Redd is an unrestricted free agent shooting guard whom the Cavs showed interest in last year, but ultimately passed since he has endured two reconstructive surgeries on his left knee in the past four years.
But he survived last season with the Phoenix Suns and averaged 8.2 points while shooting 40 percent. He played in 51 of a possible 66 games, the most for him since the 2007-08 season.
The Cavs are looking for a high character, veteran mentor to replace Anthony Parker and guide what will again be a young locker room.
Flynn was drafted sixth overall three years ago, but his career has been derailed by injuries. Flynn has played for three teams through his first four years in the NBA, but he’s still just 23 years old and open to the idea of becoming a backup to Kyrie Irving.
The only other point guard on the Cavs’ roster is Donald Sloan, who is on a non-guaranteed contract for next season. Cavs coach Byron Scott was believed to be high on Flynn prior to the trade deadline last season, when he appeared in just 18 games and averaged 5.2 points and 3.8 assists. The biggest hurdle for Flynn is his health.
Jones on summer team
West Virginia forward Kevin Jones will play with the Cavs’ summer league team in Las Vegas, a league source confirmed. Jones went undrafted Thursday after he was projected to be a second-round pick.
He is 6-foot-7 and 250 pounds and averaged 19.9 points and 10.9 rebounds as a senior with the Mountaineers.
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