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With the NBA’s trade deadline two days away, the Cavaliers have shown interest in acquiring the rights of point guard Pierre Jackson, among other deals, league sources told the Akron Beacon Journal.
Jackson is a 5-foot-10 guard out of Baylor who is now caught in limbo in the Development League. Jackson was drafted in the second round last year by the Philadelphia 76ers and traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans never signed him, but still possess his draft rights.
Jackson is averaging 29.1 points and 6.2 assists with the Idaho Stampede. He set a D-League record last month by scoring 58 points in a victory against the Texas Legends.
The Cavs’ interest could be a pre-emptive strike in case Jarrett Jack is traded.
A league source confirmed the Cavs have held talks with the Sacramento Kings and Brooklyn Nets over a possible deal for Jack, who is owed another $12.6 million guaranteed over the next two seasons. ESPN.com first reported the trade negotiations involving Jack, who has been shopped for the last couple of weeks.
The Cavs have discussed acquiring Jason Terry from the Nets and Jason Thompson or Marcus Thornton from the Kings.
Terry is slightly cheaper than Jack and has one year left on his contract worth about $5.4 million. Terry, 36, is playing 16 minutes a game off the bench for the Nets, averaging 4.5 points and shooting 36 percent – all career lows. But he won a championship with the Dallas Mavericks and can provide steady perimeter shooting if he can rediscover his stroke.
Thompson is signed for another three years at a total of $19 million, while Thornton is making $8 million this season and will make about $8.7 million next season in the final year of his deal. Thornton is averaging 8.3 points and shooting a career-worst 38 percent. He averaged 18.7 points two seasons ago for the Kings, but his scoring has declined in each of the last two seasons.
The Cavs previously discussed acquiring Chris Kaman from the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources said, but those talks have stalled.