The Cleveland Cavaliers lost backup point guard Mo Williams, who announced his retirement during the Cavaliers’ NBA Media Day. According to latest rumors, they are no looking to add another PG including Kirk Hinrich, formerly of the Chicago Bulls.
The Cavaliers are over the team salary cap and has yet to sign starting shooting guard J.R. Smith, who is demanding a big contract. But LeBron James’ team is an attractive option for veteran free agents because they are title contenders.
Hinrich will likely settle for the veteran’s minimum salary, with other PGs like Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers also targets in Cleveland, according to NBA rumors.
“Throughout the summer … it was in debate on what Mo was going to choose to do,” David Griffin said via Cleveland.com. “He vacillated a little bit, and so we were planning on this eventuality throughout.”
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With Williams decided on retiring from the league, the Cavaliers have no option but to find a point guard in the free agent market. Among the three Hinrich appears to be the best option for the Cavs as he can play both the guard spots, something that Cole and Chalmers can’t effectively do.
Why Kirk Hinrich is the best option for LeBron James, Cavs?
Hinrich is a 13-year veteran that has rich NBA experience with the Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards. He was traded from the Bulls to the Hawks last season but was still a good bench player two years ago in Chicago. In the 2013-2014 season, he averaged 9.1 points and 3.9 assists in 29.0 minutes per game.
Hinrich, who is also known for his three-point shooting, is a versatile guard so he can play alongside starter Kyrie Irving for some minutes.
If given the minutes and a clear role, he can be an asset to a title contender like the Cavaliers.
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