The Cleveland Cavaliers decided to hold a four-player point guard workout featuring free agents Mario Chalmers, Lance Stephenson, Kirk Hinrich, and Jordan Farmar. Coach Tyronn Lue didn’t divulge any information about their pick but one candidate emerged as the top favorite to earn the roster spot.
Since acquiring Kyle Korver, LeBron James has continued to push the Cavs’ front office to add a playmaker on their team. On Wednesday, the Cavaliers finally granted James’ request and held a midseason free-agent minicamp. According to Dave McMenamin, Cleveland will sign one of the four free agents but no decision has been made until now.
Mario Chalmers as LeBron James’ playmaker
Of all the guards, Mario Chalmers has the highest chance of earning the roster spot. Chalmers played four seasons with LeBron James in Miami as their starting point guard. They made four consecutive finals appearances and won two NBA championship titles.
Since losing Matthew Dellavedova in the recent free agency, Chalmers’ name continues to be linked to Cleveland. However, during those times, Chalmers was still recovering from the Achilles injury he acquired last March while playing for the Memphis Grizzlies.
LeBron James did not favor one candidate over another. He even claimed to have history with other guards like Lance Stephenson and Kirk Hinrich. However, James admitted that he continued communicating with Chalmers and other Heat teammates.
“There’s a brotherhood that we’ve built,” James said when asked if he has kept tabs on Chalmers during his rehab. “I stayed in touch with pretty much everybody I played with in Miami.”
Mario Chalmers would be a solid backup point guard who can run the Cavs’ second unit. He’s not only a reliable playmaker but also an additional threat on the perimeter. In his nine-year stint in the NBA, he averaged nine points, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals on 35.8 percent from beyond the arc.
James Jones says Mario Chalmers would be good fit with Cavaliers
Cavs forward James Jones also gave his opinion with the recent workout. Jones strongly believes that former teammate Mario Chalmers is a great fit with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“Of course,” James Jones told Cleveland.com when asked about whether Chalmers would be a good fit. “I played with him and I won with him. I won championships with him and usually under pressure is where you can learn the most about a person and see how they deal with adversity so of course (he’s a fit).”
If he stays healthy, there is no reason for the Cavaliers to pass on Chalmers. However, only the Cavaliers know the answer on who is more deserving to earn the roster spot.
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